10 Shows Like 'Succession' to Watch Next

Looking to join another dysfunction family? Try these 10 like the Roys.
by Annie Lyons — 

From left to right: Kieran Culkin, Sarah Snook, and Matthew Macfadyen in 'Succession'


Since its premiere in 2018, Succession has quickly established itself as appointment TV. 

Created by Jesse Armstrong, the HBO dark comedy-drama revolves around patriarch Logan Roy (Brian Cox), the conservative billionaire owner of international media conglomerate Waystar RoyCo. Following a health scare, Logan begins to contemplate the company's future and which of his four adult children might eventually supersede him. His choices include power-hungry but ineffectual Kendall (Jeremy Strong); immature Roman (Kieran Culkin), who hides behind a braggadocious facade; Shiv (Sarah Snook), whose liberal politics clash with the company's and whose fiancé Tom Wambsgans (Matthew Macfadyen) also wants a piece of the pie; and Connor (Alan Ruck), his buffoonish, much older son from his first marriage. 

But though it soon becomes clear that Logan has no real interest in stepping aside, this doesn't stop the Roy children from clamoring for influence and more of their father's attention. As other threats circle in the wings, tragedies ensue amidst shifting dynamics.  

The show has received widespread critical acclaim, earning particular recognition for its performances and writing, and currently has a Metascore of 83. Over the course of its first three seasons, Succession has earned 13 Emmy Awards out of a total 44 nominations. At the most recent 74th Emmy Awards, the show won for Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, marking its second consecutive win in the prior category and its third in the latter. Additionally, this year also saw the show break the record for the most Emmy acting nominations in a single year with 14 total nods, though only Macfadyen took home his prize. 

If you're still reeling after the explosive events of the Season 3 finale, you're not alone. Fortunately, the show has already confirmed a fourth season is on the way. To help you pass the time while you wait for more Roy family drama, Metacritic has compiled a list of more shows that feature dysfunctional families, entertaining power struggles, and satirical looks at wealth and influence.

Here, Metacritic highlights 10 shows like Succession to watch next. 


'The Sopranos'


The Sopranos

Metascore: 94
Best for: Fans of antiheroes, crime dramas, and tragicomedies
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Seasons: 6

Similar to Succession, The Sopranos situates a family drama at the center of various power struggles. Created by David Chase, the show is widely regarded as one of the greatest shows of all time and follows the exploits of Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini), a New Jersey-based Italian-American mobster struggling to balance his job's violent demands with his intense family life. Suffering from panic attacks, the morally corrupt Tony meets on and off with a psychiatrist (played by Lorraine Bracco) while still leading his immediate family and his crime family. The Sopranos earned 21 Emmy Awards out of a total of 111 nominations, including nominations for Outstanding Drama Series for each of its six seasons, which it won in 2004 and 2007.

"The show is as darkly gleeful as ever, shrewdly and even elegantly put together and, in a way that perhaps no other TV drama series has ever been, troublingly seductive and irresistible." — Tom Shales, Washington Post


'The Thick of It'


The Thick of It

Metascore: 92
Best for: Fans of political satires
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Seasons: 4

Armstrong served on the writing team of this satirical British comedy created by Armando Iannucci, which takes a biting look at the inner workings of the British government. It centers on a fictional department run by a bumbling minister, Hugh Abbot (Chris Langham). The series follows the stressful daily lives of Hugh and his mostly inept team of advisers. He operates under the domineering eye of Malcolm Tucker (Peter Capaldi), the director of communications who ensures cabinet ministers follow the party line. Following the show's success, Iannucci launched its American adaptation Veep (Metascore: 82), which Armstrong on which also wrote an episode. 

"A wonderful, brilliantly brutal, scathing look at British politics." — Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic


'Arrested Development'


Arrested Development

Metascore: 78
Best for: Fans of comedies about dysfunctional families
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Seasons: 5

Arrested Development feels like what you'd get if you made Succession a sitcom — and the Roys also lost their wealth. Created by Mitch Hurwitz, the show revolves around the Bluths, a terrible family of terrible people who struggle living within their new means. Jason Bateman stars as the family's "straight man" Michael Bluth, who reluctantly agrees to run the family business after his father is arrested for stealing company funds. Arrested Development earned six Emmy Awards out of a total 25 nominations, including nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series for its first three seasons, winning that top prize in 2004. 

"With its depiction of a warped, absurd family, Arrested Development is worth watching for fans of out-there comedy." — Rob Owen, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette


Elle Fanning and Nicholas Hoult in 'The Great'


The Great

Metascore: 77
Best for: Fans of period pieces and satirical comedies about power
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

Power struggles are a common theme in royalty-minded period dramas, though they often have a more serious tone than Succession. Not so with The Great, which embraces a sharply satirical sense of humor and relishes playing fast and loose with historical facts. Created by Tony McNamara, the show follows the rise of Empress Catherine the Great (played by Elle Fanning), who became Russia's longest-reigning female ruler after initially rising to power by usurping her husband, Peter the III (played by Nicholas Hoult).The show has earned six Emmy nominations to date, including nominations for Fanning's and Hoult's performances; its one win was for Outstanding Costume Design. 

