We all like some series or other. Sometimes we like some more than others. And sometimes, some are so great that we don't want to part with them at all, and after watching them, we feel sad that it's over. We want a sequel, or at least to find some replacement, something similar.
"Stranger Things" is a mega-popular series that gives us an understanding of what a series should be: atmospheric, stylish, beautiful, in a word, cool. But NETFLIX pleases us with only 8-9 episodes a year. I would like to tell you about the movies that are somehow similar to Very Strange Things, visually, atmospherically, musically. It's not a long list, but it's something I've seen myself, can recommend and in my opinion may appeal to fans of Stranger Things.
So, let's take a look at the 3 best series like Stranger Things.
Drama, mystery, sci-fi | 3.63 out of 5 | 17 hours and 13 minutes
A show that Matt and Ross Duffer worked on before taking on the creation of Very Strange Things. But what the series also shares is the location – a small town in which unusual events take place.
US Secret Service agent Ethan Burke travels to Wayward Pines to investigate the disappearance of his colleagues. As he approaches the town, Burke has an accident and wakes up in the town hospital where he discovers there is no way he can contact the outside world or leave Wayward Pines.
"Really enjoyed the first season! No, it's not without its flaws and its questions and its bloopers… It happens in shows like this a lot, but I liked it nevertheless!
<…> Very, very, very afraid to be disappointed in such a continuation of the series. But after watching the second season, I can say that it's not as bad as I feared! Well the creators introduced new characters, so dynamically that you don't have time to realize they're already "their own".
If I liked the first season, I liked the second one fine. Thank you for not ruining the series. It's very rare that I like something they try to make a sequel after it's closed!" – ironspb.
"Really enjoyed the series! Especially the sense of mystery that there's something wrong with this town. But, for me, it's better to finish watching the first season" – LeksB.
"The second season certainly didn't stand anywhere near the first, but it was still quite an interesting spectacle. I should have finished on the first season though – it wrapped up the whole story very well" – Novusus.
Action, drama, sci-fi | 4.18 out of 5 | 2 days 23 hours and 40 minutes
If you're looking for another sci-fi show with alternate worlds, portals and experiments on children, then you'll love Fringe.
Young FBI agent Olivia Dunham is forced to team up with former scientist Walter Bishop, who has conducted experiments on the edge of real science, and his incredibly intelligent son Peter to investigate mysterious crimes, unexplained and often creepy phenomena.
"I want to say to those who are starting to watch it. You will definitely be drawn to this series with its charismatic characters (Walter for one), Olivia's atypical appearance will catch your eye at first, but then you will be very enjoyable to watch, enjoyable funny moments, good humour.
It's one of the few TV series of 2008 in which the screenwriters are steaming about the script (season 4 is weaker in the opinion of fans of the series). <…> All in all, if you want to watch a series where the plot with a dash of love line and an interesting development of the series comes first, you should watch" – alexrzf.
"This series is the best thing that has happened to me in the TV series world! My favourite out of the 1000's I've watched! The plot, the twists and turns, the science, the actors – everything is top notch! If you didn't like the first episode, watch the second – you won't regret it. And if the series reminds you of something, then you know that all series with a similar plot have taken ideas from here," – Lisapeta.
"How I miss this series and decided to revisit it. It's a shame, the drive of those years can't come back, when every episode was looked at with a magnifying glass and argued about what was going on. I'm going to sound like a nerd, but they don't make films like that nowadays. It's a gem among gum, and it's a rare series," starbuck.
Crime, drama, detective | 3.71 out of 5 | 14 hours 11 minutes
The show will appeal to those who pine for supernatural mysteries and the creepy woods that hide them.
Prosecutor Frank Siriani arrives in the small town of Villefranche to find out why there are so many murders. But he quickly discovers that the mysterious forest surrounding the town is full of dark secrets, and it's all somehow connected to the head of the local police, who is still trying to figure out what happened to her years ago when she was kidnapped and chained in this very forest.
"The atmosphere is great, I rarely see series like this," unknwnplsrs.
"Yep. The further into the woods… If the first season was chipper, managing to grab attention and intrigue, the second season dashed all hopes. The first 4 episodes came out half-alive, and by the end of the season the death convulsions began. The season finale nailed everything: the logic, the plot, and even the actors themselves weren't particularly bothered by the acting anymore," vivaldieffect.
Drama, sci-fi, supernatural | 4.42 out of 5 | 1 day 6 minutes
"The Darkness" and "Stranger Things" have been compared since the former premiered. No wonder: a small town where a teenager goes missing and clearly something supernatural is going on.
In the small German town of Winden, near a nuclear power plant, a boy goes missing. The event ties together four families living next door, revealing their past and a mystery spanning three generations.
"A wonderful season finale, and indeed the entire series! It's beautiful, there are no other words for it. "Darkness will leave a mark not only in our hearts (pardon the sentimentality) but also in the series industry. I'm sure they'll talk about its brilliance afterwards and put it up as an example! And how nice that people knew what they were going for from the beginning, rather than moulding everything as they came out! Thank you for these three seasons and Winden's story!" – ia_gol.
