Protagonists Painfully Lose Their Lovers

What is most prominent in this alt-genre of shows is that the protagonists deeply love their partners but eventually end up losing them. Some lose them violently others lose them to the trials of life. In two of the shows we see men lose their women brutally with lots of bloodshed, but the other two shows with women protagonist, such loss is not depicted so vehemently. All these shows are fairly recent within this decade or so. They all share major themes such as love, family, and sacrifice. (SPOILERS!!)

Sons of Anarchy (2008)

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Jackson “Jax” Teller joins a biker gang at the young age of 16 and gets into all types of run ins with authorities. He eventually settles down with his high school sweetheart Tara Knowles. He tries to find a way out of his gang while keeping everyone he loves safe, unfortunately, his wife and mother of his two children, pays the price in a gruesome death.

Peaky Blinders (2013)

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Tommy Shelby fought in the trench wars and was relatively poor. But he built an empire with the help of his brothers and crew, the Peaky Blinders. Grace is an Irish woman who falls for Tommy and eventually becomes his wife and mother of his only child. she is later assassinated by a Russian, in order to send Tommy a message.

Orange Is the New Black (2013)

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Piper is sent to prison for smuggling drugs a couple years back. Her married best friend who has a baby and her ex-boyfriend Larry end up falling in love. They decided it was best to tell Piper, so she watches her best friend and ex, hold hands while they break the news to her.

Insecure (2016)


Issa Rae has a decent job, a loving boyfriend, and a great support system. But there was just “an itch” she wanted to scratch with an old high school fling. She eventually comes clean to her boyfriend about cheating on him, and loses him to her infidelity.


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