25 Shows Better Than Breaking Bad You Should Go For!

Breaking Bad has been noted to be one of the greatest television shows that the world has seen. From the acting to the plot, it is said to be perfect in all aspects. Yet what if there are some more series that are better than Breaking Bad?

So here we are, with a list of shows that are better than Breaking Bad.

1. Homicide: Life on the Streets (1993)

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Homicide: Life on the Street

Identified as one of the best shows to be released over the last decade, Homicide: Life on the Street is an American show that describes police drama with the best plot ever. Based on the book named Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets by David Simon, the series somewhat is David’s fictional version of the Baltimore Police Department’s Homicide Unit. This 1993 series has run up for 6 years as it ends with a total of seven seasons in the year 1999. The story slowly proceeds with a basic introduction and starts to build up as soon we cross the first two seasons. The story is good and is filled with thrillers which makes the series much more interesting to watch.

2. The Sopranos (1999)

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The Sopranos

This American crime drama The Sopranos is one of the most renowned series that has gained a lot of fans from all over the world. The series was first created by David Chase and was released on January 10th, 1999. The story is based on an Italian-American mobster who is based in New Jersey, named Tony Soprano. We see how the show proceeds to show the difficulties that he faces when he struggles to balance out his life with his family and life where he lives as a criminal head. The six seasons of the series perfectly portray his life. The show run from 1999 to 2007 making it one of the most viewed crime dramas on the list.

3. Band of Brothers (2001)

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Band of Brothers

Band of Brother is one of the few war dramas that has been famous among people all around the world. This miniseries is based on the historian named Stephen E. Ambrose’s book of the same name. This show of War drama was created by Tom Hank and Steven Spielberg. The plot shows a glimpse of World War II and what it brought along with it. This ten-episode-long miniseries exactly pictures the book into moving images that make the viewers love the series as it is. The series stars Kirk Acevedo, Eion Bailey, Michael Cuditz, Dake Dye, Rick Gomez, Tom Hardy, and many other artists who have portrayed each artist perfectly and make the series as perfect as the viewers say. The series was released on September 9th, 2001, and was concluded with the ten episodes on November 4th, 2001.

4. The Wire (2002)

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The Wire

The Wire is an American crime drama television show that was created by David Simon who is an author and a former police reporter. The series was first released on June 2nd, 2002, released five seasons over six years, and ended in the year 2008, March. The series is speaking of different institutions in the city and their law enforcement. Each season has different law enforcement and talks about the characters and the case from the previous season as the story proceeds. The five subjects that are to be cantered in each season are serial: the illegal drug trade, the port system, the city government and bureaucracy, education and schools, and the print news medium.

5. The Shield (2002)

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The Shield

Another crime drama named The Shield is television series that is created by Shawn Ryan and was premiered on March 12th, 2002. The series tells us about a division in the Los Angeles Police Department as they dig up the cases about the recent events that are related to gang violence, drug trafficking, and prostitution. The series gives its viewer an intense thrill which makes us have chills. Each episode has something different to offer as we proceed through the story. The series starred actors like Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Reed Diamond, and Walton Goggins who make the series even more interesting. The series was concluded in the year 2008, November, after the completion of the seven seasons of the series.

6. Deadwood (2004)


Aired in the year 2004, Deadwood is an American television series that was created by David Mitch. The series revolves around a town named Deadwood, located in South Dakota. The series follows up on the crime and corruption that happens in the town. The cases are carried out by an ex-lawman and a man who is trying to find a new goal in his life. The series is highly surrounded by action, thriller, and mystery. The series has also gained a lot of critical reviews for its plot and setup. The series has released a total of three-season and 36 episodes that conclude the whole series in the year 2006, August. Deadwood has made a lot of people watch the serial drama and you can say that it is one of the series that built up the genre.

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7. Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005)

Avatar: The Last Airbender

Avatar is one of the famous animated series that has been known to people from all around the world. Avatar: The Last Airbender is one anime-influenced American animated series that was created by Michael Dante Di’Martino and Bryan Konietzko. The series was released on Nickelodeon from February 2005 to July 2008. It has been released in three seasons over three years. The story is telling us about a bunch of kids in the Asiatic-inspired world where people can manipulate the four elements: fire, water, air, and earth. The main protagonist, Aang, and his friends how to use Chinese martial arts that help them to their goal of becoming one of the air benders.

8. Weeds (2005)


Weeds are the first dark comedy series that makes up this list. This American drama television show is created by Jenji Kohan. The show speaks of a widowed mother, Nancy Botwin, and her two boys Silas and Shane. To make a living and to get out of the point of starvation, they start selling marijuana. Along with some of her relatives and acquaintance, the business turns to grow big, and the illegal activity increases and there is no point where they should stop. The series comprises comedy-drama, black comedy, and satire-like genres that help this eight-season series keep going. The series was first released on August 8th, 2005, and concluded in the year 2012, September.

