By the order of Peaky Blinders, the series has now come to rest on BBC. And it’s still time for the Shelbys to land on Netflix and narrate the last chapter of their story. And we are aware of your craving for all that gangster stuff and the iconic accent. Although we cannot fasten up Netflix’s deals, what we can do for you is what we have always been doing. Here’s the list of the best gangster shows like Peaky Blinders on Netflix to help you stay sane.
The show is set on London’s fictional Summerhouse estate and follows partners Dushane (Ashley Walters) and Sully (Kane Robinson), two feared heroin dealers who are corrupted by the prospect of growing wealth and prestige in their borough, despite their best intentions.
The show makes a point of nurturing its normally vile characters while also raising uncomfortable concerns about class, racism, and responsibility. Anyone interested in the face of contemporary crime should watch it. Seasons 1 and 2 of Top Boy aired on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom in 2011 and 2013, respectively, before Netflix revived the series for a third season in 2019. The streaming service released the last season of the show recently. Go stream it right away.
If you search good enough, you might find a gem like these shows. Giri/Haji, which translates to Duty/Shame, is another British-made drama. It revolves around a Tokyo detective’s search for his missing brother, Yuto, whose criminal activities in London threaten to spark a gang war in their hometown.
Helmed by writer and producer Joe Barton, the single-season series has gained a lot of critical appreciation when it was first released. Giri/Haji is also one of the most stylish crime thrillers around. Thanks to a tonne of rain and neon lighting, combining the interesting (though deadly) criminality of the Yakuza with a familiar London backdrop. So, a different product from Top Boy, but one that is equally engrossing.
Narcos, the most well-known of the three gangster series on our list; follows Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar’s rise to power in the late 1980s. The show combines real-life historical footage with staged drama to depict how Escobar became one of history’s most celebrated (and dreaded) criminals. It’s as addictive as the cocaine at its center.
Narcos: Mexico, a three-season spin-off series, is also available to watch on Netflix. But we strongly advise you to watch the original first.