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Peter Gould (writer)

Peter Gould is an American television writer, director and producer. He worked on all five seasons of the AMC drama Breaking Bad. He was nominated for four Writers Guild of America (WGA) Awards for his work on the series. He is currently the co-creator and co-showrunner, with Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, of the show's spinoff, Better Call Saul.

Peter Gould
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BornNew York
OccupationTelevision Writer; producer
EducationBA (1982); MFA (1990)
Alma materSarah Lawrence College, University of Southern California
Notable worksBreaking Bad
Better Call Saul
Too Big to Fail
SpouseNora Doyle (m. 1996)


Gould is a native of New York.[1] He graduated from Sarah Lawrence College[2] in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. In 1990, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master of Fine Arts.[3]


In 2008, he joined the writing staff of the first season of Breaking Bad as a story editor. He wrote the first-season episode "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal".[4] The first season writing staff was nominated for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) Award for best new series at the February 2009 ceremony.[5][6][7]

Gould was promoted to executive story editor for the second season. He wrote the second-season episodes "Bit by a Dead Bee"[8] and "Better Call Saul".[9] The writing staff were nominated for the WGA award for best drama series at the February 2010 ceremony for their work on the second season.[10] Gould was promoted to producer for the third season and wrote the episode "Caballo Sin Nombre"[11] and co-wrote the episode "Kafkaesque" with fellow producer George Mastras.[12] Gould was promoted again to supervising producer for the fourth season in 2011.

With Gilligan, he is currently co-showrunner and co-writer of the spinoff series, Better Call Saul. The show debuted on February 8, 2015, and was the highest-rated cable television series premiere to date.[13][14]

The episode "Uno" from the first season of Better Call Saul won the 2015 Writers Guild of America award for Best Dramatic Episode in February 2016.[15] The episode was written by Gould and Gilligan.

In 2018, Better Call Saul was honored with a Peabody Award for "developing its own unique tone mixing legal drama, crime thriller, and dark comedy."[16]



Year Title Role Notes
1994 Double Dragon Co-writer Based on the video game
2000 Meeting Daddy Writer and director
2011 Too Big to Fail Writer Television film

Production staff

Year Show Role Notes
2018 Better Call Saul Executive producer Season 4
2017 Season 3
2016 Season 2
2015 Season 1
2013 Breaking Bad Co-executive producer Season 5
2011 Supervising producer Season 4
2010 Producer Season 3
2009 Executive story editor Season 2
2008 Story editor Season 1


Year Show Season Episode title Episode Notes
2018 Better Call Saul 4 "Winner" 10 Co-written with Thomas Schnauz
"Smoke" 1
2017 3 "Lantern" 10 Director only
"Mabel" 1 Co-written with Vince Gilligan
2016 2 "Nailed" 9 Also directed
2015 1 "Marco" 10 Also directed
"Mijo" 2
"Uno" 1 Co-written with Vince Gilligan
2013 Breaking Bad 5 "Granite State" 15 Also directed
"Blood Money" 9
2012 "Hazard Pay" 3
2011 4 "Salud" 10 Co-written with Gennifer Hutchison
"Problem Dog" 7 Also directed
2010 3 "Half Measures" 12 Co-written with Sam Catlin
"Kafkaesque"[12] 9 Co-written with George Mastras
"Caballo Sin Nombre"[11] 2
2009 2 "Better Call Saul"[9] 8
"Bit by a Dead Bee"[8] 3
2008 1 "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal"[4] 7


  1. ^ Denise Martin (September 23, 2013). "Breaking Bad's Peter Gould Talks 'Granite State'". Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  2. ^ "News articles from 2013-2014: Merritt Wever '02 and Peter Gould '82 win Emmy awards" (PDF). Sarah Lawrence College. September 23, 2013. p. 10. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  3. ^ "Trojan Alum-inaries". University of Southern California. September 2014. Retrieved 2017-01-06.
  4. ^ a b Tim Hunter (director), Peter Gould (writer) (2008-03-09). "A No-Rough-Stuff-Type of Deal". Breaking Bad. Season 1. Episode 7. AMC.
  5. ^ "2008 Writers Guild Awards Television & Radio Nominees Announced". WGA. 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-12-19. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  6. ^ Perry, Byron (2007-12-12). "WGA announce TV, radio nominees". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  7. ^ "HBO tops WGA awards list with five noms". The Hollywood Reporter. 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2007-12-13.
  8. ^ a b Terry McDonough (director), Peter Gould (writer) (2009-03-22). "Bit by a Dead Bee". Breaking Bad. Season 2. Episode 3. AMC.
  9. ^ a b Terry McDonough (director), Peter Gould (writer) (2009-04-26). "Better Call Saul". Breaking Bad. Season 2. Episode 8. AMC.
  10. ^ "2009 Writers Guild Awards Television, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominees Announced". WGA. 2008. Archived from the original on 2008-12-12. Retrieved 2008-12-12.
  11. ^ a b Adam Bernstein (director), Peter Gould (writer) (2010-03-28). "Caballo Sin Nombre". Breaking Bad. Season 3. Episode 2. AMC.
  12. ^ a b Michael Slovis (director), Peter Gould & George Mastras (writers) (2010-05-16). "Kafkaesque". Breaking Bad. Season 3. Episode 9. AMC.
  13. ^ Rosenfeld, Laura (October 6, 2014). "This 'Better Call Saul' music video gives us a sneak peek of the new series".
  14. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 9, 2015). "'The Walking Dead' Returns to 15.6 Million Viewers + 'Better Call Saul' is Biggest Series Premiere in Cable History". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 9, 2015.
  15. ^ McNary, Dave (13 February 2016). "WGA Honors 'Big Short,' 'Spotlight,' 'Mad Men' at 68th Awards". Variety. Retrieved 14 February 2016.
  16. ^ "Peabody Awards: Better Call Saul". Peabody Awards. Retrieved January 17, 2019.

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