When it comes to television, Rahul is a sucker for a good show. His top three shows of all time are “The Wire,” “Breaking Bad,” and “The Sopranos.”
Breaking Bad is one of the few well-known series with an IMDB.com score of 9 or higher. To put it another way, that alone says a lot about the show’s overall quality. It was engrossing and addictive from the start, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout. The odds are in its favor for some time to come before anything else replaces it as a favorite.
Better Call Saul, a Breaking Bad spinoff, premiered recently on AMC. Comparing it to the latter does it no justice, despite how good it is.
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.
Lupin, based on classic folklore, is a retelling with a flamboyant, contemporary appearance. Known for his role in The Intouchables (2011), Omar Sy takes on the role of shred thief Arsène Lupin, relying on his wits and charm to get away with his crimes of grandeur. When he embarks on a quest to find those responsible for framing his father and ultimately driving him to commit suicide, he ends up getting involved in far more than he bargained for.
Lupin, in contrast to shows like Breaking Bad, prefers a lighter tone while still maintaining a strong sense of realism. One too many times, our anti-hero Lupin, manages to evade the justice system, rendering it ineffective. Once again, the hero defies all the odds as a one-man army in this tale. When the underdog finally triumphs, it’s strangely satisfying, even if it means violating all of society’s moral and civil codes along the way.
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 infused quirkiness. Without it, I wouldn’t have recommended it to anyone. 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. The television series Fargo is a unique beast in its own right. The anthology format of the series, which is set in the same universe as the original film, has helped it stand out in a sea of neo-noirs and crime dramas.
Its anthological format allows for wild and crazy storytelling without having to spend too much time setting the stage. Because the story can be told in only 10 episodes, the creative fuel is more intense.
Like in Breaking Bad, there is never a dull moment in the storylines. It’s hard to tell who’s good and who’s bad in Fargo’s ruthless, grey 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, that’s clear to me now. Chris Rock plays a gangster in the film’s lead role. Despite his charisma, he can’t save the sinking ship. It’s too bad that the most recent season (as of this writing) has sunk under the weight of its own ostentation.
When it comes to plot twists, Gomorrah feels like a cross between Bad Blood and Narcos. The story revolves around a large shipment of cocaine and the drug lords’ battle to seize it. One of the parties is desperate to get the shipment because it’s critical to the future of his cartel. 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-episode suspense drama that will keep you guessing until the very end.
The only thing I don’t like about it is that the majority of the dialogue is in Spanish instead of English. 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. The bright side is that the use of the native language enhances the realism of ZeroZeroZero, a series that also features stunning cinematography and an impressive ensemble cast of actors.
A large part of Harold Torres’ brutality and cunning was due to his character’s Mexican upbringing, which was brought to life on screen by the 36-year-old Mexican actor. 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.
8. 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. For the most part, the writers and producers of Sons of Anarchy were able to maintain a high level of cohesion throughout the show’s seven season run. 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.
Kurt Sutter penned the script, which 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. The bad guys, but they’d go to any length to protect 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. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.
Wouldn’t it be interesting to know what it was like to live in the Wild West? There’s no need to look any further. Deadwood provides you with the opportunity to do so. The story takes place in a lawless mining town in the years following the Civil War, which is well-known for attracting outlaws, whores, and gold diggers—people who are ready to risk everything to make it big. 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. Everyone out there is just trying to make it.
As long as you don’t mind a lot of coarse language and explicit sexual content (which is to be expected from a show set in the Wild West), you’ll enjoy Deadwood.
There aren’t many better TV shows than this one for reliving the Wild West of our collective imagination. Give it a go if you’re not easily offended.
6. Homicide: Life on the Street
Homicide: Life on the Street is a procedural cop show with elements of drama, suspense, and humor created by Paul Attanasio. In some ways, it’s even better than HBO’s The Wire, in my opinion. 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. A well-paced series of stories from the beginning to the end proves that a show doesn’t have to have a lot of eye candy to be popular.
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. Now is your chance to make amends if you somehow missed it.
Instead of giving a plot synopsis, I’ll just say that going into the story blind is a much more enjoyable experience. However, I can assure you that Weeds provokes thought on a variety of levels. It’s an excellent show. Everything about it is top-notch, and I watched all eight episodes in under two weeks.
It had the potential to be significantly better. You’ll be annoyed by the stupid decisions that the characters make. 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. When they make poor choices, you still support them because you would have done the same.
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 should never be taken at face value. 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. To what point does the line between right and wrong become blurred? Where does one draw the line between right and wrong? When it comes to on-screen violence, it’s more like 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. Take a chance.
3. The Sopranos
A mobster with a kind heart named Tony Soprano is at the center of the story. Actor James Gandolfini portrays an old-school mobster who has two personalities: one as a kind father and husband who wants to do right by his family, and another as a cold, calculating businessman. People rooted for an anti-hero more than any other character on any other show.
And he loves it that way: a horrible human being and a man to fear and respect all at the same time! His other side, on the other hand, is what makes him such a likable character. No one is safe from his wrath, and he will stand by his friends and family no matter what.
While the show does have its share of racial and sexist innuendo, the outstanding writing and acting keep things in check.
2. Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire, in my opinion, requires no introduction. For those who may be unaware, I will nonetheless make an attempt to summarize it. The story takes place in Atlantic City, New Jersey, during the prohibition era, when the city is rife with corruption and violence due to the burgeoning booze industry. Some of the plot points are made up, but the majority of the show is based on actual events.
The story revolves around Atlantic City politician Enoch Thompson, who has connections with both the police and the mob, and 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.
As a whole, Boardwalk Empire is an excellent show with a somber undertone to it. Dark and unsettling are all words that describe this game. 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 isn’t the case at all. 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 their perspective.
The first couple of episodes spend a lot of time establishing the plot and developing the characters. Next, they begin a power struggle in which they outwit one another until the very end of the show.
With its sluggishness, you might want to give up. Don’t worry, things will improve. In comparison to Breaking Bad, this show’s plots aren’t as exciting, but they are just as compelling and realistic.
The Wire is a must-see show thanks to some excellent writing and well-developed characters. You don’t want to miss this opportunity.