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24 TV Shows Like Bodyguard You Need To Watch

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24 TV Shows Like Bodyguard You Need To Watch ASAP!

What are some tv shows like Bodyguard? This is the most regularly asked question on the internet. And here we are with the 24 tv shows like Bodyguard you need to watch. To this date, Bodyguard’s second season has not been greenlit, but fans can rejoice as Netflix has not canceled it. Fortunately, this British political thriller television series may return to your screens soon.

The BBC’s six-episode series follows David Budd, a British Army war veteran who is dealing with PTSD and has been assigned to work as a bodyguard for the Home Secretary, Julia Montague, whom he despises. Fans are awaiting the next season, but until we get any update regarding Bodyguard S2, here is a list of 24 T.V. shows like “Bodyguard” fans can binge-watch.

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The Politician’s Husband

“The Politician’s Husband,” produced by BBC Two and written by P. Milne, follows Senior Cabinet minister Aiden Hoynes and his beloved Freya Gardner. The duo has earned the status of a famous political couple. Hoynes resigns from his post according to his strategic leadership bid.

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David and Emily in The Politician’s Husband

However, life has different plans for him as his over-ambitious pal, Bruce Babbish, voices his opinion against Hoynes’ resignation. With the help of Chief Marcus Brock, Babbish tries to carry out his motive. After witnessing such a setback in his professional life, he also discovers that Noah, his son, has Asperger syndrome. The audience is in for a thrilling drama as the couple has to find a balance between their personal and professional lives.

Doctor Foster

Suranne Jones will be seen as Dr. Gemma Foster in the drama “Doctor Foster.” Gemma works as a general practitioner and lives a jealous-worthy life. But Foster’s seemingly perfect life is shocked after she discovers that her husband is seeing another woman.

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Suranne in and as Doster Foster

Further investigation into his life and love affair will be the main plot of this thriller. What makes it similar to Bodyguard is that it has short episodes while delivering several twists, one after the other.


DCI Cassie Stuart and DS Sunny Khan lead this British crime drama, Unforgotten. The story will follow the duo trying to solve a murder that has resurfaced 39 years after it happened. When the investigators start looking into the long-forgotten case, they come across frightening suspects and a plot that might have been better off buried forever.

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Sanjeev and Nicola in Forgotten


This one is for fans of cop thrillers. Luther follows the same script as Bodyguard. Idris Elba will be seen as DCI John Luther, who has a troubled personal life and has to devote his time to dealing with a case related to a brutal serial killer.

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Idris Alba in and as Luther

Luther is a brilliant detective with unbelievable deduction skills. The show will deliver everything that one enjoyed in “Bodyguard,” and Luther’s acting is what makes it more believable and entertaining.


If you want to watch a spy show, 24 is the show for you. 24 has been loved so much by fans that it ran for eight seasons, along with a revival season. The show has earned the title of the longest-running U.S. counter-terrorism genre show ever.

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A still from 24

Kiefer Sutherland held onto the chance to play a career-defining character and delivered it well. The lead here gets a 24-hour deadline under which he has to track down a terrorist based on whatever clues he finds.

The Blacklist

The Blacklist is another counter-terrorism-themed action thriller that shares its format with 24. Fans love James Spader, who plays Raymond “Red” Reddington. Red is an ex-US Navy Officer who now decodes the criminals’ reasoning behind their crimes.

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A still from The Blacklist

He then joins hands with the FBI to catch criminals with the help of his “blacklist,” which Red has compiled over the last few years. But why will he help the FBI? You’ll have to binge-watch the drama, which we’re sure you’ll enjoy as much as Bodyguard.

Happy Valley

Here is another British crime drama to add to your watchlist: Happy Valley. You will see Sarah Lancashire as a determined police sergeant named Catherine. The plot gets interesting as Catherine finds out that the convict imprisoned for assaulting her teenage daughter has recently been released from jail.

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A still from the Happy Valley

Viewers will witness her doing everything in her power to find him. Catherine is played by Sarah Lanchashire, whose acting makes the show binge-worthy as she makes you feel what a mother will be feeling.

