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Shows like The Deuce: Dramas about Sex Workers

HBO's The Deuce is not the first serious drama centered on the sex trade, and this list includes TV series focused on prostitution from Harlot set in London in the 18th century through the futuristic Dollhouse.

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 Breaking Bad: Descent into Evil

The protagonists begin these series good--or at least trying hard to be good--but make a series of choices that lead them to a much darker place. Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul are only the beginning.

Shows like The Good Wife: Your Cheating Heart

These dramas explore the reasons behind and the consequences of marital infidelity--spoiler alert, it rarely ends well.

Shows like Gomorrah: The Gangs of Europe

Organized crime, dysfunctional families, criminal enterprises--think the Sopranos set in Rome, Berlin, and London instead of New Jersey.

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