Comparisons are useful, sometimes. Also in Hall of Series we often use them to offer you similar TV series and guide you in choosing the next one to watch. Here, for example, you will find 5 semi-unknown TV series to watch if you are abstinent from Lost. Comparisons help us to orient ourselves in an increasingly vast serial panorama. When the comparison turns into a label binding, however, it becomes difficult to get rid of it and emerge for its own distinctive characteristics. Sometimes the comparison it even manages to bury something in the bud that instead deserved more consideration. A bit like what happens between brothers and sisters. The former sets the standard and prevents others from standing out for who they are. It’s not easy, but second-borns can free themselves from the comparison (sometimes they even manage to surpass the firstborn). Like those TV series that started out being labeled as “the new X-series” and that in a short time they managed to free yourself from the giant who preceded them. As she did Ozark. Originally defined as “the new Breaking Bad”after being branded as the copy of crime drama Of Vince Gilligan, we have witnessed a U-turn that in some cases has even turned into an overtaking, like the many “Ozark is better than Breaking Bad” titles. The truth, as always, is in the middle and any comparison, in the long run, becomes superfluous and a bit childish. It’s about two TV series similar but different, coeval yet daughters of a different serial moment. Let’s enjoy them both for what they have been able to give us. Let’s also highlight its strengths and weaknesses, but without having to pit them against each other. As often happens between brothers and sisters.
Here are five TV series – like Ozark – that have freed themselves from the illustrious comparison and have started running on their own legs.
Ozark, “the new Breaking Bad”
Arrived in 2017four years after the conclusion of the crime drama Of Vince Gilligan, Ozark was immediately branded as “a new one Breaking Bad”. It is inevitable to fall into the trap of comparison. The similarities, after all, are there. The somber cinematography, the dense and dramatic narrative, the initial focus on the protagonist and the dubious moral perspective certainly refer to Breaking Bad. And yet, looking at it against the light, Ozark it seems to be more its opposite. Comparison with what many consider a cornerstone of seriality could nip in the bud the TV series created by Bill Dubuque e Mark Williams per Netflix. Instead the Byrde familyhard-nosed, pizzata in front of the White family claiming the right to exist. And she kept doing it for four Seasons to the detriment of the media chatter. Be on social e Redditboth on magazine we witnessed a there-there of opinions, considerations and comparisons. Sometimes they were constructive, many times they were destructive and sometimes they were quite childish. It wasn’t easy. But episode after episode, despite the illustrious predecessor, Ozark has managed to make space and become Ozark and no longer “the new Breaking Bad”.
Ozark or Breaking Bad: which is better? I’m definitely not the first to raise the question. However, I can’t help but ask because doubt haunts me. I was so in love with Breaking Bad that I didn’t want to watch any other series. I turned Ozark down at first. I felt offended by comparisons to Breaking Bad. How could they only dare to put them on the same shelf? Then I saw Ozark and fell in love with it.
How I Met Your Mother, “la nuova Friends”
As soon as the sit-com created by Craig Thomas e Carter Bays came into the world, How I Met Your Mother has attracted attention mainly for the many similarities with Friends. In fact we find another group of friends a New York. Among those who accused her of stealing key items from the sit-com Of David Crane e Martha Kauffman and who defended it – praising How I Met Your Mother to be even better than its predecessor – soon the majority of the public realized that the comparisons were useless. Not only that, but that loving one didn’t exclude loving the other too. As compared to Ozark e Breaking Badwho are relatively the same age, the two sitcoms set in New York they are daughters of a very different era. For nine seasons, Ted Mosby & Co. went straight on their own way, not caring much about comparisons. There is no doubt that both have marked two generations with an authentic story of friendship. Because that, after all, never changes. Both have amused and moved us and, each of her in her own way, has conquered her own corner on the shelf of comedy. Eventually we stopped defining How I Met Your Mother as the “new X-series” and we started calling it “that TV series with the ending that split the audience in two”.
