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20 best shows like Soul Surfer (2011)

List of the best shows and series like Soul Surfer (2011): The Queen's Gambit, Switched at Birth, Cobra Kai, Spinning Out, One Tree Hill, The Last Dance, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, Ballers, The Next Step, Houdini.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersGeniuses, Strong women, Orphans
PlotChess, Sports, Adventures, Competitions, Growing up
PlaceUSA
StylePopular, Spectacular, By books, Fascinating, Women in the lead roles

In a Kentucky orphanage in the 1950s, a young girl discovers an astonishing talent for chess while struggling with addiction.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, family
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Students, Friends, Disabled people
PlotBasketball, Family life
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleTo cry, Fascinating, Touching

The story of two teenage girls who discover they were accidentally switched as newborns in the hospital. Bay Kennish grew up in a wealthy family with two parents and a brother, while Daphne Vasquez, who lost her hearing at an early age due to a case of meningitis, grew up with a single mother in a working-class neighborhood. Things come to a dramatic head when both families meet and struggle to learn how to live together for the sake of the girls.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genreaction, comedy, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA
Duration02:34
CharactersTeenagers, Losers
PlotSports, Martial Arts, Karate
StyleSpectacular, Easy

This Karate Kid sequel series picks up 30 years after the events of the 1984 All Valley Karate Tournament and finds Johnny Lawrence on the hunt for redemption by reopening the infamous Cobra Kai karate dojo. This reignites his old rivalry with the successful Daniel LaRusso, who has been working to maintain the balance in his life without mentor Mr. Miyagi.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersPartners
PlotSports, Relationship
PlaceUSA
StyleWomen in the lead roles

Kat Baker is an up-and-coming, high-level single skater who is about to turn in her skates after a disastrous fall. When Kat seizes an opportunity to continue her career as a pair skater with a talented bad-boy partner, she risks exposing a fiercely kept secret that could unravel her entire life.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, sport
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersTeenagers, Friends, Friends
PlotBasketball, Mystery, Deception
StyleRomantic, Touching

Set in the fictional small town of Tree Hill, North Carolina, this teen-driven drama tells the story of two half brothers, who share a last name and nothing else. Brooding, blue-collar Lucas is a talented street-side basketball player, but his skills are appreciated only by his friends at the river court. Popular, affluent Nathan basks in the hero-worship of the town, as the star of his high school team. And both boys are the son of former college ball player, Dan Scott, whose long ago choice to abandon Lucas and his mother Karen, will haunt him long into his life with wife Deb, and their son Nathan. Until now, Dan has managed to keep his two sons far from each other. But the past and present collide sharply when Tree Hill's basketball coach recruits Lucas for his team, much to the chagrin of Nathan and Daddy Dan. And the siblings natural rivalry only intensifies when they set their sights on the same girl, Peyton Sawyer. The residue of the past lingers far into the future for the residents of Tree Hill, even as a new generation is rising. Tree Hill follows the lives and loves of these two brothers, their friends and their family as they navigate high school, marriage, and finally... adulthood.

Markimdb: 9.1
Genredocumentary, biography, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersCelebrities
PlotSports, Basketball
PlaceUSA
StyleShort, Based on real events

A 10-part documentary chronicling the untold story of Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls dynasty with rare, never-before-seen footage and sound from the 1997-98 championship season – plus over 100 interviews with famous figures and basketball’s biggest names.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genrecomedy, drama, family, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersChildrens
PlotHockey, Competitions
PlaceUSA

In present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genrecomedy, drama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersCelebrities
PlotSports, Soccer, Parties
PlaceUSA
StyleSpectacular, Fascinating

Looking at the lives of former and current football players, the show follows former superstar Spencer Strasmore as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genremelodrama, drama, family
CountryCanada
CharactersTeenagers, Friends, Artists
PlotDancing
StyleTo cry, Fascinating

Follow the lives of an elite group of young dancers who train at The Next Step Studio.

Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:32
CharactersSpy, Magicians, Wizards, Artists
PlacePrison
StyleShort, Spectacular, Atmospheric, By books, Fascinating

The two-night scripted miniseries “Houdini” follows the epic tales of Harry Houdini as he emerges as America’s first bonafide world-renowned superstar.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
Duration01:10
CharactersLawyers
PlotPolitics
PlaceCourt
StyleAtmospheric, To cry

John Adams is a 2008 American television miniseries chronicling most of U.S. President John Adams' political life and his role in the founding of the United States. Paul Giamatti portrays John Adams. The miniseries was directed by Tom Hooper. Kirk Ellis wrote the screenplay based on the book John Adams by David McCullough. The biopic of John Adams and the story of the first fifty years of the United States was broadcast in seven parts by HBO between March 16 and April 20, 2008. John Adams received widespread critical acclaim, and many prestigious awards. The show won four Golden Globe awards and thirteen Emmy awards, which is more than any other miniseries in history.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genredrama, documentary, biography, sport, reality TV
CountryUSA

An inside look of the lives of seven WWE Divas from their work within WWE to their personal lives.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeenagers, Pupils, Trainers
PlaceSchool, USA
StyleFascinating, Based on real events, Makes me think

When a rising high school football player from South Central L.A. is recruited to play for Beverly Hills High, the wins, losses and struggles of two families from vastly different worlds - Compton and Beverly Hills - begin to collide. Inspired by the life of pro football player Spencer Paysinger.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genredrama, family
CountryUSA
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Sisters, Orphans
PlotLove, Family life
StyleDark, To cry, Touching

Five brothers and sisters are determined to stay together following the tragic loss of their parents.

Markimdb: 7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, Italy
CharactersStrong women, Emperors
PlotPolitics
PlaceRoman Empire
StyleWomen in the lead roles, Based on real events

The extraordinary rise of Livia Drusilla, who overcame adversity to become the most powerful woman in the world. Follow Livia’s journey from a naïve young girl whose world crumbles in the wake of Julius Caesar’s assassination, to Rome’s most powerful and influential Empress.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
Duration00:51
CharactersJournalists
PlotPolitics
StyleBy books, Fascinating, Based on real events, Touching

The rise and fall of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, focusing primarily on the past decade in which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party’s de facto leader, while flashing back to defining events in his life.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genrecomedy, biography, history
CountryUnited Kingdom, USA
CharactersKings, Strong women
PlotIntrigue
PlaceRussia
StyleWomen in the lead roles, Based on real events

A genre-bending, anti-historical ride through 18th century Russia following the rise of Catherine the Nothing to Catherine the Great and her explosive relationship with husband Peter, the emperor of Russia.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military, biography
CountryCzech Republic, USA
CharactersTeenagers, Heroes
PlotWar, Survival, Second world war, Family life
StyleDark, Based on real events

Anne Frank: The Whole Story is a two-part mini-series based on the book Anne Frank: The Biography by Melissa Müller. The mini-series aired on ABC on May 20 and 21, 2001. The series starred Ben Kingsley, Brenda Blethyn, Hannah Taylor-Gordon, and Lili Taylor. Controversially, but in keeping with the claim made by Melissa Müller, the series asserts that the anonymous betrayer of the Frank family was the office cleaner, when in fact the betrayer's identity has never been established. A disagreement between the producers of the mini-series and the Anne Frank Foundation about validity of this and other details led to the withdrawal of their endorsement of the dramatization, which prevented the use of any quotations from the writings of Anne Frank appearing within the production. Hannah Taylor-Gordon received both Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominations for her performance as Anne Frank, while Ben Kingsley won a Screen Actor's Guild Award for his performance as Otto Frank, Anne's father.

Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, family, sport
CountryUSA
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Friends, Partners

Zeke and Luther is an American Disney XD animated sitcom about two best friends setting their sights on becoming the world's greatest skateboarders. The show stars Hutch Dano, Adam Hicks, Daniel Curtis Lee and Ryan Newman. Zeke and Luther is set in the northern part of Gilroy, California, specifically in the fictional area of Pacific Terrace, which is stated frequently throughout the series. Gilroy was also mentioned occasionally in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens, which was also created by Zeke and Luther co-creator Matt Dearborn. The episode "Bros Go Pro" was made available to download for free on iTunes in the beginning of June, two weeks before the show's television premiere. The series premiered on June 15, 2009 in the U.S.On August 2, 2010, it was announced that Zeke and Luther had been renewed for a third season which premiered on February 28, 2011. On June 18, 2011, in an interview with Deadline.com, Matt Dearborn confirmed that the show's third season would be its last. The show is currently Disney XD's longest running original series and first to make it to a third season. The one-hour series finale aired on April 2, 2012.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
CharactersStrong women
PlotJustice, Women's rights
StyleTouching

The true story of the movement to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, and the unexpected backlash led by a conservative woman named Phyllis Schlafly, aka “the sweetheart of the silent majority.”

