Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are The Wire, Breaking Bad, and The Sopranos.
Where do I start with this Spanish original? Its larger-than-life, fast-paced storylines make for some good binge-watching. However, the prerequisite of leaving logic and disbelief at the doorstep is almost a deal-breaker, at least for me. The good thing is that once you move past a few episodes, its dynamic characters have enough gravitas to pull you in for a ride as our anti-heroes don their freakish masks and make a fool of Spanish law enforcement.
At the end of the day, these trigger-happy looters are humans with their own lofty ambitions and dreams. Some characters grow on you while others just stay despicable throughout the run. While you eagerly wait for the series to return from hiatus, take a look at some other series like Money Heist to keep you occupied.
Series Like Money Heist
- Peaky Blinders
- Mr. Robot
This ruthless series documents Pablo Escobar’s rise to be one of the wealthiest drug lords. The series revolves around the US government’s pursuit to bring Pablo down—a task so monumental that it almost seemed impossible, especially considering the rampant corruption in Columbia back in the 80s. Pablo owned every politician and police officer in the country. With every one of relevance on his side, the US government had their task cut out.
Wagner Moura, the Brazilian actor, has done a wonderful job in bringing Pablo Escobar's character to the small screen. Unfazed and menacing but with a tinge of kindness, Escobar was a complicated man. To portray such a nuanced character was no easy feat, but Moura was up to the task.
This Netflix original imitates other crime dramas in the beginning but soon transforms into much more. If you loved the heavy-handed action sequences in Money Heist but wished for more character development and rationality, Narcos is your best bet. Yes, there is gore and violence galore, but it never gets out of hand.
Also, Money Heist is pure fiction while Narcos is based upon a true story. Liberties have been taken to spice up the whole affair, but the core of the story remains untouched and original.
2. Peaky Blinders
Though the revelation comes a bit later, Peaky Blinders is as much a character study as it is a crime drama. Is Thomas Shebly (the protagonist) a ruthless mob boss or just a kind-hearted gentleman who is doing what one has to do to keep himself and his family going? He can be a bit of both at times.
Taking place in Birmingham after the end of World War 1, the show centers around a struggling mob family. With gypsies, Jews, Italians, and other gangs at war with each other, Thomas gradually transforms into a hardened, determined man who’ll do whatever it takes to survive. Though he soon finds out that his first-hand war experience is of limited use. Watch as he balances intelligence, patience, and ruthless violence to lead the family.
Just like Money Heist, Peaky Blinders is told from a criminal’s point of view. It’s difficult not to low-key root for them to succeed even when you know they’re in the wrong. If this popular show somehow went under your radar, now is the time to start binging. Since it’s a slower-paced series in comparison to Money Heist, it’s best if you take your time with it.
Lost's story starts off with a plane crashing on a mysterious island. Dismantled into 2 pieces, the plane falls onto different parts of the island. Lost follows the trials and tribulations of the plan's fortunate (unfortunate) survivors as they plot and scheme their way to safety.
For the first few episodes, the series runs like a cliche survival horror, but then this sci-fi series dials the crazy up to eleven. The characters not only deal with the usual threats of living on an island with no population, but they also have to keep supernatural threats at bay. With each passing season, this sly series only gets wackier, almost as if the story is being made up by writers on the fly. Despite the lack of depth in its storylines, Lost remains an enjoyable journey throughout its run.
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Riddled with twists, turns, betrayals, and tantalizing cliffhangers, the sci-fi series was a hot topic among its die-hard fans. For better or worse, Lost has been dissected into tiny pieces and scrutinized from every possible angle now.
Even though this series might have lost its enigma, but it's still worth your time. As long as you don't read much about it before going in, Lost will surprise you every step of the way.
Will Money Heist Fans Enjoy Lost?
If you love the air of mystery and multi-layered dynamics among Money Heist's crew, Lost will gradually win you over. This show's characters are much more dynamic, each with their separate story arcs—something that's fleshed out with flashbacks. With twists and turns at every major junction and trigger-happy folks losing their cool all the time, this sci-fi series will make you feel right at home.
4. Mr. Robot
We live in a cruel world where a nerdy, hunched-over guy could hack you and strip you of your digital assets in minutes. If the upcoming technological advances worry you instead of bringing excitement, Mr. Robot is here to accentuate your apprehensions.
Created by Sam Esmail, Mr. Robot gives you a glimpse of a digitally interconnected world through its pessimistic lenses—a world where money is being slowly replaced by cryptos. Rami Malek plays Elliot, an antisocial, tech-savvy guy with a normal day job. During the nights, however, he works on a secret project of his, on his dream to bring the corporate world down by hacking.
For the most part, Mr. Robot seems inspired by Fight Club. A hallucinating anti-hero, the story where everything is filtered through the pessimistic lense, and plenty of twists and turns with shocking revelations; there's a lot common with the iconic cult classic.