Girls, “la nuova Sex and The City”
At the onset of dramedywhich took place in 2012no one has missed the opportunity to point out to its creator, Lena Dunhamthe similarities with the famous TV series of Darren Star. We will not go into the merits, but allow us just a note. In the first TV series, a man recounts the vicissitudes of a group of friends, in the second, however, it is a woman (as well as the protagonist) who tells them. Girls it won’t be a masterpiece, and it will certainly have some flaws, but it offers one raw, hyper-realistic and indigestible cross-section of the generation of the so-called Millennial. On the surface the two groups, made up of four friends, might seem very similar, but the development of the story is opposite. Lena Dunham explained to The Hollywood Reporter that his work fills the empty space between the series with Sarah Jessica Parker e Gossip Girl. Girls it truly reflects a cross-section that had not yet found a place either in the cinema or on television. Dunham stated that the pilot intentionally features a joke about Sex and the City because the producers wanted to clarify that the protagonists had been inspired by the previous series of theHBOmoving to New York just to pursue their dreams, as he had Carrie Bradshaw. Sex and The City it has conditioned them, as it has conditioned many Millennials. But that’s where Dunham starts again, certainly not to make the same journey. And fortunately, we noticed it.
Their shit boy whose bed is on the floor is their Mr. Big.
The Leftovers, “la nuova Lost”
Arrived in 2014il fantasy-drama is the television adaptation of the novel of the same name written by Tom Perrotta and is created by none other than Damon Lindelofscreenwriter and producer of Lost, alongside JJ Abrams. The two TV series they have so much in common. They share the same exploratory interest in the human soul and neither is just a story of men or women. Both are quite a compendium of philosophy. A challenging journey around the greatest questions of mankind. The Leftovers it is intriguing and challenging just like Lost. But it is not Lost. The premise is crystal clear, like that of the predecessor, and the execution is equally astounding: in a world where the 2% of the world’s population disappeared into thin air, the three intense seasons investigate the possible social and psychological repercussions that such an event would cause. A bit’ Losta bit’ The Walking Deadthe series with Justin Theroux e Carrie Coon has managed to free itself from heavy and continuous comparisons. She won us over with her reflective, calmer, yet emotionally draining nature. There older sister And suspense and action. The younger sister, on the other hand, seems to be more calm and slow, but no less shocking for this. Although she has achieved a media relevance less high-sounding, the second child soon became The Leftovers and that’s it, shaking off the sticky “new X series” label.
Fringe, “the new X-Files”
The X-Files wrote a chapter in the history of seriality sci-fi and not. An adventure that began in 1993 and finished in 2002 (if we exclude the 2016 revival), which we still carry with us. So when J. J. Abramsafter messing with our minds with Losthe proposed to us Fringeour neural network automatically linked it to the series of Chris Carter. How to do without it!? Both deal with similar topics, although each handles them with different methods and intentions. The comparison however it did not take long to become a wild comparative comparison, as happened with Ozark e Breaking Bad. After all, X-Files he had to face another illustrious big sister: his majesty Twin Peaks. And also in this case, fortunately, it has freed itself from the status of “new X series”. While the first two insist more on cynical criticism of society and bureaucracy, Fringe seems to be more oriented to tell the human need to oust a divinity, becoming creator and creature at the same time. Screen Rantfor example, has X-rayed them several times to find similarities, points of contact, strengths and weaknesses. The analyses eh debates triggered by our compulsive need to compare things is very interesting. Most of the time it’s a pretext to explore new points of view. But stubbornly trying to determine which of the two is the best is a useless and fruitless operation.
The reception towards Fringe it was lukewarm. Many were wary of a series sci-fi which seemed to reproduce the same dynamics of the creature of Chris Carter. But going forward, especially after the first season (that is, when the mythology, parallel universes and alternate timelines began to be explored), the attention of the public has grown and, with it, the consideration for a TV series that does not it was more “The New X Files”. Exactly what happened to Ozark, Girls, How I Met Your Mother e The Leftoverswhich from simple copies have simply become new originals.
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