Gangsters, mafia and mobsters have always fascinated us, they live outside the law, they are nonconformists, they do what they want. More importantly, stories about people like these are usually fascinating and fast-paced. However, cinema except for a noteworthy few reduce their motivations and show them to be clear-cut bad guys and villains. Television shows, on the other hand, can develop the characters painstakingly and explore these characters since they have more time on hand to do a better job. Here is a list of the top television series based on gangsters. You can watch some of these best mob shows on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Ozark (2017-)
Let’s start with a show where the gangster isn’t the focus of the story. Jason Bateman plays money launderer to the second largest cartel in Mexico as he eagerly points out. However, things go south when his partner skims from the cartel and he is put in a difficult position to recover the money for the mob. They move to Lake Ozark but they run amuck there as they entangle with a local family that deals in drugs. They don’t like the fact that Marty is moving in on their turf and season one ends with a tense moment as the local crime bosses get one up on the Mexican cartel and kill their emissary. A gripping tale of conflicting gangs with the imminent threat present at every moment, this show reminds us of the people who actually help the gangsters lead the glamorous lives that they do.
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11. The Untouchables (1959-1963)
The fictionalized account of Eliot Ness and his team as they take down Scarface Al Capone might have become more famous after Kevin Costner’s film, but this television show did it first. And they did it brilliantly. The show won an Emmy Award and the acting was par excellence. The show is also mired in some controversy due to the apparent stereotyping of Italians. But that aside the show tells the story well, sets up Capone’s empire, the agents’ courage and the eventual famous downfall of the Chicago mobster.