5 TV Shows About Gangsters If You Like The Sopranos
2024/03/09

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Boardwalk Empire (2010-14)

Boardwalk Empire is easily one of the most popular post-Sopranos gangster shows. Also distributed by HBO, Boardwalk Empire is a semi-biographical drama about criminal Nucky Johnson. Renamed Nucky Thompson for the show, Johnson was a crooked businessman and crime boss who ran Atlantic City through much of the '10s, '20s, and '30s.

At the time, Atlantic City was famous for not adhering to the laws of Prohibition.

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 Boardwalk Empire is his story, and it's led by the always-commendable Steve Buscemi.

Lilyhammer (2012-14)

Just like Boardwalk Empire, Lilyhammer starred a Sopranos alum in Steven Van Zandt. A Norwegian-American series, Lilyhammer concerns a Mafioso named Frank Tagliano who goes into the Witness Protection Program after testifying against a Mafia boss.

He is then relocated to Lillehammer, Norway, where he quickly resorts to his old ways.

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Van Zandt proves a commanding lead, being just as watchable and entertaining as he was as Silvio Dante.

Peaky Blinders (2013-)

One of the most popular gangster shows of the 2010s, Peaky Blinders is a BBC production with some high octane action and fantastic production values. The series is very loosely based on the criminal exploits of the real Peaky Blinders, an urban street gang who operated around the West Midlands of England from the late 1890s to the 1910s.

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Many notable performers have also appeared on the show, including Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Adrien Brody, Aidan Gillen, Tom Hardy, and Anya Taylor-Joy.

Crime Story (1986-88)

Predating The Sopranos by over ten years, Crime Story ran on NBC for two seasons and 44 episodes between 1986 to 1988. The story simultaneously follows a mobster named Ray Luca and the police lieutenant who is hot on his trails.

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The series was quite revolutionary in its time, as it told a continuous, serialized story over the course of its entire season. At the time, most TV shows were told in an episodic format, with episodes holding a very strenuous connection in terms of overarching plot and character development.

The Deuce (2017-19)

Another stellar HBO production, The Deuce ran for three seasons in the late 2010s, garnering critical acclaim for its acting and production values. Its story concerns the so-called "Golden Age of Porn", which coincides with its legalization and increasing popularity throughout the 1970s.

But, like The Sopranos, this is merely an excuse to explore deeper themes more connected with the American identity, including government corruption, the drug epidemic, and increasing crime rates of the late '70s.

 

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