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What can I watch that is like The Wire but is not The Wire?

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ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:07:53

Currently binging the Wire (again) but when I'm done would like to watch a Criminal Investigation type series that I haven't yet seen

I want it to be complex and rewarding like the Wire, not a formulaic crime of the week type thing, an ongoing arc or series of stories

I have access to Sky, Prime, Netflix

I basically want The Wire but not The Wire

I have seen

Manhunt Unabomber
The Sinner
Breaking Bad

Didn't like Dexter and couldn't get into either the US or EU The Killing


CheshireSplat Mon 05-Feb-18 23:09:27

Have you watched Line of Duty? Series 2 is one of my favourite TV series.

CrabappleBiscuit Mon 05-Feb-18 23:11:33


ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:11:59


I saw the first series and then lost track, I could do with starting that again there's four series now isn't there?

RumAppleGinger Mon 05-Feb-18 23:12:19

Second Line of Duty. Hadn't watched any of it until the end of last year and smashed through all of it in a month or so. It's brilliant. First couple of series are on Netflix

I loved The Shield too. It can be pretty brutal bit its one of my favourite ever boxsets. Not sure where you can watch it though.

ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:13:45

Struggled with Narcos because at the time I wasn't in the mood for the concentration needed with subtitles but yes, I should give that another crack

Dark is German and amazing

ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:16:24

I have heard good things about the Shield, but as you say, it does seem to have vanished without trace.


Line Of Duty

CrabappleBiscuit Mon 05-Feb-18 23:16:54

I liked Deutschland 83 as well.

And borgen.

And the original danish The Killing.

ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:21:01

I got into Spiral for a while but lost track

nancy75 Mon 05-Feb-18 23:24:27

The night of, it’s just 1 series - very good

kally195 Mon 05-Feb-18 23:25:05

If you loved The Wire, check out David Simon's new series The Deuce. Absolutely brilliant. We've just watched the entire first series and thankfully it's been renewed for a second. You'll see a lot of familiar faces from The Wire, as well.

Kuriusoranj Mon 05-Feb-18 23:25:52

Another vote for The Shield, which is where were went from The Wire. I had thought it would be a bit Wire-lite, but in fact it is really good and had flashes of brilliance. It's not The Wire, but then nothing is, really, is it?

nancy75 Mon 05-Feb-18 23:28:03

David Simon (he made the Wire) did a mini series called Generation kill. It’s not a cop show, it’s about soldiers in Iraq - not usually something I would like but it’s excellent ( lots of cast from The Wire in it)

nancy75 Mon 05-Feb-18 23:29:20

Treme, another David Simon show is also great but it’s more about characters than anything actually happening

HotSteppa Mon 05-Feb-18 23:30:47

I've just started The Duce tonight. By the same writers as the wire. 70s NYC sex workers. Maggie Gyllenhaal, James Franco. The piolt was really good

ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:41:41

I can't find the Deuce on Sky Box Sets, I looked a while ago was very disappointed

ValleyClouds Mon 05-Feb-18 23:44:46

Watching just now remembering how much I hated Bodie at the end of S1 yet how I felt by the end

The characters are so great Brianna Barksdale is a monster

Where can I find Generation Kill?

SundayShining Tue 06-Feb-18 06:34:19

Try Braquo. It's French, very gritty and utterly compelling. They made 4 series so it's good for a binge.

nancy75 Tue 06-Feb-18 10:44:29

Try prime for Generation kill, we watched it on DVD (it is quite old!)

MrsBCJ Tue 06-Feb-18 10:47:29

if you are ok with subtitles I'd go The Bridge (Swedish/Danish) police drama or Spirals (French) both excellent.

Not police but also love Gomorrah on Sky Atlantic

DGRossetti Tue 06-Feb-18 20:41:23

True Detective

LoisWilkersonsLastNerve Tue 06-Feb-18 21:49:28

The Sheild, the bridge and the USA version of the killing.

TammySwansonTwo Tue 06-Feb-18 23:10:20

Definitely The Shield - I even prefer it to The Wire. It comes and goes from Netflix on rotation.

Sons of Anarchy is a little more schlocky but still very gripping.

EachandEveryone Tue 06-Feb-18 23:12:57

I bought the Shield off ebay for afew quid.

TammySwansonTwo Tue 06-Feb-18 23:17:08

That’s the bargain of the century right there!

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