With "Breaking Bad" coming to an end, fans are scrambling to find a new show that would compare to the story of Walter White and company.
Nothing can be described as an exact parallel, but here are several interesting shows that might help to somewhat fill the void in your life.
The BBC mini-series follows a police department investigating the disappearance of a mother and her kids. Each episode of the show covers one complete day of the investigation.
Season One has five episodes featuring days 1, 3, 28, 33, and 79 of the investigation. While it doesn’t have the same concept as "Breaking Bad," there’s that same feeling of dread and sorrow on the characters where you just know things aren't going to end with everyone holding hands and singing.
Friday Night Lights
Sure it’s a show centered around football, but just like "Breaking Bad," the attraction is the development of the characters. "Friday Night Lights" is technically a teen drama set in a small football-loving town in Texas, but when you start to realize that this is the biggest moment of these young men’s lives and the stakes that are at risk, it becomes so much more.
FX is known for ignoring the standard format and taking chances on shows, but for some reason "Terriers" did not pull in the ratings to keep it on past one season. That’s a television tragedy.
While it’s much lighter than "Breaking Bad," the two friends turned private detectives weave through a story with enough twists and surprises to keep you enthralled. There aren’t murdering Nazis in this one, but maybe it wouldn’t be a bad idea to take a break from them.
The Killing (Danish Version)
Before AMC turned it into a subpar murder mystery, the original Danish version, titled "Forbrydelsen," has been called by many the greatest cop show since "The Wire."
Similar to the American version, "Forbrydelsen" finds a detective counting down her finals days as a detective before moving away with her fiancé and transferring to another police force.
Each season focused on a completely different case that is wrapped up in ten episodes, except for the first one that was extended to twenty episodes due to its huge popularity. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Thanks to the beauty of Netflix, you can watch every episode of one of the most exciting and thrilling shows ever made. If you haven’t given the time to Jack Bauer and the Counter Terrorist Unit’s crew you are seriously missing out.
The last few seasons trail off a bit, but when "24" is at its best, there are few shows that can rival its tension and drama. Just like "Breaking Bad," there are very few happy endings for these characters. Plus, it's making a return in the spring of 2014, so now's a great time to catch up.
Do you realize there are actually people who haven’t watched "The Sopranos" yet? If you need another story of family wrapped in crime, you’ve found your new show. It’s silly that I even need to explain why you should watch the story of Tony Soprano and his family, but over six seasons it may be the greatest TV drama ever made. The only way you can decide if "Breaking Bad" is better is to watch them both and find out.
With a strong cast and an intriguing premise, "Kidnapped" is a thrill ride that wraps up nicely after the first, and only, season. Like "Breaking Bad," the effects of a life of crime eventually find a way to destroy family while we watch what seems to be a happy, successful family, quickly unravel.
Jeremy Sisto and Delroy Lindo are fantastic as the good guys trying to find a missing boy while digging deeper into the secrets of his family. The entire series is available now on Netflix.
Sure the premise is completely different, but what makes shows like "Breaking Bad" so great is that we develop a relationship with the characters. Countless shows have had higher stakes than "Breaking Bad" or "Lost," but when you’ve learned the character’s back stories and when you develop a relationship or a bond with them, you begin to care.
That’s the goal of every show and few did it better than "Lost." You won’t get an answer to every question like "Breaking Bad" has done so well, but you’ll find yourself emotionally invested in the well being and future of its cast of characters.
Now that your Sunday nights have opened up, it’s a perfect time to make the transition over to Showtime’s thriller "Homeland." The producers of "24" made the jump over to premium cable with brilliant results.
Like "Breaking Bad," the lines between good and bad, moral and immoral often become blurred in pursuit of what is supposed to be the greater good.
"Homeland" raises the stakes quite a bit as an American war hero is suspected of being involved with terrorist. Season three began last night, so hurry up and get caught up.
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Probably the most underrated Showtime series ever made, "Brotherhood" follows two brothers, one a politician and the other in organized crime. While crime and violence aren’t glamorized and celebrated like in "Breaking Bad," the performances are second to none. There are a total of three seasons so marathon viewing is the preferred way to enjoy it.