How Has 'Better Call Saul' Still Never Won an Emmy?

  

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Via:  revillug  •  2 weeks ago  •  17 comments

By:   Allegra Frank (The Daily Beast)

How Has 'Better Call Saul' Still Never Won an Emmy?
The Emmy Awards purport to reward the best of television. Why, then, has it still never given a major trophy to "Better Call Saul"? Get your act together, TV Academy.


as the Emmys continue to exist, it will continue to be outrageous that   Better Call Saul   doesn’t have any. To the general public, an award count telegraphs quality—or at least some semblance of a recommendation. Whether this is wrong-headed or not (it is!), it’s hard to shake these ingrained ideas about   the significance of awards . Nothing can undo the impact   Better Call Saul   had on those of us who loved it. It will stand the test of time in ways that I question whether Emmy-winning shows   like   Ted Lasso   will. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould can sleep easy at night, knowing they have two back-to-back television masterworks in the bag.

That said: If   Better Call Saul   doesn’t clean up at next year’s Emmys for its swan song, I’m gonna throw hands.

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The Emmy Awards purport to reward the best of television. Why, then, has it still never given a major trophy to "Better Call Saul"? Get your act together, TV Academy.

Allegra Frank


Deputy Entertainment Editor

Updated Sep. 13, 2022 3:45PM ET / Published Sep. 13, 2022 3:08PM ET

Greg Lewis/AMC/Sony Pictures Television


Better Call Saul wrapped its impeccable run last month—just in time for award season excitement to start ramping up. Thanks to AMC's system-gaming release schedule (It's one season, but in two halves! More Emmy awards, please!), Better Call Saul's sixth and final season not only qualified for Monday's Emmy Award show, but it will also compete at the 2023 ceremony.

But if the Television Academy's voting patterns hold, the drama series will again walk home empty-handed next year. Better Call Saul has received 46 Primetime Emmy nominations since it premiered in 2015. Wins thus far: Two, for little-seen "short-form" content.

It's a baffling track record and a searing reminder of how out-of-step Emmy voters often are. A spinoff of one of the most highly regarded series of the century, Better Call Saul has garnered high praise throughout its run. Its two-part sixth season, the first half of which received nominations for this year's award show, received nearly universal praise. Yet none of the critical love (and viewership numbers!) has translated into recognition from TV's self-styled barometer of good taste.

The Television Academy has rarely ever actually been a tastemaker, of course, especially in this bloated content hell. But Better Call Saul is the rare show whose pedigree, consistency, and popularity should naturally translate to winning some hardware. Combined with the sheen that comes with a beloved series reaching its conclusion, the show should have walked away with a few trophies Monday night.

Nope! Better Call Saul lost in each category it was nominated for at this year's ceremony. Squid Game and Succession yucked its yum—the former being an exciting usurper, at least. Netflix's propulsive, incredibly well-crafted, Korean-language hit made history with its wins. But while Succession's win isn't unsurprising, it sure is boring; the HBO dramedy had a stellar third season, by many accounts (I don't watch it and don't want to, leave me alone about it!), but it won Outstanding Drama Series last year too.

How many times has Better Call Saul been nominated for that award? Five. How many times has it won? You guessed it! Zip. Bob Odenkirk, a man who literally suffered a heart attack while filming the first half of Season 6, has also received a grand total of zero Emmys. Odenkirk nearly died working on the show, yet voters still shrugged their shoulders at him. Same goes for Rhea Seehorn, who somehow only received her first nomination for her entrancing performance.

In contrast, Breaking Bad was nominated 58 times over its five seasons, winning 16 awards. Both parts of its final season won Outstanding Drama Series awards, while Bryan Cranston won four Lead Actor trophies. Supporting stars Aaron Paul and Anna Gunn also won three and two times, respectively, and Breaking Bad picked up craft and writing wins too. All of these were well-deserved; frankly, the show went undersung in the writing and directing categories. But with many fans hailing the more methodical Better Call Saul as even better than its high-octane old man, its 16 fewer wins looks even more shocking.

It's not that something as thrilling, visually dynamic, and emotionally arresting as Better Call Saul needs external validation. It's misguided to think that a voting body with opaque deliberation processes and a thirst for For Your Consideration campaigns can define what is good or what is not good.

Yet as long as the Emmys continue to exist, it will continue to be outrageous that Better Call Saul doesn't have any. To the general public, an award count telegraphs quality—or at least some semblance of a recommendation. Whether this is wrong-headed or not (it is!), it's hard to shake these ingrained ideas about the significance of awards. Nothing can undo the impact Better Call Saul had on those of us who loved it. It will stand the test of time in ways that I question whether Emmy-winning shows like Ted Lassowill. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould can sleep easy at night, knowing they have two back-to-back television masterworks in the bag.

That said: If Better Call Saul doesn't clean up at next year's Emmys for its swan song, I'm gonna throw hands.


