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7 Intriguing TV Shows Like Supernatural

Updated on August 14, 2018
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Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'

Supernatural is a record-breaking dark fantasy show created by Eric Kripke. It has has been a huge success for The CW network from the very first season. As the name very well suggests, the show is the complete amalgamation of all the phantasm and the heavenly creatures one can think of. These creatures are haunted by the human world.

The series revolves around the Winchester brothers who lost their mother at a very young age because of an attack by a demon. Sam and Dean Winchester grow up to take over the legacy of their father and travel through the shadowy alleyways of The United States, battling almost every unusual creature with fake FBI initials to shoo away the interfering cops.

The popularity of the show is guided not just by fictional facts but also by the vivacity of its plots, an incredible cast, and warm humor. With 13 consecutive seasons, this CW drama is still going strong. While you wait for the show to return, take a look at some series like Supernatural to keep you occupied till then.

The Vampires Diaries

Vampires have been popular among folks of all ages. The cold-blooded creatures that exist in the perseverance of darkness and possess the wisdom of centuries with an immortal thirst for blood; have a charming and engrossing tale of their own.

The Vampire Diaries focuses on two vampire brothers who end up falling for a mortal woman. Elena Gilbert is a young and vibrant woman gets caught up in a love triangle with these two Salvatore brothers who are actually vampires.

Elena looks very similar to Katarina – the girl who turned these brothers into vampires centuries ago. The craving for this young girl's love exceeds the brothers need for blood in order to survive. The most fascinating thing about this series is that every character is multi-dimensional. Stefan and Damon are brothers but they are poles apart in their soft and hard demeanor respectively.

Damon is full of might when he is making tough choices and his carefree attitude helps in enlightening the show. There is no value of human life for him. At the same time, he is an ardent lover. The viewers, especially women are bound to love his Byronic personality for all the wrong reasons. His charm, style, and his own version of justifying his deeds keep the audience hooked till the end of the final season.

Grimm

Created by Stephen Carpenter produced by NBC, Grimm hailed itself from the year 2011 to 2017, with over 123 episodes and 6 series. The stories surrounding vampires, witches and werewolves never get old and the fairytales are recycled to an extensive level. Inspired by children's fantasy books Grimm's Fairy Tales, this series is a mixture of police procedure and fantasy drama.

The plot is simple – a homicide detective Nick Burkhardt with a normal life finds out that he is a Grimm – a hunter, who can differentiate between humans and parahumans. Soon he discovers that there are few other people who possess the power but their lives are on the verge of ending. Normal human beings don’t have such ability, and they don’t know how dangerous this world is. This is where the Grimm comes in. His job is pretty much straightforward – protect everyone from the dangers of the supernatural world.

For the most part, Grimm is just like other procedural crime dramas out there. But there is a fun and scary twist- most of the bad guys are not humans and they tend to help the detective by teaming up with him, especially the parahuman friend (big bad wolf). The irony is, they are not capable of controlling themselves at times, which leads to inner turmoil, risks, and regrets.

This is a show that will appeal to crime drama as well as fantasy genre fans. Detective Burkhardt goes through intensive folk journals and archaic reading to protect the human race. Every story is equally important as some dark secrets lurk in them. The present happenings in the story are equivalent to the happenings in fairy tales. As long as the authors keep coming with intriguing stories, it can go as long as they want. They’ve been doing it successfully for the last five seasons. And if ratings are anything to go by, we’re going to be told many more crazy stories.

Being Human

The title of this series is very significant as it interprets the hideous dark side of human beings in comparison to the supernatural creatures. The series is about a vampire, a ghost and a werewolf who have decided to live together under forceful circumstances.

Against all odds, Aiden (vampire) is tall dark and handsome and a real lady killer. He doesn't prefer sleeping in the traditional coffin unlike most of his kin and he can roam freely during the day under the shining sun. He can move fast, reverse memories and read minds. Aiden tries to control his immortal self but he falls off his cool demeanor. Josh (werewolf) is sweet but has a savage side that nobody is aware of. These two have been very good friends for a very long time. When they move into a new house, they find a new supernatural friend, Sally (a ghost). Together, they must find out a way to forget their differences and survive.

