Mermaids might be nothing but a figment of our imagination, but there has always been tremendous interests from certain quarters regarding such creatures. Not only mermaids but Bigfoot, the Yeti of the Himalayas, or the Lochness monster – each one has several stories and legends associated with them. In this day and age of the internet, fake videos of such creatures often do the rounds. But we must admit that such creatures can be the source of some amazing fiction, be it novels or films or television shows.
An interesting aspect that we can ponder upon while talking about shows on mythical creatures is that it is our fear of the unknown that always drives our ideas and perceptions regarding them. For instance, in ‘Siren’, there is a mermaid who comes out to create fear within the people of a village because she believes these people have held her captive. However, marine biologists believe that the mermaid is a sea creature and there must be some extraordinary reason for her to travel so far into human territory. ‘Siren’ does take an attempt to take an empathetic look at such a creature. Some might even suggest that the show works as a warning against claiming nature for ourselves. Once the mysteries of nature are laid bare, no one knows what dark fate awaits mankind.
For the sake of the uninitiated, it must be mentioned here that ‘sirens’ are actually a part of Greek mythology, and are evil creatures who use music and charm to lure sailors. If you enjoyed watching this critically acclaimed series and are looking for more titles that explore similar ideas and themes, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Siren’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Siren’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
8. Legend Of The Blue Sea (2016-2017)
Most of what we know about Korean television are the K-drama shows on Netflix. Many are not aware of the rich content both in films and television. The series ‘Legend Of The Blue Sea’ makes it quite clear that South Korea is not behind in any way in terms of production values of fantasy shows. The series is a modern take on a legend of the Joseon period revolving around the love story of a mermaid and a fisherman. Themes like fate, eternal longing, and rebirth take precedence in ‘Legend Of The Blue Sea’. While in ‘Siren’ we get a sense of impending doom, ‘Legend Of The Blue Sea’ offers a more mythical approach in its storytelling. Despite being criticized for a weak plot, the series became extremely popular because of the stardom of its leading pair, Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Min-ho.
7. Tidelands (2018)