10 Best Business Shows/Series on Netflix for Entrepreneurs
Business shows and series on Netflix like Breaking Bad, Suits, and Ozark among others never get old. Such programs are mostly relatable for entrepreneurs to some extent and motivational.
Netflix has provided a platform of limitless possibilities for creators and artists in the entertainment business. Many quality contents are being released on the streaming site, and viewers benefit directly because of the site's convenience. People can stream any show anytime, no matter the time and place.
There is a wide range of shows to choose from according to the taste and preference of the viewer. If you are searching for content with themes of business and economics while also looking for some entertainment, then you have come to the right place. In this article, we present the highly-rated shows along with their plot and characters that have won people's hearts over the years; you can decide whether you want to watch them or not.
Many business-related TV shows and series are available for streaming on Netflix, and sometimes it can be tiresome to separate the "wheat from the chaff."
Previously, we had listed 20 Best Business Movies Entrepreneurs Should Watch. Here is the list of 10 best series every aspiring entrepreneur should watch.
1. Dirty Money
Dirty Money is an original series from Netflix that first aired on 26 January 2018. The series explores various expose stories about greed, corruption, and crime that are rampant throughout the global economy.
Now and then, we encounter the phrase, “The rich get richer, and the poor get poorer.” It is true to a great extent; however, the rich do not always exercise moral and legal methods to expand their fortunes. This docu-series from Netflix dives into the stories of scandal and corruption in business and exposes the greed rooted in people and corporations.
The series is available for streaming on Netflix, where you can watch the full episodes of the hit docu-drama. Dirty Money has been well-received since the airing of the first episode. It has an IMDb rating of 8.1 / 10 and a rare Rotten Tomatoes score of 100%.
The docu-series successfully completed two seasons and concluded on 11 March 2020. The two seasons have 12 episodes in total, with each episode having a runtime of 1 hour.
Many famous people have been featured in the two seasons of the series, including;
- Matt Tabibi, the correspondent for Rolling Stone
- Fisher Stevens, Interviewer
- Alex Gibney, Presenter
- Fahmi Quadir, Short Seller at Safkhet Capital
- Scott Tucker, CEO of AMG Services
- Anabel Hernandez, Investigative Journalist
- Rachel Aviv, Reporter for The New Yorker
- Donald Trump, former president of the US
Girlboss is a comedy-drama about a misfit fashion aspirant who becomes a successful businesswoman. And as the tide turns for the aspirant, she has to learn to cope with her life as her own boss.
Sophie is the main character of the series, who is rebellious in nature. While studying at the University, she decided to sell vintage clothes online, which sparked her passion for fashion design. The online sales that Sophie started began to grow into a retail fashion empire, and she became a businesswoman. As the saying goes, “Challenges pose opportunities.” The businesswoman Sophie faces difficulty in managing her life by becoming a boss, but it also opens the door to new possibilities.
Kay Cannon created the show, which is based on the life of Nasty Gal Founder Sophie Amoruso. Amoruso published an autobiography titled Girlboss, which covers the story of how the author started her company, Nasty Gal while working as a safety host at the University.
The comedy-drama series has an IMDb rating of 7 / 10. The first episode of Girlboss was released on 21 April 2017 and completed its first season with 13 episodes.
Each episode of Grilboss has a runtime of about 25 minutes, and the entire season is available for streaming on Netflix. The major cast members of the series include;
- Britt Robertson as Sophie Marlowe
- Ellie Reed as Annie
- Johny Simmons as Shane
- Alphonso McAuley as Dax
- RuPaul as Lionel
- Dean Norris as Jay
Ozark is a crime-drama thriller created by Bill Dubuque and Mark Williams. It follows the life of a financial advisor who gets involved in money laundering to save his family from the drug mafia.
Marty Byrde is a financial adviser living a high life in Chicago with his family. However, things get cloudy for the advisor as he gets dragged into a money laundering scheme of $500 million over five years. Byrde is on the run to avoid being caught and relocates to a summer resort community in the Ozarks with his wife, Wendy, and their two children.
Byrde has to deal with dire circumstances as he struggles to maintain balance in his life. However, during the hide-out, the fractured family of Byrde gets a chance to reconnect and rebuild their failing relationships.
Ozark was first released on 21 July 2017 and completed the first season with ten episodes. The first season's success spawned the second, third, and fourth seasons. It has an IMDb rating of 8.5 / 10 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82%.
The fourth season was divided into two parts. The first part was released on 21 January 2022, and the second part was released on 29 April 2022. The crime-drama series concluded with a total of 44 episodes, each having a runtime of 50-80 minutes, and it is available on Netflix for streaming.
