Beyond Matt Bomer’s captivating charm, the premise of ‘White Collar,’ which featured an FBI agent seeking the assistance of a convicted felon, became well-known. When it comes to the concept itself, we’ve seen similar arrangements in movies. However, the humor and sarcasm brought to the screen by the actors were novel. Such that it paved the way for many other similar storylines portraying various government agencies seeking assistance from criminals or criminal masterminds. (either by force or by choice).
White Collar is mostly concerned with its central characters and their day-to-day activities in the six seasons it aired (almost 3500 hours in total). With Neal Caffrey, a con artist serving time for alleged theft of art and antiquities, FBI agent Peter Burke as his workhorse, Mozzie, Neal’s close aide and fellow con artist, and Tiffany, Peter’s supportive and adoring wife, the team is comprised. As Peter and Neal work on a new case, a slew of other characters join in, including Neal’s enemies and past love interests. This allows the show to feature an ever-changing cast of characters. To summarize, it’s worth watching for the wit, puns, and incredible chemistry between the characters. It’s also worth watching because of Matt Bomer.
The following is a list of shows that we think you might enjoy if you liked White Collar. Some of these shows, such as White Collar, are available to watch on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. Despite the fact that the similarities aren’t uncanny, these stories will make you think of “White Collar” because of the similar government agencies involved (FBI, CIA, NSA, DEA, US Marshals etc.). for reasons like a tracker bracelet tracking a convict’s movements in exchange for his/her short-lived freedom, or perhaps because of similar twists and turns and extremely clever criminal masterminds.
12. Breakout Kings (2011-2012)
As far as the plot goes, this now-cancelled show is the only close relative of ‘White Collar.’ Many former and current U.S. Marshals, convicts and psychoanalysts and behaviorists make up the cast of the TV show. Charlie, Ray, Shea, and Erica form an excellent team with Dr. Lloyd’s ingenuity, as is typical of such shows. Not to mention T-Bag from ‘Prison Break,’ whose appearance in ‘Breakout Kings’ elevated it to new heights.
11. The Beast (2009)
‘The Beast,’ a series that was on the verge of matching the success of ‘White Collar,’ had it not been for the death of its star actor Patrick Swayze, is a quirky take on the FBI’s use of criminals, criminal mindsets, and borderline illegal activities. While FBI agent Charles is involved, his aide Ellis is often torn between supporting him or siding with the other side. The plot develops as an investigation into agent Charles’s conduct is conducted. We’d have no idea what would happen next if we didn’t ask.
10. Bones (2005-2017)
With 12 seasons under its belt (and counting), ‘Bones’ is one of the longest-running shows on television, at least among those on this list. In contrast to other FBI TV shows, Dr. Brennan, an anthropologist with the agency, is socially awkward and infatuated with her colleague and FBI agent Seeley Booth, who is eventually in a relationship. Brennan’s interest in anthropology earns her the nickname “Bones” as the series progresses. Bodies” has an emphasis on scientific investigation, with frequent appearances by biologists who are experts in things like mold and bacteria. A show similar to ‘White Collar,’ but with a subtle difference.
9. Covert Affairs (2010-2014)
Her previous romantic relationship with her ex-boyfriend led to the hiring of Annie Walker, a new CIA recruit. She begins her career by working at the Smithsonian Institution for her cover, but as her career progresses, she travels and learns new skills. Blind man Auggie Anderson, her handler, aids her in the process. When Annie is first hired, she is a clueless newcomer to the spy world.
8. Lie to Me (2009-2011)
Once again, the TV show ‘Lie to Me’ attempts to investigate the other side of criminal investigation by using behavioral analytics, body language, and microexpressions. Despite his troubled past, Professor Dr. Paul Ekman runs a private organization and helps federal agencies with psychological investigations as Dr. Cal Lightman. Even though it has a similar premise to a Sherlock Holmes story, Dr. Lightman is assisted by Dr. Gillian Foster, one of his most dependable colleagues, instead of a brilliant, stubborn individual (read Mr. Holmes). ‘Lie to Me’ is one of the genre’s best thanks to a well-crafted premise, some clever intricacies in criminal psychology, and the chemistry between the employees of The Lightman Group and Dr. Lightman himself.
7. Criminal Minds (2005-2017)
With 13 seasons under its belt, another long-running show, ‘Criminal Minds,’ explores the world of FBI profilers and their work in the Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU). Many leading characters have died or been replaced throughout the course of the story and the series. Occasionally, the series’ large cast of characters and numerous plotlines make it difficult to keep track of everything, and the FBIprofilers are sometimes portrayed as near-perfect, which isn’t always the case. Without a doubt, ‘Criminal Minds’ is entertaining to watch, but it isn’t something you should binge on right away.
