Since its premiere in 2018, fans all over were introduced to the Roy family. 4 years on and 9 Emmys later, Succession has established itself as one of the best shows on TV, and that is why we have created a list of shows like Succession. The dark comedy-drama was created by Jesse Armstrong, and it revolves around aging patriarch Logan Roy, the conservative billionaire owner of international media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo and his 3 of his 4 children, Kendall, Roman, and Shiv.
A modern-day family drama of Shakespearean proportions, the show deals with the internal conflicts, business deals, and last-minute twists amongst other things. Succession presents an alarming yet witty look at the privileged 1%. And while Succession‘s mix of sharp comedy and ruthless drama is unique, there are a lot of great shows about white-collar corruption, covered-up crimes, rickety relationship dynamics, questionable morals and intense power struggles. We’ve rounded up a list of 15 shows like Succession which all share the same spirit.
List of TV Shows Like Succession
1. Billions (2016)
This show is set in New York, and similar to shows like Succession, it revolves around highly successful people who are fueled by the need to accumulate more wealth. Billions features Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades, a US attorney who’s determined to bring down an ambitious hedge fund manager. Bobby Axelrod played by Damian Lewis, who to the extent of breaking the law often secures high returns through some very aggressive methods.
Billions’ characters undergo turbulent trials which mirror the increasingly turbulent financial market which the story of the show is set against. There is a lot of melodrama and third-act maneuvers to keep viewers hooked while also giving you a look into real-life prosecutions, and how federal agencies prepare and execute them through their realistic reenactments in this show.
2. Yellowstone (2018)
Think about TV shows like Succession… but this time set on a massive cattle ranch. Taylor Sheridan and Josh Linson’s Yellowstone focuses on Kevin Costner as John Dutton, a wealthy and very powerful patriarch. Dutton pulls plenty of strings, putting into place shady deals, murders, and land grabs, all to ensure that his empire remains intact. Basically, in this literal wild west of the business world, anything goes.
The Paramount network show is a colossal ratings hit that consistently sets records, and beats them. The finale of season 4, which wrapped up earlier this month, drew in more than 11 million viewers, a new series high. This show has garnered a large viewerbase and I suggest that you join them, if you are a fan of shows like Succession.
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3. The Righteous Gemstones (2019)
The Righteous Gemstones takes place in the South just like the previous show on this list and has an even extra helping of absurd humor similar to series like Succession. This show revolves around Eli Gemstone, the patriarch of a famous family of televangelists who all live a luxurious lifestyle bankrolled by their church.
With Eli broken over the death of his wife, his kids have to figure out who’s next in line to take over their megachurch. Rife with scandals, hypocrisy, and petty power struggles, suffice to say that the Gemstones are nothing like their public image. Despite its more eccentric plotline, The Righteous Gemstones is definitely one of the best shows like Succession around.
4. The White Lotus (2021)
If you enjoy the humor and spot-on commentary in series like Succession, you will love The White Lotus. The series centers on a group of wealthy guests and staff members of the gorgeous White Lotus spa and resort in Hawaii. But after a week, the guests soon realize that there’s more to paradise than meets the eye.
The White Lotus is not short of the same dark humor similar to shows like Succession. The viewer is treated to a critical view of the lives of wealthy folks, who awkwardly stumble their way through attempting to learn about Hawaiian culture.
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5. House of the Dragon (2022)
When we talk of the ultimate aspiration to power and the many struggles involved in series like Succession, House of the Dragon, a spinoff series set in the Game of Thrones universe delivers just that. The long-awaited prequel follows the Targaryen dynasty around two hundred years before Queen Daenerys set out to reclaim the Iron Throne.
In Game of Thrones, most of the Targaryens were dead as well as all of their dragons. This show tells us how that came to be and how the Targaryen line ultimately lost the throne. This show’s grand scale, huge battles, and intricate political tussles will have you hoping you could step into this world, and experience it all for yourself.
6. House of Cards (2013)
Similar to shows like Succession, House of Cards offers a look behind the scenes at the greed and corruption present in American politics. House of Cards follows U.S congressman Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey. Underwood is a ruthless man out for revenge after the promise by the President to appoint him Secretary of State was reneged upon.
Reeling from the betrayal, Frank with help from his equally calculating wife Claire Underwood, attempts to gain power by other means and get back at those who wronged him. This intense political drama impressed a host of critics and fans alike, even President Obama, who called it his favorite show on TV at the time.
7. Mad Men (2007)
Mad Men offers some insight into the media world quite similar to shows like Succession. Only in this case, we follow the trials and tribulations a star advertising executive faces in 1960s New York. Don Draper, played by Jon Hamm, is a bit of a mysterious character, who has to juggle the pressure from work while keeping the home life balanced.
Mad Men has ended its run but the show is still highly recommended to date, having led a new era of television shows. The period drama earned countless accolades and despite its title, has also been lauded by some for its non-tokenistic feminism.
