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Shows like The Wire: Losing the War on Drugs

From cartels to street soldiers, this list may convince you the war on drugs is a lost cause, with each supplier more cunning and brutal than the last.

Best Crime TV

A (police) round-up of some of the highest rated, award-winning, most popular, and most influential crime shows--crime doesn't pay except for streaming services.

Shows like Taboo: Ruthless Entrepreneurs

Every startup has to overcome challenges, but these entrepreneurs solve their problems using murder, extortion, and theft. Not a good role models if you want to avoid criminal prosecution, but they are entertaining to watch.

Best HBO Dramas

From The Sopranos and Rome to Deadwood and Game of Thrones, nobody does drama like HBO; the best of the best is collected here, and you don't need to scratch around for where to watch it.

Shows like Southland: Realistic Cop Shows

Forget eccentric genius detectives and coroners who speak to the dead, the stars of these shows are cops doing the hard work of catching criminals.

Shows Like Sons of Anarchy: Criminal Camaraderie

Whether they're petty criminals on the streets of Dublin, made men, or 1% bikers in NoCal, these groups of lawbreakers travel in packs--imagine Friends meets The Godfather with plenty of salty banter.

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 The Wire: Gritty Crime Shows

These series feature crooked cops and ruthless criminals who mix it up on the garbage-strewn streets of big cities. Pioneering shows like NYPD Blue and the Shield focused on cops in US cities, but the best of the current batch are anchored in the lives of gang members on the mean streets of Birmingham, Rome, Paris and Dublin.

Shows Like Line of Duty: Get Inside Police Politics

If you're less interested in seeing baddies tagged and bagged, and more interested in seeing how police departments run, then this list of cop dramas may be for you. Hey, it's just like any other office, but with more mustaches, guns, and pending internal investigations.

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