Developed by Eric Garcia, Netflix series Kaleidoscope is an experimental heist drama that follows Ray Vernon, aka Leo Pap, as he gathers a group of talented thieves to steal $7 billion worth of securities from the world’s most secure vault. The thriller series has a unique narrative structure that allows viewers to watch the episodes in any order.
This confuses the plot and keeps viewers glued to their seats. If you enjoyed the mix of non-linear narrative and genre tropes, you’re bound to be looking for more gripping stories to check out. In that case, here is a list of similar recommendations that you will like. You can watch most of these series like Kaleidoscope on Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu!
8. Snatch (2017-2018)
Snatch, developed by Alex De Rakoff, is based on the 2000 Guy Ritchie film of the same name and stars Luke Pasqualino, Rupert Grint, Lucien Laviscount and Dougray Scott. Although the series only lasts two seasons with a total of twenty episodes, it is often brimming with ideas and conflicts, making it ideal for comedic moments.
The plot follows a group of crooks who suddenly find themselves involved in organized crime after discovering a truckload of stolen gold. The premise lends itself to clever heists and heist plots, laced with bravado, swanky accents, and plenty of double-dealing that reminds viewers of Kaleidoscope.
7. The Big Heist (2020)
‘The Great Heist’ (in Spanish ‘El Robo del Siglo’) is a Colombian television series created by Pablo Gonzalez and CS Prince. It is a dramatized account of the 1994 robbery of the national bank El Banco de la Republica (Bank of the Republic) in Valledupar, loosely based on actual events. The series follows a group of talented criminals as they plan an ambitious $33 million bank heist, leading to a chain of complicated events. The diverse characters and intriguing motivations at the heart of the heist make the drama similar to Kaleidoscope.
6. Blind spot (2015-2020)
If you’re interested in Kaleidoscope’s non-linear storytelling, Blindspot can be a similarly wacky viewing experience. Created by Martin Gero, the action thriller series stars Sullivan Stapleton and Jaimie Alexander. It revolves around Kurt Weller, an FBI special agent who discovers Jane Doe, an unknown woman with amnesia. However, the tattoos on her body are clues to unspeakable crimes that Kurt and his team must solve at all costs. Although the series doesn’t belong to the heist subgenre like Kaleidoscope, its ability to take advantage of the non-linear structure while developing the backstories and arcs of its characters makes it just as compelling.
5. The Endgame (2022)
Developed by Nicholas Wootton and Jake Coburn, The Endgame crime series stars Morena Baccarin and Ryan Michelle Bathé. The series follows the ethical conflict between lifelong criminal mastermind Elena Federova and FBI special agent Val Turner. The series is deeply rooted in the tropes of the crime genre and explores themes of love, justice and truth. The characters have very personal motivations for their actions, whether criminal or not, which makes the narrative resonate with Kaleidoscope viewers. Although the story is told in a fairly linear fashion, unlike the Netflix series, one should not underestimate the series’ ability to deliver shocking twists from time to time.
4. Prison Break (2005-2017)
Prison Break is a crime drama series created by Paul Scheuring that follows engineer Michael Scofield (Miller) as he breaks into a maximum security prison to free his brother Lincoln Burrows (Purcell), who is wrongly accused of murder. A reasonably straight plot? Not quite. As the story progresses, the viewer gets to know a variety of people who are directly responsible for the consequences and circumstances the brothers are confronted with. Combining the sensibilities of a predatory thriller with a plan to break out of a prison, the series offers a truly unique experience that definitely rivals the shock value and narrative depth of Kaleidoscope.
3. Mr Robot (2015-2019)
Alright, this might technically be a scam, but if you’re looking for a whole new viewing experience like Kaleidoscope, there really aren’t many better options than Mr. Robot. The psychological thriller series was developed by Sam Esmail and Rami Malek stars as Elliot Alderson, a cybersecurity engineer recruited by hacktivists known as fsociety to take on the infamous E Corp.
We recommend sitting back and watching this suspenseful techno-thriller with nuances for capitalism and mental health; it slowly unfolds through its cyber vigilante acts, which revolve around the theft of something more valuable than money – data. If you find Elliot’s attempts to bring about the downfall of E Corp to be similar to Ray’s efforts to bring down SLS, then you’re already invested in the premise!
2. Lupine (2021- )
‘Lupin’ is a French crime series directed by George Kay and François Uzan about Assane Diop, a gentleman thief inspired by the fictional Arsène Lupine, who seeks to avenge his father’s death. He uses his penchant for theft, sleight of hand, disguise, and planning to tarnish the reputation of the Pellegrini, who are responsible for slandering his father and his death. With his desire for revenge and his criminally trained mind, Assane might remind the viewer of Ray Vernon. What’s more, his daring schemes are heartbreaking and keep viewers glued to their seats until the end of this underdog set up similar to Kaleidoscope.
1. Money Heist (2017-2021)
‘Money Heist’ isn’t just a TV series, it’s a global phenomenon. Originally known as La Casa de Papel, the Spanish drama series has taken the world by storm with its original plot and likeable characters. It revolves around the enigmatic professor who plans an ambitious heist to steal billions of euros from Spain’s Royal Mint. The series uses various narrative devices such as flashbacks, flash forwards and an unreliable narrator to never really hold out his hand and always have secrets up his sleeve.
The robberies planned by the professor have a monetary benefit and make socio-political statements that broaden the scope of the story. Kaleidoscope is widely regarded as an example of the Heist genre supporting storytelling, and it’s safe to say that Kaleidoscope builds on the success of Money Heist. For these reasons, the series takes the top spot on this list.