"It's been wonderful! All three seasons at the highest level! Brain-breaking in a good way and at the end you're not thrown off a cliff with lots of questions, but logically wrapped everything up! Enjoyed every episode and didn't watch the first two seasons for nothing just before the third season came out. The whole story coalesced into one long and twisted film!
It's a shame you can only give it five stars, definitely have to rewatch it again after a while with the knowledge of the ending. Then I think you can see a lot of new details that you didn't pay attention to before! Bravo!" – avachka1991.
"Thanks to the writers, directors, producers, everyone involved in any way with the series, Netflix. It's been an amazing adventure. One of the best shows I've ever seen. I watched season 1 four times before season 2 came out. And I'll be re-watching the whole show more than once. The way they've paid attention to even the smallest details here is worthy of the highest praise. Bravo." – Elik33.
Drama, mystery, sci-fi | 3.86 out of 5 | 14 hours and 43 minutes
A mystical show about multiple dimensions, human experimentation and the fact that our world is not at all what we thought it was before. There's also a bit of a passé to Netflix's most popular show in OA – in one scene, the characters watch Stranger Things.
Prairie Johnson returns to her family in suburban Michigan seven years after she mysteriously disappeared. Prairie calls herself OA and flatly refuses to tell the FBI or her parents what happened to her. But that's not the strangest part: at the time of her disappearance, Prairie was blind, but she's come back already sighted.
"The second season of The OA is practically the pinnacle of Homo sapiens' achievement in feature storytelling. The amount of twists and logical threads are off the charts to the point where the twistomancer boils over, while keeping everything coherent and soulful rather than becoming an exercise in becoming a cold intellectual construct.
<…> The OA requires a colossal suspension of disbelief – but no more than any Marvel product, for example. Only the latter holds our attention with humour and special effects, whereas The OA uses purely dramaturgical techniques – and that's its main problem, which by no means needs to be addressed.
A problem – because many viewers are no longer capable of accepting this level of fantasy without humour, and the series risks being shut down. It doesn't need to be tackled – because its seriousness and sincerity is its main fic," userkane.
"One of the rare examples of boundless fantasy and building on its foundation a rather complex construction of an entire world with its own logical laws, which don't seem like something foreign and pulled by the ears, but work for the good of the narrative and hold viewer interest. What's more, even a fellow Cthulhu from the aquarium, called the ancient Darkness, doesn't seem like something trashy," reaver1.
"In 2016 I fell in love with the OA, its history, the boys team and the BBA. Fell in love with the way the series balanced on the edge of realism (kidnapping, hence the psychological trauma and hints that her story was a lie) and the supernatural. And it was so beautiful to be able to believe what's closest to you.
But very ambivalent about the [second] season. Episodes 1-3 and of course episode 8 are great, but there was some incomprehensible hell in the middle. Anyway, I love the OA. But it's the atmosphere of the first season and maybe part of the second – though to deny how much extra they crammed in would be silly" – Katherine_San.
Drama, sci-fi | 3.96 out of 5 | 7 hours and 36 minutes
A show in which friends explore all sorts of oddities and unusual places in their quaint little town (which, by the way, like Hawkins, is in Indiana). "Airy" has a slightly different tone – lighter and funnier (although the show was able to be serious as well), but the show should still appeal to fans of Stranger Things.
Teenage Marshall Teller's family moves to the small town of Airy, Indiana. That's where Marshall meets Simon Holmes, one of the few normal people in Eyrie. Together they take on investigations into the oddities of the town: a shop that pays with your own soul, a group of clever dogs planning to take over the world, Bigfoot and even a live Elvis Presley.
"I wish I'd known about this show when I was a kid. Watched it in a volley," – Tina_Turner.
"It was a great show," DariaSnow.
Crime, drama, supernatural | 4.31 out of 5 | 2 days 4 hours 51 minutes
And of course, you can't do without Twin Peaks, the David Lynch show that paved the way and set the tone for all series about small towns, their mysteries and supernatural happenings.
FBI agent Dale Cooper arrives in the small town of Twin Peaks to investigate the shocking murder of Laura Palmer, a high school student with high hopes. But Cooper soon realises that something strange is going on in the town and Twin Peaks is a creepy and mystical place, not at all the nice and quiet town it seemed.
"I never thought that a series that was released 28 (!!!) years ago would have captured my heart so well. Could it really have been filmed so well back then, so interesting? I think the small-town vibe is very appealing because it's set at that time. No modern soap operas with action set in the past can compare. The colour, the characters, the looks of the characters – love at first sight," gae4chka.
"The most complex series I've ever watched. A work like no other. Bravo and thank you, for sure, but I definitely wouldn't mind additional material explaining everything I've seen… There's a need for a separate supplement to the series to understand the last season" – ilpassetto.
"Just in case: every episode has a Log Lady Intro, in which the lady with the log says something related to the next episode (sometimes explicitly, sometimes not). These are very short videos, about a minute each, at least in one of the handouts on rutracker they are compiled in their entirety. It really adds to the atmosphere of the series," Arrivera said.