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The five shows you must watch while awaiting Money Heist Season 5 (August 2020)4 min read

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Netflix’s La Casa de Papel (Money Heist) has turned out to be gold for both Netflix and us the viewers. Its whirlwind of twists, engrossing plot coupled with some of the most memorable characters in recent times have made it almost impossible to not fall in love with the show right from the beginning. This Spanish show has broken all streaming records and has gathered immense international praise. After the hugely successful Season 4, everyone is eager to see how the series unfolds in Season 5.

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While you do the waiting for season 5, here are five recommendations of shows which have similar storylines (read complicated plots and lots of criminal activities) like that of Money Heist.

1) Breaking Bad (2008-2013)


Number of Seasons: 5

Creator:  Vince Gilligan

Cast: Bryan CranstonAaron PaulAnna Gunn

IMDb: 9.5

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this now.

Currently Streaming On Netflix

If Money Heist has its Professor, Breaking Bad has our favorite Chemistry teacher. The series is about a high school chemistry teacher, Walter, who turns to cooking and selling meth with the aid of Aaron Paul’s Jessie Pinkman in an attempt to protect the financial future of his family after being diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. A lot of heists take place through the series with the one pulled off in the train by Walt and Jessie in the final season is our favourite. It is one of those rare shows almost close to perfection and ranks highly on everyone’s list of recommendations.

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2) Prison Break (2005-2017)


Number of Seasons: 6

Creator: Paul Scheuring

Cast:  Dominic PurcellWentworth MillerAmaury Nolasco 

IMDb: 8.3

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

Currently Streaming On Disney+Hotstar

The relationship between The Professor and Inspector Raquel Murillo is a major storyline in Money Heist. The two have this game of cat and mouse, which becomes very interesting. The chase is very clear in Prison Break between Inspector Mahone (William Fichtner) and Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller). Because of a political conspiracy, an innocent man is sent to the row of death, and his only hope is his brother who makes it his task to purposely get himself sent to the same prison to get both of them out. It is a perfectly plotted series and is almost unpredictable. We recommend it for the thrills and fun buts mostly for Michael Scofield.

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3) Elite (2018- )


Number of Seasons: 3 (till now)

Creator: Darío MadronaCarlos Montero

Cast: Itzan EscamillaMiguel BernardeauArón Piper

IMDb: 7.6

Friyay’s Take: Add this to your watchlist.

Currently Streaming On Netflix

While Elite isn’t a crime drama, Money Heist fans are likely to fall in love with the thriller from high school. It is a Spanish show with a strong international following. It is about three working-class teenagers who begin to attend an exclusive private school in Spain, the clash between them and the wealthy students leads to murder. Throughout the show, there are familiar faces but perhaps most importantly, it features compelling storytelling and cliffhanger endings that easily rival Money Heist.

Elite Official Trailer

4) Narcos (2015-2017)


Number of Seasons: 3

Creator:  Carlo BernardChris BrancatoDoug Miro 

Cast: Pedro PascalWagner MouraBoyd Holbrook

IMDb: 8.8

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

Currently Streaming On Netflix

Unlike Money Heist, this is based on a true crime story. With the show switching between Spanish and English, it will be a delight for Money Heist Fans. The raw, gritty narration chronicles the real-life tale of how Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar came to power until his eventual death. Season 3 goes on to tell the real power players story: The Cali Cartel. It is engrossing right from the start to end.

Narcos Official Trailer

5) Ozark (2017- )


Number of Seasons: 3 (Till now)

Creator: Bill DubuqueMark Williams

Cast:  Jason BatemanLaura LinneySofia Hublitz

IMDb: 8.4

Friyay’s Take: Leave everything and watch this.

Currently Streaming On Netflix.

A man who lives an ordinary life before being dragged into a criminal underworld discovers that he is not too bad at handling it. Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) is an accountant who does the accounting for a Mexican drug lord from time to time. When things go haywire with this high-stakes client, Marty is forced to flee to the Missouri Ozarks with his family and to launder money for the cartel. His wife then becomes his partner-in-crime. This is a thrilling show with a lot of twists paralleling that of Money Heist.

Ozark Official Trailer

These are our recommendations, maybe you have a few more. Do let us know in the comments below and for more discussion and recommendations on movies and shows do check out our app.


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