‘The Mechanism’ is a Netflix original Brazilian TV series created by José Padilha and Elena Soarez. The central character of this show is a Federal policeman called Mark Ruffo. Along with his deputy Verena Cardoni, Ruffo manages to cause a breakthrough in a major corruption scandal involving a number of engineering firms and some top government officials. The scandal shocks the country but Ruffo never manages to prove everything in court despite arresting the main culprit, a money launderer named Roberto Ibrahim. Cardoni, however, does not give up and starts investigating herself from where Ruffo left the case.
The series received positive critical acclaim for its engaging storyline and impressive performances by the actors. If you’re looking for shows that are thematically and stylistically similar to this one, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Mechanism’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Mechanism’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. The Alienist (2018)
Based on the novel ‘The Alienist‘ by Caleb Carr, this period thriller stars Daniel Brühl, Luke Evans, and Dakota Fanning. The series is set in 1896 in New York when back to back murders of young male prostitutes have got the police worked up. To help in solving the case, police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt (who later became the 26th President of the United States) calls upon criminal psychologist Dr. Laszlo Kreizler and newspaper illustrator John Moore. Three other people join the team — the secretary to the commissioner Sara Howard and twin brothers Marcus and Lucius Isaacson, who work as detective sergeants for the NYPD. The team find a reason to believe that certain members of New York’s high society might be behind these heinous murders. However, their investigation faces opposition from within the department, causing more tension and conflicts.
8. In The Name Of The People (2017)
Based on a novel of the same name, this TV series deals with the corruption among leaders of the Chinese Communist Party against which a prosecutor stands up. He tries to expose all the crooked leaders in the city called Jingzhou in the Handong province. In the series, we get to hear fascinating stories about Chinese politics which are not covered by the mainstream media. The show received both commercial and critical admiration in China. Even the government censors were happy as the series tows a strict anti-corruption line as advised by the Chinese president Xi Jinping. Even the People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the CCP, praised theshow.