The day we all feared has arrived, Jesse Armstrong’s masterpiece Succession has come to an end, and the shenanigans of the Roy family are now over, leaving us all wanting for more. The HBO’s spearhead series reminded us of the juicy genre of dysfunctional relationships and family drama.
Moving on from that emotional rollercoaster of the Succession series finale would definitely take some time —no one saw that brutal end coming for sure! However, in such cases, the best way to recover is always to move on to another TV series that help ease the situation.
Hence, because we know how hard it is to say an unwanted goodbye to a beloved TV series, especially when it is one of the best TV series like Succession, we are here to help you have a peaceful recovering stage with more TV series similar to Succession series, that you can binge-watch now.
Filled with white-collar corruption, undercover crimes, relationship dynamics, questionable moral dilemmas, political and high finance dramas, and a good dose of humour every now and then. Here is our list of top series to watch after Succession.
Imagine watching the Roy clan’s drama but on a ranch with everyone wearing cowboy hats; wouldn’t that be just fantastic? Well, this is what Yellowstone can offer you! The series has all the perfect ingredients to be an excellent replacement for Succession.
The series follows the powerful and hardnosed patriarch, John Dutton, played by Kevin Costner, who, just like Logan Roy, has managed to build a business empire, America’s biggest ranch. In the series, we are taken to the violent world of the Dutton family and their ongoing battle to defend their empire. All this while John’s children leave no stone unturned just to gain his approval—Say hello to the new Roy family, AKA the Dutton family!
Yellowstone is headlined by Kevin Costner, Luke Grimes, and Kelly Reilly, and it has been nominated for tons of awards, winning several of them, including the Golden Globe for Kevin Costner. Besides the five seasons of the series, there are three spin-offs; two prequels titled 1883 (2021–2022) and 1923 (2022–present) and Lawmen: Bass Reeves. Recently, it has also been announced that two more spin-offs are coming later.
Among the top things we are going to miss about Succession are its breathtaking filming locations, especially the ones in New York City. Luckily, we can still enjoy the Big Apple’s mesmerising locations plus some really tantalising drama in the series Billions.
Set in New York City, in the first five seasons of Billions, we follow the business tycoon Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod, who is famous for being the king of hedge funds. Axe finds himself facing an arch enemy, aka the ruthless prosecutor Cuck Rhoades who launches a crusade against him. As the story unfolds, a battle of wealth, influence and corruption begins echoing the ones we all enjoyed in Succession, but this time the battle is between two of New York’s most powerful figures.
In the sixth season, the prosecutor Cuck Rhoades finds a new target, Michael Prince, who was once Axe’s rival, and between the two, another thrilling cat-and-mouse game ensues!
The main character in the series bears a lot of similarities to the famous Roy Logan in how they both seek their own personal gain. While all Logan cared about was securing his empire, all Axe cared about was always being the winner no matter what, even if that meant he bent the rules. They both are always fighting for what they want, whether with family members, employees or even business rivals. Billions stars Damian Lewis, Corey Stoll, Paul Giamatti, and Maggie Siff, among others.
House of the Dragon (2022-…)
If we are talking about family drama focusing on fighting for power and inheritance, then it is inevitable to mention the other HBO flagship, aka the famous Game of Thrones prequel, The House of the Dragon. The series focuses on the same themes of Succession, political power and endless fights for the throne!
In the series, we follow how the Targaryens get divided into two sides within the family to see who gets the Iron Throne and therefore gets to rule the Seven Kingdoms of Westeros. If we go beyond the surface, the House of the Dragon presents a very medieval version of what we saw happening with the Roys, except this one has dragons!
The Golden Globe winner series stars Milly Alcock, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke, Emily Carey, Ewan Mitchell, and Paddy Considine, among others. The first season has been a smash hit and has been receiving rave reviews and praise from critics and audiences. It is worth noting that the first episode of the series was watched by 10 million people on the first day, which was a first for HBO MAX!
The Morning Show (2019-…)
When it comes to Roy’s main emporium, the news and entertainment, The Morning Show immediately comes to mind. The series starring Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Steve Carell, tells the story of how Alex, the news anchor, whose whole life and career take a threatening turn after her partner of fifteen years, Mitch Kessler, is fired amid a sexual misconduct scandal. Following the incident, Alex finds herself struggling to retain her job as the lead news anchor while a rivalry brews with Bradley Jackson, an ambitious journalist looking to take Alex’s place.
While the storyline is different, the series bears a resemblance to Succession with the themes of how scandals and power conflicts occur even in the best of families, whether it’s a TV show or a large conglomerate of companies. The series received the nomination for several big awards like the Primetime Emmy Awards and Golden Globes, among others.
One of the main themes of Succession was family, and so is the case with the series Bloodline. In the series, we are introduced to the family the Rayburns, who get entangled in a major scandal when the “black sheep” of the family, their eldest son, goes back home to celebrate the anniversary of his parents’ hotel. The celebration quickly takes a dark turn threatening the entire family, their secrets, and their past and pushing family loyalty to the limit.
Much like the Roys in Succession, each member of the Rayburn family has an internal feud, which pits them against each other. Bloodline stars Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Ben Mendelsohn, who has received a lot of praise for his performance. Mendelsohn also won many awards, including a Primetime Emmy Award and a Satellite Award.
Succession brought the story from the one per cent people’s perspective, but in Industry, you get to see it from the other way around! Industry is an exhilarating journey to the cutthroat world of international finance, presented from the point of view of ambitious young people struggling to make a name for themselves in the insudtry.
