15 of the Greatest Shows Like 'Succession' For When You Need a Dose of Corporate Intrigue

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Not only have we gone almost a year without a new season of Succession, but we've also gone almost a year without hearing the phrase, "slime puppy," uttered on a regular basis.

As Season 4 is currently filming with a slated premiere of sometime in 2023, we definitely need something to fill that void until Succession returns. From power-family dramedies to shows that involve clawing up the corporate ladder, these 15 shows like Succession evoke some of that same spirit of the series. And while none of these are carbon copies of the show, in a pinch, they'll tide you over until 2023.

1. 'Billions'

Dealing in finance and hedge funds as opposed to the media industry, Billions is just as high-stakes a show as Succession is, and with its large, stacked cast, the two are as similar as they come. The show revolves around Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) and Bobby Axelrod (Damian Lewis), two men at odds as the latter is a sketchy hedge fund manager and the former is a U.S. attorney out for the kill. There's no denying that Billions is at the top of the list of shows like Succession: it's got greed, sketchy deals, and some killer one-liners.

Watch on SHOWTIME

2. 'The Newsroom'

Jeff Daniels stars as the iconic news anchor, Will McAvoy, in this three-season glimpse into the massive effort that goes into creating a successful news broadcast. Tracking upper-level management like Charlie Skinner (Sam Waterston) and Leona Lansing (Jane Fonda) while also following the rankings of the daily, behind-the-scenes workers, The Newsroom creates a blend of corporate accountability alongside the search for the truth.

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3. 'The Righteous Gemstones'

Just as one of Succession's main plots involves deciding on the family business's successor, The Righteous Gemstones—though much more of a comedy than a drama—is coming at things from the same angle, except it's about the televangelist business instead of the media. With Eli Gemstone (John Goodman) broken over the death of his wife, his kids have to figure out who's next in line to take over their megachurch, though each has a little something holding them back. Despite its more eccentric plotline, The Righteous Gemstones is definitely one of the best shows like Succession around.

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4. 'The Good Wife'

This seven-season-long behemoth of a show sets the spotlight on Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies), who's been thrust into the spotlight following her husband, Peter Florrick's (Chris Noth), public infidelities as the Cook County, Illinois State's Attorney. In the wake of this, Alicia decides to go back to practicing law as her husband is now in jail as a result of his wrongdoings.

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5. 'The Good Fight'

That title sounds familiar, right?

The Good Fight is a direct spinoff of The Good Wife, focusing on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) this time around, who's having to basically start over her entire legal career after being taken for a ride in a Ponzi scheme. While plenty of spinoffs are unsuccessful and last only a season or two, The Good Fight just concluded its run with a successful fifth season and an overall rating of 95% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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6. 'Yellowstone'

Who knew that owning a ranch could be so corrupt?

Taylor Sheridan and Josh Linson's Yellowstone focuses on Kevin Costner as John Dutton, the owner of a large ranch whose day-to-day life ends up revolving around shady deals, murders, and land conflicts. Basically, anything goes out there, and being that he's the patriarch of a major ranching family, he's got some issues back at home to deal with, too.

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7. 'The West Wing'

One of Aaron Sorkin's claims to fame is the classic series, The West Wing, which originally aired in 1999 and ran all the way through 2006, becoming one of the most Emmy-awarded shows in the process. The series follows President Josiah Bartlett's (Martin Sheen) terms in the White House, along with the many staff members who make everything possible, including characters portrayed by John Spencer, Allison Janney, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Dulé Hill, Rob Lowe, Janel Moloney, and Stockard Channing.

While The West Wing focuses more so on politics as opposed to media, it's still got that tense hierarchy that always feels like it's about to switch up, making it one of the most fitting shows like Succession.

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8. 'The Morning Show'

AppleTV+'s original series, The Morning Show, pairs up Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon as the two unlikely hosts of the eponymous show on UBA, a fictional television network. Aniston plays Alex Levy, the cemented host for years who finds herself without a co-host after Mitch Kessler (Steve Carell) is fired for sexual misconduct. Witherspoon is Bradley Jackson, a younger, aspiring TV reporter who ends up taking Kessler's spot. Not only is The Morning Show about Levy and Jackson, but it follows the staff that makes the entire show run smoothly, and fit with their own personal problems and daily conflicts.

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9. 'Ray Donovan'

SHOWTIME's long-reigning series, Ray Donovan, finally came to a close in early 2020, though Ray Donovan: The Movie was released just a few months ago at the beginning of 2022. The series is all about L.A.'s favorite fixer, Ray Donovan (Liev Schreiber), and the constant mess that is his personal life. On top of that, he's having to juggle both his staff and the elite people of Hollywood who comprise his clientele. Being that Ray Donovan deals with the intricacies of a family business, it's more than deserving of being on this gathering of shows like Succession.

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10. 'Arrested Development'

Sure, Arrested Development has far lower stakes than some of the other shows like Succession, but it's got the same sort of ever-changing familial tension going on. After the patriarch of the Bluth family, George Bluth Sr. (Jeffrey Tambor), is hauled into prison for some shady business, one of his sons, Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) has to take control of his family's real state business. The series is a nonstop barrage of bizarre family members and businesses, which is all smashed together at the house where most of the siblings live.

Watch on Netflix

11. 'The Chair'

Though it simply became a one-off season after not being renewed by Netflix (rude), The Chair basically puts a magnifying glass on the English Department of the fictitious Pembroke University as Ji-Yoon Kim (Sandra Oh) becomes the first female chair of the department. Facing both a department and staff in need of a facelift while also going through the daily struggles of being a single mother, Kim is thrown a completely new problem each day of her life.

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12. 'Mad Men'

Led by none other than Jon Hamm as Don Draper, Mad Men is set in 1960s New York City and centers around Draper, as he's one of the most successful men working in advertising. A bit of a mysterious character, he's not only dealing with the high-pressure landscape of the advertising world but is also balancing out his home life in the process.

Watch on Prime Video

13. 'Bloodline'

Featuring our favorite high school football coach, Kyle Chandler, Bloodline finds him in an entirely new role as John Rayburn, the second son of a well-known family in the Florida Keys that's helmed by his father, Robert (Sam Shepard). In a tight-knit family with some major skeletons in the closet, new secrets start falling from the tree as the story progresses, tracking each family member as past ghosts are uncovered.

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14. 'Ozark'

Ozark just wrapped up part two of its fourth and final season back in April, marking the end of an absolutely explosive four seasons that hooked just about every person who tuned into the show. Jason Bateman is Marty Byrde, a Chicago financial advisor who picks up his entire family and high-tails it to the Lake of the Ozarks out in Missouri in order to evade the high-powered drug dealer he launders money for.

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15. 'House of Cards'

Though the series has a bit of a stain on it now because of Kevin Spacey's major role, it wouldn't be fair to exclude it from this listing. House of Cards tracks U.S. Rep. Francis Underwood (Spacey), a man out for revenge after a broken promise of a major job in the White House. Following that betrayal, Underwood attempts to gain power in other ways in order to get back at President Garrett Walker (Michel Gill) for letting him down.

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