🙋 Which TV Show Should You Binge Next, Based on Your Interests? 👀




Written by Thelonia & Tia


We know that in this age of "too much content" it can often be hard to find a new show to watch. So we figured, why not make it easy? Below is our list of recommendations for TV shows you can start watching right now, based on other shows (and sometimes books/films) you may already like. Let's simplify the recommendation process.

If you like Twin Peaks & Teen Wolf, watch Riverdale





   

Riverdale draws from the characters from Archie comics, but takes them to another level. The teen soap finds clear inspiration in Twin Peaks (I mean, they even have one of the same actresses in it), but turns it into something much more indulgent—like Teen Wolf. If you've been craving another mysterious villain like A from Pretty Little Liars, or a dramatic love polygon, Riverdale might be perfect for you.

You can stream the first season of Riverdale on Netflix.

If you like The OA & Stranger Things, watch Dark




   

Dark is mysterious and strange and very German (prepare your subtitles because the dub is a little freaky). It plays with time travel—something that neither The OA or Stranger Things has yet to explore—but does so in a way that is reminiscent of both those shows. You have the very It-like friend group of kids, which you see in both The OA and Stranger Things, but there are also their parents, and the 80's, and... even further back? It's hard to talk about Dark without spoiling what makes it so stunning. But if you like both The OA and Stranger Things—and are cool to read subs on a non-English speaking show—then it should be the next thing on your list.

You can stream the first season of Dark on Netflix.

If you like The Office & Brooklyn Nine-Nine, watch Angie Tribeca




   

The comedy of Angie Tribeca is very literal and very ridiculous and very constant. And that's what makes it such a pleasure to watch. Written by Steve and Nancy Carrell, and starring Rashida Jones as LAPD Detective Angie Tribeca, the show is just a formula for comedy goodness. It parodies the cop drama hard, and never misses an opportunity to be silly. I've never seen anything quite like it.

You can stream the first two seasons of Angie Tribeca on Hulu.

If you like Harry Potter & Game of Thrones, watch The Magicians





   

OK, The Magicians is definitely no Harry Potter or Game of Thrones—I'd say it's more chaotic than epic—but it's hard to pin it down in any exact category. Imagine the wizarding world of Harry Potter, but darker (read: disturbing, check your content warnings before diving in), more dramatic, and all grown (fucked) up. That's The Magicians. And throw in a little Chronicles of Narnia too, and you've got an even more tuned-in look at this wild SYFY show.

You can stream the first two seasons of The Magicians on Netflix.

If you like Supernatural & iZombie, watch Wynonna Earp



 

Do you like Supernatural but wish they'd manage to keep literally any female character around for more than one episode per season (on rotation because, of course, they die like flies)? Do you like iZombie's comedy and ensemble cast who all actually progress and evolve as the show goes on? Then may I redirect your attention to Wynonna Earp.

Based on the comics from the 90's, the show features a mostly female cast, combining the fun of the monster-hunting episodes of Supernatural with the comedy and ensemble cast of iZombie, Wynonna Earp follows our eponymous heroine as she tries to break the curse on the Earp family: that she must kill all 77 revenants (basically demons) in the town of Purgatory to send them all back to hell permanently - otherwise, they all get resurrected when she dies. There's twists and turns, a couple of resurrections, some family and dating drama, lesbians who don't actually die (!), and some really slick writing that balances emotional character moments and great quotable lines.

You can stream the first season of Wynonna Earp on Netflix.

If you like Hannibal & Mindhunter, watch The Alienist



  

A combination of Hannibal's aesthetic and Mindhunter's look at historical murderers, The Alienist, the new TNT drama based on Caleb Carr's 1994 novel, takes us on a trip to 1890's New York, where we follow the hunt for a child-killer and watch a cast of eclectic characters put together what makes a serial killer.

Learning about historical cases (The Alienist both directly and obliquely references real-life cases from the time period) reflects a lot of the same material treated in Mindhunter in regards to learning what makes a serial killer (as well as just figuring out that there are people who kill outside of the bounds of what we usually consider 'regular' murders). Aesthetically however, the show is like late 1800s Hannibal, albeit without episodic closeups of food. If you like learning about serial killers and Hannibal's aesthetic, take a look at The Alienist.

You can buy the first season of The Alienist on Amazon or iTunes.

If you like Community & Parks and Recreation, watch The Good Place




 

An ensemble cast with great comedy, The Good Place takes the best aspects of comedies before it like Parks and Recreation or Community, but without the awkward politics (at least in 2018, looking at you Parks and Rec), or  decline in quality (ahem, Community, though to be fair, The Good Place only has two seasons so far, so it hasn't had as much of an opportunity to get, um, bad).

The Good Place is about Eleanor Shellstrop, who's died and wakes up in "The Good Place" (ie: Heaven), she realizes she's there by mistake, and tries to hide who she really is and learn to become a better person so she can stay and not get sent to the "Bad Place." A smart comedy that deals an equal amount of wildly funny writing and ethical philosophy, The Good Place isn't afraid to push boundaries in what can be done in a show structurally and keeps going places you wouldn't even have thought of.

You can stream the first season of The Good Place on Netflix. (And then listen to our podcast covering the second season here.)


Any other shows you can think of that work well together? Let us know in the comments down below.

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