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration00:53
CharactersTeenagers, Psychologists, Mother and daughter, Parents, Neighbors
PlotLove, Deception, Growing up
PlaceCourt, USA
StyleShort, For girls, Based on real events, Makes me think

A seasonal anthology series that tells startling, stranger-than-fiction true crime stories with the first season following Gypsy Blanchard, a girl trying to escape the toxic relationship she has with her overprotective mother.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, crime, sport
CountryUSA
Duration00:43
CharactersTrainers, Losers, Large families
PlotSports, Depression, Boxing, Family life
PlaceUSA
StyleFascinating

Lights Out is an American television boxing drama series from the FX network in the United States. It stars Holt McCallany as Patrick "Lights" Leary, a New Jersey native, and former heavyweight champion boxer who is considering a comeback. The series premiered on January 11, 2011 at 10 pm ET/PT. On March 24, 2011, FX announced the cancellation of the show. The final episode aired on April 5.

Markimdb: 6.5
Genremelodrama, drama, biography
CountryGermany, USA
Duration02:57
CharactersHeroes
PlaceEgypt, Roman Empire
StyleFascinating, Based on real events

Cleopatra, the famed Egyptian Queen born in 69 B.C., is shown to have been brought by Roman ruler Julius Caesar at age 18. Caesar becomes sexually obsessed by the 18 year old queen, beds her, and eventually has a son by her. However, his Roman followers and his wife are not pleased by the union. In fact, as Caesar has only a daughter by his wife, he had picked Octavian as his successor.

Markimdb: 8
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography
CountryUSA
Duration02:11
CharactersPartners
PlotRelationship, Prison Escape, Love triangle, Deception
PlacePrison
StyleAtmospheric, Twisted plot, Fascinating, Based on real events

The stranger-than-fiction account of a prison break in upstate New York in the summer of 2015, which spawned a massive manhunt for two convicted murderers who were aided in their escape by a married female prison employee with whom they both became sexually entangled.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, adventure, family
CountryAustralia
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Mermaids, Friends
PlotSuperpowers, Adventures, Swimming
StyleSpectacular, To cry

Real-life mermaids, Sirena, Nixie and Lyla are part of a mermaid pod, which lives in the waters of Mako Island. As young members of the pod, it is their job to protect the Moon Pool and guard it from trespassers. But on the night of a full moon, the mischievous mermaid girls neglect their duties. Sixteen-year-old land-dweller Zac enters the Moon Pool and forms a special connection with Mako.Zac is given a fish-like tail and amazing powers. The mermaid pod is forced to leave Mako, leaving behind the three mermaid girls, cast out of the pod. They know there's only one way they will be allowed to rejoin the pod: They must get legs, venture onto land and take back Zac's powers – or risk being outcasts forever.

Markimdb: 8.5
Genrethriller, drama, crime, biography, history
CountryColombia
CharactersGangsters
StyleBy books, Based on real events

Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal is a 2012 Colombian television series produced and broadcast on Caracol TV, about the life of Pablo Escobar. It is only available in Spanish. There is a version available with English subtitles.

Markimdb: 5.2
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
CharactersTeenagers, Family
PlotFamily life
PlaceUSA
StyleEasy

The story of David Hobbs, who has spent the last decade playing the perfect father on one of TV’s biggest sitcoms. But when the series ends and his wife resumes her own television career, he finds himself cast in his most challenging role to date: handling the day-to-day needs of three kids who've grown accustomed to not having him around. David soon learns that playing a dad on TV is child’s play compared to the real thing.

Markimdb: 5.7
Genrecomedy, drama, family
CountryUSA
CharactersTeenagers, Family, Friends, Partners
PlaceKitchen, USA

Sam & Cat is an American teen sitcom that premiered June 8, 2013, on Nickelodeon. It is a crossover spin-off/sequel of both iCarly and Victorious. It stars Jennette McCurdy as Sam Puckett and Ariana Grande as Cat Valentine. The girls meet by chance during a bizarre adventure and become roommates, then start a babysitting business to earn extra money.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA
PlotFate, Women's rights
PlaceUSA
StyleWomen in the lead roles, Makes me think

This limited series chronicles the incredible true story of Madam C.J. Walker, who was the first African American self-made millionaire.

Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, biography
CountryUSA
CharactersWriters
PlotParties
StyleBy books, Fascinating

A biography series based on the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the brilliant, beautiful and talented Southern Belle who becomes the original flapper and icon of the wild, flamboyant Jazz Age in the 20s. Z starts before Zelda Fitzgerald meets the unpublished writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and moves through their passionate, turbulent love affair and their marriage-made in heaven, lived out in hell as the celebrity couple of their time.





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