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7 must-watch shows like The Calling

November 14, 2022

Based on the book series The Calling or Avraham Avraham by Israeli author Dror Mishani, The Calling is a peacock crime series. The story revolves around Avraham Avi Avraham (Jeff Wilbusch), a Jewish NYPD detective who uses his strong faith and empathy to solve cases. Early in the series, his inexperienced colleague Janine Harris (Juliana Canfield) persuades her captain to hire her as a partner, although Avi prefers to work alone. What sets Avi apart from most other TV detectives is that he is anything but unpredictable and has a genuine desire to learn from his mistakes. The first season of the series includes the first two books by Mishani. If you’ve seen The Calling and liked it, here’s a list of recommendations that might suit your tastes. You can watch most of these shows comparable to The Calling on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

7. Young Wallander (2020-)

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‘Young Wallander’ revolves around the youth of the eponymous character, a fictional detective created by Henning Mankell. According to Adam Pålsso, the actor who plays the eponymous character in the series, the series is more of a reimagining than a direct prequel given that the Netflix project is set in the present day. The story follows Wallander as he investigates the first case of his career. The series focuses on the investigation itself and its impact on the impressionable detective. The series received much criticism for its modern setting, which the series uses to incorporate modern ideals into the narrative. Like The Calling, Young Wallander is about a young detective trying to make a name for himself in the world.

6. Walker (2021-)

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A reboot of the 1990s series Walker, Texas Ranger, Walker tells the story of the titular character Cordell Walker, a highly talented Texas Ranger who returns home after going undercover to find that things have changed significantly in his absence. Chuck Norris played the character in the original series. In the reboot, the role was passed to Jared Padalecki. Although the series has met with little critical acclaim, it has garnered high ratings. This led to the network greenlighting a prequel project about Abby Walker, Cordell’s ancestor. While Cordell and Avi have very different personalities, both are very compassionate and have a strong sense of justice.

5. Justified (2010-2015)


Another television series that grew out of a book series is Justified. It tells the story of Raylan Givens, a Deputy US Marshal known for administering his own version of justice. The series is primarily set in the Appalachian Mountains of Kentucky, and the culture there plays an important role throughout the story. Raylan is modeled after the law enforcement officers of the Old West in the 19th century. century. Like Avi, he’s built a solid reputation for his work as a lawman, although the characters don’t have much in common otherwise.

4. Father Brown (2013-)

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Loosely adapted from the book series of the same name, Father Brown revolves around a Roman Catholic priest who also happens to be an amateur detective. The series is set in England in the 1950s. Brown is the minister at St Mary’s Catholic Church, which is said to be in Kembleford, Gloucestershire, a fictional village. Gifted with remarkable deductive skills, Father Brown assists the local police with their cases, often ignoring his duties to the church. As with Avi, Father Brown’s strong faith helps him navigate the difficult world of detective work. He also has a great deal of empathy, which gives him a natural feeling for people – for victims and perpetrators alike.

3. Castle (2009-2016)

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If ‘Castle’ proves anything, it’s that even actors who don’t get along can have sizzling chemistry. Nathan Fillion, who plays the titular Richard Castle, reportedly didn’t get along with Stana Katic. But that hardly affected their on-screen performance. Castle is a runaway bad boy from the world of literature. After killing the main character of his popular book series, Castle finds Detective Beckett to be the muse for his next book. In The Calling, the strong chemistry between Avi and Janine is at the heart of the narrative, as is Castle and Beckett’s relationship. Both series are also set in New York.

2. Bones (2005-2017)

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If Avi is strictly religious, Temperance Bones Brennan is strictly irreligious. Bones is a police series centered around Brennan, her FBI partner, Seeley Booth, and the cases they solve together. Brennan runs the fictional Jefferson Institute Medico-Legal Lab, helping law enforcement solve cases where possible murder victims are long dead. In many ways, Brenan is the complete opposite of Avi. She is an atheist and a passionate advocate of science and evidence. Of course, Avi Booth, who serves as Brennan’s antagonist, at least in personality, is closer.

1. Bosch (2014-2021)

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Based on the book series by Michael Connelly, Bosch centers on the LAPD detective of the same name. Before joining the police force, Harry Bosch was an Army Special Forces Operator, serving in the first Gulf War and in Afghanistan. After retiring from the military, Bosch became a police officer and later rose to the rank of homicide detective in Hollywood. Bosch shares numerous thematic similarities with The Calling. Also, like The Calling, Bosch has overarching puzzles that span multiple episodes.