5 Violent TV Shows Like Banshee That You Might’ve Missed

5 Shows Like Banshee

Violent TV shows are everywhere, but there are levels to this and these shows like Banshee belong to another level. We all know that it exists and that it’s there for a reason (entertainment, release, etc.), but no one wants to talk about it. So I’m not going to beat around the bush; I’m going to come right out and say it: TV violence is addicting. Whether you’re watching a horror movie for the chills or tuning in to a police drama for the suspense, seeing someone else’s problems play out on screen can be strangely satisfying. If you’re looking for your next fix, here are five violent shows like Banshee you’ve never watched.

Umbre (2014)


The tv series Umbre is about a man named Stefan who is a taxi driver in Bucharest. He has a wife and daughter whom he loves very much. One day, Stefan gets an offer to work for the mafia as a chauffeur. He initially refuses, but then he realizes that the pay is too good to pass up. Stefan begins working for the mafia and quickly becomes involved in their illegal activities.

He must transport drugs and valuables for the mafia, and he often has to go on dangerous missions. The more involved Stefan becomes with the mafia, the more his family suffers. His wife leaves him and takes their daughter with her. Stefan begins to question whether or not the mafia is worth it. However, he is too deep to turn back now. 

The tv series Umbre is a gripping tale of crime and family drama. It stars Vlad Ivanov as Stefan, Andreea Vasile as his wife, and Maria Dragus as his daughter. The show was directed by Cristian Mungiu and had a budget of $1 million.

Reprisal (2019)


Reprisal is a 2014 American television drama series created by Josh Corbin and starring Abigail Spencer. The series revolves around a woman named Doris (Abigail Spencer) who, after being left for dead, seeks revenge on the five men who brutalized her years ago. The cast also includes Mena Suvari, John Hawkes, Rhys Ifans, and Diego Klattenhoff. The series was filmed in Los Angeles, California. 

The series received mixed reviews from critics. However, it was praised for its strong female lead and its visually stunning aesthetic. Reprisal was ultimately canceled after one season.

Barry (2018)


Barry is a 2018 American black comedy television series created by Alec Berg and Bill Hader. The show stars Hader as the titular character, a Midwestern hitman who travels to Los Angeles to kill someone and then decides to become an actor. Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan, and Henry Winkler also star. The first season consists of eight episodes and is aired on HBO from March 25 to May 20, 2018. 

The series was filmed in Los Angeles, California. Barry was directed by Bill Hader, who executive produced the show alongside Alec Berg, Josh Lieberman, and Katie Silberman. The show’s theme song is “Here’s My Plan” by Tony Bennett. 

On April 30, 2018, HBO renewed the series for a second season consisting of eight episodes which premiered on March 31, 2019. On May 16, 2019, it was announced that the series had been renewed for a third season which is set to air in 2020. 

Shows like Barry belong to this list because of how they portray violence and humor way too frequently. Still, they do a great job which is why viewers enjoy them so much.

Mr. Inbetween (2018)

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Mr. Inbetween is an Australian black comedy crime drama television series created by Scott Ryan. The six-part series premiered on Fox 8 on 9 August 2018. It stars Ryan as Ray Shoesmith, a hitman who juggles his work with being a single father to his daughter and caring for his estranged wife and her new boyfriend. 

The series was shot in Melbourne. Mr. Inbetween was created, written, directed, and starred in by Scott Ryan, who also created and starred in the 2005 film The Magician. The show was produced by Nicole Minchin, Luke McMullan, Jason Ward, and David Michôd. It was executive produced by Michôd, Ryan, and John Edwards. Michôd also directed two episodes. The series’ music was composed by Antony Partos. 

The show received positive reviews from critics, with many praising Ryan’s performance. On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 100% based on 15 reviews with an average rating of 8/10. On Metacritic the series has a score of 78 out of 100 based on 8 reviews, indicating “generally favorable reviews”.

Mr. Inbetween was renewed for a second season on 4 October 2018.

Banshee (2013)

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Banshee is an American action television series set in the small town of Banshee, Pennsylvania. The series stars Antony Starr as Lucas Hood, an ex-con and master thief who assumes the identity of the town’s sheriff. 

The series also features Ivana Milicevic as Carrie Hopewell, a former thief and Hood’s love interest; Ulrich Thomsen as Kai Proctor, a ruthless businessman; and Rus Blackwell as Gordon Hopewell, Carrie’s husband, and the district attorney.

The series was created by Jonathan Tropper and David Schickler and was filmed in North Carolina. It aired on the Cinemax network from 2013 to 2016.

Killing Eve (2018)

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Shows like Killing Eve belong to this list for their brilliant portrayal of the randomness of being a hired assassin. The chaotic and serious nature of the job is not exempt from life’s randomness which makes poking fun at it even more hilariously dark. Killing Eve is more similar to shows like Barry and Mr. Inbetween than it is to shows like Banshee as it gives comedy a lot of rope.

Killing Eve is about a female Russian assassin and a nosy analyst who works for a secret government agency assigned to track the assassin down but end up being friends with one another. It’s a complex story about double agents and a lot of treachery, but also has some lighthearted dramedy sprinkled all around it.

The action scenes in Killing Eve aren’t really that frequent but are really reminiscent of great spy thrillers like the Bourne series where the action isn’t trying to be so over the top but looks cool. The brutality and violence here though, definitely belong on this list that’s for sure.

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