In the series, we follow the story of the poor workers who have just arrived at the investment bank Pierpoint & Co. Throughout the episodes; we see the hardships that these workers have to go through in this new job. This story, unfortunately, reflects the lives of many people, and in a way, it provides a certain degree of political criticism, as well as criticism of the society we live in today.
One of the biggest assets of the series is its diverse cast that was not exactly well-known before starring in the series. The cast of the series includes Marisa Abela, Myha’la Herrold, Harry Lawtey and Ken Leung.
When you think about a series close to Succession, it is almost impossible not to think of the series Empire! The resemblance between the two is very clear; like Logan Roy in Succession, the hip-hop mogul Lucious Lyon has to pick one of his three sons to take his place in running his Empire. However, unlike Logan, Lucious is forced to do so after finding out about his ALS illness.
While the main outline seems pretty similar between the two series, the real difference comes with Cookie, Lucious’s ex-wife, who comes into the scenes making things harder for everyone! Logan’s ex-wife might have been a force to be reckoned with, but she is nothing compared to Cookie!
Like Succession, Empire is all about family, power, glamourous costumes, great parties, and something extra; some seriously great songs that will instantly be added to your favourite playlist! The series stars Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, and Bryshere Gray, and it ran for six seasons. Empire won over the audiences and the critics immediately; in fact, it was the first primetime series in over 20 years to have its viewership ratings increase in each of its first five episodes!
Giving the ’80s classic soap opera of the same name a modern twist, Dynasty follows the story of a multi-millionaire family, the Carrington. The family’s patriarch’s eldest daughter Fallon was poised to take over from her father in managing the family business, but the arrival of a new and very young stepmother throws everything into disarray. Amid rivalries, mysteries, secrets, jealousies and cross-cutting vendettas, we follow a new dynasty as it tries to find its way.
While the series might not have the intensity and depth of the storylines and dialogues of Succession, Dynasty still offers that heated internal war between the characters, especially when they feel that their “dynasty” is being undermined. The series stars Elizabeth Gillies, Nathalie Kelley, and James Mackay.
The Righteous Gemstones (2019-….)
If it is the black comedy that got you hooked to Succession, then The Righteous Gemstones is the right series for you! The Righteous Gemstones follows the family of the Gemstones, who are working as televangelists doing God’s work, or so they say! The Gemstones are like the Roys, they live like they are royalty, and their lifestyle is seriously questionable, given the religious front they hide behind!
The main similarity between the two series is the influence of wealth on siblings and their relationships. Like Logan’s kids, the patriarch Eli’s kids are unfit to follow in their dad’s footsteps and take over their megachurch, the Gemstone Salvation Center. They have been spoiled by the wealth and unable to comprehend what it really takes to do the job right; sounds familiar? The series cast includes Danny McBride, John Goodman, and Adam DeVine, among others.
Dark secrets, family fights, and the pursuit of power, all these themes from Succession and more are to be found in the British series Riches. In Riches, we are introduced to Stephen Richards, who has managed to establish a multi-million-pound cosmetic empire. Sadly, he suffers from a heart attack, and now an heir to his empire must be put in his place; sounds familiar?
A vicious fight for the position between his children from two different marriages starts digging up dark family secrets from the past and jeopardising everything Stephan has worked hard to build!
The series stars Deborah Ayorinde, Hugh Quarshie, and Sarah Niles, and even though there has been only one season so far, the critics and audiences seem to love it!
Arrested Development (2003–2019)
When you think of any series like Succession, we are sure that a sitcom wouldn’t probably be on your list of guesses, but the sitcom Arrested Development has so much more in common with Succession than you think!
In Succession, we have all seen how once Logan fell ill, things spiralled out of control, and the clumsiness of his kids came to the surface, making us all wonder how these four are related to Logan in any way! That’s exactly what you will see in Arrested Development as we follow the kids of a rich estate developer as they struggle after their father is out of the picture and sent to prison for a white-collar offence!
Arrested Development provides an interesting peek into the life of rich people as Succession did. Also, the series has the same punchy, well-knit dialogues that we all enjoyed in Succession, but in Arrested Development, the dialogues have a much lighter tone.
The series is headlined by Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, and Portia de Rossi. The series was such a hit that it is regarded by many as one of the best TV series of all time, and it has received several awards, like the Primetime Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award.
Mad Men (2007–2015)
Set in 1960s New York, this award-winning series tells the story of a slick advertising agency in an era attracted by the allure of unscrupulous business. At first glance, this series has no succession vibes at all, or does it? If you take a bird eye view of the two series, you will clearly notice how, in many ways, they are the same series but in different eras!
The two series can easily be pooled together by their plot’s richness and well-written characters that kept the audiences thirsty for more. If you think about it, in some ways, Jon Hamm, aka Don Draper, is pretty much like Kendall Roy in his eagerness to have more influence within the agency and have more control. Also, the agency is just like Waystar Royco, full of rivalry and feuds.
Like Succession, Mad Men is truly addictive thanks to its catchy drama and masterful acting performances. The series was an absolute hit sweeping many awards, including 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes, to name a few. The series grossed the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series for four years straight, becoming the first basic cable series to win this award.
Mad Men features a star-stubbed cast, including Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, and January Jones, among others.
We were never ready to say goodbye to a gem like Succession, and we know there is no series that would exactly have the same brilliant dialogues, the suburb acting, and the well-designed characters that got all sucked into the world of the series. However, the end of one series is always an opportunity for discovering a new great series or many for that matter!