Boardwalk Empire refers to the famous Boardwalk in Atlantic City, New Jersey. It is the source of the city’s main income and it is under the control of one man Enoch ‘Nucky’ Thompson. A brotherly duo of corruption, Nucky makes the town’s policies and his brother is the sheriff who enforces them. Together they run a highly lucrative bootlegging business with some of their more recognizable associates including Al Capone, Arnold Rothstein, Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano. A gripping drama of twists and turns and taut business and family situations, this show captures the prohibition era USA quite effectively and speaks volumes about the rise of the Mafia during the time. The trio of Lansky, Capone and Luciano would later go on to be the founding fathers of the Italian mafia as we know it today. The historical accuracy could be expected since the show had Scorsese on board as a consultant.
Well I have blown enough of the show’s horn, and I am sure the viewers know exactly how good a show it is. Here’s the list of TV Shows similar to Boardwalk Empire that are our recommendations. You can stream some of these shows like Boardwalk Empire on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
12. The Borgias
This is another fine piece of primetime television – it follows the story of the Borgia family, a family driven by ambition in the highest staked game of all – religion, more specifically Roman Catholicism in the Vatican. The family of the Pope as they rise to power doing whatever it takes and then struggles to maintain a grip reminds us of Nucky and his attempt to control the Boardwalk but at a much grander scale. There’s a reason why I keep saying that politics and religion are much bigger and much more ruthless playing fields than drug trades and the Borgia family proves exactly what high stakes can do to an ambitious mind.
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11. The Untouchables