Even though The Wire from HBO has been off of our screens for over 8 years now, it’s still one of the most watched and most loved series that HBO produced, second to Game of Thrones of course. With some horrifyingly grounded drama about police in Baltimore, the show took you to the very heart of law enforcement. It aired for 60 episodes with some amazing talent.
But given HBO’s complete absence on Netflix, regardless of your region, we decided to go searching for titles that hit the same buttons as The Wire did and still does. All these titles are streaming on Netflix in the US and some you’ll be able to find in other regions too.
Breaking Bad would be a difficult task for cops on The Wire if they were looking to find minor felons. Walter White, a hardworking, honest chemistry teacher, was able to pay for his treatment because of cancer. Although it was initially a small operation, Walter made it a business. This is the best television you’re going to watch. Period. It featured as our number one TV series on Netflix and that’s because it is by far the best show on Netflix streaming.
Walter White, the Wire's gangs are fictional. However, Narcos was written by Pablo Escobar, who is far more real than they seem. Netflix's original season, Netflix Original, debuted earlier in the year on Netflix and was quickly embraced by many who subscribe to Netflix. It follows Pablo Escobar's rise to power in Columbia, which saw him ravage the streets with drugs. It’s beautifully put together and while the family of the drug king may not approve, we do.
Baltimore's gangs would face off against bikers from the Sons of Anarchy. This year's finale of the show is about a father struggling to find the right balance between his domestic life and his work in a biker group. Action packed, intriguing and gripping from the very beginning you’ll have all 7 seasons binged through in a week. Guaranteed.
Idris Elba was an actor in The Wire. It was why it was so wonderful to see him again as a detective. In Luther you certainly get fewer episodes than a HBO series but they’re of equal quality and often even better. This genius detective is a murder suspect, but he has serious problems with violence and struggle to control it. Luther, a BBC documentary about Luther's murder investigation is an example of that.
The Wire is full of corruption and House of Cards offers a great way to see it. The show is about one congressman who will do whatever it takes to get to the top, regardless of what anyone does to him. Him and his wife, Claire, are a powerful couple who you shouldn’t double cross. It highlights a broken system at level at American democracy but it’s the relationship you build with Frank that’s the key to this insanely gripping show.