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Is there a Breaking Bad shaped hole in your heart now that the hit show has finished?  Breaking Bad changed the television landscape with its intricate characters and top-notch storytelling.  While nothing will ever replace it, below are some similar books and DVDs that can help ease its passing. 

The Wire.

Before Breaking Bad was the talked about drama, there was the Wire. Considered one of the greatest tv shows of all time, this is one show you shouldn't miss. Be sure to watch all five seasons. You won't be disappointed. The Wire is a complex crime drama set in Baltimore, Maryland, that follows the thread of a single police investigation, from the perspectives of both law-enforcement officials and the criminals they're pursuing. After watching Season 1, you'll need to watch Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, and Season 5.

Barry.

Starring Bill Hader as a depressed, low-rent hitman from the Midwest. Lonely and dissatisfied in his life, he reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to execute a hit on an aspiring actor. Barry follows his "mark" into an acting class and ends up finding an accepting community in a group of eager hopefuls within the LA theater scene. He wants to start a new life as an actor, but his criminal past won't let him walk away -- can he find a way to balance both worlds?

Fargo.

The Coen Brothers Best Picture Oscar Nominee transforms into the season's most talked about TV debut. It features a new "true crime" story and new characters, all chilled in the trademark dry wit, murderous mayhem and "Minnesota nice" of the original classic film. Lorne Malvo, is a manipulative master criminal who changes the life of insurance salesmen Lester Nygaard. Gus Grimly and Molly Solverson are the small-town police officers who join forces to uncover Lester's secrets. Be sure to watch the following seasons, featuring new casts and new stories. Season 2. Season 3.

Narcos.

Based on a true story of the rise and fall of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar and the two DEA agents that brought the famed Medellin Cartel to its knees.  Be sure to check out the next seasons, Season 2 and Season 3.

Ray Donovan.

Ray Donovan, a professional "fixer" for the rich and famous in Los Angeles, can make anyone's problems disappear except those created by his own family. Featuring another anti-hero, fans of Breaking Bad should like this series starring Liev Schreiber. Be sure to check out Season 2, Season 3, Season 4, and Season 5.

Better call Saul.

The trials and tribulations of criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, in the time leading up to establishing his strip-mall law office in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Be sure to check out the rest of the seasons of this Breaking Bad prequel. Season 2. Season 3.

Rectify.

After spending nineteen years on Death Row for the rape and murder of his teenage girlfriend, Daniel Holden is going home. His conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence, thrusting him back into a world he no longer knows. As he struggles to adapt to his new life, his return will reignite the fears of a small town and threaten to shatter his family's fragile peace. Daniel's alleged crime divided a community. His freedom could tear it in half.

Sallis, James
The killer is dying

A hired killer on his final job, a burned-out detective whose wife is dying slowly and in agony, a young boy abandoned by his parents and living alone by his wits. Three people, solitary and sundered from society. In what is at one and the same time a coming-of-age novel, a realistic crime novel and a novel of the contemporary Southwest, The Killer Is Dying is above all the story of three men of vastly different age and background, and of the shape their lives take against the unforgiving sunlight and sprawl of America's fifth largest city, Phoenix. The detective, Sayles, is looking for the killer, Christian, though he doesn't know that. Christian is trying to find the man who stepped in and took down his target before he had the chance. And the boy, Jimmie, is having the killer's dreams.

Pulp Fiction

Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s. One of Quentin Tarantino’s best films, Pulp Fiction mashes up the serious violence of American gangster movies, crime movies, and films noirs with the wacky violence of cartoons, video games, and Japanese animation. The Oscar-winning script by Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, as hit men who have philosophical interchanges; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.  Clever and unique as only Tarantino films can be, Pulp Fiction is just the thing to inject into your post Breaking Bad heart.

Davidson, Craig
Cataract City

Shortlisted for the 2013 Giller Prize, Cataract City is Breaking Bad with a Canadian feel.  Owen and Duncan are childhood friends who have grown up in Niagara Falls--known to them by the grittier name Cataract City.  Their friendship grows stronger after a traumatic incident in their childhood, but in adulthood their paths diverge.  Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld and he and Owen, a new police officer, become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law.  Showcasing the dark world behind the neon lights and tourist attractions of Niagara Falls, Cataract City has memorable characters and a story that will be sure to please Breaking Bad fans.

Klosterman, Chuck
I Wear the Black Hat

As a boy, author Chuck Klosterman related to the cultural figures who represented goodness--but as an adult, he found himself unconsciously aligning with their enemies. This was not because he necessarily liked what they were doing; it was because they were doing it on purpose (and they were doing it better).   Why was it so fascinating for us to see Walter White slowly transform into the ruthless Heisenberg?  I Wear the Black Hat looks at our obsession with the antihero and the villain in a way that's both accessible and hilarious.  Gain a deeper understanding of the characters in Breaking Bad with this non-fiction book.