9. Mad Men (2007)

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Mad Men

Mad Men is an American drama show that is created by Matthew Weiner along with Lionsgate Television who helped in the production of the series. This period drama was first premiered on the cable network AMB. First released on July 19th, 2007, this series is comprised of seven seasons and 92 episodes that make up the whole series concluded on May 17th, 2015. Mad Men tells us of an advertising agency on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City. Set in the 1960s, the main protagonist of the series struggles to keep his advertising agency at the top as this field gets widens every day. He struggles to keep his family steady with his career coming to the place. The series is one the finest in its genre and it keeps it that way for many more years to witness.

10. Sons of Anarchy (2008)

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Sons of Anarchy

Sons of Anarchy, created by Kurt Sutter is an American television series that is filled with action crime drama. The series was first aired in the year 2008 up to 2014 giving us a total of seven seasons. The series tells us about how the main protagonist of the series struggles between the two lives that he has chosen. The life where he plays the dutiful father and the other part where he is stuck in the middle of the outlaw of a motorcycle club. The story also contains vigilantism, government corruption, and racism. This series of seven seasons tells us a lot about the dark world that the main protagonist has been living in to make his family safe from the danger he goes through.

11. Boardwalk Empire (2010)

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Boardwalk Empire

Boardwalk Empire is an American period drama that has been aired on HBO from September 19th, 2010 to October 26th, 2014. The series has been created by Terence Winter as his idea comes from Nelson Johnson’s Book named Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City. The plot describes the life of a politician who rises in the times of prohibition period of the 1920s and 1930s. The leader seems to bring back the control and prominence of the Atlantic City through his ways of politics. The series involves heavy political strategies and other masterplans that make one curious about the upcoming episode as the series proceeds. The series has been released in five seasons for four years.

12. Justified (2010)


Justified is an American show that is based on Elmore Leonard’s novel Fire in the Hole. The series is created by Graham Yost in the year 2010, March. The whole series consists of six seasons that were concluded on April 14th, 2015. The series speaks of Deputy U.S Marshal Raylan Givens, an Old West lawman living in modern times. He lives a life where he uses his skills to target criminals. The series comprises Western, Action, Crime, and Drama types of genres that make a lot of interesting the series. The series starred an impressive cast that consists of Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Jacob Pitts, and, Erica Tazel. Justified has also received a lot of criticism alongside its running period for its plot, acting, and directing mostly.

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13. Fargo (2014)


Fargo is another black comedy that makes up this list. It is an American crime drama television show that is inspired by Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, a 1996 film. The series is mainly created by Noah Hawley with the help of The Coens. The plot is about a salesman named Jerry Lundegaard, who gets himself into an intense number of debts. His desperation for money increases as the day passes on. In times of desperation, he finds himself hiring two thugs, who later kidnap his wife. He collects money from her wealthy father, giving a small amount to the hired men and keeping the rest to himself. The plot receives positive comments and good ratings from critics and sources which makes it one of the good options to binge-watch.

14. The Leftovers (2014)

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The Leftovers

The Leftovers is an American supernatural series that is based on Tom Perrotta’s Damon Lindelof. Genres like Drama, Supernatural fiction, mystery, magical realism, psychological thriller, and philosophical fiction make the entire series much more interesting and appealing to watch. The series was aired on HBO from June 29th, 2014 to June 4th, 2017, and was released for a total of three-season over the time. The series speaks of a fictional world where 140 million people from the entire global population have disappeared with no trace left behind. The world is left with 2% of the population of the world and among them, our group of protagonists comes to save the planet from the calamity it faces. The series has received a lot of criticism along the way for its acting and the plot that has been adapted from the book. The series has left a deep impression on the viewers who would love to re-watch the whole series.

15. True Detective (2014)

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True Detective

True Detective is an American anthology series that has been created by Nic Pizzolatto who is also credited as the writer of the scripts. The series was first premiered on January 12th, 2014 on HBO. The series is comprised of three seasons that are very structural in a very self-contained narrative, with new casting in every season and differences in sets and characters in each season. The plot tells us about the three detectives from three different police departments, along with a businessman with his records as a criminal, who come together to solve the cases that are linked to the murder of a Politian. The plot holds genres like an anthology, crime drama, detective, mystery, thriller, neo-noir, southern gothic, and many more that make the whole series compelling.

16. Mr. Robot (2015)

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Mr. Robot

Mr. Robot is an American series that was first released in the year 2015. The series tells us the story of Elliot Alderson, a young skilled man who works as a cybersecurity engineer in the company named Allsafe, a cyber security-based company. Struggling with many mental disorders, clinical depression, and drug abuse, leading him to be heavily influenced by paranoia and delusions. His way to communicate with people is to hack them through which he was able to find Mr. Robot. Mr. Robot has a mysterious identity as he asks Elliot to join his mission is to remove all the consumer debt by manipulating all the data from the E Corp which is one of the biggest clients of Allsafe. The series was first released in June 2015 and it concluded with four seasons in December 2019.

