Fan-favorite Better Call Saul has created a record, but not in the saddest way possible. The Breaking Bad prequel has not won a single Emmy throughout its six seasons, despite 53 nominations. The show missed out on a number of deserving categories in the Emmys last night, with Succession dominating the awards.
Better Call Saul has had Emmy nominations across 7 years, but always lost to someone else. It is upsetting because a show so critically and popularly acclaimed deserves at least one win. Better Call Saul was nominated for Outstanding Drama, and also saw Bob Odenkirk and Rhea Seehorn in the Lead Actor and Supporting Actress categories. They lost to Succession, Kieran Culkin, and Jennifer Coolidge, respectively.
Breaking Bad, however, has won 16 Emmys in its time, with 4 Lead Actor wins for Bryan Cranston. The show follows Jimmy McGill’s endeavors to become the lawyer Saul Goodman, and is set before Breaking Bad. The show is created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, with the former also being behind the creation of Breaking Bad. Gould was nominated for his season finale ‘Saul Gone’ in the Outstanding Writing for Drama Series category.
Seehorn told The Hollywood Reporter that she wasn’t disappointed even if Better Call Saul missed out on a win. “… [W]e all feel truly proud of the work we created,” she said. Despite wanting to be recognized for their last appearances, Seehorn says they will hold their work in the same regard, “no matter what.”
Better Call Saul isn’t the only show that went empty handed at last night’s Emmys. Former Emmy winners Ted Lasso, and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel also missed out on wins during the main ceremony. The night was mostly to the names of Succession, The Bear, and Beef, all winning awards in the major categories.