15 TV shows to watch if you like Stranger Things

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The German series Dark shows what happens when teens investigate the disappearance of a youngster, only to discover a sinister time travel plot.


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So you’ve already binged Stranger Things on Netflix, right? You may feel like you have a gigantic Demogorgon-shaped hole that really needs filling while waiting for the following season, and you have no idea how to fill it?

Fret not. We have relief from what ails you.

Please find below: An interesting list of quality TV shows full of adventure, weird creatures, and enough thematic similarities to the Netflix original to justify a hearty binge once we say goodbye to Stranger Things. Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments!

Dark (3 seasons)

When kids start disappearing from the little German town of Winden in German Netflix series Dark, four families discover they’re strangely interconnected and could hold the key to why certain children go missing. 

Season 1 unfolded the mystery one cryptic clue at any given time with time travel, alternate timelines, and missing kids who might remind you a small amount of the regrettable Stranger Things kids who found themselves stuck in the Upside Down.

Season 2 centers more around the main teen character Jonas as he continues his quest to find more answers. He’s also now suddenly thrown to the year 2052. There’s also a new struggle between characters who want to master time travel to allow them to control the near future in their favor. Plus the apocalypse is right nearby.

Season 3 just landed on Netflix on June 27, 2020. Watch the trailer here.


Wayward Pines (2 seasons)

If you want to see what the Duffer Brothers did before Stranger Things, check out their creepy series Wayward Pines. The series (produced by M. Night Shyamalan) includes a similar small-town supernatural vibe as Stranger Things. It tells the story of FBI agent Ethan Burke (played by Matt Dillon) as that he visits a little Idaho town to investigate the mysterious disappearance of fellow FBI agents. 

Later he finds himself trapped in the unusual community, unable to leave town. The series has a lot of unexpected twists that ensure viewers aren’t getting bored. And in true Stranger Things fashion, you will find strange creatures in the woods.

After the 2nd season, the series was canceled, however since Stranger Things creators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer labored on the first season of the show as co-exec producers, maybe they’ll miss the series, and carry it back from the dead at some point.


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (4 seasons)

While the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series is inspired by the horror-focused Archie Comics, it has a lot of kids trying to solve creepy mysteries that’ll keep Stranger Things fans entertained. 

The series follows Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) as a teenager who tries to balance her life in high school with mortals and her destiny as a witch. Sabrina and her mortal friends must constantly deal with chaos unleashed by another witch who hides in plain sight.

Like Stranger Things, this show happens in a little town where supernatural forces seem to rule. There are a lot of monsters and evil spirits — and plucky children to fight them.

The series seasons are referred to as “parts.” Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will end its run with its upcoming Part 4, which will be released on Netflix in late 2020.


Black Spot (2 seasons)

What is it in regards to the woods that brings out the supernatural? In the French-Belgian television thriller Black Spot (known in France as Zone Blanche), a series of horrific murders attracts the attention of police chief Laurene Weiss (Suliane Brahim) and an eccentric new prosecutor Franck Siriani (Laurent Capelluto) in the remote village Villefranche that borders a large, creepy forest.

While villagers are upset at their beloved mill closing down, it seems like the forest is randomly killing off people in weird ways. Is it an unusual stag-like creature? Or a serial killer enthusiastic about Celtic mythology? Or maybe it’s just Mother Nature getting revenge on the humans abusing her with a secret toxic waste dump? 

If the murders weren’t enough, Laurene continues to be trying to solve a decade-old mystery of who kidnapped her when she was a young child and left her in the forest to die. The series has a Stranger Things-meets-Twin Peaks vibe, with plenty of quirky characters and scary moments.


Rim of the World (movie)

While Rim of the World is a movie and not a TV series, it’s still worth mentioning in this post-Stranger Things list of things to watch. The sci-fi adventure with kids stuck at summer camp who must battle aliens feels a lot like Stranger Things meets Independence Day. 

Ironically, filmmaker Zack Stentz says he wrote the script long before the Demogorgon showed its teeth on Netflix. This action-packed movie not merely feels like it’s an homage to Stranger Things, but also has got the excitement of Attack the Block, Independence Day, Jurassic Park and The Goonies. 


Chambers (1 season)

What if you got a heart transplant only to also inherit the memories of the donor? Chambers follows the story of Native American teen girl Sasha Yazzie (Sivan Alyra Rose) after she receives a heart transplant from wealthy white teen Becky Lefevre (Lilliya Reid) and is haunted by unexplained, horrific visions. 

Becky’s family reaches out to Sasha in what appears to be affection and kindness, but they could have ulterior motives. The series explores conspiracy theories, race issues, as well as a weird self-help cult tied to the demon Lilith.

Sadly, the series was canceled by Netflix after one season. But it’s still worth watching for starters season alone.


The Society (2 seasons)

What would you do if all of the adults disappeared from your town? That’s just what teens have to cope with in the Netflix series The Society. After a small grouping of teenagers discovers their hometown mysteriously no further has adults calling the shots, they have to find a way to survive by creating their particular society. Sadly, that doesn’t mean everything goes smoothly because the kids start resorting to fascism and violence. This show feels like Stranger Things meets Lord of the Flies.

Season 2 of The Society is expected to debut on Netflix by late 2020.


