Better Call Saul

TV review by Kari Croop, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 16+

Breaking Bad spin-off is a darkly comic tale of ambition.

AMC Drama 2015

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 24 reviews

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age 14+

Excellent spin-off has violence, sexual dialogue, language and some drug content

Better Call Saul a spin-off to the series Breaking Bad, following “criminal” lawyer Jimmy McGill or Saul Goodman through all of his scams and lawyering experiences while also touching on the greatest Breaking Bad characters along the way. Throughout, expect instances of violence (although much milder than Breaking Bad) language, sexual dialogue and lots of gross out humor. I will be writing this review as I watch the show. [SEASON 1, EP 1] VIOLENCE: MILD A video of teenagers in a morgue is shown as one of them cuts off the head of a corpse, this isn’t shown and only thrusting movements are shown from above. After, he lifts up the head and shows it to the camera before one of them suggests he stuck his penis down the heads throat (see SEXUAL CONTENT) this scene is meant to be darkly comedic. LANGUAGE: MILD One incomplete use of “f*ck” and use of “sh*t” and milder profanities. SEXUAL CONTENT: MODERATE A group of teenagers are shown on trial for having sex with a severed head. A video of the teenagers cutting off the head is shown before one of them suggests that one of them should stick his “wang” down the throat hole. He agrees but says “only if you will” before we hear audio of the kids yelling “oh yeah!” and the scene quickly cuts after this. This is very graphic in nature, however none of the sexual act is shown despite a few seconds of it being heard in a non-graphic manner. We also hear frequent dialogue pertaining to this sexual act, such as “they had sex with a severed head?” and other questions relating to why the lawyer would defend someone who did such an action. Some other sexual references, however most of them are strong sexual references relating to necrophilia. DRUG CONTENT: MILD Some light drug references, very little of them are noticeable at all, the strongest being “I’m number one on your speed dial right next to your weed dealer” which is one of the most memorable lines in the series. 14+ for some disturbing sexual material and references including a disturbing image [SEASON 1, EP 2] VIOLENCE: MODERATE Suddenly, two men are smashed in the face with a walker and fall to the ground before they are both bashed in the face again on the floor. They are later shown tied up and bound on the floor with bloody injuries on their faces. A man nearly has his finger sliced off with a pruning shear, however he is let go (a little bit of blood is shown). A man stomps on and breaks the legs of two men. They are both held down before we see the man stomping on the legs, however we do not see the direct impact or the legs, but we instead hear loud bone cracking and the screams of both men as the man torturing them shows his frenzied reactions to hurting them. Later, we see both men getting rushed to the hospital in wheelchairs. We see one mans leg which is twisted backwards. LANGUAGE: MILD Use of “sh*t”, “b*tch”, “biznatch” (slang for “b*tch”) and milder profanity such as “damn”, “hell” and “ass”. SEXUAL CONTENT: MILD Some sexual references. DRUG CONTENT: MILD It is implied that a man is a drug dealer, there is a brief scene at a bar with drinking, a man is shown drunk. 13+ for violent images

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 13+

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