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10 Shows Like 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan' to Watch Next

If you're a fan of the series and looking for other shows to watch while you wait for the final season, we have some suggestions.
by Taylor Freitas — 
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John Krasinski in 'Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan'

Amazon Studios

In 2018, John Krasinski brought Jack Ryan to the small screen for the first time after Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine each had their turn portraying the classic Tom Clancy character in the franchise's five films.

Created by Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland for Amazon Prime Video, the TV adaptation follows Jack, a CIA analyst and U.S. Marine veteran, as he makes the jarring jump from office work to fieldwork. In his new role, Jack joins the Terror, Finance, and Arms Division (T-FAD) of the CIA, where he works closely with his boss and long-time CIA employee, James Greer (Wendell Pierce).

The show's first two seasons have taken Jack and James everywhere from Yemen to Turkey to Venezuela, where they're tasked with tracking down some of the world's most dangerous criminals. With shootouts, explosions, and chase scenes galore, Jack Ryan is an action lover's dream. However, what makes the series particularly compelling is its pairing of action and adventure with pertinent political themes and global issues, such as terrorism and election tampering.

Prime Video just released the third (and penultimate) season of Jack Ryan, which means there is a long time before the final season streams. If you're a fan of the series and looking for other shows to watch while you wait, consider checking out one of the titles on the following list. From CIA-centric thrillers to political action dramas to TV adaptations of popular novel series, there's something for all Jack Ryan fans to enjoy on this list of 10 similar shows, ranked by Metascore.


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Claire Danes in 'Homeland'

Showtime

Homeland 

Metascore: 81
Best for: Fans of high-intensity espionage dramas
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Seasons: 8

Based on Gideon Raff's Israeli TV series Prisoners of War, Homeland is Showtime's political spy thriller that debuted in 2011. The show revolves on Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), a highly-skilled CIA officer committed to keeping the country safe from terrorists while trying to keep her bipolar disorder under control. Homeland's early seasons follow Carrie as she investigates Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), a soldier and recently-rescued prisoner of war, who she believes may have pledged himself to al-Qaeda while being held captive. Later, Carrie relocates abroad to work for the CIA and, eventually, the private sector.

"It's smart writing for smart characters." — Mark A. Perigard, Boston Herald


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Kiefer Sutherland in '24'

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24 

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of action-packed, against-the-clock dramas
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Seasons: 8 and a movie a revival

Created by Robert Cochran and Joel Surnow, 24 is a dramatic action thriller that stars Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer, a counter-terrorist agent based in Los Angeles. Each episode is narrated in real-time and takes place over a 24-hour period, following Jack as he deals with all kinds of crises, including kidnappings, bomb threats, assassination attempts, and plane crashes. In many of these situations, he must put morals aside to quash these threats and keep the country safe. But for Jack, there's often more at risk, as his loved ones occasionally get caught up in these life-or-death scenarios.

"This remains a superb, positively riveting TV drama, however repetitive the themes and grandly implausible the scenarios." — Barry Garron, The Hollywood Reporter


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Richard Madden in 'Bodyguard'

BBC

Bodyguard 

Metascore: 79
Best for: Fans of high-stakes political shows that revolve around ethical dilemmas
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

In Bodyguard, the BBC political drama created by Jed Mercurio, Richard Madden plays David Budd, a police sergeant and war veteran struggling with PTSD after serving in Afghanistan. Back in the U.K., he's assigned to protect Home Secretary Julia Montague (Keeley Hawes), a conservative politician whose controversial views and policies have angered people throughout the country — including David. Trying to put these differences aside, David does his best to keep Julia safe, but things get complicated when their professional relationship turns personal. For his performance, Madden won the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Television Series Drama in 2018. There has been talk of a second season ever since the success of the first, though no details on when it may arrive have been announced.

"An exhilarating ride that truly showcases Madden as a major talent." — Allison Keene, Collider


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Jennifer Garner in 'Alias'

ABC

Alias 

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of suspenseful spy thrillers with a science-fiction slant
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Seasons: 5

ABC's Alias centers on Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner), a double agent working for the CIA and SD-6, a worldwide criminal organization, alongside her estranged father, Jack (Victor Garber). The show, which was created by J.J. Abrams, chronicles Sydney's many missions for these groups as her allegiance, trust, and espionage skills are regularly put to the test. To keep her true identity (and motives) under wraps, she rotates through a series of aliases and disguises. In the process, she works closely with her CIA-handler-turned-love-interest, Michael Vaughn (Michael Vartan), and regularly goes head-to-head with long-time nemesis, Arvin Sloane (Ron Rifkin).