The Magicians (5 seasons)

The Magicians is really a bit like a grown-up Harry Potter series, detailed with supernatural leanings, romance, violence, parallel universes, mythical creatures, and an intricate backstory involving a Narnia-esque kids’ book series. The series is more grown-up (it begins in a secret university only for budding magicians) than Harry Potter or Stranger Things, but it’s chock filled with bizarre storylines and lovable characters. 

The series follows the senior high school senior Quentin Coldwater (Jason Ralph), who loves fantasy novels in regards to the adventures of five kids in a magical land called Fillory. When Quentin is accepted into an unique, secret magicians university called Brakebills, that he discovers Fillory is a real place filled with magic and mayhem. 

Quentin and his fellow classmates go on a quest to better understand the mysteries Fillory holds, but soon they realize all magic has consequences.


The Order (2 seasons)

Here’s another series about teens and magic, only that one also has werewolves. In season one of The Order, university student Jack Morton (Jake Manley) joins a secret society called the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose that introduces him right into a world of magic, mystery, and lycanthropy. 

Season 2 of The Order landed on Netflix in June. The Knights now have to struggle to regain their memories stolen from them by The Order of the Blue Rose. Once they remember and want vengeance, they’ll have to combat murderous magicians, strange new cults, and life-threatening demons.


The Umbrella Academy (2 seasons)

If you want more superheroes than supernatural, try The Umbrella Academy. The superhero series — based on the popular comic book series of the exact same name — tells the story of a billionaire who adopts and trains seven super-powered children. 

When the billionaire dies, the estranged siblings must return to solve a mystery surrounding his death. All the while, they are pursued by two unusual assassins who are pursuing the youngest sibling, who has mastered time travel. There’s also a pending global apocalypse to keep them busy.

The Umbrella Academy Season 2 will be available to stream on July 31 on Netflix.


I Am Not Okay With This (1 season)

Teen girl Syd not only has to come to terms with the recent loss in her father, and the most common pitfalls of high school. That’s those are not even the largest issues in I Am Not Okay With This. Syd suddenly has superpowers and isn’t sure how to use them. Syd is a small social outcast who isn’t that enthusiastic about pleasing individuals around her. And that’s one of the reasons it’s fun to watch Syd grapple with her new-found powers. 


Misfits (5 seasons)

If you love the flawed but persistent personalities of the characters in Stranger Things, you’ll love the misunderstood young superheroes in the British TV show Misfits.

In Misfits, a freak storm in London gives juvenile delinquents Nathan, Kelly, Curtis, Alisha, Simon, and Gary superpowers. The series redefines what it means to be a superhero, especially when you’re a mixed-up teen who likes to commit crimes. 


The OA (2 seasons)

The OA follows Prairie Johnson (Brit Marling — also the show’s co-creator) who returns to her family in a Michigan suburb seven years after she mysteriously vanished. Before she disappeared she was blind, and after her reunite, she can easily see. 

Prairie (also known as OA — Original Angel) tells her unusual story to a group of outcast teens and their teacher through a group of flashbacks. We learn that she was kidnapped and subjected to a series of cruel experiments with a mad scientist determined to unlock the secrets of life and death. 

The OA has everything from alternate realities to disappearing children that make it a great show to become enthusiastic about. 

Here’s still another great series that was canceled just after two seasons. But the bizarre cliffhanger ending also type of makes sense being an odd ending for the show all together. 


Sense8 (2 seasons)

The Wachowskis’ Sense8 series centers on eight seemingly random individuals who have been linked through shared psychic powers. But all of them are hunted with a shadowy government agency. Luckily, the heroes can psychically interact with the other person and share fighting abilities. 

It’s a fascinating take on how exactly we are all connected, and if we band together we could fight as a team against the evils of the planet. While the characters are typical adults, the secretive government agents after them remind me most of the Hawkins National Laboratory folks from Stranger Things. 

The series was also fun to watch for the diversity of its cast and storylines. The characters — who span from straight, gay, lesbian, trans, and polyamorous. It isn’t just the impressive representation of LGBTQI characters and storylines that produces this show fun to watch. Its sci-fi premise is original and unexpected. 

Even though Sense8 was popular with viewers, Netflix decided to cancel the show most likely due to its $9 million an episode price tag to create.


Hemlock Grove (3 seasons)

Vampires, werewolves, mutants, psychics, witches, and every thing in between simply take center stage in Hemlock Grove. 

The series (produced by Eli Roth) follows a small-town teenage girl who’s cruelly murdered in the fictional steel town of Hemlock Grove. The homicide investigation uncovers sinister secrets and multiple suspects. Of course, following similar Stranger Things tropes, there is a shady corporation called Godfrey Institute for Biomedical Technologies that performs unseemly experiments on both humans and non-humans. 

A poor 17-year-old Romani boy named Peter Rumancek (Landon Liboiron), who happens to be a werewolf, teams up with privileged Roman Godfrey (Bill Skarsgard), who could just be a vampire. The two go looking for the killer stalking their town.  The series has a large amount of surprises that may keep viewers guessing, plus some bizarre plot twists that produce the over-worked vampire-werewolf genre fresh again. 

Originally published July 6, 2019. Updated on July 11, 2020.

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