I’m not talking about the original version here. Yes, BBC’s version of Being Human is original, but the US remake is more dramatic and binge-worthy. I loved both versions but happened to love the remake more. The remake follows the UK version for first 13 episodes only. After that, the show comes into its own, taking a different direction than the original one.

The negativity around this show is just baffling. I fail to understand why people love to pounce on anything that’s a remake. They don’t only deprive themselves of a good show but mislead others into believing that it’s not worth their time. The plot might not be original, but the rest of the storyline is. It has humor, drama, sci-fi, and some element of fantasy.

The Originals

Starting as a mere spin-off to the popular show The Vampire Diaries, The Originals is truly original and exceptional in many ways.

The plot revolves around the original vampire family – the very first vampires on the Earth. When they come back after thousands of years to New Orleans, a city which they had built from scratch, they find the city thriving under a new vampire ruler. Would they take back the city or join hands with the devil?

The Originals goes back into each characters’ past to explain why the current situation is what it is. The flashbacks add dynamism to the already complicated characters. Apart from a terrific ensemble cast, a strong storyline is the obvious reason to watch this series. Check out the first couple of episodes and see if it’s your cup of tea.

I wasn’t expecting much from it when they announced a spin-off, but it exceeded all my expectations. With the recent success of spin-off shows like Better Call Saul, it’s pretty clear that you shouldn’t give up on spin-offs. They can often topple the originals.

The X-Files

I have grown up watching The X-Files. Back then I didn’t understand much but still loved it. When I re-watched it a couple of years later, it seemed like a totally different show – a show that’s much more than just a procedural crime drama. The X Files has ruled the Television from the late 90s to the present and it has abundant reason for such a life expectancy.

The chemistry between the two leads is fascinating and intriguing to watch. Fox Mulder is a believer in paranormal events but his partner Dana Scully is a skeptic. Together, they must look into various unexplained paranormal events. The detectives hold on to themselves risking their lives and searching for something they don’t understand.

It starts out slowly, but it grows on you before you know it. The storylines are strong, acting is authentic, and the tension feels real. The X Files exposes some of the most horrifying graphic violence and mad scientific experiments conducted by psychopaths. The stakes are so high that they must do anything it takes to solve the cases. The best thing about this show is that it’s not predictable. It always keeps you guessing. You never know what’s going to transpire in the next few moments.

Arrow

This CW series have shared the fare of bull’s eyes over many years. The Green Arrow is a savior for many and a killer for all. This show advances in its superhuman justice and establishes a team of vigilantes who want to save the innocent and punish the ones who have wronged the city.

The plot revolves around a spoiled billionaire who finds himself stranded on an island for five years. Everyone presumes that he is dead. When he comes back later five years, he is not the same man. Armed with a bow, he takes on those who have wronged his city. The Protagonist through his green rebellion represents the courage of an outlaw like Robin Hood.

The plot will expose all you need to know about the protagonist, leaving a little to guess. And the rest of the show only gets stronger from there.

The Walking Dead

The Walking Dead has something new to add to this list altogether. It’s like getting ready to have the socks (or heads, whichever comes first) blown off. This show is definitely amazing!

Taking place after the zombie outbreak, The Walking Dead chronicles the life of a few people, who struggle every day to survive in the world infested with rotting creatures. Getting bit by a walker causes means certain death unless you're lucky and have something to chop the infected area before it spreads to the whole body.

The Walking Dead is similar to Supernatural in more ways than you think. The walkers have overpowered the human race. The light humor with the grotesque scenes bounces up when the humans camouflage with the dead. Both worlds are filled with dangers, unexplained creatures, and people who cannot be trusted. And they both need suspension of disbelief and logic to be truly enjoyable. There is no need to question why things are the way they are. This show is simply a brilliant piece of entertainment.

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