Line of Duty 

Often termed the most popular BBC drama, Line of Duty was written by Jed Mercurio. The show introduces us to a police anti-corruption unit named AC-12. The unit will be driven by Superintendent Ted Hastings, played by Adrian Dunbar; DS Steve Arnott, played by Martin Compston; and DC Kate Fleming, played by Vicky McClure.

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A still from Line of Duty

The first season focused on them diving deep into the lives of corrupt officers like Tony Gates.


Collateral also hails from Britain and is a four-episode crime thriller. The show is shot in London. The tale takes place over four days. Viewers will witness the shooting of a pizza delivery boy in South London. The investigation lands in the lap of Detective Inspector Kip Glaspie.

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A still from Collateral

After much evidence-scouring, she concludes that it is not a random act of violence. Later, she uncovers the fatal side of London’s underworld. This random-seeming accident soon reveals itself to be connected to respectable members of British society.

State of Play 

“The State of Play” aired in 2003, but it still deserves to be on your watchlist. The show, written by Paul Abbott and helmed by David Yates, is produced by BBC One. Audiences will be given a glimpse into the investigative journalism carried out by the newspaper- The Herald.

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A still from State of play

The newspaper will probe the death of a political researcher known worldwide as Sonia Baker. The worst, however, is that this murder is connected to another murder of a teenager named Kelvin Stagg. Cal McCaffrey and Stephen Collins were assigned the case.

They find out the murders are associated with the oil industry, run by corrupt British officials. The show stars David Morrissey, John Simm, Kelly Macdonald, and James McAvoy.


“Bancroft” was created by Kate Brooke. The show will follow the life of an honest police officer, Elizabeth Bancroft. Her colleagues respect her, and they want her to get promoted asap. The Amara gang, led by Athif, is on her list of targets she wants to take down.

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A still from Bancroft

Bancroft is now determined to catch Kamara after it was revealed that he is involved in the illegal arms trade. This alone is not her problem. She feels her past life is in danger as a recruit is desperate to unravel Bancroft’s past.


“Liar” features Joanne Froggatt and Ioan Gruffudd in the titular roles. Acclaimed duo Harry and Jack Williams write the show. We see Laura Nielson, a smart teacher who recently became single after a breakup. She welcomes Andrew Earlham, a recently widowed and renowned surgeon, into her life.

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A still from Liar

But the first date results in an argument, and Laura accuses Andrew of rape. “Liar” is a psychological thriller that tries to explain what a teacher goes through when she witnesses an incident like this and how the dynamics around her change.

Killing Eve

Killing Eve has been termed the most brilliant thing to come out of T.V. in 2018. The show is said to be a spy thriller that tells a story about an MI5 officer, Eve Polastri, who has decided to find psychopathic murderer Villanelle.

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Sandra Oh as Eve in Killing Eve

The worst part is that Villanelle becomes obsessed with Eve as well. What follows is a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer deliver outstanding performances as Eve and Vil, respectively. The show is high on thrills and chemistry between the two.


Undercover, written by Peter Moffat, is a mini-series focusing on the crime genre. Viewers will be introduced to a barrister called Maya. She wants to become the first black Director of Public Prosecution and is working for it. Maya is living a happy life with her loving husband and three kids.

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A still from Undercover

But everything is on the verge of being destroyed as soon as she unveils some shocking truths about Nick, who is revealed to be a former undercover officer. Nick tries to hide everything about his past life from his wife. The later plot of the series tries to unmask the truth behind interracial relationships.

House Of Cards

House of Cards is stated to be a political thriller from America, delivered by Beau Willimon, and has so far garnered a rating of 8.7 on IMDB. The show is an adaptation of the 1989 novel of the same name, authored by Michael Dobbs. House of Cards is written by B. Willimon and is said to be a political thriller.

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A still from House of Cards

The show takes inspiration from Michael Dobbs’ novel of the same name, which was released in 1990. The first ever Netflix original narrates a story set in the backdrop of Washington, D.C. The story focuses on Congressman Frank Underwood, a Democrat from South Carolina.

The audience gets acquainted with his ambitious wife, Claire Underwood. When Frank’s plans to become the Secretary of State succeed, he joins with Claire to gain power.


Another British television drama, “Informer,” has landed on our list. The show is said to be written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. Neal Street Productions took the job of producing the series for the BBC.