Before you watch, you should know that Mr. Robot is a gut-wrenching affair. This suffocating series is not for everyone. While series like Money Heist appeal to the masses with its tried and tested approach to storytelling, Mr. Robot walks a less beaten path, narrowly avoiding all the usual tropes and hooks. Consider your time spent with the series as an investment, for Mr. Robot has a lot to teach us about the world we live in—a world perched right on the edge of catastrophe.
Mr. Elliot Vs. Money Heist Crew
If I had to pick a favorite, it would certainly be Elliot. Manipulative and self-centered, the Money Heist crew can be irksome at times. Delusional as he may be, at least Elliot's heart is at the right place. It's hard not to like him. Give Mr. Robot a go and see for yourself.
It's a miracle that something as brutal and disarmingly grotesque survived on the network television for as long as it did. Props to the decision-makers at NBC to give this delicious series every chance to shine during its short stint of 3 seasons.
Mads Mikkelsen plays Dr. Hannibal Lector, a charming, intelligent psychiatrist with a dark side not many people are aware of. Very few are familiar with his cannibalistic ways, and those who finally come across that monster rarely live to tell the horrific tale.
All that is about to change, however. His new patient, Will Graham, is no ordinary man. He’s someone Dr. Hannibal considers an equal, and perhaps even a successor to carry on his gruesome legacy. Curbing his cannibalistic tendencies, the doctor slowly starts morphing his new patient into a monster.
Will Graham is well aware of the monster Hannibal is underneath the uncannily charming masquerade, but he still continues the therapy sessions. The fascinating bond the two share is one for the ages. The understanding, respect, and love for each other, despite being in each other's crosshairs, is heartwarming and nerve-wracking at the same time.
Despite having a small but passionate fanbase, Hannibal is still heralded as one of the best TV series to air on NBC.
Money Heist vs Hannibal
Money Heist is a brash, eccentric series with high-octane action while Hannibal is much more sophisticated and slow-paced. Yes, there's gore galore in NBC's series as well, but we're often presented with only the grotesque (sometimes artistic) aftermath, not the nail-biting action.
Netflix's Money Heist, on the other hand, loves jumping straight into high-stakes action with no frills. While both series are packed with twists and turns, they adopt different approaches to keep you glued to the screen.
If you're desensitized to Money Heist's gun-toting ways, Hannibal might be a welcome change of pace. Its meticulously methodical storytelling will win you over in no time.
Before I sing praises of this series, let me officially declare that I don’t condone stalking, murdering, or kidnapping. I know you don’t either (or do you?). Just know that You loves romanticizing stalking, murder, and violence.
Joe, the "bad guy" of the series, is so well written that it's very difficult not to root for him, even when he's murdering his way to get the love of his life. It’s all fair in love and war after all. Gut-wrenching and incisive, You will compel you to question your own moral stand.
The shrewdness with which Joe is introduced is a stroke of genius. It's hard to believe that this avid book reader and bookstore manager has a dark side, at least at the first glance. As the show gets the ball rolling, however, his uncanny obsession with a customer makes it abundantly clear that there's something seriously wrong with our leading man. Talking more about the plot would just kill the fun for you, for this thriller is best experienced first-hand.
This twisty, audacious affair defied all the expectations in the first season, only to topple it with a successive one. Though leaving logic at the doorstep at times is a prerequisite, both seasons have been phenomenal.
Go watch the series and then mull over your love for Joe Goldberg despite him being a despicable monster.
Taking place in a New York law firm, an establishment where only Harward graduates are initiated, Suits revolves around the daily professional lives of its employees. This position requires technical skill, analytical capabilities, charm, and the art of relentless perseverance. With only top dogs working for the firm, it's a far-fetched dream for many to work with the firm.
All that changes when a genius college dropout manages to prove his worth and gets hired as an associate. Though Harvey Specter, one of the best lawyers in town, takes Mike, a dropout, under his wings, his failed academic career will be a difficult secret to hide. And sure enough, as the duo begins taking on one case after the other, unwanted attention is drawn.
Created and written by Aaron Korsh, Suits has arguably one of the best pilots I have ever watched. It's as if there's no beginning; you know the outlook of this series right from the get-go. Despite the plot centering around a law firm and its trials and tribulations, it's evident from Suit's early flamboyance that the show is far from being grounded in reality.
Be forewarned; Suits is hard to put down once you start binging. Starting off with a bang, the series slowly begins to flash out its talented cast through multi-layered storylines. Even when some of the characters are at their worst, it's difficult to not remember the good deeds they've done. Just like in the real world, there's no squeaky-clean or outright despicable character.
Did I miss out on any other series like Money Heist? Let me know in the comments section.