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3 Spinoffs as Good — or Better! — than the Original

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When I love a show, I want as much of it as I can possibly get. Spoilers, teasers, insider info, secrets from the set: I will seek it all out and more. This is why I’m such a huge fan of spinoffs—more time in a world I’ve come to know and love? Yes, please. I recognize, however, that spinoffs can easily break your heart. They so rarely live up to the original material, often making you wish you were rewatching the show you actually love. But when they work, they’re amazing —sometimes even better than the show they were based on. Here are three spinoffs—and one book!—that I think more than live up to the hype: Fear the Walking Dead…

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Don’t worry, Better Call Saul fans — we can still Break Bad

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If, like me you’re a fan of television’s Breaking Bad, times are good. The series, which we may have referred to in this space as “the most thrilling, gripping, exhilarating, suspenseful, jump-out-of-your-chair-and-scream-holy crap! television series ever broadcast,” has concluded its run. But thanks to Netflix, the adventures of Walter White, Jesse Pinkman, Skyler, Hank, Gus Fring, Tío Salamanca, and all of the show’s famous (and infamous) characters will live forever. And thanks to Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and producer Peter Gould, the show’s spinoff series, Better Call Saul, has become one of cable TV’s biggest hits (and one with no shortage of “Holy Crap!” moments of its own. Did you see those flashbacks to Mike Ehrmantraut’s checkered past in…

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Miss Breaking Bad — who you gonna call? Better Call Saul!

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When it comes to legal problems, Jesse Pinkman, one-half of Breaking Bad’s loveable, meth-cooking anti-hero team, had this piece of advice: there are times when you need a criminal attorney. And then, there are times you need a criminal attorney. When that time comes, there’s only one thing to do: Better Call Saul! And now, from AMC comes Better Call Saul, the prequel/sequel series that promises all the quirks and cliffhangers of Breaking Bad, the series that proved to its legion of fans that cancer-stricken, high-school-chemistry-teachers-turned-power-mad-drug lords were people, too. Saul, of course, is Saul Goodman, the shady shyster who became the consigliore of Walter White’s meth empire. Goodman made his first appearance on Breaking Bad’s second season. He was…

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