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Top 6 Shows Like "Castle" You Should be Watching

Rahul is a TV addict who can't get enough of twisted, gasp-inducing shows like "The Handmaid's Tale" and "Black Mirror."

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Castle: One of the Most Underrated Dramas Around

Rick Castle is living a comfortable life as a successful horror writer until the police come banging at his door. However, he is not a suspect. Castle’s stories have inspired a copycat killer who murders people exactly as described in his highly-appreciated novels.

Is this a thing to be worried about or an achievement to be proud of? Castle is known to handle even the harshest of situations with humor, as he uses his wits to try and escape. He has to work with Kate Beckett, an uptight detective, to catch this fan/killer.

They soon realize that they complement each other’s detective skills, leading to crimes being solved more quickly. So, they decide to continue this effective partnership while simultaneously developing romantic feelings for each other. Their relationship may have its ups and downs, but this only makes their alliance stronger over time.

This ABC production ended in 2016 after eight seasons and we got to see the characters mature with every episode. There are tons of shows that follow people investigating crimes, but this American series stands out because of its humorous take on such a dark subject, including witty dialogue between the characters.

Go watch Castle for a unique take on the crime-solving life and the hardships that come with it, if you haven't already. But, if you have already churned through all its seasons, here are a couple of other shows like Castle you should binge:

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1. Sherlock

In this modern adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s detective stories, Sherlock and Dr. Watson are placed in modern London. Sherlock, a bonafide sociopath, and Dr. Watson, a war veteran suffering from PTSD, are both looking for flatmates when they accidentally cross paths.

After a brief interaction where they observe each other's deduction abilities, they decide to work together and solve crimes. They’re both outcasts, so they need each other’s company if they wish to prevent unbearable loneliness. Maybe it’s true that the smarter someone is, the lonelier they become. People respect Sherlock for his deduction abilities, but on his days off, they merely see him as a mentally disturbed individual. Perhaps Watson is the only one who has been able to look beyond his brilliance and see the deeply vulnerable person inside.

The great writing is brought to life by talented actors such as Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Mark Gatiss, and Andrew Scott. There have been many versions of Sherlock Holmes over the years but this is the best one. There are no other shows that provide the same format of storytelling, along with great dialogue and stunning visuals, so make sure to give it a shot.

If you're looking for a fun, bingeable series like Castle, Sherlock should be your best bet.

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2. The Mentalist

Patrick Jane doesn’t simply interact with someone, he observes every single detail. After working for years as a successful psychic, he decides to help the California Bureau of Investigation (CBI) solve various crimes. However, Jane needs the CBI as much as they need him since he plans to use their resources to track Red John, the man who ruthlessly killed his wife and daughter. What does a man go through when he faces such a demonic presence? Patrick Jane might be smart, but he’ll have to be smarter to catch this elusive killer.

The show also presents a moral dilemma: should a person take law into his own hands for the sake of vengeance? Our protagonist believes he deserves to kill the man who massacred his family, and in a way, the viewers understand. Some people might think it’s best for him to move on, but things are never as easy as they sound.

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The Mentalist is a revenge story stretched across seven seasons, following a husband and a father searching for justice. His family gave him purpose, but after their murder he was forced to find something else to give his life meaning.

If you're looking for a series like Castle, this is it. Be ready to shed a tear or two.

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3. True Detective - Season 1

Would you rather be smart and miserable or clueless and happy? Because ignorance really is bliss. I don’t think there will ever be an alliance like that of Rust Cohle and Martin Harty, who were played by Hollywood greats, Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson respectively.

If you dissect these characters, you’ll realize that they’re two sides of the same coin. Rust is a cynical man with darkness lurking in his soul while Martin is social and abides by the rules of the system. The pair need each other to maintain a balance, while they’re facing threats much bigger than themselves. After people start getting murdered in mysterious ways, the duo suspects an evil presence hiding somewhere in this "normal town."

True Detective is one of the best shows to exhibit a philosophy of pessimism. Even real-life pessimists (i.e. people who believe the worst of things) will appreciate this drama. While successive seasons of this anthology series have not been as well-received, the eight episodes in Season 1 contain some of the best moments in television history.

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4. The Rookie

Nathan Fillion, the actor who played the lead role in Castle, plays a police officer in this American comedy series. John Nolan (Fillion) undergoes a surge of adrenaline after going through a bank robbery and he doesn’t want to let go of this feeling. So, our protagonist joins the police academy in hopes that he can turn his unproductive life around. The only edge he has over other rookies is his experience, but is that going to be enough to survive such an unpredictable lifestyle?

Watch Nathan Fillion use his charming wits in addition to a sense of humor and go through hard police duty with sheer determination.

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5. Lie To Me

Dr. Cal uses facial clues, body language, and sensory changes to know if someone is lying so that law enforcement can catch the real criminals. But, it also makes it possible for him to easily deceive others, making it difficult for others to work with him.

It’s kind of like mind-reading because there’s nothing you can hide from him. All he has to do is ask you a question and wait for involuntary changes in your response. Can you imagine the dreadful consequences if someone like him was working on the wrong side of the law? Whatever the case, Dr. Cal is not someone you should meet if you’re hiding secrets.

This extraordinary ability may seem great at first, but how long before it turns into a curse? You couldn't have a genuine conversation with someone without constantly doubting their stories because everybody lies. Watch the adventures of this human truth-serum as he takes you through an amazing, three-season journey.

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6. Unforgettable

Former detective Carrie Wells has hyperthymesia, a rare medical condition that allows people to remember every experience and interaction they’ve ever had. This might come in handy in a lot of situations, ranging from school exams to party tricks.

Thankfully, our hero decides to use her “superpower” abilities to solve as many cases as she can. Unfortunately, hyperthymesia presents a lot of problems for Carrie because she can never forget her past. Unforgettable has a unique storyline and great acting.

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