‘Counterpart’ is one of the best science fiction thrillers which we have had the pleasure of witnessing in recent times. The show is set in a world where there is a possibility to travel to a parallel universe. The world where our protagonist exists is called the Alpha world, while the parallel universe is called the Prime world. Our lead character, Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons) works at the Office of Interchange, a United Nations division. But when we meet him, we see that he hardly has any idea what the OI does. He is just a low-ranked bureaucrat. But Howard’s fate completely takes a turn when his counterpart from the Prime world is revealed to be a top secret agent. Further problems arise for Howard Alpha when he is told that an assassin from the Prime world is here to target his wife.
The series is an intense science fiction thriller and has been well-appreciated by critics. J.K. Simmons has also been lauded for his dual role. If you enjoy shows like ‘Counterpart’, which are smooth blends of mind-numbing science fiction with the intensity of thrillers, then look no further. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Counterpart’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Counterpart’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. Stranger Things (2016-)
Among all the original series Netflix has produced, hardly any of them has been as popular as ‘Stranger Things’. This series is a throwback or homage to the 1980s horror movies. Set in the quiet town of Hawkins, Indiana, the series follows the adventures of a group of young boys, and a strange girl they meet nmed Eleven. Soon we see that the townspeople are worried because a small kid called Will Byers has gone missing. Will was a dear friend of the lead characters, Mike, Dustin, and Lucas.
In the outskirts of town, there is a secretive government research institution called Hawkins National Laboratory, and here, they carry out dangerous experiments. We learn that Eleven has special powers, and her father is the only person responsible for her condition after he conducted experiments on her at the HNL. The scientists at HNL have also further complicated the matter when one of their experiments led to the opening of a portal to a dark dimension called the Upside Down. Soon, creatures from this parallel universe start invading the peaceful and quiet lives of the residents of Hawkins. The series has received widespread critical acclaim for its aesthetically strong homage and for creating interesting and engaging characters.
6. The Expanse (2015-)
James S. A. Corey’s famous ‘Expanse’ book series is the inspiration behind this science fiction show. The story of the series is set in a futuristic world when humanity has managed to colonize all of the solar system. However, no two planets live in harmony, and there is always a Cold War-like state between them. The series follows three characters — United Nations Security Councilwoman Chrisjen Avasarala, who is trying to prevent a war between the inhabitants of Earth and Mars, police detective Josephus Miller, who has been assigned the task of locating a missing girl named Julie, and Joseph Holden, executive officer of an ice-hauler called Canterbury. It is because of an incident involving Holden that the peace between Earth, Mars, and the asteroid belt Ceres has come under threat. This show is lauded by critics for its character development and politically aware content. The series has also been honored with a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.