Like for Like: 5 series like Kleo that you must watch

By Louie Fecou
Published: August 20, 2022

This article discusses 5 series you must watch, like the Netflix series Kleo. It does not contain spoilers. 

With the series Kleo out on Netflix, we look at some similar properties that may cover some familiar ground. Here are 5 series like Kleo that you must watch.

Like for Like: 5 series like Kleo that you must watch

Nikita (2010)

The CW are probably most well known for their adaptation of DC superhero shows such as Flash and Arrow, but back in 2010, they launched Nikita, hugely inspired and influenced by the Luc Besson movie, and the other TV series La femme Nikita from even further back in 1997. With similar vibes to Kleo, it’s hard not to see the easy comparisons, Nikita is an assassin for a secret US conglomerate called The Division, but after going into hiding for three years, she returns to wreak revenge on The Division.  Of course, being a CW show, there was a lot of character interaction, and here Nikita and Alexandra Udinov cross paths, but are destined to join forces, driving much of the narrative.

Revenge (2011)

US TV series revenge ran for four seasons from 2011 and arrived with a bang. Madeleine Stowe was nominated for a Golden Globe for her performance and the show was also nominated for favorite new series. The premise is slightly more involved than you initially think, Emily VanCamp plays Emily Thorne, who moves to The Hamptons, specifically next door to the Graysons, specifically Victoria Grayson, who she blames for the cause behind her father’s imprisonment and eventual death. Emily has a plan to destroy everyone involved in her father’s downfall, and she uses every possible person and method to do it.

Alias (2001)

Created by J J Abrams, Alias follows the story of Sydney Bristow played by Jennifer Garner, a secret agent that uncovers the truth of her role as a double agent within the cogs and wheels of the CIA and shady villainous agency SD-6. The twists and turns arrive fast, but as the series continued — it ran for 5 seasons — we were more interested in the relationships and motivations of Sydney, and the people around her. Hugely popular and influential, Alias often appears in lists of the best TV shows ever made.

The End of the F***ing World (2017)

Probably the most tonally similar show in this list, this strange and oddly disconcerting series follows James and Alyssa who meet and travel together as they try to find Alyssa’s father. Trouble is James thinks he is a psychopath and Alyssa becomes the flame that lights his touchpaper. The 8-part series first appeared on UK TV on Channel 4 before being picked up by Netflix and was based on the graphic novel/mini comic of the same name by Charles Forsman. A second series was commissioned after the first season started to garner an audience, and the mix of murder mayhem and black comedy is often difficult to watch, but like a car crash, it’s hard to ignore.

Read our review of season 1 of The End of the F***ing World.

Killing Eve (2018)

It seems silly to ignore Killing Eve in this list, as the show became quite the phenomenon on its rather quiet release. Produced for BBC Three and BBC America, the show’s first run made household names of Sandra Oh who plays Eve, and Jodie Comer, who plays the female assassin Villanelle. Eve, a British intelligence officer is hot on the trail of our favorite killer, but the job becomes an obsession for both parties. Over the course of four seasons, things became a little lukewarm, with the last season seemingly disappointing long-time fans, but it’s hard not to acknowledge the influence of the show, and if by chance you didn’t catch it the first time round, you must at least watch the first two series.

What other series remind you of Kleo? Let us know if you have any suggestions for our list.

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