In this article we will show you what are considered the best series dealing with economics, business and finance.
After consulting several sources, as well as several specialized web pages on this subject, we have realized that there are some series that seem to generate unanimity for their quality and verisimilitude regarding the treatment of economic and business topics. Specifically, there are three highlighted titles which we will now comment on.
- 1.- Silicon Valley (2014)
Created by Mike Judge and produced by HBO. There are 6 seasons of this comedy starring five young people who create an application in this emblematic technological center of the United States. It is a data compression application that uses a revolutionary algorithm which ends up arousing envy and attempts of unfair competition,with the use of reverse engineering to discredit them and make them lose contests, as well as access to potential investors. In this fiction we can see the difficulty of entrepreneurship in the world of startups and in the business world in general.
2.- Billions (2016)
Created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien and Andrew Ross Sorkin. Produced by Showtime Entertainment, it has been broadcasted by Movistar+. There are five seasons recorded, and at the moment it has been suspended because of Covid19.
The series reflects the struggle for power between the Attorney General of New York and a magnate dedicated to investment funds and hedge fund manager, who is a survivor of the crisis caused by the fall of the Twin Towers, and the subsequent real estate crisis of 2008. It is for this reason that he believes he is untouchable until the Prosecutor discovers a possible crime of insider trading.
At this point begins the war between the law and the privileged position that can be granted thanks to money, in which we see how you can corrupt any level of society through bribes and all kinds of strategies.
3.- House of lies (2012)
Created by Matthew Carnahan and produced by Refugee Productions. It is part of the Amazon Prime catalog, although it is currently listed as an Unavailable Title. Composed of 5 seasons, it provides a point of comedy and a cynical vision of the world of consulting.This is a fiction series starring a business management consultant able to do anything to get information and all that is needed for their customers. And this includes breaking the law if he deems it necessary. It is an acid portrait full of black humor of a business that, basically, consists of speculating with statistics and economic projections to satisfy the interests of businessmen eager for power and money, providing them with new investments to expand their businesses.
After these three references that, as we have already have indicated, are considered almost unanimously as the best productions in series format, we find others with no less interesting arguments.
4.- House of Cards (2013)
Created by Beau Willimon and produced by Netflix, Media Rights Capital, Panic Pictures and Trigger Street Productions. It has 6 seasons, the last of which was surrounded by controversy due to a sex scandal of its protagonist, Kevin Spacey. A fact that perhaps many people do not know is that it is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by Michael Dobbs, and that it was already taken to the screen by a British miniseries, in 1990.
This series is well known for its great success in terms of viewers and awards achieved throughout its broadcasting time. It is a classic political drama in the American audiovisual, which reflects the excessive ambition of the Underwoods, the protagonist couple which leads them to carry out all kinds of movements to further their interests.
As in other series of this type, the lack of scruples of the political elites can be clearly observed using their influence over the media or the economic powers to achieve whatever they propose, regardless of the consequences that their actions may cause. This is a cruel portrait of the ties that bind politics, economics and information, and the underworld that surrounds it and can dirty everything.
5.- Halt and Catch Fire (2014)
Created by Chris Cantwell and produced by AMC Studios, 4 seasons have been filmed and can currently be seen on the Filmen platform.
We return to a technological theme, but with a regression in the 80s, during the birth of personal computers and the Internet as we understand them today, as well as the growth of large corporations in this industry, such as IBM, Microsoft and Apple.
Precisely, the temporal coincidence with these giant computers, generates confrontations with the protagonists who try to have a place for themselves in the industry with the creation of an online gaming community.
As on other occasions, we can see how the ambition to succeed can erode one’s own principles, entering into the struggle for power and money.
6.- Startup (2016)
Created by Ben Ketai and produced by Sony Pictures Television. It is currently broadcast on the Amazon Prime platform, and has 3 seasons. Again we encounter a protagonist who is a visionary in economic and technological terms, but this time we are surrounded by an underworld related to criminality and corruption within the FBI. The desperation to find funding for her cryptocurrency project makes the protagonist accept money with a dark and dirty origin risking harsh consequences as there are mafias that end up interested in the control of this virtual currency. Again, the struggle for power and money, or money and power. The order is not always indifferent.
In our search to offer you interesting references, a series with an economic theme has also appeared in our path, but completely different from the rest, even though it is not fiction, but based on real witnesses. We are talking about Extreme cheapskates. In this production we find, what we could call, another level in domestic savings since the protagonists teach us how to spend less with unconventional actions.
For example, looking for food in Manhattan restaurant containers, flushing the toilet one time a week to save water, recycling dental floss and using ground coffee up to three times or even making toys for children from dead animals found on the road. This series was created and produced by the U.S. network TLC, and is currently on YouTube.
We hope that all these examples of foul play, ambitions and betrayals that we have been seeing on television will change because the banking and economic model of society is also changing. This means that we are moving towards a fairer and hopefully more egalitarian society.