The names Lana and Lilly Wachowski have been etched in annals of film history since the day their groundbreaking sophomore directorial venture ‘The Matrix‘ (1998) took the screens by storm worldwide. The director-duo was immediately regarded as pioneers who have paved a new path for sci-fi films. As their careers progressed beyond the 1998 blockbuster, the Wachowskis kept showing us they were far from one-hit wonders, and are here for the long race. Films like ‘V For Vendetta‘ (2005) and ‘Could Atlas‘ (2012) kept adding to their visionary status. When filmmakers of such loud acclaim join hands with a streaming giant as fiercely competitive and innovative as Netflix, it seems like a match made in heaven. The collaboration did manage to bear fruit as the Wachowski’s reinvigorated their status as auteurs with the seminal TV series ‘Sense8.’
Set in a world where an alternative race of human beings exist, the plot follows “Sensates” who can communicate with each other though telepathy. Eight members of the “Sensates” join forces to uncover the mystery behind their telepathic powers and embark on a globetrotting adventure. Soon, they find themselves under the scanners of a sinister establishment called Biologic Preservation Organization and its high-ranking officials named ‘Whispers.’
The series received widespread critical acclaim and viewers’ praise with Netflix revealing that it is one of the most binge-watched shows within their repertoire. As it always is with the Wachowskis, ‘Sense8’ is a sci-fi project with underlying political layers. It speaks for people who are ‘different’ from what is considered normalcy. But it is this difference which gives them the strength to fight all the challenges that come their way. So, without further ado, here is the list of best TV series similar to ‘Sense8’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these TV shows like ‘Sense8’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Westworld (2016 – )
Created by Johnathan Nolan, ‘Westworld‘ is a show which deftly incorporates elements of sci-fi as well as Western within its narrative. The show centers around an amusement park created using simulated reality where visitors can fulfill their bizarre fantasies ranging from rape to torture to murder with the help of humanoids called “Hosts.”
The park is based on settings we usually see on Western films and TV shows, with the only difference being that the people who crowd the place are robots. Things go smooth for the park at first, but problems surface when some of the “Hosts” start recollecting the tortures they’ve been through. In a similar vein with ‘Sense8’, ‘Westworld’ incorporates a note of social commentary within its storyline, raising an important question of how humans should treat the artificial intelligence once it gains the “humane” ability to empathize.