What To Watch While You’re Waiting For Stranger Things 4

So, you’ve watched all three seasons of Stranger Things, you’re bored of waiting for season four and you’re wondering what to watch to fill the time? Well wonder no more because here at New On Netflix we’ve put together a list of shows that we think will fill the Demogorgon-sized hole in your viewing.

As you’ll remember, “Stranger Things” is a an American science fiction horror series which is set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, the first season focuses on the investigation into the disappearance of a young boy amid supernatural events occurring around the town, including the appearance of a girl with psychokinetic abilities. The second season is set a year later, in October 1984. Will has been rescued, but few know of the details of the events. When it is discovered that Will is still being influenced by entities from the Upside Down, his friends and family learn there is a larger threat to their universe from the Upside Down. The third season is set several months later, in the days leading up to the Fourth of July celebration in 1985. The new Starcourt Mall has become the centre of attention for Hawkins’ residents, putting most other stores out of business. Unbeknownst to the town, a secret Soviet laboratory under Starcourt seeks to open the gateway to the Upside Down, allowing the entities from the Upside Down to possess people in Hawkins and creating a new horror to deal with.

But you already know that, right?

So here are ten other series* that you might be interested in if you enjoyed “Stranger Things”:

*availability may differ across different regions/countries

Dark

When children start disappearing from the small German town of Winden four families discover they’re strangely interconnected and may hold the key to why certain kids go missing.  Season 1 unfolded the mystery one cryptic clue at a time with time travel, alternate timelines, and missing kids who might remind you a little of the unfortunate Stranger Things kids who found themselves stuck in the Upside Down. Season 2 centres more around the main teen character Jonas as he continues his quest to find more answers. He’s also now suddenly thrown into the year 2052 with a new struggle between characters who want to master time travel so they can control the future in their favour. Plus the apocalypse is right around the corner… In the third and final season takes things even further with more time travel as well as a new parallel world…

Arrested Development

This one is a bit of a wildcard suggestion – it’s a comedy rather than a sci-fi drama but the overall theme is, similar to Stranger Things, about family and friendship. Arrested Development is an American television sitcom which follows the Bluths, a formerly wealthy dysfunctional family. It is presented in a serialised format, incorporating handheld camera work, voice-over narration, archival photos, and historical footage. The show maintains numerous running gags and catchphrases.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

While the new Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series is inspired by the horror-focused Archie Comics, it has plenty of kids trying to solve creepy mysteries that’ll keep Stranger Things fans entertained. The series follows Sabrina Spellman 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 takes place in a small town where supernatural forces seem to rule. There are plenty of monsters and evil spirits — and plucky kids to fight them.

The OA

The OA follows Prairie Johnson who returns to her family in a Michigan suburb seven years after she mysteriously vanished. Before she disappeared she was blind, and after her return, she can see. Prairie tells her unusual story to a group of outcast teens and their teacher through a series of flashbacks. We learn that she was kidnapped and subjected to a series of cruel experiments by a mad scientist determined to unlock the secrets of life and death.

Sense8

Sense8 series centres around eight seemingly random individuals who have been linked through shared psychic powers. But they are all hunted by a shadowy government agency. Luckily, the heroes can psychically interact with one another and share fighting abilities. It’s an interesting take on how we are all connected, and if we band together we can fight as a team against the evils of the world.

The Umbrella Academy

If you want more superheroes than supernatural, try The Umbrella Academy. The superhero series based on the popular comic book series of the same name tells the story of a billionaire who adopts and trains seven super-powered children. When the billionaire dies, the estranged siblings must reunite 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. Oh, and there’s also a pending global apocalypse to keep them busy.

Warrior Nun

In Warrior Nun, a sheltered teen girl named Ava wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers and soon finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient war between good and evil. Ava crosses paths with The Order of the Cruciform Sword, a secret society of warrior nuns sworn to protect the world from evil. Ava reluctantly accepts her responsibilities as the chosen one while trying to have a normal life as a teenage girl rediscovering the world around her. Warrior Nun has plenty of mystery, action, adventure, romance, but also plenty of twists and unexpected moments.

Altered Carbon

Altered Carbon takes place over 360 years in the future, with most episodes the first season set in the year 2384, in a futuristic metropolis known as Bay City. In the future, a person’s memories and consciousness are written onto a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack.  Physical human or synthetic bodies are called “sleeves” and stacks can be transferred to new bodies after death, but a person can still be killed if their stack is destroyed and there is no backup. While this means anyone can live forever, only the wealthiest, have the means.

Hemlock Grove

Vampires, werewolves, mutants, psychics, witches, and everything in between take centre stage in Hemlock Grove. The series follows a small-town teenage girl who’s brutally 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’s 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 who happens to be a werewolf, teams up with privileged Roman Godfrey, who might just be a vampire. The two go in search of the killer stalking their town. The series has a lot of surprises that will keep viewers guessing, and some bizarre plot twists that make the over-worked vampire-werewolf genre fresh again.

I am not okay with this

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

 

While we still don’t know when Stranger Things 4 will arrive on Netflix, we hope this list keeps you occupied in the meantime! Let us know in the comments below any other shows that you might recommend for fans of Stranger Things!

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