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A still from Informer

The six-episode show features Paddy Considine, B. Powley, Nabhan, and Jessica Raine. The show promises the thrilling ride that Bodyguard delivered.


According to the official summary of the series, McMafia is a crime drama from the nation leading to the said genre, namely Britain. Hossein Amini and James Watkins are said to be the geniuses behind the show, while Watkins has taken the chair behind the camera.

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A still from McMafia

The show takes inspiration from the book of the same name, McMafia: A Journey to the Criminal Underworld. James Norton will be seen as Alex Godman, the son of a Russian mafia boss living in London. Godman’s father wants to leave the organized crime world.

The Fall

The Fall promises to be as surprising and engaging as Bodyguard. This crime drama is said to be filmed in Northern Ireland and stars Gillian Anderson in the role of Detective Superintendent Stella Gibson.

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Jamie Dornan from The Fall

Allan Cubitt helms the Fall. Jamie Dornan takes on the character of a serial killer, Paul Spector, and makes it supremely believable.


“Condor” rates high on the critics’ scale but is still counted as a hidden gem as many people still do not know about this American thriller series. The Condor takes inspiration from the novel Six Days of Condor, penned by James Grady.

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A still from Condor

Joe Turner, the male lead of the show, is shown to be an idealistic individual who enters the CIA in hopes of reforming it. On his journey, he gets intel about a secret plan to destroy millions of lives. As killers start massacring his colleagues, Turner gets involved with the military-industrial complex.

The series is said to be helmed by Todd Katzberg and Ken Robinson and was first presented to the audience in 2018. After two successful seasons, it has been picked up for a third season by Epix.


Broadchurch aired its first-ever season in 2013. The tale takes place in the town of Broadchurch and follows the investigation of the murder of Danny Latimer. Season 1 focuses on Danny’s community and how it deals with murder, and the finale deserves a round of applause as it is one of those twists you never see coming.

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The main cast of Broadchurch

The seemingly picturesque town becomes gloomy as soon as the killer is revealed in the finale, leaving the fans wanting more.

Peaky Blinders

“Peaky Blinders” is another crime drama starring Cillian Murphy and Tom Hardy. The story is said to be set after Britain’s Great War of 1919. The theme here is soldiers vs. criminal gangs desperate to take control of the streets after the devastating economic crisis.

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Thomas Shelby from Peaky Blinders

Thomas Shelby and his family run a gang called the Peaky Blinders. But Thomas wants to do something different, and the story narrates his struggles as he changes his paths while negotiating with an inspector who wants to put all his family members behind bars.


Homeland aired its successful season in the latter part of 2019. The first two seasons amassed enormous critical acclaim and several Emmy Awards. Danes will play Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer dealing with bipolar disorder. Danes will portray Carrie Mathison, a CIA officer dealing with bipolar disorder.

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A still from the Homeland

Carrie is convinced that Lewis’ US Marine Nicholas has joined hands with Al-Qaeda. Al-Qaeda captured and held him as a prisoner of war. She wants to reveal that he is planning an attack on the U.S. while the public believes he is a war hero.


Ozark has earned the status of Netflix’s best original series. Audiences will see Jason Bateman and Laura Linney as a couple struggling on the financial front and getting entangled in money laundering.

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A still from the Ozark

Jason portrays Marty Byrd, a family patriarch who moves to a new house in Ozark after he realizes his illicit past puts his family’s lives at risk. Marty becomes involved with more hazardous crime families despite his desire to flee.

Jack Ryan

You must add Jack Ryan to your watchlist as it offers the same spy-based thrills as Bodyguard. John Krasinski will be seen portraying a CIA analyst-turned-action-hero with his partner, James Greer, played by Wendell Pierce. Wendell was also seen in an important role in The Wire.

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John K in and as Jack Ryan

Carlton Cuse, who also created Lost, created Jack Ryan as well. We are introduced to Mousa Bin Suleiman, the show’s villain, and we get a glimpse into his life while reevaluating the decisions that led to him becoming radicalized. Jack Ryan is set to return to your screens for a third season, probably next year.

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Annyeonghaseyo! It's Sheeza. I am a management graduate who is discovering her creative side. I'm sure I'll never grow weary of watching thrillers.

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