6. The Mentalist (2008-2017)
‘The Mentalist,’ starring Simon Baker, is a show in which the protagonist seeks vengeance by lying to the California Bureau of Investigation about his psychic abilities (CBI). When Patrick Jane’s wife and daughter are murdered by a serial killer known as Red John, the con artist helps the CBI with cases that primarily point to Red John. Eventually, Red John is caught and his abilities are revealed to be limited to being a keen observer who helps the CBI solve other crimes by pursuing the psycho-analytical approach to solving crimes. Watch it solely for the sake of seeing Simon Baker.
5. The Blacklist (2013-2017)
After years of evading capture, fugitive Reddington finally turns himself in to the FBI, where he offers his help in catching the most feared criminals. This is a novel improvement over the previously mentioned ‘White Collar’ and ‘Blindspot’ combined series (for he has prepared a Blacklist). Except for his willingness to work with Elizabeth Keen (his daughter, who is unaware of Reddington’s whereabouts), the only conditions are immunity from prosecution and his cooperation with Elizabeth Keen. On the other hand, “The Blacklist” has a similar approach to tackling criminal cases, concluding each episode with the death or arrest of a suspect. ‘The Blacklist,’ with a star-studded cast led by James Spader and Megan Boone, is one of the best thriller shows on television.
4. Psych (2006-2014)
A breath of fresh air in the otherwise dull and boring world of criminal investigation is provided by ‘Psych,’ the only comedy on this list of shows. Psych’s humor is derived from everyday false pretenses and, at times, a comedy of errors, and revolves around two central characters – Shawn and Gus. In spite of the fact that most people don’t believe him, Shawn claims to be a psychic and offers his services to the Santa Barbara Police Department as a detective. Gus, on the other hand, is Shawn’s business partner and a medical sales rep. Shawn falls in love as the series progresses, and viewers soon discover that he isn’t a psychic after all. With its rib-tickling screenplay, flashbacks at the start of each episode, and of course, the hilarity, “Psych” is unique.
3. Blindspot (2015-2017)
It has all the characteristics of ‘White Collar,’ but I’ll rate it slightly higher because of the clever plot twists and the overall storyline. Blindspot is my personal favorite in this list. With Jane Doe as its starting point, the show follows this young woman who has been found unconscious inside a bag in Times Square, covered in tattoos, and with no memory of her past. According to one of the ink, Jane’s childhood friend Kurt Weller was a former FBI agent. While following an FBI team and their investigations, each of Jane’s tattoos becomes increasingly important to a sinister plot and/or points directly to a terrorist or terrorist-related activity. ‘Blindspot’ is at the top of its game because it is complex, intriguing, and full of layers and brilliant mysteries that are revealed with each new episode. It’s also Sullivan Stapleton’s best work as Agent Kurt Weller (and later Assistant Director).
2. Person of Interest (2011-2016)
All eyes were on ‘Person of Interest,’ especially with big-name collaborators like Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and others involved. And, my gosh, does it live up to those hopes. On Harold Finch, the billionaire software engineer who collaborated with the United States government to build an advanced supercomputer to track terrorist activities, and John Reese the former Green Beret/CIA who has lost his love and is now living as a hobo in New York City, the story is centered around these two central characters. Based on an exploit that Finch built into the machine, this plot assumes that an individual who is (about to be) involved in criminal activity will (either be a perpetrator or a victim) have their Social Security Numbers returned to them.
Reese and Finch decode and solve cases based on these Social Security Numbers as the show progresses. That which I cherished about the series was Reese’ approach to dealing with criminals that reminded me of Batman’s. I also cherished the sharp dialogue, breathtaking action sequences, and watertight script. A short-lived television series that we would have liked to see continue.
1. Suits (2011-2017)
‘Suits’ is more than just a TV show thanks to Harvey Specter and his ingenuity in solving cases. Mike, a law student on the verge of graduation who becomes involved in drug dealing by accident, begins an internship with Harvey Specter, a top-notch New York City closing attorney. A slew of other characters, including Harvey and Mike, become embroiled in lawsuits and accusations as the series progresses. To sum it up, the show is worth watching for the mind-boggling dialogue, the chemistry between the characters (especially Mike and Harvey), and the rapid-fire pacing of the script. While ‘Suits’ has the charisma and wit of ‘Breaking Bad,’ it lacks the conceptualization of ‘White Collar.’