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Revillug
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1  seeder  Revillug    2 weeks ago

Better Call Saul is one of the best TV series of all time. It ranks with Sopranos, and Breaking Bad. Not sure how to compare it with Game of Thrones, but to be honest, I thought GOT was way overrated.

 
 
 
devangelical
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1.1  devangelical  replied to  Revillug @1    2 weeks ago

I haven't seen season 6 yet, but I've enjoyed the violence in the previous 5 seasons.

 
 
 
Revillug
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1.1.1  seeder  Revillug  replied to  devangelical @1.1    2 weeks ago

You twisted fuck.

 
 
 
CB
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1.2  CB   replied to  Revillug @1    2 weeks ago

Here is what's rather 'funny' to me: I have never watched "Better Call Saul"—not one episode. However, I watched all 61 episodes of "Breaking Bad" in a single Netflix marathon weekend. "H" of a story-line ("Breaking Bad") and I finally got to see what all the Emmy winning for the show was pointing out!  That show gave validity to the Emmy Awards for me. (I don't watch awards shows since way back to far to remember.)

So now I am conflicted! Has the Emmy's missed something worthy in "Better Call Saul"?  Or, does that show not measure up to the quality of acting, storyline, and character traits portrayed in "Breaking Bad"?

My interest is pigued! I will watch the first two episodes of "Better Call Saul" on Netflix and let's see what happens (to me)!

 
 
 
Revillug
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1.2.1  seeder  Revillug  replied to  CB @1.2    2 weeks ago

Honestly, I think Better Call Saul is one of those shows that is better watched in a marathon on Netflix than stretching out the experience over a number of years. The story telling is dense, like in a novel, and the understanding of human psychology in the characters is every bit as deep as it was in Breaking Bad. It may even be a better in that last regard.

If you do decide to watch Better Call Saul, I'll bet that you are hooked after the first episode.

 
 
 
CB
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1.2.2  CB   replied to  Revillug @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

I 'cracked' it open on Netflix last night: Opening scene at Cinnabon factory. . . lights come up; people rolling and crafting 'tasties'; camera close up of man with glasses. . . pause. "Cut!"

Promising.

I will go back in sometime today and take it from there!

 
 
 
CB
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1.2.3  CB   replied to  Revillug @1.2.1    2 weeks ago

Okay, "Better Call Saul". . . desperate, impoverished, "ambulance-chaser," desert-scene, no first-episode death (but got my attention). I've watched two episodes so far: the man is. . . poor. But, I'd bet there is some more quick thinking coming up-eh? Pretty sure, with all the talk about emmy  'material.' Loved the "abuelita" scenes: Too precious!

What's the deal with the cellphone grounding and space blankets? jrSmiley_87_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
TᵢG
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1.2.4  TᵢG  replied to  CB @1.2.3    2 weeks ago

The best way to watch this is with the question:  'what will Jimmy do next?'.   You will never guess correctly.

 
 
 
CB
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1.2.5  CB   replied to  TᵢG @1.2.4    2 weeks ago

What Will JIMMY DO Иext??  Got it!  (I mean this guy is operating off the grid like nobody's business literally. He is 'camping' in his home!!!)

 
 
 
Revillug
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1.2.6  seeder  Revillug  replied to  TᵢG @1.2.4    2 weeks ago

It reminds of the Sopranos in that regard. Whenever you thought that maybe Tony had an epiphany and is going to do something a normal person would do, Tony had a uniquely criminal take on the situation before him.

 
 
 
TᵢG
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2  TᵢG    2 weeks ago

I agree, it is an amazing series.   The characters are great, the storylines are exciting and work well together.  Just a well done series in every dimension.

 
 
 
Revillug
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2.1  seeder  Revillug  replied to  TᵢG @2    2 weeks ago

It explored two themes in depth (1) the personality of a sociopath (2) the notion that the law is an ideal in and of itself whether or not the lawyers who practice it have human failings.

There are a lot of people who say Better Call Saul turned out to be a better series than Breaking Bad.

They were both really good. I don't want to claim to have a favorite child. 

 
 
 
Dismayed Patriot
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2.2  Dismayed Patriot  replied to  TᵢG @2    2 weeks ago
I agree, it is an amazing series.   The characters are great, the storylines are exciting and work well together.  Just a well done series in every dimension.

That + Bob Odenkirk = genius. Better Call Saul, IMHO, is the best prequel series ever made. And Michael McKean and Jonathan Banks are just icing on the genius cake.

 
 
 
Hal A. Lujah
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3  Hal A. Lujah    2 weeks ago

I loved the show, but it’s a little weird when characters are noticeably older in a prequel than their future characters.

 
 
 
CB
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5  CB     one week ago

This show definitely makes one feel something guttural for its characters. I am on Season 1 Episode Nine and at opening Jimmy and Chuck are—on a public bench. Stop right there. It's great television right there. :)  I'm in for the distance now. Just taking it all in in bite-sized proportions. Further thoughts to come.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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6  JohnRussell    one week ago

Probably because there are like 4,000,000 television shows

 
 

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