The Devil has had innumerable representations on both film and television throughout the history of still images, moving images and sound. The character himself is so interesting and charismatic that many great actors have not been able to resist the ‘carnal desire’ of playing him. That this character is always one with a dynamic presence is very clear when he is first portrayed as an indomitable spirit who has not given up his ambitions even after falling from God’s grace at the beginning of John Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost.’ Actors like Al Pacino in ‘The Devil’s Advocate’ (1997), Peter Stormare in ‘Constantine’ (2005), and Jack Nicholson in ‘The Witches Of Eastwick’ (1987) have all done fantastic jobs in portraying the Devil. To add to their list, Fox cast Tom Ellis as the Devil in their TV series ‘Lucifer‘ (2016 – ) which sees the Fallen Angel as a slick and stylish Los Angeles club owner. Interestingly enough, this character is not exactly an adaptation of the Biblical Devil, but of the DC Comics character who goes by the name Lucifer Morningstar.
The character first was seen in the DC comic book series ‘Sandman’ written by Neil Gaiman and was later adapted for the television by Tom Kapinos. The story of ‘Lucifer‘ centers around the eponymous character who has become tired of being the Lord of Hell, and thus has shifted base to Los Angeles. It is his association with LAPD’s Detective Chloe Decker which takes Lucifer on a course of solving crimes and becoming an important consultant for the cops. Ellis received acclaim from all reviewers for his portrayal of the character and the unassuming sense of charisma he exuded with his performance. When Fox canceled the series after its third season, Netflix picked it up for a fourth season after a huge social media storm. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘Lucifer’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘Lucifer’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
5. American Gods (2017 – )
Neil Gaiman is a masterful writer who creates amazing plots involving a fine blend of the supernatural and the regular world that he sees around us. One of his finest creations, ‘American Gods‘, was already a huge success when the book released in 2001 and won numerous awards throughout the world. The story of ‘American Gods’ incorporates elements from the folklore of America, snippets from modern or ancient mythology, and a perfect dose of fantasy. The central character of the story is a man called Shadow Moon who finds himself in a realm of magic after agreeing to work for a man called Mr. Wednesday. In this strange and mysterious realm, the Old Gods now have very less influence and the New Gods called Technology and Media are the ones revered by the populace.
The series received critical acclaim as an adaptation which has done justice to its source material. The show is visually rich, and the way it tackles concepts like deism and faith is quite radical and refreshing in the world of television. It is very to talk about ‘American Gods’ on this list because just like ‘Lucifer’, this series also manages to place mythological characters in a modern setting to bring out interesting plot points by pitting such starkly contrasting elements against each other.
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