Of all the TV genre’s, the supernatural genre is by far my favorite. I get into otherworldly tv shows more than any other so I thought it’d be nice to put together a list to binge watch. These are my personal choices and I would love to hear what supernatural tv shows you enjoy so leave a comment below.
Supernatural – As the CW‘s longest running show there’s a reason Sam and Dean Winchester have been around for 11+ seasons. What started as a ‘Monster of the Week‘ based series has turned into a gut-wrenching, jaw-dropping, side-splitting hit with a cult following.
What to expect: The show starts with Dean (Jensen Ackles) coming to see his brother, Sam (Jared Padalecki), at college. Seeking help in finding their missing father the two set off on a mission that has them encountering all kinds of big, bad, creepy things. Demons, ghosts, wendigos, vampires, and shapeshifters are just a few of the creatures the brothers face in the first season alone.
As the series progresses you start to get more story and less monster variation (with a few exceptions). Angels and other biblical figures are introduced as the boys go through hell and back (a few times) to kick ass and save lives.
Dean often adds comedic relief to otherwise serious situations while Sam normally remains steadfast and angst-ridden. The false personas used by the brothers are often those of classic rock legends, which fits the theme of the soundtrack.
You won’t find anything overly gory about Supernatural, but there are many edge-of-your-seat moments that will leave you yearning for more Sam & Dean. Even when you think the story is over you soon realize another is just beginning. There are moments where the show seems to be dead or dying, but it always comes back with an attention-grabbing hook.
Fringe – It doesn’t get much more other-worldly than Fringe. The show takes inspiration from shows like X-Files and The Twilight Zone. Fringe centers around the strained relationship of Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) and his father Walter (John Noble). Joined by Detective Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Junior FBI Agent Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) the team investigates strange occurrences as part of the Fringe Division.
What to expect: The series starts with an ill-fated flight which leads FBI detective Olivia Dunham and her partner, John Scott to leave their hotel and investigate. During the investigation, Scott is injured, leading Olivia to search tirelessly for a way to help him. The search leads to Walter Bishop, who is found in a psychiatric hospital and only allowed visitation by immediate relatives. This leaves Olivia only one choice – find Walter’s son Peter.
After much reluctance, Peter finally visits his father and it’s not long we realize that Walter isn’t all there, which is more accurate than you may think.
As the season and series progress, questions get answered only to be left with more questions. Why does Peter hate his father? What drove the once brilliant Walter Bishop to the brink of insanity? How are Peter and Olivia connected? Where can I get some Cortexiphan? What will Walter say and do next?
While the series has some moments that leave you feeling ‘eh‘, the overall story and the arcs are addicting and at times seem scary possible. There is also some nice comedic relief in the form of Walterisms and his inability to get Astrid’s name right.
Lucifer – The devil you think you know may not be the devil you know after all. Lucifer (Tom Ellis) has abandoned his place in Hell to set up shop in Los Angeles. The ridiculously handsome king of Hell isn’t alone, though; he has his trusty demon sidekick, Mazikeen (Lesley-Ann Brandt) to protect him. But what would Satan himself need protection from? You’ll have to watch to find out!
What to expect: Lucifer leaves hell with Mazikeen and opens the bar, Lux, in L.A. but it isn’t long before his angelic brother, Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside)tries to persuade him to reclaim his throne. There has to be a balance. When a friend of Lucifer’s is murdered in a drive-by shooting detective Chloe Decker (Lauren German) takes the case. Lucifer and Chloe grow close as they continue to work on other cases once the first is solved.
Lucifer begins to feel vulnerable, even bleeding and feeling pain when shot. None of which was possible before. Is his time on Earth having an ill-effect on him?
More cases, more bad guys, more feelings. We also see a much softer side of Lucifer than we would expect from the King of Hell. What does it all mean? Should we worry that Lucifer is in therapy with Dr. Linda Martin (
I was hesitant to add Lucifer to the list of shows to watch because I didn’t want to offend anyone. The truth is I just recently started to watch this and was instantly hooked. There’s little reference to actual religion, besides the obvious, and unless you are easily offended this should be a great show to watch. There’s comedy, romance, drama – everything I want from a good series.
Roswell – Unless you’ve lived under a rock you’ve heard the stories of Roswell, NM and its alien abductions. Whether you believe the tales or not the series plays off of some of the best stores. Based around the lives of Max (Jason Behr), Isabel (Katherine Heigl), and Michael (Brendan Fehr) – three teen aliens trapped on earth after their spaceship crashed in 1947.
What to expect:
The series starts at the Crashdown Cafe, an extraterrestrial-themed diner serving up alien inspired dishes, owned by LIz Parker’s parents. Liz Parker (Shiri Appleby) is a waitress along with her best friend, Maria DeLuca (Majandra Delfino). Liz gets shot and Max risks exposure to save her life with his healing power. The two instantly connect and throughout the series share an unbreakable bond, with Liz being the first to know the trio’s secret.
The alien trio’s primary goal is to keep their extraterrestrial side a mystery. It’s bad enough Max told Liz and they can’t risk anyone else finding out. It doesn’t help that there is a sheriff in town who is gung-ho on proving that Max is not of this Earth.
Romance, betrayal, plot twists, and turmoil are all things to expect throughout the series. Where do they come from? Are there others? These are questions you’ll ask yourself, as do Max, Izzy, and Michael. What starts out as another teen drama grows into a series that all ages will appreciate and enjoy.