If you’re looking to scratch that crime drama itch then you should check out McMafia, AMC’s excellent new series. It’s The Godfather for a new generation. The show is called McMafia because it’s all about franchising crime, just like you would a McDonald’s. Now, in The Godfather, most of the crime was relegated to New York and Las Vegas, but these gangsters are dealing in Dubai, Tel Aviv, Mumbai, and Prague. In the digital age, they can control shipments and lock down deals with the press of a button. Imagine what kind of empire Michael Corleone could have amassed if he’d had an iPad.
The story centers around Alex Godman, played by James Norton, who looks like he’s auditioning to be the new James Bond in every scene with his tailored suits and dashing good looks. Like Michael from The Godfather, Alex is a good son trying to make his way in the legitimate business world, but his father and uncle have ties to the Russian mob. After an attack on his family, Alex takes it upon himself to protect the ones he loves, which pulls him deeper into the world of organized crime. Been there, done that, right?