‘Legion’, a psychological thriller-cum-superhero series, is based on the Marvel Comics character, David Haller aka Legion, and is created by Noah Hawley. Its plot is entwined with that of the X-Men franchise and introduces us to Haller who has been suffering from schizophrenia from a young age. Combining contemporary elements with styles from the 60s, the critically acclaimed show first premiered in 2017.
‘Legion’ has an interesting plot. After Haller is diagnosed with schizophrenia, he spends most of his growing years in different psychiatric institutions. However, when he reaches his early 30s, he shockingly realizes that the voices he hears in his head might not be due to any mental illness. The whispers may actually be true. Further consultation with therapist Melanie Bird and a crew of specialists with extraordinary powers, comprising Ptonomy, Kerry, and Cary, leads to the conclusion that Haller has been endowed with hidden, unimaginable abilities since his childhood. A truth that had been locked away all this while under the disguise of his mental ailment. In fact, he is a mutant and his dissociative identity disorder hides individual superpowers, controlled by each of his many personalities.
Bold, visually enticing, and exceptionally intelligent, ‘Legion’ is a surreal, engaging watch that takes a different approach to the otherwise conventional genre of superhero shows. Its format follows a distorted narration, quite apparent from the distorted views of Haller’s several personas. Now if you have finished bingeing all its episodes, we understand that you might already be looking for similar titles that revolve around a connected theme. So, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Legion’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Legion’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
11. American Gods (2017-)
‘American Gods‘, a multiple award-winning fantasy drama series, is an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name. It features Bryan Fuller and Michael Green as the developers and premiered on April 30, 2017, on Starz. The story of this show is centered around the ex-convict, Shadow Moon, who leads a life of solitude, devastation, and confusion after the death of his wife. This is when he meets the strange, witty, and a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday. He asks Moon to be his bodyguard. Together, they embark on a weird quest where our protagonist discovers the hidden streets of America. He comes to know that magic is not fiction, but it is real. He also discerns the terrible, imminent war between the Old Gods and the New Gods. The main aim of Wednesday is to restore the power of the Old Gods by convincing them to join hands and fight against new-age technology and media that threatens to engulf humanity.
10. Luke Cage (2016-18)
‘Luke Cage‘ is centered around the protagonist who goes by the same name and is endowed with exceptional strength and an impenetrable skin. Set in the fictional town of Harlem, it follows the titular character’s story as he attempts to start a quiet life but again finds his way into trouble. He is compelled to reveal his true identity yet again and save the city from impending doom. During his battle, he also has to face his past which he had tried to bury all this while.