Like many people I am a huge fan of the HBO show, The Wire. I love the rich character development (Stringer Bell and Omar Little are my favorites!) and how each season focuses on different institutions that impact the drug trade and life in Baltimore: criminal justice, unions, politics, education, media, etc.
After devouring all five seasons of The Wire in an extraordinarily short amout of time, I was eager for another show in which I could lose myself. Luckily, I found other programs that proved satisfying.
Justified: In many ways, I see Justified as the rural version of The Wire. Justified has a little of everything: on-going character development, family dysfunction, a highly compelling “bad guy”, social issues in coal-mining country, a little romance and a lot of drama.
Sons of Anarchy: Call this a cross between The Wire and Justified, but on motorcycles. It’s a gritty, violent, oddly touching and funny (at times) tale about an outlaw motorcycle club.
Homeland: While this show is definitely for fans of 24; the action, interesting cast, is he/isn’t he a terrorist storyline, and how it portrays mental illness make it a must see. Don’t be surprised if you want to cancel all plans to watch a full season in one sitting.
The Walking Dead: First off, I am not a fan of zombies. But, the beauty of The Walking Dead is that you don’t have to be to love this show. It’s a scary, adrenaline rush that has you rooting for your favorite characters each episode. I recommend watching it with another person and in the daylight, unless you’re fearless (or stronger than me).
More shows to keep you engaged: Game of Thrones, Dexter, Breaking Bad, Girls, Deadwood, The Sopranos, Southland.
Please, tell us your favorites too.