There are not many shows that can rival Breaking Bad in terms of depth, character development, livewire plotlines and moral murkiness. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead both score a lot of points in these areas but are set in more fantastical worlds. For fans of the gritty reality of Breaking Bad, turn to Sons of Anarchy.
's series following the criminal endeavors of the titular motorbike gang rivals Breaking Bad on every level. The protagonists similarly swing between good and bad and everywhere in between, with head biker Clay () bringing a fascinating study of criminality, violence and devotion that Walter White () would relate to.
Clay's struggle to hold his family together while making a living on the wrong side of the tracks is passed down to stepson Jax (), who tries his best to balance being a loving father with establishing himself as a fearsome leader.
Look at how well the Breaking Bad and Sons of Anarchy mesh:
Season 6 sees the Sons of Anarchy take on a pornography ring distributing snuff movies in their area, which threatens their community. The Sons del the kind of justice to citizens offered by benevolent drug runners (as in The Wire) or paternalistic gangsters (The Sopranos).
It's this potent mix of caring domesticity and harsh brutality that brings Breaking Bad to life, and makes Sons of Anarchy a must for those who can't live without Walter White.
Sons of Anarchy Season 6 premieres September 10 on FX.