Based on an original concept by late legendary actor and martial artist Bruce Lee, ‘Warrior’ is an action-drama that focuses on Chinese immigrant Ah Sahm (Andrew Koji) as he arrives in San Franciso in 1875. Sahm, a martial arts prodigy, quickly finds himself pulled into Chinatown’s Tong Wars as he ends up becoming a hatchet man. The show explores America’s racial history and its connection with the immigrant experience.
For this list, we’ve put together a bunch of similar shows to ‘Warrior’ that you can queue up next. The entries are based on a mix of elements that the show encompasses, including an honest portrayal of racial diversity, the protagonist’s unwitting involvement in criminal activities, and their desire to leave the old identity behind thereof.
7. Fresh Off the Boat (2015-2020)
Loosely based on Eddie Huang’s memoirs, ‘Fresh Off the Boat’ has helped pave the way for inclusion throughout the industry. It puts an Asian American family in the front and center, something that hadn’t been done in over a decade at the time of its release. Starring Constance Wu and Randall Park, the hilarious sitcom follows a Taiwanese family trying to make their way in Orlando, Florida. It lets the viewers in on the struggles of straddling two cultures in a manner that is both enlightening and mirthful.
6. Jett (2019- )
‘Jett’ is a crime drama that stars Carla Gugino as Daisy ‘Jett’ Kowalski, a master thief recently out of prison, hoping to live a peaceful life with her daughter. But breaking free of her past life isn’t that easy as she finds herself in the throes of it all over again when several dangerous criminals try to exploit her skills for their selfish gains. The show is a little overwrought but engrossing nonetheless. If you love a good twist that throws you off completely, this labyrinthine show is perfect for you as it comprises so many plot twists that are bound to blow your mind.
5. Orange Is the New Black (2013-2019)
One of the most successful Netflix originals to date, ‘Orange Is the New Black’ has a diverse cast like no other show. The comedy-drama, which takes place in a women’s prison, follows the protagonist Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), a woman whose history with a drug dealer eventually culminates in her being sentenced to fifteen months in prison. Her amicable disposition is put to the test when she’s met with a bunch of tough-skinned fellow convicts. The beauty of the show is that despite Piper being the leading character, every single inmate surrounding her has a story as rich and layered as hers that keeps the viewers hooked through and through.
4. How to Get Away with Murder (2014-2020)
‘How to Get Away with Murder’ is a legal thriller that has proved time and again how an epic lead can make or break a show. The show centers on Annalise Keating (Viola Davis), an exceptional criminal defense lawyer and professor, who teaches a group of aspiring law students. Their lives intertwine forever when they get entangled in an anomalous murder. The uber-talented Viola Davis made history by becoming the first African American woman to ever win an Emmy for a drama for her profound portrayal of Annalise.
3. Barry (2018- )
For those who are into the dark comedy genre, serial killers, or hitman adventure plotlines, ‘Barry’ is going to be right up your alley. Set in Los Angeles, the series stars ‘Saturday Night Live’ fame Bill Hader as a hitman who, while on the hunt for his target, realizes his true calling in acting. Hell-bent on pursuing his passion, he does everything in his power to shed his criminal identity. Alas, life won’t have it his way. The more he tries to walk away, the more he finds himself sinking fast in the quicksand.
2. Ozark (2017- )
Another Emmy-winning Netflix original, ‘Ozark’ tells the tale of a Chicago family who is constantly on the move after a money-laundering scheme for a Mexican drug cartel goes awry. Starring Jason Bateman in the central role, the show also showcases the length one is willing to go in order to keep their loved ones safe and sound. The show inevitably drew hefty comparisons to ‘Breaking Bad’ as we witness Bateman’s Marty sink deeper and deeper into a criminal hell of his own making, just like Walter White.
1. One Day at a Time (2017- )
Inspired by Norman Lear’s 1975 series of the same name, ‘One Day at a Time’ is a sitcom that takes us through the day-to-day life of the Cuban-American Alvarez family as they go through good times and bad. Penelope, a newly single Army veteran, is raising two headstrong teenagers. She lives with her old-school mother who’s religious and slightly outdated beliefs often tend to get in the way of their lifestyle. The show does a bang-up job at tackling many social and political issues, including racial injustice, sexism, PTSD, anxiety, addiction, and sexuality, without getting too somber or over the top.
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