‘Jack Ryan’ or ‘Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan’ is a political crime thriller starring John Krasinski in the titular role. Ryan is an analyst for the CIA and works for their Terror, Finance, and Arms Division (T-FAD). While at his work, Ryan notices several discrepancies in certain bank transfers. Further digging reveals that the scheme is being carried out by an Islamist terrorist called Suleiman. Ryan takes it upon himself to stop Suleiman from committing the atrocities he is planning to. In season 2, Ryan’s attention shifts to South America and here we see him fighting a corrupt government in a country where democracy has breathed its last.
‘Jack Ryan’ received massive critical acclaim, with praise directed mostly towards the performances and action sequences. If you enjoyed this show and are looking for series that are tonally and stylistically similar to it, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Jack Ryan’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Jack Ryan’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. The Deuce (2017-)
Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, this series tells the story of the Golden Age Of Porn during which pornography was made legal in New York and the industry soared to heights never seen before. The series is set during the 1970s. Franco plays the role of twin brothers Vincent and Frankie Martino. Using them as a front, the Italian-American Mafia carry on their illegal drug trade. The house from where they operate belongs to a certain Eileen Merrell, also known as Candy. She is a prostitute who figures out that staying away from the streets during the drug epidemic and rampant gang wars and police corruption will be the safest thing to do. Thus Candy decides to enter the booming porn industry where she works as a director/actor. The series was well-received critically and Gyllenhaal even got a Best Actress-Television Drama Series at the Golden Globe Awards.
11. The Blacklist (2013-)
‘The Blacklist’ is a crime thriller show starring James Spader in the leading role. He plays Raymond “Red” Reddington, a rogue FBI agent who gave up his life of law and turned to one of crime. Suddenly one day, after being missing for a long time, Red contacts the FBI with a special offer. He offers them the names of some of the vilest criminals of the world, but on the condition of complete immunity. The FBI does not believe in Red’s claims initially, but after the first information that he gives them turns out to be true, they believe him and work out a plan in order to nab all the others. In each episode, the FBI, with the help of Reddington, catches one such criminal. The series received praise from critics for its unique storyline and James Spader’s remarkable performance.