If you are an entrepreneur and you feel the need for a new TV series you are in the right place. In this piece, we will cover some of the best entrepreneurial TV series that could inspire you and drive you to be better at what you are doing. The shows listed are diverse in the genre for you to find at least one tv show to unwind at the end of the day.
1- Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul is one of the best entrepreneurial TV series. It is a prequel to the legendary Breaking Bad, which could be considered entrepreneurial itself(!). You don’t need to have watched Breaking Bad though to enjoy Better Call Saul.
The series follows the challenging life of Jimmy McGill as he struggles to start his law practice in the harsh environment of Albuquerque. The series starts a few years before Jimmy meets Walter White (Breaking Bad). We watch the character’s transformation from an ex-crook lawyer working out of a storage room to Saul Goodman, a famous lawyer involved in the criminal world of the city.
“Perfection is the enemy of perfectly adequate.”
“I’m number one on your speed dial right next to your weed dealer.”
Watch Better Call Saul on Netflix
2- Silicon Valley
Number two on our list of best entrepreneurial TV series is Silicon Valley. The series follows Richard Hendricks, a Silicon Valley programmer, and his friends struggling to make the next big thing. Silicon Valley, partially based on the creator’s experience, provides a window to the cut-throat world of startups.
The series portrays the challenges of turning an idea into a profitable business and could be relatable for entrepreneurs. It is a great source of inspiration for anyone who is pursuing a startup.
“If you’re the CEO of a company, and you’re dumb enough to leave your log-in info on a Post-It note on your desk, while the people that you ripped off are physically in your office, it’s not a hack. It’s barely social engineering. It’s more like natural selection.”
“I don’t want to live in a world where someone else is making the world a better place better than we are.”
Watch Silicon Valley on Amazon Prime
3- Shark Tank
The premise of this TV series is about entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to five real-world business sharks with real money to invest in the ideas. This show could be considered the best entrepreneurial TV series ever if you seek to discover what the real thing looks like. The show can be a great source for learning about pitching and the decision-making process of the investors. You will see some great pitches and witness some of the most crucial deal breakers in pitching.
The idea for this reality-TV show originates from a Japanese series named “Tigers of Money” that influenced the making of British TV series, “Dragons’ Den”. Mark Burnett, the television producer, was inspired by the Dragon’s Den to make an American version of the show and that resulted in the making of Shark Tank.
If you are interested in mobile apps I suggest you also check out the Planet of The Apps. This show is not as good as the Shark Tank but could be a great source for app developers.
“I wish every investment I made made money, but they don’t. Some fail. You should think about your ideas the same way. This is a dog from Hell. This is a very bad idea. It howls at the moon and you should take it out behind the barn and shoot it.”
“I can’t tell you how many times people have tried to scam me, and, unfortunately, they have pulled it off a few times. But I have learned that usually, the easier someone says something will be, the more likely my scam alert goes off. Nothing is ever guaranteed. The people who are full of sh%t tend to try and make you think they have a sure thing. When you hear that, run away.”
Watch Shark Tank on Netflix
4- Keeping Up with the Kardashians
Reality-TV, Drama, Family
IMDB 2.8 (!)
Cast: A whole lot of Kardashians
First of all, try not to kill the messenger. Like them or not, Kardashians are a part of our world with millions of followers. They have succeeded in creating multiple income streams and are idolized by millions of loyal customers.
The show is an inside look into the culture that governs a business empire and this could be called one of the best entrepreneurial TV series in its own genre after all. I think watching a few episodes would bear a lesson or two about the ways of consumerism and influencing.
Entrepreneur.com has written a piece about the valuable lessons in the show for women entrepreneurs. It discusses Kardashians’ diverse business portfolio and influencing power. I suggest you take a look at the article.
“I’m kind of shocked I’m getting a fashion award when I’m naked most of the time.” -Kim Kardashian
(Don’t?) Watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians on E!
5- Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates
We need to wash the Kardashians down with some Bill Gates now! Bill Gates is awesome! This documentary mini-series portrays Bill Gates’s life story as he tackles the world’s challenges. The story does not stop at Microsoft and continues to Gates’s present endeavors.
We have written a piece on Bill Gates’s lifestyle here in ARDOXSO’s lifestyle section. Check it out if you are interested to learn more.
“You have to pick a pretty finite number of things to tell your mind to work on. You have to decide, what should you care about.”
Watch Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates on Netflix
Creator: Ben Ketai
This TV series is about a fictional cryptocurrency startup named GenCoin that unites gang lords, criminal bankers, and hackers to work together.
This show is one of the most enjoyable items in our list of best entrepreneurial TV series. It has successfully created a thriller about tech startups and the criminal world.
“A brilliant idea… Funded by dirty money.”
Watch Startup on Amazon Prime
Creator: Kay Cannon
This TV series is about the life of Sophia Amoruso, the American businesswoman and founder of Nasty Gal and Girlboss Media. The show is based on Sophia Amoruso’s autobiography and depicts the challenges she has faced in founding her venture.
Only one season of Girlboss has been made and you should bear with it for a few episodes to see what it is all about. Do not give up if you found the first episode not as funny.
“Girls are collaborative, empathic, hard workers.”
Watch GirlBoss on Netflix
Our list of best entrepreneurial TV series concludes on a powerful note: Billions. This TV series is about the life of Bobby Axelrod, a successful hedge fund king with a target on his back. The show portrays legal battles between the U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades and Axelrod.
I suggest you read up this piece by Inc.com about the insightful quotes of Billions and the lessons they have for entrepreneurs. There are 60 episodes of the show to this date and it is running on its 5th season.
“What is it you do that you are the best in the world at? You offer a service you didn’t invent, a formula you didn’t invent, a delivery method you didn’t invent. Nothing about what you do is patentable, or a unique user experience. You haven’t identified an isolated market segment, haven’t truly branded your concept. You need me to go on?”
Watch Billions on Show Time