Breaking Bad spin-off coming to Netflix in the UK

News Louisa Mellor 16 Dec 2013 - 14:32

Thanks to a new deal, Better Call Saul is arriving in the UK and Europe on Netflix shortly after airing in the US...

Netflix made a great deal of people happy when it brought the final episodes of Breaking Bad to the UK just hours after they aired in the US. It was a popular move and one that evidently worked out for the streaming site, as it's repeating the deal. 

Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul, will be made available exclusively to Netflix subscribers in Europe and Latin America, shortly after airing on AMC in the US next year.

The new series, starring Bob Odenkirk as slippery lawyer Saul Goodman, is being created and executive produced by Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, and the story of mall-based lawyer Saul in the years before he became Walter White's legal representation. "From parking tickets to mass murder, from slip-and-fall to bond fraud, Saul handles it all", says the official blurb. You won't see that at Bluewater.

Better Call Saul is expected to air in 2014. We'll keep you posted as more details arrive.

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Netflix is brilliant, however I've always wondered what it would have been like if an actual TV channel had snagged Breaking Bad. It would have been interesting if one of them had. Either way, I'm glad Better Call Saul is coming to Netflix too.

I think 5 or 5USA had Breaking Bad early on but it was poorly marketed and never got the figures it should have done. Kind of like the Wire on the BBC, running it five nights a week was crazy especially as it was on late too. Box set or Netflix seems to the best way to watch these shows now.

I think it would have had huge potential on the BBC, if they were prepared to market it properly. It could have become far bigger than both The Killing and Homeland on this side of the pond.

But yeah, Channel 5 broadcasted it up to Season 2, and then gave up after that and let it get handed over to Netflix. I bet they were kicking themselves so hard when it became as big as it did.

Breaking Bad initially aired in sky1, but as usual sky did a god awful job of promoting the show by making it look like a comedy/farce (the same way they did an very poor job of promoting deadwood and many other great shows)

sky is awful awful awful, I cant wait unti Netflix and lovefilm instant put the final nails in sky tvs coffin.

I think your find that it was fx not sky one

Yes!

I don't personally have Netflix, but am I right in saying that its shows aren't interrupted by commercials? This is a HUGE bonus for me. There's nothing worse (okay, I exaggerate) than watching something dramatic/tragic/gritty when suddenly - BAM! We get a commercial for "We Buy Any Car - dot com!" That's why when Game of Thrones is on Sky Atlantic, I always watch the recording as opposed to the live screening, so I can zap through the adverts.

Why do I think 'Elrond' when I look at the photo above?

A lawyer based in a mall? That's Lionel Hutz! :D

I'm only now catching up with Breaking Bad. I can attest to the rubbish marketing of the show in the UK, because it was only with the hype surrounding it's final episode that I became interested in it. My girlfriend and I are now trawling through each series, consuming each episode like meth heads, always demanding, "Just one more episode, before bed." And eventually staying up to 3am. What surprised me most about this sow is that it ever made it past the first couple of episodes in the US. It is so damn dark, bleak and disturbing. I love it. Even if something entirely innocuous happens, I want to see more. Saul is a great character in the show (bear in mind I'm only starting series 3) so as he stands, now, I'm not sure we need an 'origin' story for him. But with the same writing team, I'm confident the show will be disturbingly fun viewing.

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