Organized crime has been around since time immemorial. Throughout history, we can see examples of criminal organizations which functioned like any other legal organization where there are separate positions for separate workers and each of them functions according to the set duty given to him/her. There are many countries that have had a long history of organized crime, like the mafia in Italy, the yakuza in Japan, and the cartels of Mexico. The BBC One series ‘McMafia’ deals with the Russian mafia and their influence on society. We see the story through the eyes of a man who belongs to a Russian crime family, but always wants to keep him away from the world of crime and live honestly.
However, he keeps getting tangled up in his family’s affairs. The story somehow resonates with that of Michael Corleone in ‘The Godfather‘. If one belongs to a family of criminals, it is naturally hard to give up all association with such an organization, even if one tries to stay away from it. The series received critical acclaim and enjoyed commercial success too. Many critics praised the brilliant performances and the pacing of the narrative. If you enjoyed watching this series and are looking for more shows that explore similar themes and ideas, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘McMafia’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘McMafia’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
6. Wiseguy (1987-1990)
The CBS original series ‘Wiseguy’ is centered around a character called Vinnie Terranova. He lives in Brooklyn and works undercover for the police, gathering evidence and helping them arrest members of criminal groups. However. his family is not aware of it and they believe that he is a mobster. Ken Wahl plays the leading character of the series, and despite making a name for himself through his performance in ‘Wiseguy’, he decided to leave the show after the third season. The vivid portrayal of the different facets of mob life is the most interesting aspect of this show.
The reason ‘Wiseguy’ finds its mention on this list is because it is the story of a man who is not a criminal but is presumed by many to be so. He has incorporated aspects of the criminal life within him to be able to gather information about people who operate beyond the law. It is his willingness to do good which sees him join the mobsters. Whereas in ‘McMafia’, the leading character does not wish to join the criminals, but still circumstances end up turning him into one. ‘Wiseguy’ received praise from both critics and audiences for its portrayal of the numerous facets of criminal life.
5. Red Widow (2013)