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Shows like Chernobyl: Bureaucratic Incompetence, Infighting, and Coverup

Most TV series prefer a psychological take on drama--focussing on individuals and their motivations--Some of the best series in history, including the Wire and Chernobyl, have looked at the world through a sociological lens and focused on how institutions shape peoples' behavior. These series examine how bureaucracies deal with crises. Spoiler alert, it doesn't typically end well.

Shows like Show me a Hero: Taking on City Hall

These shows take a realistic look at the machinations of city politics and citizens trying to disprove the adage that you can't beat city hall.

Shows like House of Cards: Political Animals

These grounded political TV dramas follow the day-to-day work of politicians as they serve the public, or more often serve themselves. Think more 'House of Cards', less '24'.

Shows like Boss: All Politics is Local

There are plenty of shows about Washington, but for those who can't stand Big Government, we've put together a collection of shows that keep politics local (which doesn't always mean clean).

Shows like The Wire: City Life from Multiple Perspectives

Inspired by The Wire, these series and documentaries analyze the vibrant life of American cities from the perspectives of the politicians, criminals, police officers, the press, and others. They'll have you riding the subway with fresh interest.

Shows like The Wire: David Simon TV

After more than a decade as a crime reporter for the Baltimore Sun, David Simon went on to create and produce some of the most realistic and best-written TV series ever, including his classic The Wire.

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