Never give up: 20 motivational series

After the hustle and bustle of the day, you want to relax and turn off your head, but we suggest shaking up and relaxing with benefit. Motivational series can be an inspiration to study, play sports or start your own business. Each person at any moment is able to radically change his life – and the heroes of the selection will prove this statement by personal example.

Holston (2021)

The highly rated biopic is based on true events in the life of the American fashion designer. At the dawn of his career, Roy Holston created an elegant hat for Jacqueline Kennedy on the occasion of the inauguration of the President. The fashion designer did not limit the circle of clients to influential personalities, and soon casual clothes at affordable prices appeared in many stores in the country.

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

Original title:
Halston

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Ewan McGregor, Bill Pullman, Rebecca Diane, Vera Farmiga …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Master (2021)

The Russian inspiring series is worth watching for anyone who considers himself old for new beginnings. 12 years after the forced break, the ex-pilot of the racing team Denis Sazonov decides to return to the sport. However, the team is not happy about the sudden meeting, because once the guy broke the internal code. Denis does not despair and gets a job at the club as a cleaner in order to once again go the way to the top of his career.

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Anatoly Bely, Igor Petrenko, Anton Vasiliev …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4


Madame CJ Walker (2020)

The action of the motivational series takes place at the beginning of the twentieth century, when there was strict segregation . Despite the difficult conditions, the dark-skinned Madame Walker created her own business, starting with a small hairdresser. CJ helped other girls start a beauty business, building a big company. The daughter of slaves went down in history as the first woman to earn a million.

Original title:
Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Octavia Spencer, Tiffany Haddish, Carmen Ejogo…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.3


Itaewon class (2020)

The list of the best motivational series continues with an incredible success story built on revenge . After a conflict with the son of a large restaurant chain owner, Park Sae Roy finds himself behind bars . The guy wants revenge, so he carefully prepares for a retaliatory strike. Once free, Pak opens his own restaurant near the establishment of the enemy.

Original title:
Itaewon keullasseu

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Park Seo-jun, Kim Da-mi, Kwon Na-ra …

Country:
South Korea

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.0, IMDb – 8.2

Age limit:
16+


257 reasons to live (2020 – 2021)

Motivating Russian series will prove that in any situation it is important to maintain hope and optimism. Zhenya Korotkova has been fighting cancer for several years , so the news of remission gives the girl strength. However, the chosen one is not happy with the miraculous recovery, as he was waiting for a “natural” parting scenario. Having learned about the betrayal of his beloved, Zhenya does not despair, but decides to make his cherished dreams come true.

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Polina Maksimova, Egor Koreshkov, Maria Fomina …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3

Age restrictions:
18+


Mrs. America (2020)

The plot of the foreign series about motivation and success in life will take viewers to the 70s of the last century, when a new wave of women’s struggle for equality was rising. Feminists advocate for amending the United States Constitution, but the conservative Phyllis Schlafly gets in the way. The politician is sincerely sure that the best place for women is their own home, and an active position should be left to men.

original title :
Mrs. America

Genre:
Drama, biography, history

Actors:
Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne, Elizabeth Banks…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.8


Dickinson (2019 – 2021)

Young Emily has an amazing gift for putting words into rhyming lines, but the family considers poetry to be dangerous for a girl. The mother insists that the woman should devote herself to domestic duties, and the tough father also does not support the daughter’s strange hobby. Despite serious obstacles, Emily Dickinson intends to become a famous poet and win the recognition of millions of fans.

Original title:
Dickinson

Genre:
Biography, drama, comedy

Actors:
Adrian Anscoe, Hailee Steinfeld, Anna Baryshnikov …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.5


Upstart (2019 – 2021)

Top motivating series continues the story of the modest quiet Annie. The girl has been working as an assistant to the manager for a long time, but the boss does not allow the assistant to prove herself. The guy is embarrassed by the complete chosen one, and those around Annie are pestering her with advice on losing weight. One day, a girl decides to radically change her attitude towards herself and prove to others that she is worthy of respect.

Original title:
Shrill

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, John Cameron Mitchell …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
12+


All-American (2018 – 2021)

Spencer grows up in an unfavorable neighborhood for teenagers , but the right motivation helps not to slide into the bottom of life. The guy plays American football very well, and the coach from Beverly Hills notices the talented athlete . The man offers Spencer to move to a prestigious area to hone his skills, but among rich and successful people, the football player feels superfluous.

Original title:
All American

Genre:
Drama, sports

Actors:
Daniel Ezra, Samantha Logan, Michael Evans Beling …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.6


Harley and the Davidson Brothers (2016)

The series, which motivates for daring and success, is based on the real story of friends Bill Harley and Arthur Davidson. Two friends managed to assemble a bike with a motor in the garage, which inspired the guys for a bold decision. The first office of the guys opened in the small town of Milwaukee, and the main sponsor of the innovative company was Arthur’s older brother, who believed in the incredible idea of ​​​​friends.

