Julia Roberts is one of the biggest names in Hollywood history, and it is not often that we see stars of her magnitude finding their ways to television. But Roberts is never known to be someone who shies away from challenges. Her eternal charm combined with the acting caliber still manage to keep the viewers captivated. Interests regarding the Amazon series ‘Homecoming’ soared when it was first announced that Roberts is a member of the cast. The show’s USP, however, is not the actress alone. ‘Homecoming’ has been a critical darling, garnering acclaim for the brooding suspense that pervades throughout the series.
The story of ‘Homecoming’ centers around a social worker called Heidi Bergman (Roberts). She helps army veterans to readjust themselves to a civilian lifestyle after having witnessed war and destruction for a formidable period of time. Bergman soon leaves her work. But she is forced to confront a strange reality when the Department of Defense comes knocking at her door. An intense psychological drama, ‘Homecoming’ also stars Bobby Cannavale in one of the major roles. If you loved watching this show and are looking for more titles that explore similar ideas and themes, then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Homecoming’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Homecoming’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. Cardinal (2017-)
An anthology series created by Aubrey Nealon, ‘Cardinal‘ tells the story of a police officer and the various mind-boggling cases that he handles. In the first season, we see him investigate a case which has bothered him for long: the murder of a young native Canadian girl. It soon turns out that she is the first one in a series of brutal serial killings. A mysterious cult becomes the subject of Season 2 while in Season 3, the eponymous central character deals with a double murder along with the murder of his wife. One thing that is strikingly common between ‘Homecoming’ and ‘Cardinal’ is the fact that there is an all-pervading sense of tension and suspense throughout the two shows. The universe in which they exist have a lot of secrets to hide, and there is only one person who is trying to reach the truth. ‘Cardinal’ is inspired by the stories of the eponymous police detective, written by Giles Blunt. Many reviewers have opined that ‘Cardinal’ will remain a landmark show in Canadian television history.
6. Shades Of Blue (2016-2018)
Singing sensation Jennifer Lopez plays the leading character in this psychological police drama. Lopez’s character, Detective Harlee Santos, works for the New York Police Department. She is far from what we can call a hero. Santos doesn’t hesitate to frame her former husband and put him in jail. She even gets arrested by the FBI for corrupt practices. It so happens that Santos’ boss is aware of her activities but does not tell her anything. Instead, it is she who might be after him and his career. The characters in this series have secrets to hide and are running from crimes they have committed. In ‘Homecoming’, we come across a government institution which does not practice what it should. And here too, we see the institution of law, the police, seeped into lawlessness themselves. Lopez’s performance and the story drew praises from critics. She even bagged the 2017 People’s Choice Award for Best Crime Drama Actress.