Top 5 Shows to Watch If You Like “Bosch”
Bosch, Amazon’s adaptation of Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch novels, is an authentic crime drama detailing the life of LA homicide detective and private investigator Harry Bosch (Titus Welliver). Our Top 5 list of recommendations features other great police dramas, some murder mysteries and shows with complicated men at their center.
1. Ray Donovan
Like Harry Bosch, the titular character of this Showtime drama has some major problems both in and out of his work. Unlike Bosch, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber) isn’t a cop; he’s a fixer for Hollywood’s elite, meaning that if you have the money, he’ll make your troubles ? whether they be dead prostitutes in your bed or a blackmailer threatening to out your sexuality ? disappear. The show is also set in the underbelly of Los Angeles, and it really feels like Ray Donovan and Bosch could exist in the same universe. Time to write the crossover episode.
The British crime drama Luther is famous for bringing Idris Elba into the spotlight he deserves. Like Bosch, Luther is dark, but Luther takes it another step further by pitting John Luther against a series-long antagonist in Alice Morgan (Ruth Wilson), who becomes more than a mouse in their game of cat-and-mouse. And because it’s British, seasons will be shorter than even Bosch‘s 10-episode seasons; over five seasons, Luther has racked up only 20 episodes.
3. The Wire
If you’ve watched Bosch but have somehow missed out on watching The Wire, then please don’t talk to me until you have. The Wire is considered one of the greatest shows of all time, showing an unfiltered, raw side of police work that’s reminiscent of Bosch‘s take on the boys in blue. But The Wire spends as much time on the other side of the law as it does the cops, following the intricate web of Baltimore’s criminal gangs to create a Dickensian tapestry of an entire ecosystem. Plus, Bosch‘s Lance Reddick and Jamie Hector both got their break in The Wire in major roles.
One of television’s most lauded crime dramas, Broadchurch, like Bosch, benefits from award-worthy performances and a deep, detailed murder case. David Tennant and Olivia Colman play two detectives investigating the murder of an 11-year-old boy, as the toll from the boy’s death eats at the heart of the small coastal town of Dorset in the United Kingdom. It can be taxing on the emotions at times, but it’s impeccably written and shot.
If you’re looking for more stories of cops in Los Angeles, the underrated Southland is the best police show set in the City of Angels since The Shield. While more of an ensemble character drama than Bosch, which has a lot of characters but puts most of the focus on Harry, Southland does a spectacular job of fleshing out all of its cops and their problems both in and out of the force. The acting is spectacular all around, but Regina King is particularly notable in her first major dramatic television role that would open the door for many memorable roles to come.