If You Liked ‘Anatomy Of A Scandal’, You’ll Also Love Watching These 9 Suspenseful Shows On Disney+ Hotstar, Netflix & Amazon Prime Video | GQ India

When a show consistently tends to #1 on Netflix, that’s a pretty reliable indicator that the internet is obsessed with it. The latest show with this kind of consistent #1 run? You guessed it; good period romantic comedy-drama Bridgerton. And while Anatomy of a Scandal isn’t as prevalent with empire waiting dresses and lantern-lit ballrooms, it has a lot of elements that make up a bingeable series – passion, intrigue, mystery, dodgy men doing dodgy things, and a verdict hanging in the balance. It’s the kind of show that causes a rush, a watch frenzy that leaves a feeling of emptiness when it’s over that I like to call The Void. And it’s the most instinctive thing to try to fill The Void with shows that hit all the good points that the one you just binged did. These ten, I believe, will take care of it…

10 shows to watch if you liked Anatomy of a Scandal

1. Defeat – Disney+ Hotstar

The first thing I do when The Void sets in? Instantly Google the creators of the show and explore everything they’ve done to scratch that itch. In the case of this show, it was White People Problems + Beautiful Houses + Crime; which appears to be showrunner David E. Kelley opens after the 90s era of creating endlessly watchable but problematic shows like The Practice, Boston Legal or Ally Mcbeal. This Nicole Kidman-Hugh Grant star is a mysterious psychological thriller miniseries that hits all the boxes; murder, a troubled marriage, a privileged (but well-meaning) woman who must solve everything, and Nicole Kidman.

2. Big Little Lies – Disney+ Hotstar

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Big Little Lies is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar

The first in Kelley’s 2010 series of murders of wealthy whites, big little lies was essentially the test that made this formula such a success. While I think there are few bigger TV mistakes than making a second season of this show designed as a miniseries – a season so pointless and boring that even Meryl Streep and Laura Dern’s great show n couldn’t save her – this story of four women navigating abusive marriages, infidelity, bankruptcy and sexual trauma in the idyllic beach town of Monterey, California is a fabulous watch. The star power alone – Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Shailene Woodley, Zoë Kravitz and Alexander Skarsgård – is reason enough to binge on a beautiful Sunday.

3. A Very English Scandal – Disney+ Hotstar

There are actors who are simply markers of a good show; and Claire Foy is one of those actors. Although The crown is truly his magnum opus, A very British scandal (about the same people as A very English scandal) is a fairly close second. In this three-part miniseries, she plays Margaret Campbell, Duchess of Argyll and third wife of Ian Campbell, 11th Duke of Argyll (played by Paul Bettany). The series focuses on their marriage, its disintegration, its suffering at the hands of her abusive, alcoholic husband, and the media frenzy surrounding their high-profile divorce in 1963, which diverted attention from the Duke’s various crimes to shame the slut. and harass Margaret. in submission. A mirror of the times, of the treatment of women in society and a completely captivating watch.

4. The Easttown Mare – Disney+ Hotstar

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Kate Winslet and Evan Peters in a photo from Mare of Easttown

HBO does a lot of things right, and the crime drama limited series as a genre is one of them. One of the biggest hits of 2021, Easttown Pond did more than just remind us that Kate Winslet can act — not that we need remind her. It sparked a lot of conversations, created a town in Easttown, Philadelphia that was easy to get into with its neighborhood goodness and characters; and setting up a gripping murder mystery that links to another unsolved missing persons case that comes together in the most interesting way. Although I called the reveal of who the killer was (not to brag ahem ahem), it definitely came out of left field and raised a lot of interesting questions.

5. Dark Desire – Netflix

I’ll start with the warning that this Mexican thriller drama series Is tend to drag to the touch. The 18-episode run could easily have been cut down to 12, but it helps that the episodes are mostly 30-minute bursts. It all starts when Alma Quintana Solares, a university law professor in a marriage full of secrets with her husband Leonardo Solares, a judge, goes to visit her celibate friend Brenda Castillo for the weekend; and has a one-night stand with a stranger. The next morning, we find Brenda dead in her bathtub; and that the mysterious, sexy stranger Alma slept with knows her and her family far better than she could have imagined.

6. Nine Perfect Strangers – Amazon Prime Video

Another miniseries from good old E.Kelley that stars Nicole Kidman as a wealthy white woman with a traumatic past; but also very good! The show is set in the beautiful but eerie Tranquillum House, where, uh, nine complete strangers have gathered for a 10-day retreat to restart their lives. The woman at the helm is Masha Dmitrichenko (Kidman), a creature so calm and terrifying that it becomes clear pretty quickly that plant-based protein and meditation won’t be the only things on the menu. The multi-star also includes Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Luke Evans, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto of The Good Place, Cannavale, McCarthy and Evans giving particularly rousing performances.

7. The Good Wife – Amazon Prime Video

Possibly the closest thing to this list as you can get to AOAS without being piloted by David E. Kelley, this 2010s political-legal drama has a lot of similar elements; beloved politician caught up in a sex scandal, the always supportive (generic) good wife who backs him up and happens to be a lawyer herself; that is, a lot of court drama. Easily one of the best examples of the legal drama genre to date, the seven seasons where you follow Alicia Florrick and her political husband Peter riding in his law firm Lockhart Gardner (where Garnder happens to be the former boyfriend of ‘Alicia?!)t seems pretty.

8. The Good Fight – Amazon Prime Video

An organic continuation of The good wife, this spin-off violates the general spin-off rule; it’s almost as good as the original. We follow Diane Lockhart (played to perfection by Christine Baranski, zooming in on her life where she’s about to retire from law school. Only her fund manager (like most TV fund managers) turns out to be the mayor of Embezzlement City, leaving Diane stripped of her life savings. The result? Having to start from scratch; and the only company it makes sense to go to is the all-black company of Reddick, Boseman and Kolstad. Baranski’s stellar performance ; and The iron Throne’ Rose Leslie in a very different avatar.

9. Night of – Disney+ Hotstar

Easily one of the most underrated shows of all time (that’s right, I said it – shows of all time), this starring Riz Ahmed is a miniseries that will leave you a lot to think after its 8 episodes. Set in New York and focusing on the trial of Nasir “Naz” Khan (ahmed), a Pakistani-American student accused of killing an Upper West Side woman, the show is both illuminating and frustrating, showing little-seen sides of the American justice and prison system. There’s a hopelessness in Khan’s situation that’s beautifully captured, peppered with just enough moments of hope to make it an emotional rollercoaster. It is a heartbreaking sight, which fills you with disenchantment and doubt. But it is extremely powerful; and an absolutely captivating watch.

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