Shows featuring con artists are fascinating not only for the storyline but also for the characters portrayed. Sometimes laced with humour, and otherwise entailing a thrilling journey, stories based on scammers make for entertaining content.
The recent addition to the elite world of con artistry is Shonda Rhimes’ Inventing Anna, which was recently released on Netflix. Inspired by Jessica Pressler’s New York magazine article “How Anna Delvey Tricked New York’s Party People”, this docudrama is about how Anna Delvey, an infamous fake socialite, manipulates wealthy New York citizens for money. Julia Garner brilliantly portrays Anna Delvey in the series, which took to screens around the world in February 2022.
Inventing Anna takes you through the fictionalised version of Anna Sorokin’s life, who disguised herself as a rich German heiress under the name Anna Delvey in New York City. She managed to con many people and banks in the New York high society before getting arrested for fraud and grand larceny. The show also stars Anna Chlumsky, Arian Moayed and Katie Lowes among others.
If you enjoyed watching Inventing Anna and all her little schemes, we have curated a list of more shows on stellar con artists and hustlers on OTT platforms that you should add to your watch list.
7 shows like Inventing Anna to watch on OTT platforms right now
If you are looking for a con story with a twist, watch this show. The story centres around Marius Josipovic, a con man who is hiding from gangsters from his past. To escape the threats he’s facing, Marius assumes his cellmate Pete’s identity and reunites with his fake family.
The series shows how he tries to survive with this new identity with Pete’s family while keeping a low profile to avoid his past.
The cast includes Giovanni Ribisi, Margo Martindale, Marin Ireland, Peter Gerety, and Libe Barer. The series has three seasons.
White Collar is a series about Neal Caffrey, a charming con man and art thief, who is arrested by the FBI. When facing jail time again, Caffrey strikes a deal with FBI agent Peter Burke. He goes on to help Burke and the FBI in catching other white collar criminals using his criminal expertise.
This show premiered in 2009 and has six seasons. It stars Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson and Marsha Thomason.
Another show by Inventing Anna producer Shonda Rhimes, The Catch follows Alice Vaughan, a CEO of a private investigating firm who learns that her fiancé Benjamin Jones has disappeared from her life with her money.
The show centres around Benjamin, who turns out to be a con artist and dupes others for a living. What follows next is how brilliantly Alice tries to capture him while facing challenges along the way.
The limited series was aired between 2016 and 2017. The cast includes Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey fame, Mireille Enos, Peter Krause, Sonya Walger, John Simm, and Jay Hayden.
If you liked Anna Delvey as a character, then this is another show you can binge-watch. Good Behavior is a story about Letty Rains, a seasoned con artist and thief who knows how to manipulate others financially. Fresh out of jail, she decided to start anew.
Letty overhears an assassination plot that she tries to derail. But in the process, she becomes known to the assassin and has a dangerous, seductive relationship with him.
The talented cast includes Michelle Dockery, Juan Diego, Botto Terry, Kinney Lusia, Strus Nyles and Julian Steele. Good Behavior has two seasons that were aired between November 2016 to December 2017.
This show is about a group of con artists who have been hired by a former insurance investigator to settle scores with wealthy people who harm innocent ones.
The team, with unique and polished skills, include Nate Ford (the brains), Sophie Devereaux (the grifter), Eliot Spencer (the hitter), Alec Hardison (the hacker), and Parker (the thief). The whole story in the series is about how they trap powerful people with wealth.
The gripping show was aired between 2008 to 2012 over five seasons. The cast includes Timothy Hutton, Aldis Hodge, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf, and Gina Bellman.
Hustle follows a group of con artists who pursue “long cons” for a living. A long con is a deception that requires more commitment and is executed over time but yields greater returns for those partaking in the scam.
The group is led by Mickey Stone — who is well-known for acing extremely complicated long cons — while his protege Danny Blue, a pickpocket, also helps the group pull off many daring stunts.
The show ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012. It stars Robert Glenister, Robert Vaughn, and Rob Jarvis.
Lupin takes us on the journey of Assane Diop, who is looking to avenge his father who died by suicide because of an injustice caused by a wealthy ex-employer.
Inspired by Arsène Lupin — a fictional gentleman thief and master of disguise — whose books he read while growing up, Assane seeks revenge with a repertoire of con techniques, but comes under the radar of a detective who is a fan of Lupin.
Starring Omar Sy, Ludivine Sagnier and Clotilde Hesme, the series has had two seasons since its premiere in 2021. A third is on its way.
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