Vince Gilligan on the secret relationship between BETTER CALL SAUL and Ralph Kramden

You don’t have to be a fan of Classic TV to love Vince Gilligan’s shows – BETTER CALL SAUL & BREAKING BAD – but it sure doesn’t hurt. (Besides, if you haven’t seen the Classics you’re missing one helluvalotta great television!)


The Vin Man
The Vin Man

by Kimberly Potts

Is Jimmy McGill the grandson of Ralph Kramden? Are the tightly-plotted storylines of Breaking Bad a nod to the gut-punch twists of The Twilight Zone? Fans will get some serious insight into those questions when Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul, and Battle Creek creator Vince Gilligan shares four hours of his favorite classic TV episodes duringVince Gilligan’s Island of MeTV special on MeTV this Sunday, April 5.

Gilligan — who, along with Saul star Bob Odenkirk, will introduce and chat about the episodes throughout the special programming block — tells Yahoo TV the episodes he’s chosen represent a “partial peek” at what inspired his own storytelling.

“I was inspired by classic movies and wonderful novels, as well,” Gilligan says. “As far as television goes, I watched quite a bit of it growing up, probably too much. I watched a lot of classic TV shows. It’s a real treat to be able to revisit them on MeTV.”

Too much TV? Considering the current (Breaking Bad) and future (Better Call Saul) classics he’s created…

“Well, I guess it helped me in good stance in my career,” Gilligan laughs. “Every now and then, being the wistful personality that I am, I think, ‘Man, I should have gotten out in the backyard and gotten a little more sun back then, actually gone on dates in high school. I should have watched a little less TV and lived a little more life.’

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