Rami Malek, now one of the top stars in Hollywood and an Academy Award winner for his performance in the film ‘Bohemian Rhapsody,’ catapulted as a household name when he played the quiet, demure computer expert named Elliot Anderson on the USA Network drama series ‘Mr. Robot. Malek’s intense and brooding performance as Anderson earned him critical acclaim and a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series. Backed by a well-written screenplay and character arcs, both Malek’s character and the series went on to become one of the biggest hits of the season for USA Network. Malek’s character, Elliot, is a cyber security engineer who works for a famous company which provides security from hackers and other online threats for many important clients. Elliot’s life is very monotonous and unhappy as he suffers from a number of conditions such as Clinical Depression, Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and social anxiety.
However, his life suddenly takes a massive u-turn when Elliot is contacted by an anarchist organization whose aim is to topple all the big multi-national companies by hacking into their databases and fudging their financial details. The mastermind behind the is organization is a mysterious figure called Mr. Robot. The show not only is a highly suspenseful tale about a troubled protagonist but also an important social commentary within its narrative. The uses and abuses of technology, the way big companies are slowly becoming the most powerful entities in the world and hacking as a method of protest are all extremely relevant issues in contemporary world. ‘Mr. Robot’ contemplated these social and personal perils through the uncertainties Elliot’s mindscape. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘Mr. Robot’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘Mr. Robot’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
5. Orphan Black (2013 – 2017)
Every human being takes great pride in being the only version of himself or herself in this world and there is no one else who looks, feels, acts, thinks, or behaves like us. The central character in the Canadian BBC America series ‘Orphan Black‘, Sarah Manning was also of a similar opinion until one day she ends up witnessing the murder of a woman who looks exactly like her. A con artist by nature, Sarah slowly discovers that she is among a large group of clones which have been spread throughout America as part of a covert experiment by an organization called “The Dyad Institute” which tries to prove that cloning can have a huge influence on human evolution.
The scientists at Institute closely monitor the lives of the clones so that access to each and every unit is possible whenever such a need arises. Sarah realizes that she has to put an end to the experiment while keeping her head down from the eyes of the police and ruthless assassins of a religious cult which hunts down clones as part of their ethnic cleansing propaganda. The series, just like ‘Mr. Robot’, is profoundly aware of many problems which are plaguing modern society like omnipresence of surveillance, privacy threays, need for individual identity, ever-growing influence of social media, and all-engulfing consumerist culture. Tatiana Maslany won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in ‘Orpheus Black.’
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