The crime-drama series has talented cast members that include;
- Jason Bateman as Martin 'Marty' Byrde
- Laura Linney as Wendy Byrde
- Sofia Hublitz as Charlotte Byrde
- Skylar Gaertner as Jonah Byrde
- Julia Garner as Ruth Langmore
- Charlie Tahan as Wyatt Langmore
- Lisa Emery as Darlene Snell
Suits is a legal drama created by Aaron Korsh, who also wrote the screenplay for the TV series. The story follows a college dropout who gets hired by one of the best lawyers in New York City.
Mike Ross is on the run after a drug deal goes haywire. A brilliant college student becomes a dropout after an unexpected turn of events. However, using his graphic memory, he finds a job in a law firm in New York City, where he works as an associate of Harvey Specter.
Harvey finds Mike to be a brilliant associate, and together, they win many lawsuits while also keeping Mike's secret about his qualifications hidden from the world.
The first season of Suits aired on 23 June 2011 and was successful and widely acclaimed. The crime-drama thriller won viewers' hearts and kept coming back with new seasons for eight years.
The 9th and final season of Suits concluded on 25 September 2019. The TV series has a total of 134 episodes with a runtime of 42 minutes which is exclusively available for streaming on Netflix, Peacock, and Prime Video.
The legal drama was well-received by viewers and critics alike. It has an IMDb rating of 8.5 / 10 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 90%.
Suits have a bunch of talented casts, which include;
- Gabriel Macht as Harvey Specter
- Rick Hoffman as Louis Litt
- Sarah Rafferty as Donna Paulsen
- Patrick J. Adams as Mike Ross
- Meghan Markle as Rachel Zane
- Gina Torres as Jessica Pearson
- Amanda Schull as Katrina Bennett
5. Workin’ Moms
Workin' Moms is a Canadian sitcom that first premiered on CBS Television in 2017. The TV series is created by Catherine Reitman, who also stars in the lead role.
Workin's Moms follows a group of friends dealing with the complexities of being a mother with jobs. A PR executive, Kate decides to attend a judgemental mommies' group with her longtime friend Anne, a psychiatrist. During the sessions, the two friends meet an IT tech-savvy Jeny and an overly optimistic real estate agent Frankie.
Kate, Anne, Jeny, and Frankie quickly form an unlikely friendship by sharing their experiences of the struggles of urban motherhood while trying to grasp a sense of self. The four tries to balance their jobs, family, and love lives in modern-day Toronto, Canada.
Cathrine Reitman co-wrote the screenplay with Rebecca Kohler and Ingrid J. Haas of the show that was initially released on 10 January 2017 and was received with praise and acclaim. It has an IMDb rating of 7.8 / 10 and a Rotten Tomatoes score of 89%.
Workin' Moms completed its sixth season on 4 January 2022 with a total of 70 episodes. The TV show was renewed for a seventh season which began airing on 3 January 2023. You can watch the upcoming episodes on Netflix and CBC Television.
The principal cast of the sitcom includes;
- Catherine Reitman as Kate Foster
- Dani Kind as Anne Carlson
- Philip Sternberg as Nathan Foster
- Ryan Belleville as Lionel Carlson
- Sarah McVie as Val Szalinsky
- Sadie Munroe as Alice Carlson
- Jessalyn Wanlim as Jenny Matthews
- Nikki Duval as Rosie Phillips
- Peter Keleghan as Richard Greenwood
6. Self Made
Self Made is a drama series based on the life story of a successful entrepreneur, Madam C.J. Walker, who built a haircare empire that made her a millionaire.
The historical drama is a fictionalized depiction of the chronicles of the incredible life story of the African American haircare pioneer and mogul Walker. The show explores the struggles and hostilities that the entrepreneur had to endure and overcome to rise as a successful businesswoman.
Self Made is based on the book "On Her Own Ground" by A'Leila Bundles, published in 2001, which tells the story of an African American washerwoman who, through her endurance and entrepreneurial skills, rises from poverty to become the first female self-made millionaire.
The first season of Self Made premiered on 20 March 2020. It generally received favorable reviews, and Octavia Spencer's performance was widely acclaimed. Four episodes have already been released, which are available for streaming on Netflix.
The IMDb rating of the show is 7.3 / 10, and the Rotten Tomatoes score is 68%. The drama has cast members including;
- Octavia Spencer as Madam C.J. Walker
- Tiffany Haddish as Lelia
- Carmen Ejogo as Addie
- Kevin Carroll as Ransom
- Blair Underwood as Charles James Walker
- Garrett Morris as Cleophus
- J. Alphonse Nicholson as John Robinson
7. Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is a crime drama TV series created by Vince Gillian.
The movie is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and follows a high-school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime to meet his financial ends.
The series' main character, Walter White, is a chemistry teacher in a high school. He finds out that he has stage-three lung cancer and his days are limited. Worried about his family's future, White entered into drug making business with his former student Jessie Pinkman and started to sell methamphetamine.
