Succession is drawing to a dramatic close. In just a few days we’ll know which of the Roy siblings (if any) will find themselves leading whatever remains of Waystar Royco, and the story of America’s richest – and most dysfunctional – family will have come to an end.
Of course, much like whenever the Roys themselves spot a power vacuum, you’ll no doubt be looking for a new show to replace Succession each week. Maybe you’ll want another family drama full of fraught power struggles, or perhaps something built around an intense lead performance. You could be looking for another dark comedy, or maybe something more in touch with Succession’s soap opera side.
Whatever it was you appreciated most about Succession, here are seven suggestions for what you might want to watch next when the series ends for good.
Industry (2020 onwards)
What’s it about? A group of recent graduates compete for a permanent position at Pierpoint investment bank. Myha'la Herrold (Bodies Bodies Bodies), Marisa Abela (Cobra), David Jonsson (Rye Lane), and Harry Lawtey (You & Me) star.
Why might I like it? There’s a lot of stylistic similarities, most obviously in the dense financial jargon, but Industry feels most like Succession for its razor-sharp lead performances – Myha'la Herrold’s Harper Stern vs Ken Leung’s Eric Tao are up there with some of Succession’s most memorable confrontations – but also in terms of its sheer moment to moment intensity. More than any of the others here, Industry feels like it might emerge to be Succession’s successor over the next few years.
Where can I watch it? You can watch Industry on BBC iPlayer, where both series are currently available as part of a boxset. The third series is currently in production.
What’s it about? A powerful media mogul and his ex-wife clash after their son suffers a public breakdown, threatening to expose dark family secrets and destabilise their influence over British politics. Richard Gere (Kojak), Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders), and Billy Howle (The Serpent) star, with Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley) and Ciarán Hinds (Belfast) in key supporting roles.
Why might I like it? MotherFatherSon is one of the more overtly similar shows to Succession listed here, with its story of a powerful-yet-dysfunctional family moving through spheres of media and politics. It was also written by Tom Rob Smith, who was behind The Assassination of Gianni Versace (the best of the three anthology instalments of American Crime Story).
Where can I watch it? MotherFatherSon is currently available to purchase via Amazon Prime Video, but it does resurface on iPlayer from time to time.
What’s it about? Stephen Richards (Hugh Quarshie) is one of the most successful Black businessmen in the UK – but after a sudden heart attack, the fate of his empire is called into question as his children from his first and second marriage fight for control of the company.
Why might I like it? Again, it’s one to check out if you’re looking for something with a similar premise to Succession (as the most recently released of the shows on this list, it’s the only one that might have been pitched as “like Succession, but…” during production). Otherwise, it’s also worth a look to see the always great Sarah Niles’ performance as Stephen Richards’ second wife, as well as the rising stars playing the Richards siblings.
Where can I watch it? In the UK, you can currently stream Riches online at ITVX, or wait for its ITV2 television broadcast this June. In the US, Riches is currently available on Amazon Prime Video.
Yellowstone (2018 onwards)
What’s it about? A modern-day western, Yellowstone follows the Dutton family – the wealthy and influential owners of the largest ranch in Montana – as they grapple with challenges to their control both internal and external.
Why might I like it? There’s an argument to be made that Yellowstone is a bit like an alternate universe version of Succession: despite big aesthetic differences, they’re both stories about power struggles within influential families, each with roots in a soap opera tradition. Plus, despite the fact it doesn’t really dominate discussion online the same way, Yellowstone is one of the single most watched shows airing in the US – worth checking it out just to imagine the Beth Dutton tweets you could’ve been reading instead of the past few years of Shiv Roy tweets.
Where can I watch it? All five seasons of Yellowstone (and its various spin-offs) can be streamed on Paramount+ in the UK. The fifth season is still currently airing, with the remaining episodes delayed by disagreements between star Kevin Costner and the rest of the production.
What’s it about? A loose adaptation of the story of King David, translated to the modern day. Ian McShane (Deadwood), Susanna Thompson (Arrow), and Sebastian Stan (Pam & Tommy) star, with Brian Cox (Succession, obviously) and Macaulay Culkin (Succession-adjacent, technically) playing key supporting roles.
Why might I like it? Kings was cancelled after just one series, but it’s since come to be remembered as an unusually ambitious, ahead-of-its-time attempt at a prestige drama – one that, with a King struggling to maintain his authority when a new heir is anointed, might well appeal to Succession fans.
Where can I watch it? Kings is currently only available to purchase.
Barry (2018 – 2022)
What’s it about? A hitman stumbles across an amateur dramatics class, and decides to reinvent himself as an actor. Bill Hader, Sally Goldberg, and Henry Winkler star.
Why might I like it? It’s much less overtly similar to Succession than something like, say, MotherFatherSon, but you could argue that Barry has more in common with the former than the latter does: both dark comedies, both with what you might call morally complex leads, both about cycles of trauma and violence. (Is Stephen Root’s Fuches like an incompetent Logan Roy? Debatable.) More importantly, anyway, is that Barry is just very good.
Where can I watch it? You can watch Barry in exactly the same place you’ve been watching Succession: on Sky Atlantic and/or NOW TV. The final episode of Barry is also set to air immediately after the final episode of Succession.
Bad Sugar (2012)
What’s it about? A comedy about a wealthy-but-dysfunctional British mining dynasty, inspired by soaps like Dallas and Dynasty. Olivia Colman (Broadchurch), Julia Davis (Sally4Ever), and Sharon Horgan (Bad Sisters) star, with a script by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong.
Why might I like it? It’s more of a curio than anything else (only a pilot was ever made), but given that Bad Sugar mocks the soaps that clearly inspired Succession, you’ve got to wonder if maybe the earliest inklings of what would become Succession first occurred to Jesse Armstrong during the production of Bad Sugar.
Where can I watch it? Ben Palmer, who directed the Bad Sugar pilot, has uploaded the episode to his Vimeo page.
The Succession finale, ‘With Open Eyes’, airs on Sky Atlantic on Monday 29 May at 2am. You can read more of our Succession coverage here, including our review of the most recent episode ‘Church and State’.
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