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Current TV Shows That Are Just Breaking Bad Ripoffs

Updated May 18, 2020 414 votes 135 voters 4.7k views7 items

List RulesVote up the series that are most obviously trying to replicate the success of Breaking Bad.

Here, you'll find an extensive list of current TV shows trying to be Breaking Bad. Given it's widely considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time, it makes sense Breaking Bad would be an influence for many television writers and producers. While imitation is the highest form of flattery, most viewers and critics don't appreciate shows that are a little too similar to something that's already been done. These programs aren't just inspired by the Vince Gilligan series. They're current shows that are just Breaking Bad ripoffs. 


Which TV shows ripping off Breaking Bad will you find here? In Ozark, Jason Bateman stars as a family man dealing with drug lords and murderers, making his character seem eerily similar to Walter White. Other good shows copying Breaking Bad include Sneaky Pete, Fargo, and Mary Kills People.

Which Breaking Bad-esque show is the biggest ripoff? Help us decide by giving the most shameless imitations a thumbs up and please add any good series we may have missed.

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    Ozark
    Photo: Netflix
    Ozark (Netflix, 2017) is an American crime drama series created by Bill Dubuque. Financial planner Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) must suddenly relocate his family (Laura Linney) from Chicago to a summer resort community in Missouri to wash money and pay off his debt to a Mexican (Esai Morales).... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Jason Bateman, Laura Linney, Sofia Hublitz, Skylar Gaertner, Julia Garner
    • Premiered: 2017

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  • Snowfall
    Photo: FX

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    Snowfall (FX, 2017) is an American crime drama television series created by John Singleton, Eric Amadio, and Dave Andron. Set in 1983 Los Angeles, the series revolves around the first crack epidemic and its impact on the culture of the city.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Damson Idris, Carter Hudson, Emily Rios, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Michael Hyatt
    • Premiered: 2017

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  • Disjointed
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    Disjointed (Netflix, 2017) is a Netflix original comedy series created by Chuck Lorre and David Javerbaum. After decades of advocating for legalized marijuana usage, Ruth Whitefeather Feldman (Kathy Bates) employs her newly graduated son and a team of young "budtenders" to help run her Los Angeles marijuana dispensary.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Kathy Bates, Elizabeth Ho, Tone Bell, Elizabeth Alderfer, Dougie Baldwin

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    Sneaky Pete

    Sneaky Pete
    Photo: Amazon Video
    Sneaky Pete (Amazon, 2015) is an American crime drama series created by David Shore and Bryan Cranston. The series follows a released convict who adopts the identity of his cell mate in order to avoid his past life.... more on Wikipedia
    • Actors: Giovanni Ribisi, Marin Ireland, Shane McRae, Libe Barer, Michael Drayer
    • Premiered: 2015

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