There aren’t many popular series with an IMDB.com rating of 9 or higher, but Breaking Bad is one of them. That in and of itself says a lot about the show’s overall quality throughout its five seasons. It was engrossing and addictive from the start, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout. Until something better comes along, it’ll remain a fan favorite for quite some time. BCS, a Breaking Bad spinoff, premiered on AMC last week. Comparing it to the latter does it no justice, despite how good it is.
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Fans have been searching for new shows to fill the void left by this amazing show’s conclusion. Because I’m such a big fan, I’ve put together a list of shows that should keep you busy for the foreseeable future.
This retelling of classic folklore, Lupin, is modern and flamboyant on the outside. Known for his role in The Intouchables (2011), Omar Sy plays a petty thief named Arsène Lupin. To find those responsible for framing his father and driving him to commit suicide, he sets out on an investigation that quickly turns into something bigger than he bargained for.
Lupin, in contrast to shows like Breaking Bad, prefers a lighter tone while still maintaining a strong sense of realism. Due to his numerous escapes, Lupin the Third has rendered the entire justice system ineffective. Yes, it’s yet another tale about a lone hero who defies the odds to win. Even if it means breaking all the moral and civil codes of conventional society, it’s strangely satisfying when the underdog wins.
Subtle jabs at inequality and racism are peppered throughout the show, even if they only appear for a brief period of time. Fortunately, this underlying tension is kept to a minimum and has no effect on the story’s flow.
This French crime drama series has an ineffable beauty that can only be explained by its imbued quirkiness. The information revealed in each episode is just enough to entice you to watch the next. It’s obvious that someone is being deceived; nothing is as it seems. Underneath the obvious clues, there are more clues to be found. All it takes is a closer look.
Seeing the original film is recommended prior to watching this TV series, but it is not required. In its own right, the television series Fargo is a monster unto itself. The anthology format of the series, which is set in the same universe as the original film, has allowed it to distinguish itself from other neo-noirs and crime dramas.
Since it is written in an anthology format, it allows for wild and crazy storytelling without having to do a lot of world-building. Because the story can be told in only 10 episodes, the creative fuel is more intense.
Like in Breaking Bad, the plots are never dull and never let up. It’s hard to tell who’s good and who’s bad in Fargo’s cold, calculating world. Everyone has a valid reason for acting the way they do. They’re in it for the long haul to protect their jobs and livelihoods. Which side are you on? Fargo is a difficult film to watch. Is it, however, worth your effort? Absolutely!
Note:- The first three seasons are excellent, but the fourth is over the top and not worth your time and money. Yes, I see what you mean. Chris Rock plays a gangster in the film’s lead role. However, not even his charisma can save the sinking ship. As it stands, the most recent season of The Walking Dead has sunk under the weight of its own ostentation.
Gomorrah meets Bad Blood meets Narcos in this convoluted and twisty Amazon original. As a result, it centers on a massive cocaine shipment and documents the drug lords’ battle to seize it. One of the parties needs the shipment for the future of his cartel and will stop at nothing to get it. While one is focused on protecting the package, the other is hellbent on destroying it. After that, you’ll be treated to a gory eight-part thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final credits have rolled.
The only thing I don’t like about it is that the majority of the dialog is in Spanish. If you don’t understand the language, turn on the subtitles. Even though it’s marketed as an English series, only about 20% of the dialogue is actually spoken in English. It’s a win-win situation because the native language adds to the authenticity of ZeroZeroZero, a series that boasts stunning cinematography and an all-star cast of performers.
With locations in Mexico, Morocco, Italy, and the United States included in the storyline, Harold Torres, the 36-year-old Mexican actor, made the Mexican portion of the overall storyline seem the most brutal and cunning. He is disturbingly menacing in his cold-blooded cultist avatar. Harold is deserving of all the acclaim he’s receiving for his breakthrough performance in the film’s psychopathic role.
It’s a great choice if you like Breaking Bad but don’t have the luxury of time to devote to a long-term TV series like that.
During the Wild West, did you ever wonder what it was like to live? There’s no need to look any further. Deadwood provides you with the opportunity to do so. An outlaw, whore, and gold digger-filled mining town during the post-Civil War years is the setting for this tale about people ready to risk everything for the chance to strike it rich. People in places where life has no meaning must have shaky moral standards at the very least. Normally, you’d want to hate them. But now, you can’t. Not in this place. Nobody has anything more important on their minds than simply surviving out there.
If you’re willing to put up with a lot of profanity and nudity (which is to be expected from a show set in the Wild West during those times), you’ll enjoy Deadwood.
It’s one of the best shows on TV for reliving the Wild West of our collective imagination. Give it a go if you’re not easily offended.