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8. House of Lies (2012-2016)
Although a dynasty family might not be the center of it compared to shows like Succession, House of Lies has characters almost completely devoid of any morality or ethics. The show follows a close-knit group of corporate consultants who pride themselves on tricking their clients into giving them hefty paychecks.
We are taken on a ride as the team of consultants resort to dirty tricks and maneuvers. This group themselves are somewhat of a close family unit, one in which everyone wants to impress their calculating boss and father figure, Marty Kaan played by Don Cheadle. It’s a quick-witted show filled with a lot of profanity, snide remarks, and characters that would fit right into the world of shows like Succession.
9. Dynasty (2017)
Dynasty, similar to shows like Succession, leaves no stone unturned in displaying the glitz and the glam of the wealthy families, while also exposing the corruption that goes into building these riches. This reboot of the ’80s classic is about the Carringtons and the Colbys, two super-rich families who get caught up in a major feud over their fortune and children.
Told from the perspectives of two women from the opposite sides, this riveting drama has its fair share of surprise twists, love triangles, family betrayals and, naturally, opulent looks. If you’re looking for shows like Succession, then this is the one for you.
10. Empire (2015)
Similar to series like Succession, Empire centers on Empire Entertainment, a hip-hop record label and entertainment company helmed by Lucius Lyon (Terrence Howard). After hip-hop mogul Lucius Lyon learns that he is dying from ALS, he must choose which of his three sons will be his successor. All angling for control of his massive empire, we watch the three sons battle it out, as well as his ex-wife Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) who was just released from prison.
This intense, soapy drama is packed with great performances, suspenseful twists and there’s definitely no shortage of glamorous costumes. The show received six Emmy Award nominations, including two nominations for Henson’s performance.
11. Bloodline (2015)
Bloodline centers on the Rayburn family who, on the surface, appear like a typical modern and close-knit family, but we find quickly that there are a lot of skeletons in their closets. Similar to Succession, the family tends to take sides and make alliances, and as the lies build up the seemingly good characters are forced to do terrible things.
With the arrival of the black sheep of the family from Miami, terrible secrets, lies, and crimes buried deep beneath the Rayburns’ sunny veneer finally get exposed. The Rayburns might not be well-known everywhere, but they’re a pillar in their Floridian community and have to keep up appearances as their family is slowly destroyed by the ghosts from the past.
12. Arrested Development (2003)
Arrested Development follows a widower and father named Michael Bluth (Bateman), who’s after his father, a corrupt real estate developer, gets arrested. Arrested Development is similar to shows like Succession, well, if you made Succession a sitcom. Jason Bateman stars as Michael Bluth, the loyal, warm-hearted son of a wealthy family who reluctantly agrees to run the family business after his father is arrested for stealing company funds.
Keeping his dysfunctional family together proves to be a major challenge, however, since the family is manipulative and materialistic. Arrested Development was widely praised for its use of satire, physical comedy, its brilliant use of voice-overs and is said to be by far one of the best sitcoms to ever grace the small screen, earning six Emmy Awards.
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13. The Crown (2016)
In the league of family drama series similar to shows like Succession, The Crown will find its place. The show chronicles the rise and life struggles of Queen Elizabeth II from the 1940s to modern times. This series begins with an inside look at the early reign of the queen, who at just 25 years, ascended the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI.
Created by Peter Morgan, the show tries to be as accurate as possible giving an inside look into the Queen’s life as a human rather than a head of the United Kingdom, while also adding some sprinklings of fiction for dramatic effect. The Crown is prime entertainment chock full with diplomatic tussles, royal drama, personal intrigues, romances, and political rivalries.
14. The Morning Show (2019)
The Morning Show offers us a look at the world of modern television media, similar to series like Succession. Jennifer Aniston gives a brilliant performance as top anchor Alex Levy who finds herself, after her co-host of 15 years is fired for sexual misconduct. On the verge of being fired herself amid falling ratings, she fights to retain control of her job in the cutthroat world of morning TV.
Under the impression that she was gunning for her job, She finds herself in a fierce competition with new reporter Bradley Johnson, played by Reese Witherspoon. The show shines on the scandals, intrigues and feuds behind the influential titular program. The series has gained great reviews receiving 11 Emmy Award nominations so far.
15. The Great (2020)
Power struggles are a common theme in period dramas, similar to shows like Succession, and maybe more appropriately, The Crown. The Great, tracks the rise of Empress Catherine the Great played by Elle Fanning, the outsider who maneuvered her way to become Russia’s longest-reigning female ruler.
The show, created by Tony McNamara, treats its viewers to a modern sense of humor, vividly absurd characters and displays of utter lavishness. The series has earned six Emmy nominations to date, including nominations for Fanning’s and Hoult’s performances; its one win being for Outstanding Costume Design.
Here are a few TV shows like Succession that didn’t make the list which you can also check out:
- Big Little Liars
- The Undoing