Charming criminals: 10 series whose characters break the law

Psychopaths, hitmen, drug lords and other villains often become heroes in movies. Around bad guys or girls, nerve-wracking plots are twisted that do not let the viewer get bored. Therefore, many people like to watch TV shows in which the main character breaks the law. Such eccentric characters – forced or by their natural inclination to create crimes – make you watch yourself until the last episode of the TV show.

Killing Eve (2018 – 2020)

Stylish and impressive in terms of camera work, the series will tell the story of a wayward killer and a non-standard agent of the special services – a story with unpredictable twists, black humor and banter. MI5 employee Eva Polastri, endowed with a rare professional flair, hunts for the elusive psycho killer Villanelle. A real duel of minds unfolds between the heroines and an irresistible connection arises.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:  
Killing Eve

Genre:  
Action, thriller

Actors:  
Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw …

Country:  
USA, UK, Italy

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 8.3

Age restrictions:  
18+


Ozark (2017 – 2020)

Financial consultant Marty Bird has grown into debt and is therefore forced to leave Chicago for a small resort town in Missouri. A man wants to provide his family with everything necessary, but he can’t do it honestly. Therefore, at the new place of residence, all means are used – connections with the mafia, money laundering and other frauds. Some of the plot lines of the series about an intelligent criminal financier are based on real events , for example, on the materials of investigations in the Ozarks.

Original title:  
Ozark

Genre:
Thriller, drama, crime

Actors:  
Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Julia Garner …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Narcos (2015 – 2017)

The series tells about real drug dealers and terrorists of the 80s of the last century. The events that took place in Colombia during the heyday of the empire of Pablo Escobar, one of the most famous, wealthy and cruel criminals in history, will come to life on the screen. After the release of the TV show, Roberto Escobar, the only heir and brother of the infamous bandit, demanded a billion dollars from the Netflix platform for illegal use of content without the consent of Escobar Inc.

Original title:  
Narcos

Genre:  
Crime, drama

Actors:  
Wagner Moura, Boyd Holbrook, Pedro Pascal…

Country:  
USA, Colombia, Mexico

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.4, IMDb – 8.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Banshee (2013 – 2016)

After 15 years in prison , the protagonist of the series comes to the small Pennsylvania town of Banshee to question his longtime accomplice about the missing diamonds before his arrest. Randomly, a rogue becomes the sheriff in this city where the drug trade and prostitution thrive . This is where the fun begins, because the gangster, who was once thrown by our fake cop, has not forgotten about the insult and seeks revenge on the traitor.

Original title:
Banshee

Genre:
Action, thriller, drama

Actors:
Anthony Starr, Ivana Milicevic, Ulrich Thomsen …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
18+


House of Cards (2013 – 2018)

Frank Underwood is a talented strategist and politician. Using a sharp mind and the ability to manipulate people, he helps Garrett Walker become president in exchange for the position of secretary of state. However, after taking over as head of state, Garrett forgets about his promise. And then Frank decides to take revenge . And not just to overthrow the offender from the presidency, but to completely destroy his reputation.

Original title:  
House of Cards

Genre:  
Drama

Actors:  
Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Kevin Spacey …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Hannibal (2013 – 2015)

The rating series will tell about the life of a movie maniac – Dr. Lector – before the events of the film “The Silence of the Lambs”. No one knows yet what kind of beast is hidden under the mask of a foodie-intellectual, played by Mads Mikkelsen. Dr. Lector leads a medical practice and helps the FBI find another serial killer. The case is handled by Will Graham, a man with the ability to penetrate the minds of criminals. However, this time he needs help, and Lector is ready to provide it, but at what cost?

Original title:  
Hannibal

Genre:
Detective, thriller, crime

Actors:  
Mads Mikkelsen, Hugh Dancy, Laurence Fishburne…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:  
18+


Dregs (2009 – 2013)

Five motley young people ended up in correctional labor, having committed minor offenses. They will spend the coming months picking up trash and erasing murals in public places. One day, a strong thunderstorm breaks out, and our heroes, who did not have time to hide, are struck by lightning. After this incident, each of the guys acquires superpowers . Someone becomes invisible, someone gets the opportunity to hear the thoughts of others or rewind time back. What will hooligans do, having received such a bonus from fate?

Original title:  
Misfits

Genre:  
Fantasy, drama, melodrama, comedy

Actors:  
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Ivan Rheon, Lauren Socha …

Country:  
United Kingdom

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


Breaking Bad (2008 – 2013)

An outstanding series with a high rating and an incredibly twisted plot. A modest school chemistry teacher found himself in a tragic life situation. Walter is diagnosed with cancer , and his family’s financial affairs look deplorable. In order to somehow provide for his relatives after his death, the man decides to engage in the manufacture of drugs. Walter takes local junkie Jesse as his partner and starts a dangerous business in an old van, where he organizes a laboratory.

Original title:  
Breaking Bad

Genre:  
Thriller, crime, drama

Actors:  
Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, Aaron Paul …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.9, IMDb – 9.4

Age restrictions:  
18+


Dexter (2006 – 2013)

Oddities in the behavior of Dexter Morgan, his father noticed in childhood. An experienced cop immediately realized that his son was not like everyone else. Dexter is a psychopath with a pathological craving for murder. To protect his offspring, the father taught his son to combine business with pleasure – to eliminate the most dangerous killers, thereby quenching his thirst and clearing the city of criminals at the same time. Years pass, our hero continues to hunt, until one day someone even smarter and stronger appears on his way. The competition of two minds, two monsters begins. Who will win?

Original title:
 Dexter

Genre:  
Thriller, drama, crime, detective

Actors:  
Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, David Zayas…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


Soprano (1999 – 2007)

The crime-drama series has long entered the treasury of television and has become a cult. The plot revolves around Tony Soprano, godfather of the North Jersey mob, and his family. His wife plagues Tony with scandals, his mother has fallen into senile insanity, there are only problems at “work”, and children are a continuous source of trouble. How can you do without a good brain shrink? The hero goes to a psychotherapist to sort out family squabbles, but it is strictly forbidden to talk about mafia affairs!

Original title:  
The Sopranos

Genre:  
Drama, crime

Actors:  
James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Go Falco …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.7, IMDb – 9.2

Age restrictions:  
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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