10 Shows to Watch If You Like Breaking Bad (and Where to Stream Them)

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There are iconic crime dramas and then there’s Breaking Bad. The Emmy-winning classic is widely regarded as one of the best TV shows of all time, with Bryan Cranston starring as the chemistry teacher-turned-drug kingpin Walter White and Aaron Paul playing his ill-fated underling Jesse Pinkman. Breaking Bad stands the test of time because it’s not fixated with glorifying a life of crime. Rather, it humanises the people who choose a life of violence with nail-biting plot twists.

If you miss Breaking Bad and are looking for similar shows to watch, our guide offers you many more options that you can stream, buy or rent in India.

Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul is a prequel to Breaking Bad, mostly focusing on the opportunistic lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). You can binge watch this Netflix classic as both a darkly funny legal comedy and a heartbreaking human drama as Saul is tested to his limits in every passing episode.

Narcos

Inspired by real-life druglords like Pablo Escobar, this Netflix hit is a fact-based look into the cocaine trade in South American countries like Colombia. With convincing performances by Wagner Moura, Pedro Pascal and others, Narcos stands above the usual crime drama formula and makes for a heavily entertaining watch.

Your Honor

If you need to watch more content starring Bryan Cranston, try out this serious legal drama. Your Honor stars Cranston as an idealistic judge who must question his morals after his own son is involved in a crime.

The Sopranos

Before Breaking Bad, the all-time greatest crime show was easily The Sopranos. The HBO classic touched upon the personal and professional life of New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini). Much like Breaking Bad, The Sopranos was an unconventional take on the crime genre with audiences witnessing not just gang violence but also the human evolution of the ones involved in this violence.

Mad Men 

When it comes to morally grey antiheroes on TV like Walter White, Mad Men’s Don Draper (Jon Hamm) can offer some competition. The exceptionally well-written 60s-era drama traces the journey of a New York ad firm. Hamm shines as Draper, a ruthlessly ambitious ad man with a mysterious past.

The Wire

With characters like Hank in focus, Breaking Bad also went in detail to explore law enforcement perspectives. The Wire is one such show that exposes both corrupt and moralistic police officers, taking place in the backdrop of a crumbling, drug-addicted city.

Animal Kingdom

Inspired by the Australian movie of the same name, Animal Kingdom is a story of a crime family and the loyalties that are tested within. While Walter White doesn’t wish for his family to join his business, the emotional challenges that he and his loved ones go through are similar.

Queen of the South

Queen of the South is an exciting show to watch if you like female-led crime dramas. Alice Braga stars as Teresa, a drug lord who seeks revenge from a cartel for murdering her boyfriend. Just like Breaking Bad, the show oozes with the ups and downs of the drug business along with unpredictable plot twists.

Succession

As Breaking Bad progresses, what’s interesting to note is how Walter White reaches new lows as a family man. If watching “dysfunctional families under selfish fathers” is your go-to content, then don’t look further than Succession. Brian Cox plays a mean-faced business mogul who competes with his equally greedy children.

Kaleidoscope

If you enjoyed Giancarlo Esposito’s spine-chilling performance as Breaking Bad’s Gus Fring, Kaleidoscope should be your next watch. He stars in a vastly different role as a master-thief but the way he leads his team through a journey of danger and betrayal will remind you of that Gus Fring-ruthlessness.

The list below shows you how and where you can watch all of these shows on Indian streaming services.

