Netflix’s New Crime-Drama Looks Like A Mafia Version Of ‘Narcos’

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in Entertainment, Netflix
Published 05.04.19

Everyone loves a good crime drama, don’t they?

If there’s anything that makes a crime drama more attractive to people, though, that’s including the Mafia.

There’s something oddly beguiling about the Mafia. Obviously they have done and persist to do awful things, but for some reason, they’re seen as the more romantic side of organised crime.


That probably has something to do with the likes of The Godfather trilogy and, of course, Fat Tony from The Simpsons.

Well, if you’re into all of that kind of thing, you’ll be delighted to know that Netflix are kitting us with a brand new Mafia series; one that looks fairly similar to Narcos in tone and style.

Set in the 80s, The Ruthless, takes us inside the infamous ‘Ndrangheta Mafia in Milan, as Riccardo Scamarcio – who you’ll know from the second John Wick film – rises to prominence.


Plot-wise, the description reads:

1980s Milan is an economic boom-town, and ‘Santo Russo’ (Riccardo Scamarcio) begins to rise to prominence on a wave of crime and excess. The rebellious teen grows up to become one of Milan’s most ambitious criminals during the golden years of the ‘Ndrangheta Mafia’.

Have a look at the trailer…

It does look pretty great. Very Narcos. Lots of drugs.

You can’t go wrong, really. If you’re making a gang-crime series, you need at least ten scenes set in a strip club and random interludes where we see huge bricks of cocaine being loaded into a van.


That’s it.

Watch The Ruthless on the 19th of April on Netflix.

Images via Netflix