Original title:
Harley and the Davidsons

Genre:
Biography, drama

Actors:
Michiel Houseman, Bug Hall, Robert Aramayo …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Vinyl (2016)

Richie Finestra is a producer for a record company that is going through hard times. Due to the success of competitors, the business goes to the bottom, so the owner thinks about selling the company. Richie’s company is increasingly referred to as a graveyard of performers, and open criticism turns out to be a motivating factor, forcing Finestra into action. The producer is looking for an unusual direction in music to restore an almost lost reputation.

Original Title :
Vinyl

Genre:
Drama, Music

Actors:
Bobby Cannavale, Paul Ben-Victor, P.J. Byrne …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Football players (2015 – 2019)

A cool series for motivation and reflection will demonstrate the underside of the life of professional athletes. American football players are admired by fans, but few people know about the subsequent fate of the participants in the matches. After the end of a career, more than half of the guys go bankrupt due to bad habits and wastefulness. Spencer Strasmore could also be among the losers, but the man finds a motivating idea for making money.

Original title:
Ballers

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Donovan W. Carter …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
18+


Empire (2015 – 2020)

Lucius Lyon built up the family empire over the years, becoming a powerful music mogul. A fatal illness forces a man to rethink his priorities and put his affairs in order in order to save a multi-million dollar business. Lucius intends to leave an inheritance to one of his sons, but the ex-wife of the magnate unexpectedly enters the struggle for a solid jackpot.

Original title:
Empire

Genre:
Drama, music

Actors:
Terrence Howard, Brisher I. Gray, Trey Byers…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.3


Silicon Valley (2014 – 2019)

On your own ideas, you can get rich in the shortest possible time – this is the statement of a motivating and inspiring series for self-development. Modest Richard Hendricks is on staff at a large corporation, while creating a new program for his project. Innovative technology shows remarkable results, and for such promising startups, many billionaires are ready to shell out impressive sums.

Original title:
Silicon Valley

Genre:
Comedy

Actors:
Thomas Middleditch, Josh Brener, Martin Starr …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.5

Age restrictions:
18+


Mr Selfridge (2013 – 2016)

The motivational series tells about the American entrepreneur Harry Selfridge, who opened his own shopping center at the beginning of the 20th century. The ambitious businessman owns the catchphrase: “The customer is always right”, which brought the sale of consumer goods to a new level. Arriving in England disappointed Selfridge with the lack of an established retail business, and Harry decides to rectify the situation.

Original title:
Mr Selfridge

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Jeremy Piven, Ron Cook, Tom Goodman-Hill…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.6


Anna German. White Angel Mystery (2012)

On the way to fame, the popular Polish singer had to endure many tragic events, and the fatal accident became a serious test. The car accident happened at the peak of Herman’s career, whom people managed to fall in love with for her angelic appearance and melodic voice. Doctors predicted death or complete immobility for the performer, but Anna found the strength to return to a full life.

Genre:
Drama, biography

Actors:
Yoanna Moreau, Maria Poroshina, Marat Basharov, Ekaterina Vasilyeva …

Country:
Ukraine, Poland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Mildred Pierce (2011)

The American series can be a great motivation for anyone who finds himself in a difficult situation. Ordinary housewife Mildred leaves her husband to start an independent life. The United States of the 1930s was not the best place to develop a business. The Great Depression, the neglect of women and the condemnation of divorce are not in favor of Mildred, but Pierce is ready to overcome all obstacles in her path.

Original title:
Mildred Pierce

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


Capital letter “P” (2010 – 2013)

Kathy Jamison is a caring wife and strict teacher who one day faces a terrible diagnosis. Melanoma makes a woman look at her own life from a different angle and realize that all these years have passed in vain. On the verge of death, Laura realizes the value of every hour, so she does not want to waste more than a minute of the time allotted on earth.

Original title:
The Big C

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Laura Linney, Oliver Platt, Gabriel Basso …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


How it’s done in America (2010 – 2011)

On the threshold of his thirtieth birthday, Ben finds himself thinking that the current state of affairs does not suit him at all. The only motivational moment is the dream of creating his own line of jeans. Ben shares the idea with his best friend Cam, and the guys set about making it happen. History knows a lot of failed undertakings, but friends believe in success and favor of fortune.

Original title:
How to Make It in America

Genre:
Drama, comedy

Actors:
Brian Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Handsome (2004 – 2011)

A successful film debut becomes a motivating landmark event for aspiring actor Vincent Chase. The man intends to conquer Hollywood, but natural charisma and a strong desire are not enough for a successful career. Moving to California is accompanied by new challenges, and next to Vincent there are loyal friends who inspire the guy not to give up and provide reliable support for the rising star.

Original title:
Entourage

Genre:
Comedy, drama

Actors:
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.3, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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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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