Netflix
Amazon Prime Video
Apple TV Plus
Apple TV
Crunchyroll
Hotstar
Jio Cinema
Zee5
Eros Now
Google Play Movies
MUBI
Sony Liv
YouTube
GuideDoc
Netflix Kids
Tubi TV
Yupp TV
Sun Nxt
Alt Balaji
Hungama Play
Hoichoi
Curiosity Stream
EPIC ON
ShemarooMe
DOCSVILLE
Tata Play
Discovery+
ManoramaMax
MX Player
Spamflix
aha
Spuul
Plex
WOW Presents Plus
Magellan TV
BroadwayHD
Filmzie
Lionsgate Play
MovieSaints
Dekkoo
True Story
DocAlliance Films
VI movies and tv
Eventive
ShortsTV Amazon Channel
Amazon Video
Cultpix
FilmBox+
Takflix
Classix
Amazon miniTV
AD tv
Shahid VIP
Bookmyshow
Lionsgate Play Apple TV Channel
Eros Now Select Apple TV Channel
Lionsgate Play Amazon Channel
MGM Amazon Channel
Crunchyroll Amazon Channel
Hoichoi Amazon Channel
ManoramaMAX Amazon Channel
Chaupal Amazon Channel
BBC Kids Amazon Channel
Sony Pictures Amazon Channel
Vrott Amazon Channel
Anime Times Amazon Channel
MyZen TV Amazon Channel
Museum Tv Amazon Channel
BBC Player Amazon Channel
MUBI Amazon Channel
Discovery+ Amazon Channel
CuriosityStream Amazon Channel
DocuBay Amazon Channel
Stingray Amazon Channel
Iwonder Amazon Channel
NammaFlix Amazon Channel
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  1. Better Call Saul

    Better Call Saul

    2015

    IMDB 9.0 (657k)

    #1

    Six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. We meet him when the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut. The series tracks Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, the man who puts “criminal” in “criminal lawyer".

  2. Narcos

    Narcos

    2015

    IMDB 8.8 (476k)

    #2

    A gritty chronicle of the war against Colombia's infamously violent and powerful drug cartels.

  3. Your Honor

    Your Honor

    2020

    IMDB 7.6 (70k)

    #3

    New Orleans judge Michael Desiato is forced to confront his own deepest convictions when his son is involved in a hit and run that embroils an organized crime family.

  4. The Sopranos

    The Sopranos

    1999

    IMDB 9.2 (481k)

    #4

    The story of New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster Tony Soprano and the difficulties he faces as he tries to balance the conflicting requirements of his home life and the criminal organization he heads. Those difficulties are often highlighted through his ongoing professional relationship with psychiatrist Jennifer Melfi. The show features Tony's family members and Mafia associates in prominent roles and story arcs, most notably his wife Carmela and his cousin and protégé Christopher Moltisanti.

  5. Mad Men

    Mad Men

    2007

    IMDB 8.7 (262k)

    #5

    Set in 1960-1970 New York, this sexy, stylized and provocative drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising.

  6. The Wire

    The Wire

    2002

    IMDB 9.3 (382k)

    #6

    Told from the points of view of both the Baltimore homicide and narcotics detectives and their targets, the series captures a universe in which the national war on drugs has become a permanent, self-sustaining bureaucracy, and distinctions between good and evil are routinely obliterated.

  7. Animal Kingdom

    Animal Kingdom

    2016

    IMDB 8.2 (44k)

    #7

    17-year-old Joshua "J" Cody moves in with his freewheeling relatives in their Southern California beach town after his mother dies of a heroin overdose. Headed by boot-tough matriarch Janine "Smurf" Cody and her right-hand Baz, who runs the business and calls the shots, the clan also consists of Pope, the oldest and most dangerous of the Cody boys; Craig, the tough and fearless middle son; and Deran, the troubled, suspicious "baby" of the family.

  8. Queen of the South

    Queen of the South

    2016

    IMDB 8.0 (34k)

    #8

    Teresa flees Mexico after her drug-runner boyfriend is murdered. Settling in Dallas, she looks to become the country's reigning drug smuggler and to avenge her lover's murder.

  9. Succession

    Succession

    2018

    IMDB 8.8 (281k)

    #9

    Follow the lives of the Roy family as they contemplate their future once their aging father begins to step back from the media and entertainment conglomerate they control.

  10. Kaleidoscope

    Kaleidoscope

    2023

    IMDB 6.6 (44k)

    #10

    A master thief and his crew attempt an epic and elaborate heist worth $7 billion dollars — but betrayal, greed and other threats undermine their plans.