"Yes, it's a ridiculous notion, but it's also a lot of stylish fun." — Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic


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James Spader in 'The Blacklist'

NBC

The Blacklist 

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of crime dramas with endless twists and turns
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Seasons: 9 (so far)

The Blacklist begins as Raymond "Red" Reddington (James Spader), a former Navy officer and current fugitive, finally surrenders to the FBI after decades on the run. In exchange for his release, Red says that he wants to help hunt down and capture some of the world's most dangerous criminals — a group of offenders who are so sophisticated that the Bureau doesn't even know that they exist. As another condition of his surrender, Red insists on working with rookie FBI profiler Liz Keen (Megan Boone), which raises eyebrows and questions from the team.

"The Blacklist is never going to be anyone's idea of great art, but at least it has a pulpy kind of momentum that may well be worth watching for a while." — Maureen Ryan, The Huffington Post

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The cast of 'Quantico'

ABC

Quantico 

Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of dramatic action thrillers based around treason and terrorism
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Seasons: 3

In Quantico, the U.S. is shaken by a deadly terrorist attack at New York's Grand Central Terminal — and in a shocking twist, authorities identify their prime suspect as Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra), a recent graduate of the FBI Academy and one of the Bureau's brightest prospects. The series looks at Alex's life on the run as she tries to maintain her relationships while flying under the radar. Quantico also follows other FBI agents with connections to Alex, including Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin), who's assigned to track her, and Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy), her close friend and fellow agent.

"It's a crackerjack, character-driven mystery that showcases a uniformly attractive, United Colors of Benetton cast." — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


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Alan Ritchson in 'Reacher'

Amazon Studios

Reacher 

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of ass-kicking antihero stories with a sense of humor
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

Reacher, the Prime Video series based on the novels by Lee Child, tells the story of Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson), an ex-military police officer who gets arrested for murder in small-town Georgia. But when more dead bodies start appearing — including Jack's brother Joe (Christopher Russell) — it becomes clear that Jack isn't at fault. After his release, he partners with the local police to investigate the killings, frequently putting himself in danger along the way. In the process, he discovers that things in the town are much darker than they seem.

"It's not going to challenge your expectations, but it will fulfill them in a mostly satisfying way." — Scott Von Doviak, AV Club


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Otto Farrant in 'Alex Rider'

Amazon Studios

Alex Rider 

Metascore: 67
Best for: Fans of British espionage thrillers and teenage spy dramas
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

Adapted from Anthony Horowitz's book series, Alex Rider follows the titular teenager (played by Otto Farrant) who lives with his uncle Ian (Andrew Buchan) in London. But when Ian dies suddenly, Alex learns that his uncle was actually a spy. Even more surprisingly, Ian's former employer, MI6's Department of Special Operations, wants to recruit Alex to probe the circumstances around his uncle's death. To do so, he goes undercover at Point Blanc Academy, an elite boarding school for kids of the rich and famous, which Ian was investigating before he was killed.

"Pacy, polished and safe." — Ed Cumming, The Independent


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Max Irons in 'Condor'

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Condor 

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of dark and tense action shows with mystery at their core
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Like Jack Ryan, Condor is also based on a novel. In this case, the source material is James Grady's 1974 book Six Days of the Condor (and its subsequent film adaptation, Three Days of the Condor). In the TV version, Joe Turner (Max Irons) is a young CIA analyst who survives a massacre that killed all of his colleagues. Facing questions about his involvement in the attack, Joe goes on the run, relying on people from his past to save him and piece together the details behind a sinister threat that could kill millions.

"An honorable effort, thoughtfully made even when it's struggling to differentiate itself from similar projects that came before." — Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture


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Esme Creed-Miles in 'Hanna'

Amazon Studios

Hanna 

Metascore: 62
Best for: Fans of heart-pounding action thrillers set in Europe
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Seasons: 3

Written and created by David Farr, Hanna is a Prime Video series based on the 2011 movie of the same title (which was also co-written by Farr). It stars Esme Creed-Miles as the eponymous teenage character, who was raised in the Polish forest and taught to survive by her adoptive father, Erik Heller (Joel Kinnaman). But when the pair become separated, Hanna must put her skills into practice and evade capture by CIA agent Marissa Wiegler (Mireille Enos), who has been keeping an eye on the girl since she was a child.

"Hanna is the movie told as an elongated TV narrative of 48-minute episodes that, oddly, doesn't give all that much more character expansion." — Dan Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter