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Every Season Of Better Call Saul & Breaking Bad, Ranked According To IMDb


After Breaking Bad snowballed in popularity in its later seasons, fans were anxious to reach the finale to find out what would happen to Heisenberg. However, when it all was finally over, it was bittersweet as there was nothing else on television that could possibly rival the storytelling, cinematography, or performances of the show. That was until the prequel came along.

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Upon its release, Better Call Saul was unprecedented, as no other prequel had ever equaled the quality of its predecessor. And with each of the shows both having five seasons, Better Call Saul can go against its big brother punch for punch. It remains to be seen whether the final season of Better Call Saul will be as successful as Breaking Bad‘s grand finale, but it’s sure to be a hit based o the reactions to all of the other seasons on IMDb.

10 Better Call Saul Season 2 (2016) – 8.7

Mike, Kim and Jimmy in Better Call Saul season 2

● No. of episodes: 10 

Season two of Better Call Saul didn’t necessarily take the show to the next level, as it was more of the same as the season that came before it. However, it did expand on Jimmy and Kim’s relationship, and his bitter family ties with his brother were more fully fleshed out.

The show also gave Nacho more screen time and introduced some familiar faces from the world of Breaking Bad, so it was still a fan’s fever dream, hence its monster score despite being slightly lower overall than the other seasons of the two series.

9 Breaking Bad Season 1 (2008) – 8.8

Walt, Krazy 8 and Tuco in Breaking Bad season 1

● No. of episodes: 7

This is what started it all, and though it was completely mismarketed as a comedy, as the network was clearly banking on the popularity of Bryan Cranston’s role in Malcolm in the Middle, the show ended up being one of the most suspenseful TV series ever and a huge pop culture phenomenon.

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First seasons of a show are often ranked as their worst as there are always things that need to be ironed out, and though that’s the case here, an 8.8 is still higher than most shows’ best seasons.

8 Better Call Saul Season 4 (2018) – 8.8

Split image of Howard, Jimmy and Werner in Better Call Saul season 4

● No. of episodes: 10 

With season four of Better Call Saul starting to properly crossover with Breaking Bad, as it sees Gustavo Fring building his crystal meth empire with the help of Mike, there is tension bubbling in every scene.

Between the structural engineers, the civil war with the cartel, and the continuous mistakes that Jimmy makes, the fourth season of the spin-off is all set up for the next season, but it doesn’t do it without getting the heart racing with it clearly living up to the story-establishing seasons of Breaking Bad for the vast majority of fans.

7 Better Call Saul Season 3 (2017) – 8.8

Split image of Mike, Chuck and Kim in Better Call Saul season 3

● No. of episodes: 10 

Though fans initially tuned in to the show for the Breaking Bad references and the build-up to an outright cartel war, they stayed for the almost procedural courtroom drama. As Jimmy is completely vindicated by winning a lawsuit against his brother, even though the audience knows how right Chuck is and will turn out to be, Chuck literally can’t live with it, and it leads to one of the most heartbreaking moments of both series.

As the Breaking Bad universe has always been about family turmoil, the whole season three of Better Call Saul focuses on the psychology between Jimmy and his brother Chuck, played brilliantly by Michael McKean.

6 Breaking Bad Season 3 (2010) – 8.8

Gale, Marco Salamanca and Walt in Breaking Bad season 3

● No. of episodes: 13

The third season of Breaking Bad is a knockout thanks to its breathtaking cinematography and the addition of several key characters to the story. Not only do Saul Goodman and Gustavo Fring have much larger roles after their introductions in season two, but the whole season hinges on Gale, another science genius who has turned to the dark side.

If it wasn’t for one specific episode, season three would be rated a lot higher up. “Fly” is the only Breaking Bad episode to have lower than an 8.0 on IMDb, even though there are many reasons “Fly” might actually be the best episode.

5 Better Call Saul Season 1 (2015) – 8.9

Mike, Tuco and Jimmy in Better Call Saul season 1

● No. of episodes: 10 

The first season of Better Call Saul totally lived up to the hype as it had a healthy dose of Saul Goodman hijinks and memorable lines from Mike. One of the unpopular opinions about Better Call Saul is that the show features too much of Mike Ehrmantraut, but he’s actually one of the main reasons why season one is so great.

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One of the standout episodes of the first season is “Five-O,” in which even Jimmy is sidelined, as it’s all about Mike’s past and how he got to where he is. It’s the highest-rated installment of the season and was the first sign that the prequel would truly live up to the best moments of Breaking Bad.

4 Breaking Bad Season 2 (2009) – 8.9

Jesse, Jane and Hank in Breaking Bad season 2

● No. of episodes: 13

Being the first meaty season, as the first season featured only seven episodes, season two is when Breaking Bad really comes alive. The characters have more time to develop and the actors have refined their roles, making them more three-dimensional.

Though the show’s wild side was present in the first season, season two showed viewers how far Vince Gilligan and his writing team were willing to go, as every episode teased the huge climax of a massive catastrophe, to which Walter was the catalyst.

3 Breaking Bad Season 4 (2011) – 9.0

Split image of Jesse, Victor and Gus in Breaking Bad season 4

● No. of episodes: 13

Season 4 of Breaking Bad was a turning point of the show, as it was when word of mouth about how incredible the series is was seriously starting to spread. It could be considered the most action-packed season, especially in its final few episodes, as it’s essentially a giant game of cat and mouse between Walter and Gustavo Fring, one of the greatest TV villains ever.

Not only that but season four also features the single best plot twist of the show, which is saying a lot as the series is full of them.

2 Better Call Saul Season 5 (2020) – 9.2

Split image of Lalo, Hank and Jimmy in Better Call Saul season 5

● No. of episodes: 10 

Getting the show counted as one of the best TV shows of 2020, season five of Better Call Saul lived up to the later seasons of Breaking Bad in terms of drama and tension.

Though the series isn’t over yet, season five of Better Call Saul is so beloved because it sees Jimmy McGill almost completely inhabiting the titular character. Though it isn’t quite as scary as Walt’s transition to a drug lord, it’s more heartbreaking because Jimmy’s transition has been so incremental.

1 Breaking Bad Season 5 (2012 – 2013) – 9.4

Split image of Jesse, Walt and Skyler crying in the final season of Breaking Bad

● No. of episodes: 16

In the final season of Breaking Bad, fans got to see the inner workings of Madrigal, the white supremacists’ compound, the Disappearer’s vacuum repair shop, and so much more.

However, the reason the season is so highly rated is because of all the payoffs that have been built up over the years, and finally seeing what was promised to fans from the very beginning of Breaking Bad, which was Walt becoming totally irredeemable. The conclusion of the series may have been the most satisfyingly wrapped-up finale in the history of television.

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