17. Narcos (2015)

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Narcos is an American television show that shows us the world of drugs and drug dealers and how their world works around living in secret. The plot hangs around Colombia, where we see drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, a billionaire out selling cocaine in a huge amount. The story is all about him and how he deals with the whole Drug Enforcement Administration. The whole series depicts violence, action, and other drug dealing problems that are bring seen in the series. The whole series comprises crime drama and the biographical genre that brings in something new to the viewers. The series was released in August 2015 and it was concluded in September 2017.

18. Search Party (2016)

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Secret Party

Search Party is an American television sitcom created by Sarah-Violet Bliss. The series is described to be a black comedy and the plot is all about how a group of friends just enjoying their time with each other, end up being involved in the investigation that is set up to find a missing girl. The series is quite off the main topic with both seriousness and a hint of humor in the plot that makes it all go well and gripping the viewers to watch the series. The series was first released on November 21st, 2016, and after the completion of six seasons, it is concluded in January 2022.

19. Mindhunter (2017)

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Based on the book named Mindhunter: Inside the FBI’s Elite Serial Crime Unit, this series Mindhunters is an American series that is created by Joe Penhall. The series shows us how the whole serial crime unit of the FBI works in a unit, that works hard on the cases that are quite difficult to solve. The first season of the series is said to be set in the year 1977 to 1980. The series keeps getting interesting as we proceed in the series. The series was first released on October 13th, 2017 and with two seasons as a whole, the show was concluded on August 16th, 2019.

20. Ozark (2017)

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Ozark is an American series that is created by Bill Dubuque. The series is first premiered on July 21st, 2017, and followed by three more seasons that conclude the whole series on April 29th, 2022. The series talks about how the financial advisor, Marty Byrde tries to make amends for the money laundering that goes wrong in the first place. The series brings out the best of the plot that makes viewers indulge to know more about the plot. The series brings up the cast of Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner, and many more actors who have brought a lot to this series.

21. Succession (2018)

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Succession is an American show that is created by Jesse Armstrong who came up with Comedy-drama, black comedy, and Satire types genres that make the series much more interesting. The plot talks about the Roy Family and the family head, Logan Roy, and his crisis when he sees his four children, who are severely unfit to inherit the company. We see the whole series how they come to the day where they can call themselves worthy of the title. The series was released in June 2018 and is ongoing, with three seasons released to date.

22. Chernobyl (2019)

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Chernobyl is a historical drama miniseries that is created by Craig Mazin. The tragedy and the historical drama in the series bring out curiosity among the viewers. Based on the true events of the April 1986 nuclear plant disaster, that happened in the regions of the Soviet Union. The incident is recreated again and portrayed in a series that has never been seen before. The series was released on May 6th, 2019 released five episodes in the series, and was completed on June 3rd, 2019. Actors like Jared Harris, Stelian Skarsgard, Paul Ritter, Jessie Buckley, and others have contributed to making the series much more memorable.

23. ZeroZeroZero (2020)

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ZeroZeroZero is an Italian crime drama television series that has been made by Stefano Sollima. This Italian series is based on a book of the same name that has been written by Roberto Saviano. The story comprises the troubled shipment of the drugs from Mexico to Italy. The Mexican sellers try their best to hide their crimes as they complete their selling of cocaine in a heavy among from one part of the world to another. The series deals with action thrillers and other factors that make the whole series much more interesting. This eight-episode-long series was released on 14th February 2020 and was finished on March 6th, 2020.

24. Lupin (2021)


The French mystery show has been uprising among thriller fans. The series has been hyped by the fans that this new series makes up the list among the big shows. Lupin is a French television show that is created by George Kay and Francois Uzan. The show first premiered on January 8th, 2021 on Netflix. The plot speaks of the story of a professional thief Assane Diop who is the only son of an immigrant. He was originally from Senegal until his father moved to France. Wrong being framed by the countrymen, Assane becomes a professional thief after reading the book about gentleman thief Arsene Lupin. This ongoing series has been making every gripped to the series as we proceed through the first season of the series. The fans wait for a new season that is about to bring a more interesting plot to be seen.

25. Yellowjackets (2021)


Yellowjackets is an American drama television show is created by Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson. They successfully cast Melanie Lynskey, Tawny Cypress, Ella Purnell, Sophie Nelisse, Jasmin Savoy Brown, and many others who have completely engrossed in the plot. The plot comes out to be set in the year 1996 and tells us about a high school soccer team in New Jersey as they travel from there to Seattle for a national tournament. But the whole story takes a turn when they meet with an accident while they were onboarded in the plane. They crash into the deep wilderness and try to survive through it. The series was released on November 14th, 2021, and is ongoing and promises to bring more excitement to the series.

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