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5 Shows like Breaking Bad: Perfect Chemistry
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5 Shows like Breaking Bad: Perfect Chemistry

If you are desperate for your next TV fix and want to watch TV shows like Breaking Bad, Weeds follows the journey of a woman in a similar position to Walter White, turning to the drug industry to pay for medical treatment when times get hard. If intense crime story lines are your bag, The Sopranos and The Wire will provide you with all the thrills you need.

Experience the High

Ride high with Walter White and his protege Jessie, as the unlikely duo takes a journey filled with drama, deception and a ton of crystal meth. Breaking Bad is one of the most addictive TV shows ever made, so you can quite easily finish a series in less than a week! Be prepared to be taken to places you never thought existed, just like our good guy turned bad guy Walter. If can’t get over your Breaking Bad addiction, here are my top 5 suggestions for TV series like Breaking Bad that may just help your recovery.

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‘Better Call Saul’ (High Bridge Productions, 2015-)

Our favourite dodgy lawyer from Breaking Bad, Saul Goodman, gets his very own, well deserved, spin-off show. We join Saul as he secretly graduates from law school, after taking a few wrong turns in life. The cinematography in this show is excellent, adding an edgy dimension to very engaging storylines, that we have come to know and love in Breaking Bad.

Similarity Match: 95%
A perfect match for Breaking Bad fans, who get a glimpse into the past lives of two of the show’s favourite characters, Saul and bad boy Mike. Better Call Saul has all the twists and turns that Breaking Bad offers, with an extra dose of bittersweet humour.

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‘Weeds’ (Lion Gate Television, 2005-2012)

Like Walter, central character Nancy Botwin falls on the wrong side of the law when tragedy strikes her family. Having to look after her family, after her husband dies, Nancy turns to growing marijuana in order to maintain her privileged lifestyle. There are plenty of thrills, spills and innocent bystanders caught up in Nancy’s mess along the way. Great writing and slick plot lines make this show a three episode a night type of show.

Similarity Match: 90%
If crazy plot lines and cliffhangers you are what you are after, Weeds is the perfect match for Breaking Bad fans. The show provides an extra dose of black humour, making it a great pick me up show.

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‘The Sopranos’ (HBO, 1999-2007)

Another series like Breaking Bad is The Sopranos, a show that has been with us since 1999 but is still attracting TV fanatics, who cannot get enough box sets in their life. The show follows the life of crime boss Tony Soprano, who is jumps between strong Italian family values and a life of crime, that sees others suffer serious consequences from his actions. Featuring a great ensemble cast, The Sopranos explores storylines that a lot of people can relate to, as well as far fetched plots that leave the audience gasping.

Similarity Match: 85%
The Sopranos is the epitome of all that is great about TV. We may not get to see Tony cook meth in his underpants, but we certainly get behind the workings of a family man by day and crook at night.

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‘The Shield’ (ABC, 2002-2008)

The Shield takes us on a whirlwind journey with corrupt LA cop Vic Mackey as he takes the law into is own hands. We soon find out that Vic is not the only rogue cop on the scene, as the whole establishment blurs the boundaries between right and wrong. The show constantly questions the morals of the characters and the audience on the other side of the screen. Sometimes you just have to do wrong to do right, right?

Similarity Match: 75%
The characters may not be as engaging as those in Breaking Bad, but the story lines are just as addictive. The audience sees how things are on the other side of the law, not knowing quite who to trust.

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‘The Wire’ (HBO, 2002-2008)

The Wire has to be THE show to watch, if you are addicted to great US TV. The Wire is an outstanding piece of writing, exploring the lives of those wrapped up in the seedy Baltimore drug world. The show features all aspects of the drug chain, including cops, families of drug users and innocent kids caught up in the seedy world of Baltimore street life. Characters, like Stringer Bell and Omar, will frustrate you and pull on your heartstrings at the same time, making it hard for you to switch off the TV.

Similarity Match: 75%
The Wire is TV is sure to fill that Breaking Bad shaped hole in your life. Like Breaking Bad, you get to see how the bad guys benefit from the drug trade, but you also get to see the trail of destruction drugs leave behind.

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Feed Your Addiction

If you are having withdrawal symptoms, don’t suffer in silence; we are here to help. If you love Breaking Bad for the good guy turned bad storyline, Weeds will give you your next fix. If it is the dark side of drugs that draws you in, The Wire will take you on a roller coaster ride, that Walter White would relish in. I hope you enjoy these recommendations of shows similar to Breaking Bad.

Is there another TV show that you’d like to recommend to Breaking Bad fans?

I’d love to read about how I can get my next serial drama fix, in the comments below.

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