After Mikkel, a young boy, vanishes from the fictional town of Winden in Germany, a hooded, mysterious individual glances at the newspaper clip which reports the disappearance and strikes out the headline, “Where is Mikkel?”, and replaces it with “When is Mikkel?”. ‘Dark’, a Netflix Original German series, explores the concept of time travel and weaves a complex plot based on Einstein’s quote, “The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” When kids go missing and others are found dead in this small town, that also houses a nuclear plant and an abandoned cave, both of which have major contributions toward the unexplained disappearances, the incidents affect the four prominent families who serve as important elements in this twisted storyline.
‘Dark’s complicated time-travel loop jumps back and forth within four years 1953,1986, 2019, and 2052, with a 33-year gap each. In all of these time swaps, you witness the same people in their past, present, and future, who are somehow interconnected and make you question your very existence. It’s fascinating to think if everything that happens might actually be just an endless circle. Yes, it’s a complicated story, but the creators have done a brilliant job in connecting all the plot lines without leaving any loop holes. And this is what makes this show so interesting. Coupled with sinister, grim backdrops and wonderful background scores from the 80’s pop scene as well as contemporary numbers, ‘Dark’ is a complete, airtight package and is menacing as hell!
Now if you have watched the show and are looking for some similar titles that do justice to ‘Dark’, then wait no more. We’ve managed to compile several shows that are similar in style and tone to this incredibly gripping piece of sci-fi. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Dark’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Dark’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Stranger Things (2016-)
Several fans have compared ‘Dark’ to ‘Stranger Things‘ because of their similar themes. Although we would not completely agree with this viewpoint, still, you should watch one if you loved the other. Set in 1883 Indiana, ‘Stranger Things‘ revolves around the disappearance of a kid named Will and the strange mystery that surrounds the incident. Further investigations by his mother, friends, and local cops reveal sinister secrets of experiments done by the Hawkins National Laboratory, which lead to Will being trapped in an alternate dimension called the Upside Down. Upon its release, this Netflix Original series received immense critical acclaim for its direction, soundtrack, pace, performances, and also for its homage to the 80s pop culture.
11. Unforgotten (2015-)