"The show may not be historically accurate, but it slices through history like a hot poker, to royalty's rancid core." — Rachel Syme, The New Yorker


'Six Feet Under'


Six Feet Under

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of shows that explore death and stories about dysfunctional families
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Seasons: 5

Six Feet Under might not have the same focus on wealth or power as Succession, but this character-focused drama also centers on a dysfunctional family. Here, the family in question runs a funeral home, helmed by brothers Nate (Peter Krause) and David Fisher (Michael C. Hall) after their father's death. Each episode begins with a different death that often causes the brothers, along with their mother Ruth (Frances Conroy) and sister Claire (Lauren Ambrose), to reflect on their personal lives and their own mortality. The show earned nine Emmy Awards out of a total 44 nominations; its nominations included three for Outstanding Drama Series. 

"A surreal, visually striking, insightful comedy-drama about the American way of death and a troubled middle-class family that deals with mortality every day." — Charlie McCollum, San Jose Mercury News


Damian Lewis in 'Billions'



Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of soapy dramas and shows about wealth and power
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Seasons: 6 (so far)

Much like Succession, Billions concerns the complex power machinations of the highly wealthy in a competitive business world. Set in the New York world of high finance, the drama follows Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), an ambitious billionaire philanthropist and hedge fund manager who often uses illegal means to expand his wealth. His criminal acts draw the attention of United States Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti), a highly skilled and ruthless lawyer who has yet to lose an insider trading case. Created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, the show draws some inspiration from real-life financial crime cases. 

"Billions remains one of the most stylish series on television, filled with first-class production values. … One can get dizzy keeping up with all the back- and front-stabbing, but it's entertaining as hell because they all deserve what's coming to them." — Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times


Taraji P. Henson and Jussie Smollett in 'Empire'



Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of stories about dysfunctional families and power struggles with a lot of music
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Seasons: 6

Fans of how Succession's drama often feels Shakespearan might enjoy this show partially based on the playwright's tragedy King Lear. Empire centers on Empire Entertainment, a hip-hop record label and entertainment company helmed by Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard). Upon being diagnosed with a terminal disease, Lucious must choose which of his three sons will be his successor: ambitious CFO Andre (Trai Byers), semi-estranged singer-songwriter Jamal (Jussie Smollet), or fame-obsessed rapper Hakeem (Bryshere Y. Gray). Also angling for control is Cookie, (Taraji P. Henson), his ex-wife who was recently released from prison. The show received six Emmy Award nominations, including two nominations for Henson's performance. 

"There's no denying that the show throbs with life — and offers enough of a promise of tuneful, scenery-chewing entertainment to make up for the familiarity of some of its twists." — Robert Bianco, USA Today


Myha'la Herrold in 'Industry'



Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of shows about competitive corporate worlds
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

This workplace drama has been described as Succession meets Euphoria. Created by Mickey Down and Konrad Kay, Industry explores the cutthroat and grueling world of high finance, as told through the eyes of entry-level recruits at Pierpoint & Co, a prestigious investment bank in London. They have the next six months to prove their worth before the company decides to bring them on permanently or let them go; only about half of them will make the cut. In a toxic culture where everything is temporary and privilege runs high, ambitions and bad behavior collide.

"No one watching HBO dramas in 2022 worries about whether characters are likable. But despite their deficiencies of conscience and personality flaws, these twentysomethings are oddly lovable — a credit to the writers and the actors, who fill these strivers with charm and energy." — Joy Press, Vanity Fair


From left to right: Adam DeVine, Danny McBride, and Edi Patterson in 'The Righteous Gemstones'


The Righteous Gemstones

Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of absurd humor and satirical comedies about dysfunctional families
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

If Succession took place in the South and had an extra helping of absurd humor, it might look something like The Righteous Gemstones. John Goodman stars as Eli Gemstone, the widowed patriarch of a famous family of televangelists and megachurch pastors who live a luxurious lifestyle bankrolled by their church. But contrary to their celebrated public image, the Gemstones are rife with scandals, hypocrisy, and petty power struggles. Eli's three spoiled adult children, arrogant Jesse (Danny McBride, also the show's creator), unstable Judy (Edi Patterson), and immature Kelvin (Adam Devine), all angle for a bigger role in the family business — and for more of their dad's validation. 

"Pompous, self-serving behavior is a common trope in McBride's acidic brand of comedy, but The Righteous Gemstones showcases a depth and maturity by spending more time excavating the foundation of this ever-expanding evangelical empire." — Will Ashton, Slant Magazine


Jennifer Aniston and Steve Carell in 'The Morning Show'

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The Morning Show

Metascore: 61
Best for: Fans of dramas taking place within the media world
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

For those fascinated by Succession's plot lines revolving around ATN, The Morning Show offers another look at the world of modern television media. Drawing inspiration from Brian Stelter's book Top of the Morning: Inside the Cutthroat World of Morning TV, the show centers on the scandals and feuds behind the influential titular program. After her co-host is fired for sexual misconduct, top anchor Alex Levy (Jennifer Aniston) must fight to retain control of her job in the ensuing power struggle, sparking a rivalry with new reporter Bradley Johnson (Reese Witherspoon). The series has received 11 Emmy Award nominations to date, with Billy Crudup winning once for Outstanding Supporting Actor. 

"The Morning Show is still something of a luxurious mess. It's stronger when its characters guide the narrative — even Bradley becoming more textured as the season goes on — but feels trapped by its own fixation on real-world relevance, or plundering recent headlines for story ideas." — Adam White, The Independent