Breaking Bad was released on 20 January 2008 on the AMC network. It received a lot of praise for its performances, direction, cinematography, and screenplay. The first season's success spawned five seasons with a total of 62 episodes. The IMDb rating of the crime drama series is 9.5 / 10, and the Rotten Tomatoes score is 96%. Before the final season began airing, the series was among the most-watched broadcasted TV show in the US.
The series has been coined as one of the greatest TV series of all time, having won multiple accolades. The entire five seasons are available for streaming on Netflix. Breaking Bad has featured some of the most iconic characters in TV history. The principal cast members include; Bryan Cranston as Walter White Anna Gunn as Skyler White Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman Betsy Brandt as Marie Schrader Dean Norris as Hank Schrader Bob Odenkirk as Saul Goodman Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut Giancarlo Esposito as Gus Fring RJ Mite as Walter White Jr.
8. Family Busniess
Family Business is a French streaming TV series created and directed by Igor Gotesman. The comedy-drama revolves around Joseph, who attempts to capitalize on the news that marijuana is about to be legalized in Frane.
Joseph is a failing entrepreneur who finds a lifeline when he hears that cannabis will be legalized. So, he decides to transform the kosher butcher shop owned by his father into a marijuana coffee shop. But the road gets bumpy for Joseph and his family when a drug lord Jaures claims France to be his trading place. The drug lord threatens the Hazan family and kidnaps Olivier.
The first season of the comedy-drama aired on 28 June 2019 with considerable success and held an IMDb score of 7.4 / 10.
The series was renewed for two seasons in 2019 and 2020. The third and final season concluded on 8 October 2021 with a total of 18 episodes. Watch all three seasons of Family Business exclusively on Netflix.
The cast of the comedy-drama series includes;
- Jonathan Cohen as Joseph Hazan
- Gerard Darmon as Gerard Hazan
- Julia Piaton as Aure Hazan
- Liliane Rovere as Ludmila, la grand-mere
- Olivier Rosemberg as Olivier
- Louise Coldefy as Clementine
- Lina El Arabi as Aida
- Alexandra Vandernoot as Catherine
Dynasty is an American TV series developed by Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Sallie Patrick. The show is based on the tensions and struggles between families to inherit ancestral property.
The two wealthiest families in America are engaged in a cut-throat competition with one another. They constantly devise plots and compete to take control of the family fortune. But at the same time, they are also working hard to control their children's lives.
Billionaire Blake secretly gets engaged to Cristal, which causes all sorts of chaos in the Carrington family. The family members make different alliances with their own agendas and compete to take possession of the family fortune.
Dynasty is a reboot of the prime-time soap opera of the 1980s, which was released on the CW network on 11 October 2017. The series ran for a total of five seasons and held an IMDb rating of 7.3 / 10.
Over five seasons, the series released 108 episodes, with the final episode airing on 16 September 2022. It is available for streaming on Netflix.
The cast of the drama series Dynasty includes;
- Grant Show as Blake Carrington
- Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington
- Danielle Alonso as Cristal Carrington
- Adam Huber as Liam Ridely
- Rafael de la Fuente as Sam Jones
- Robert Christopher Riley as Michael Culhane
- Sam Adgoke as Jeff Colby
- Maddison Brown as Kirby Anders
- Alan Dale as Joseph Anders
- Sam Underwood as Adam Carringtontheir children's lives
Start-Up is a South Korean TV series created by Studio Dragon and written by Park Hye-ryun. The series follows a young woman aspiring to be a successful entrepreneur like Steve Jobs.
The series is set in Sandbox, a fictional Silicon Valley in South Korea, and tells the story of people aspiring for success in the world of startup companies.
Seo Dal-mi is a talented and ambitious young lady who dreams of becoming the Steve Jobs of South Korea. The aspirant comes from a modest background, so she doesn't have access to riches but has a rich experience in part-time jobs. While Seo is finding her footing in her professional life, she has a love triangle to solve between a man she loves and another guy who pretends to love her.
Start-Up was released on tvN on 17 December 2020 till 6 December. It received wide acclaim and praise from critics and has an IMDb rating of 8 / 10.
The series has 16 episodes in total, with a runtime of 72 to 85 minutes. It was globally distributed by Netflix, where you can enjoy the full episodes.
The cast members of the Korean drama Start-Up include;
- Bae Suzy as Seo Dal Mi
- Nam Joo-hyuk as Nam Do San
- Kim Seon-Ho as Han Ji Pyung
- Kang Han-na as Won In Jae
- Kim Hae-sook as Choi Won Deok
- Yoo Su-bin as Lee Chul San
- Kim Do-Wan as Kim Yong San
- Jasper Cho as Alex Kwon
- Stephanie Lee as Jung Sa Ha