Underbelly took the ratings by storm, and there have been about four series since, with different degrees of success.
I noticed there was a 'Fat Tony' show on, which I can only assume is of the Underbelly franchise, though perhaps a little disguised as something else for ratings appeal.
I kind of rolled my eyes when I saw the new one on TV the other night. I watched a few minutes of it and yes, it did feel like an Underbelly show. I'm not that interested in another one, but I did get into the earlier ones (especially the one set in the 20s) so I could be swayed.
We watched the first 2 but that was it - not really interested, but they've started doing them in the US and UK too, apparently (the Underbelly guys). I think there's something about the Fat Tony funding that means it can't be branded as Underbelly, but it is the same guys...(something like that)
I have watched the Underbelly Series since day one and still think the first was the best by far. The others are OK in their own right but Fat Tony to me is equally second as far as watchability goes. The only other Aussie true crime series like Underbelly has been the Crime Investigation series but the only problem I can see is that it promotes glory to those who perpetrate the crimes.