Three Netflix gangster dramas to watch while waiting for Peaky Blinders


Season 6 of Peaky Blinders has finally started airing in the UK, but those overseas will have to wait a bit to catch the last hurrah from the Shelby family.

New episodes of the hit show are currently released every Sunday on BBC iPlayer, although US viewers (and others across the pond) won’t see them arrive on Netflix until June 10. Luckily, there are plenty of equally gripping gangster dramas already on the streaming service to make the wait for the Blinders’ return a little easier.

Below, then, we’ve picked out three of the best Peaky Blinders alternatives available to watch on Netflix right now. Each has a different tone, but all three should help quench your thirst for small-screen crime in one way or another.

Top Boy (four seasons)

Ashley Walters in Top Boy

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Despite making waves in the UK, Top Boy remains one of the most underrated Netflix Series. Set in London’s fictional Summerhouse estate, the show follows partners Dushane (Ashley Walters) and Sully (Kane Robinson), two feared drug dealers who, despite their desire for an honest life, are corrupted by the promise of a wealth and increased respect in their borough. .

Top Boy seasons 1 and 2 aired on UK broadcaster Channel 4 in 2011 and 2013, respectively, before Netflix rebooted the show for a third season (with a little help from rapper Drake) in 2019. but without the digital title. Season 4 (marketed as Season 2) recently arrived on the streamer, with the first two seasons also available to watch on Netflix under the title Top Boy: Summerhouse.

In our opinion, Top Boy — especially its more recent seasons — ranks among the best crime dramas on any streaming service, let alone Netflix. The series is keen to humanize its otherwise despicable characters and asks tough questions about class, race, and responsibility. It’s a must-watch for anyone interested in the face of contemporary crime.

Giri/Haji (one season)

Takehiro Hira and Yosuke Kubozuka in Giri/Haji

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Giri/Haji (which translates to “Duty/Shame”) is another British-made hidden gem turned Netflix. hometown.

Starring Takehiro Hira, Yōsuke Kubozuka, Kelly Macdonald and Will Sharpe, this eight-episode series is from Meet writer Joe Barton and the producers of the acclaimed HBO drama Chernobyland earned countless five-star reviews upon its release in 2019.

Thanks to a bucket of rain and neon lights, Giri/Haji is also one of the most stylish crime thrillers around, bringing the intriguing (if brutal) crime of the Yakuza to a familiar London setting. A different offer from Top Boy, therefore, but just as captivating.

Narcos (three seasons)

Pedro Pascal in Narcos

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Perhaps the best known of the three gangster series on this list, Narcos traces the rise of Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar in the late eighties. As addictive as the smuggling at the heart of its story, the show blends real-life archival footage with fictional drama to reveal how Escobar became one of history’s most revered (and feared) criminals.

Wagner Moura and Pedro Pascal lead the show’s cast as Escobar and DEA agent Javier Peña, respectively, and the pair have a great cat-and-mouse dynamic that creates startling tension between Narcos criminals. , the authorities and those in Escobar’s pocket.

A three-season (and nearly as good) spin-off series, Narcos: Mexico, is also available to stream on Netflix – but we strongly suggest perusing the original show first.

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