TV is considered by many to be the ultimate medium. It’s the perfect way to tell a story and explore characters over numerous hours and seasons. There is much broader scope for television than there is in movies, and this is one of the reasons TV has made such a resurgence. In fact, many people feel we are living in a golden age of television again, and it’s difficult to argue.
With shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, and True Detective out there, TV has never been more healthy. And there are plenty of shows that document the exploits of the mob in casinos. Don’t think that’s simply limited to the likes of Hollywood and Martin Scorsese. Here are a few of the best casino mobster TV shows we’ve ever seen.
Boardwalk Empire was one of the finest crime shows released in the last decade. Terence Winter’s show is set in the Prohibition-era, and it follows the life and career of fictionalised criminal kingpin Nucky Thompson. The show is packed full of everything you’d imagine from a casino mobster show: betrayal, love, lust, and plenty of gambling. Steve Buscemi plays the role of Nucky, and it’s probably the best performance he’s ever given as an actor. The show might be based in Atlantic City rather than Vegas, but it’s still a great look at a criminal operation involving casinos.
Often cited as one of the greatest TV shows of all time, The Sopranos is an epic, sprawling masterpiece of television. Yes, it’s not based around the casino scene, but it is an all-encompassing look at a powerful crime family and the way they operate. You have everything here from casino to bars, to strip joints, to drugs. The show is not for the faint-hearted, but it remains one of the best shows we’ve ever seen, and it’s definitely recommended.
Vegas was a period drama released several years ago, and starring Michael Chiklis and Dennis Quaid. It was created by writer Nicholas Pileggi, who also wrote Casino and Goodfellas. The show follows a cat and mouse game between Quaid’s Sheriff and Chiklis’ mob boss who moved to the Vegas area to run operations. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled after just one season, but it is one of the most interesting and riveting crime shows we’ve seen.