With Succession‘s finale now firmly in the rearview mirror, the series has been cemented as one of the best in recent memory, in part due to its approach to wealth and family dynamics. Let’s take a look at some similar series that could scratch the same itch.
Billions follows hedge fund manager Bobby Axelrod and United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades as they outmaneuver one another in the high-stakes world of high finance. The popular series has gone on for six seasons thus far, with its seventh and final season set to debut on Paramount+ With Showtime on Friday, August 11, 2023.
Stars like Paul Giamatti, Damian Lewis, Malin Åkerman, and Corey Stoll round out the impressive cast, throwing out sharp insults and quips like there’s no tomorrow. If seeing rich and powerful people go toe-to-toe verbally was your favorite part of Succession, then Billions is for you.
The Good Fight
Though it started as a spin-off of The Good Wife, The Good Fight grew into its own series with its own identity as it explored relevant topics from the perspective of Christine Baranski’s Diane Lockhart. After losing all her finances, Lockhart and her goddaughter start over at a major Black law firm and tackle topical issues from recent years.
The show has received rave reviews since its debut, with the sixth and final season coming to an end last November. If modern issues and politics catch your interest like they do in Succession, then The Good Fight is worth your time.
One of the funniest shows ever made, Arrested Development didn’t get its due respect when it initially aired. In the years following its debut, the show hit it big as avid fans revisited it to find more and more hidden jokes and gags throughout. Following a dysfunctional rich real estate family, Arrested Development’s characters are some of the funniest to grace television, with the late Jessica Walter standing out as the best of the best.
The fourth and fifth seasons were bumpier due to the time that had passed and the emerging streaming format, but the series as a whole still stands as peak TV comedy. It’s like Succession if it went for full-on humor rather than being a dramedy, which should tell you just how great it is.
Yellowstone is a series that truly exploded with popularity, leading to prequels, spin-offs, and plenty of merchandise. Following the powerful Dutton family as they clash while presiding over the titular Yellowstone Dutton Ranch. Violence, intrigue, and betrayal permeate the series, making it a wild ride for anyone taking part.
First debuting in 2018, Yellowstone is set to end after Season 5 concludes at a currently unspecified later date. If intense family drama within a powerful family is what drew you to Succession, you may want to check out Yellowstone.
When it comes to shows about dysfunctional families, it doesn’t get much more dysfunctional than Shameless. Following the Gallagher family — led by patriarch Frank Gallagher — the series is an intense depiction of difficult family dynamics, addiction, and the working class. The Bear‘s Jeremy Allen White also made a huge splash in the series as oldest son Philip “Lip” Gallagher.
Shameless went on for 11 seasons in total, meaning there’s plenty to catch up on as your work towards 2021’s series finale. The series won four Emmy awards with 16 nominations and received positive reviews for the majority of its run.