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So you’ve just finished watching Breaking Bad. You probably feel an overwhelming sense of sadness because you’ve just finished watching some of the most entertaining television you’ll ever see.
Chances are, you probably want more. And while you can’t have more of the show, there is the fantastic El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, but you’ve probably finished that as well.
Well, don’t worry, because we’ve found seven shows that have the key aspects that make Breaking Bad so good—lovable criminals, an underdog story, violence, sex, and drugs. If you need a fix of that pure Breaking Bad, we have you covered.
Weeds is basically Breaking Bad with a female lead. Or rather, Breaking Bad is basically Weeds with a male lead, because Weeds first aired in 2005, and Breaking Bad debuted in 2008. The show is all about a widowed mother of two who starts selling marijuana to get by. It does plenty of things to make it stand on its own, but there’s definitely enough similarity to fulfill the needs of Breaking Bad fans.
If the main thing you enjoyed about Breaking Bad is the unlikely drug kingpin, then Weeds is the perfect show fr you, as it hits on all those elements.
2. Sons of Anarchy
Sons of Anarchy is one of my favorite shows where the criminals are actually the protagonists. In just about any other story, a gang of murderous bikers would be the bad guys. And in just about any other show, a sociopathic meth dealer would be the bad guy. But, like Breaking Bad, SOA manages to have you rooting for some horrible people.
If the main thing you liked about Breaking Bad is the fact that the criminals are the good guys and the over-the-top violence, SOA is exactly what you need.
3. The Sopranos
The Sopranos is an absolute classic in the world of organized crime media. Like Walter White, Tony Soprano is a terrible person who brings pain and suffering to everyone he loves. But in spite of that, the writers manage to make you root for him. As his story develops, you find yourself more and more attached to him and his gang of criminals, which is the same thing that happens with Walter White.
If you like the crime aspect of Breaking Bad and the primary focus around one conflicted character, then you should watch The Sopranos. It’s such a great show, and it really hits on many of the aspects that people love about Breaking Bad.
Is there a more famous name in the world of drugs than Pablo Escobar? Narcos is all about his life and his rising to prominence through the world of cocaine. It’s an action-packed show filled with drugs, violence, and deep storytelling. It’s based on a true story, so it doesn’t go quite as crazy as Breaking Bad, but there’s still more than enough similarities to make it worth watching.
If you’re a fan of drug dealing, Narcos is the show for you. If you enjoy seeing the DEA chase down a drug dealer (without the familial aspect of Breaking Bad), there should be lots for you to enjoy with Narcos.
5. Boardwalk Empire
While we don’t think of alcohol as anything like meth, during the 1920s time period of Boardwalk Empire, it was just as illegal. This show focuses on the crime that took place during the prohibition era, and it’s quite intense in terms of crime, violence, and everything else you loved about Breaking Bad.
If you like the parts of Breaking Bad where Walter White is at his most powerful, this show is perfect for you. Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (played by Steve Buscemi) is hardly an underdog, but there are enough similarities to Breaking Bad in other aspects to make it worthwhile for fans.
6. Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul is kind of a freebie, as it’s a direct spinoff of Breaking Bad. And while it’s set in the same universe featuring Walter White’s lawyer Saul Goodman, there’s more than enough differences to make this show stand on its own. It’s sharp, witty, dark, and filled with all the criminal mischief and underdog storytelling fans of Breaking Bad look for.
Obviously, the main reason to watch this show as a fan of Breaking Bad is the fact that it takes place in the same universe with some of the same characters.