OK, you got it out of me—I’ll admit it. I’ve never seen Succession. That’s not for any particular reaso—I get it, it’s a good show!—I just watch a lot television for this job. I haven't quite found the time yet. But in the time I’ve spent dodging Roy family, I’ve come to know host of characters who are very similar. Do you like to follow the misadventures of problematic wealthy people who get off on causing trouble? I have a show for that. Or do you prefer a workplace drama mixed with a hint of romance? I know the perfect series for that, too.
Let’s face it, with Succession ending, you need something new to watch. Let me be your guide. Below is a list of Succession-adjacent shows that will satisfy your craving for dysfunctional dramas. From House of Dragon, to Industry, to The Politician, these seven series should be next on your watchlist.—Bria McNeal
Succession with Dragons: House of the Dragon
House of the Dragon is HBO’s other Succession-esque story of family drama—but with dragons. In this Game of Thrones prequel, King Viserys Targaryen is an old, dying monarch who over a medieval, fantasy world. Princess Rhaenyra is set to sit on the Iron Throne in the event of the King’s death, but some people in the court have other ideas. Instead of cellphones and boardrooms, they just have swords and war rooms. Oh, and massive, fire-breathing dragons.—Josh Rosenberg
Succession on a Farm: Yellowstone
On Yellowstone, John Dutton (Kevin Costner) is arguably TV’s only patriarch to rival Brian Cox’s Logan Roy. Paramount’s western drama has reigned as the most popular show on cable for multiple seasons now, featuring members of a wealthy cattle-ranching family who vie for power in a borderline lawless Montana. Yellowstone simply trades Succession’s black limo for a horse and “quiet luxury” for cowboy spurs. The show is still chock full of cutthroat business and ruthless family politics. Just with a “Yee-haw!”—J.R.
Succession in New Jersey: The Sopranos
The Sopranos is often hailed as one of the best shows of all time—and friends, that’s for a good reason. The iconic series follows Tony Soprano, a New Jersey-based mobster, whose stressful career leads him to seek a therapist. With a strained marriage, growing children, and power-hungry family members lurking around every corner, Tony struggles to grapple with the life he’s built for himself.—B.M.
Succession in London: Industry
If you like a workplace drama, then Industry is for you. Industry follows a group of young bankers who all have one goal in mind: to be the top performer at their finance agency. Their London-based office is both close-knit and cutthroat. They have to rely on each other if they want to survive—but that gets complicated when they mix business with pleasure.—B.M.
Succession in the Morning: The Morning Show
The Morning Show has a bit of everything—jealousy, competition, romance, drama... you name it. The Apple TV+ series follows a fictional morning show (which bears a stark resemblance to Good Morning America) that’s failing due to a lethal mix of workplace harassment and low ratings. When a head anchor is suddenly fired, local news reporter Bradley Jackson (Reese Witherspoon) steps up as their replacement—and quickly learns the morning show isn’t as cheery as it seems.—B.M.
Succession in High School: The Politician
In The Politician, Ben Platt stars as Payton Hobart, a wealthy teenager who believes he’s destined to become the President of the United States. But before he gets access to the Oval Office, he’ll have to become his school's student body president. What begins as a low-stakes competition turns into a hilarious fight for power, as Payton bends the rules to secure his future.—B.M.
Succession With a Basketball: Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty
There's only one place I want to go, now that Succession has called it quits: 1979. It was the year the Los Angeles Lakers drafted Magic Johnson, and kickstarted one of the greatest runs in sports. Which is great, sure. Even better? All the behind-the-scenes drama. Winning Time brilliantly fictionalizes the team's wheeling, dealing, and beefing—especially between its two stars, Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.—Brady Langmann
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