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 was novel. Thus, many other similar storylines depicting various government agencies seeking assistance from convicted criminals or criminal masterminds were opened as a result of this film (either by force or by choice).
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To be more specific about the show’s six seasons (roughly 3500 total airtime), “White Collar” focuses on its central characters and their day-to-day activities. These people include convicted con artist Neal Caffrey, FBI agent Peter Burke, an overworked special agent, Neal’s close aide Mozzie, and Tiffany Caffrey, Peter’s adoring wife. They’re all trying to figure out what’s going on. Neal helps the FBI track down other White Collar criminals like him, which introduces a slew of new characters, including Neal’s nemeses and past love interests, into each episode’s plot. 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.). Similar arrangements amongst main characters (such as following an ex-convict around in exchange for his/her brief freedom) or similar twists and turns and extremely clever criminal masterminds could explain the similarity in plotlines.
12. Breakout Kings (2011-2012)
As far as the plot goes, this now-cancelled show is the only close relative of ‘White Collar.’ The show revolves around a group of former and current U.S. Marshals, a few criminals, and psychoanalysts and behaviorists. It’s a team effort like in all of these shows with Dr. Lloyd’s wit and ingenuity. 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. Agent Charles is under investigation for misconduct as the story progresses. 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 like ‘White Collar’ that differs slightly from the others.
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 she advances in her career, she visits various locations and picks up tips and tricks along the way. Auggie Anderson, a blind man who serves as her guide, aids her in the process. As an inexperienced newcomer to the spy world, Annie’s journey is chronicled in “Covert Affairs.”
8. Lie to Me (2009-2011)
Again, this is another TV show that relies on behavioral analytics, body language and microexpressions to uncover the truth. Despite his troubled past, Professor Dr. Paul Ekman runs a private organization and aids federal agencies in psychological investigations as Dr. Cal Lightman, the main character in the series. Even though it has a similar premise to a Sherlock Holmes story, Dr. Lightman is assisted by one of his most reliable colleagues, Dr. Gillian Foster. One of the best in the genre, ‘Lie to Me’ has a great premise, clever intricacies of criminal psychology, and chemistry between Dr. Lightman’s staff and those of The Lightman Group’s.
7. Criminal Minds (2005-2017)
‘Criminal Minds,’ another long-running show with 13 seasons to date, also follows the path of behavioral analysis of criminals by FBI profilers, who are members of the FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit (BAU). Many leading characters have died or been replaced throughout the course of the story and the series. A few characters and complicated multiple storylines in the show make it difficult to keep track of everything, and the FBIprofilers are sometimes portrayed near-perfectly, which is not always the case. Whatever the case may be, ‘Criminal Minds’ is an entertaining show to watch, but not one that should be watched in its entirety.
6. The Mentalist (2008-2017)
‘The Mentalist,’ starring Simon Baker, is a show about a man who tries to exact revenge on the people who wronged him by lying to the CBI about his psychic abilities (CBI). An ex-con helps the CBI with cases that mostly point to Red John to avenge the deaths of his wife and daughter at the hands of a serial killer known as Red John. With each episode, Red John’s skills are revealed to be purely observant, and he helps the CBI solve other crimes by utilizing psychoanalytical approaches to crime investigation as the series progresses. 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). However, he must be granted immunity from prosecution in exchange for cooperating closely with his daughter, Elizabeth Keen (who has no idea where Reddington is hiding). 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. Shawn declares himself to be a psychic, despite the fact that no one believes him and he is not one, and offers his services to the Santa Barbara Police Department as a detective by being extraordinarily perceptive. 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. ‘Psych’ is different in terms of its screenplay, the flashbacks at the beginning of each episode, and of course, the humor. It’s both rib-tickling and intriguing.
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. Another of Jane’s tattoos features the name – Kurt Weller – an FBI agent who was initially thought to be a childhood friend of the missing woman.
A terrorist or terrorist-related activity is revealed to be at the center of each of Jane’s ink as the show progresses, as she joins an FBI team and follows all their investigative pursuits. ‘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. And Sullivan Stapleton’s performance as Agent Kurt Weller (later Assistant Director) is among his finest.
2. Person of Interest (2011-2016)
Everyone was expecting great things from ‘Person of Interest,’ especially with the involvement of such big names as Jonathan Nolan, J.J. Abrams, and others. And I must say, it lives up to the hype. There are two main characters: Harold Finch, a billionaire software engineer who worked with the United States government to develop a highly intelligent supercomputer for tracking terrorist activities, and John Reese, a Green Beret/CIA veteran who has lost his love and is now living as a hobo in New York City.. 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 have their Social Security Number hacked and returned.
Reese and Finch decode and solve cases based on these Social Security Numbers as the show progresses. For me, the series had a very Batman-like approach to dealing with criminals, as well as sharp dialogue, mind-boggling action scenes, and a script that was impenetrable. 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. ‘Suits’ begins with Mike, a law student who accidentally gets involved in drug dealing and starts interning with Harvey Specter, a top-notch close in New York City, under the fear of being caught. 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 (particularly 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.’