7. Sons of Anarchy
There are highs and lows in terms of the quality of content on television shows. Seasons can be great, but every now and then, one will come along that you’d prefer to skip. Fortunately, Sons of Anarchy’s creators were able to come up with a formula that worked throughout the show’s seven seasons. This series starts off slowly, but after a few episodes, the viewer is taken on an exciting roller coaster ride full of surprises and cliffhangers.
It was written and directed by Kurt Sutter and centers on an outlaw motorcycle club in California’s Central Valley. In both legal and illegal ventures, they operate under the radar of law enforcement.
Sons of Anarchy is one of those shows that you eagerly anticipate each new installment of.
You’re going to feel sorry for those gang members throughout the movie. They may be bad guys, but if it meant the world to them, they’d do anything for their loved ones. These people will stop at nothing in order to protect the people they care about, and that makes this a highly addictive show. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.
6. Homicide: Life on the Street
Homicide: Life on the Street, created by Paul Attanasio, is a procedural cop show full of drama, suspense, and humor. In some ways, I think it’s superior to HBO’s The Wire. Despite its gripping finale, The Wire lacks this show’s sense of humor and pace.
They had to rely entirely on the script and the acting talent of the cast to succeed with the most unattractive cast on television. Also, the fact that the show is a hit despite the lack of eye candy is proof positive that well-paced stories can be a show’s strongest asset.
It was a shame that the risks it took didn’t pay off. This show was canceled before it got off the ground because of a lack of interest. Despite this, it’s an excellent piece of drama and well worth your time. If you somehow missed it, now is your chance to make amends.
I’m not going to give a plot summary because going into a story blind is a much better experience. However, I can assure you that Weeds provokes thought on a variety of levels. It’s an excellent show. I finished all eight episodes in under two weeks because it was that good.
It had the potential to be significantly better. A lot of stupid decisions will be made by the characters, and this may irritate you. Even so, you can’t help but be swept up in the story and characters.
The show lets us make moral judgments about the characters as they deal with the problems of daily life. Even if they make bad choices, you’ll still support them because you know you’d do the same thing.
Serial Weeds illustrates how easily people can be pushed to the brink of insanity, leading them down a perilous path. It’s as engrossing as Breaking Bad, with moments you won’t soon forget.
4. The Shield
User reviews are never to be trusted. Whenever a few people voice their displeasure with a show, the rest of the audience follows suit. Some shows, like The Shield, are fortunate enough to be on the right side of the audience, while others, like The 100, are victimized by the internet mob.
I would have watched this show a long time ago if not for the scathing reviews on IMDB and Metacritic. Regardless of what they were watching, they had me completely astonished.
The Shield posed a lot of questions during its seven-season run. When does the line between right and wrong start to blur? Where does one draw the line between right and wrong? The violence on screen is more akin to that of The Wire. While the action is never-ending, there is time for character development as well.
The Shield has it all: corrupt cops, bloodshed, narcotics, sex, and hot girls. Don’t be afraid to try it.
3. The Sopranos
A mobster with a kind heart named Tony Soprano is at the center of the story. James Gandolfini is a grumpy, likeable mobster who has two personalities: one as a loving father and husband, and the other as a ruthless, old-school mobster who knows how to get things done. People rooted for an anti-hero more than any other character on any other show.
He relishes the fact that he is what he is: a monstrous human being who should be feared and revered. His other side, on the other hand, is what makes him such a likable character. When it comes to betrayal, he doesn’t hold back.
While the show does have its share of racial and sexist innuendo, it never crosses the line thanks to the outstanding writing and acting.
2. Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire requires no introduction, in my opinion. Even so, I’ll do my best to summarize it for those who may be unfamiliar with it. The story takes place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the prohibition era, when the booze industry was booming. Some of the plot points are made up, but the majority of the show is based on actual events.
There is a plot centered on Atlantic City politician Enoch Thompson, who is friends with both cops and the mob, and who uses both for his own gain. He quickly rises to the top of the illegal booze industry with the help of his influential friends. When the federal government begins investigating him, things take a turn for the worse and become more difficult for him.
Boardwalk Empire has a serious tone and is a good show overall. Everything about it is enveloping, gloomy, and unsettling. There’s so much to love about this show, from the captivating plots and visually stunning sets to the underappreciated score.
1. The Wire
At first glance, The Wire may appear to be just another procedural police drama. After a few episodes, you’ll see that this is not the case. You’ll notice right away how this differs from other shows of a similar premise.
There aren’t any big chases or fights in this movie. It’s meant to show the reality of the conflict between law enforcement and drug traffickers, allowing viewers to see the world from the perspective of the undercover officers.
The first few episodes spend a lot of time establishing the characters and setting the stage for the rest of the story. As they try to outwit one another, the struggle for power begins and lasts until the very end of the show.
You may be tempted to give up on it due to its sluggishness. Don’t worry, things will get better. While the plots may not be as eye-catching as those on Breaking Bad, they are just as compelling and realistic.
The Wire’s solid writing and well-developed characters make it a must-see show. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.