When ‘Stranger Things’ first aired on Netflix, it generated a new wave of excitement and brought out nostalgia, especially for those who grew up in the ’80s. Inspired by the works of Steven Spielberg, Stephen King, and many others, this series revolves around the mysterious disappearance of Will Byers and the efforts of his family and friends to find him. Reading this, you may think it’s just another crime show but it’s not. It has something extraordinary (or maybe supernatural is the word), a ghost-like monster. With the elements of a small town mystery, a secretive government facility, a couple of hard-headed and motivated people looking for the truth, and some shadowy monsters, this series has got them all, and over the seasons, it has only improved, serving to hit all the cliches of the time period it is set in, while also intensifying the mystery where the realms of normal and paranormal collide. If you love the show, here is the list of TV shows similar to ‘Stranger Things’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these shows like ‘Stranger Things’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Twin Peaks (1990-2017)
There is something about American small towns and the mysteries they hide. Nothing captures this better than David Lynch’s ‘Twin Peaks‘. Much like ‘Stranger Things’, the entry point of the series is the occurrence of an event that disrupts the normal life of the town. In Lynch’s show, it is the disappearance of a popular and pretty high school girl, Laura Palmer. The FBI sends Agent Dale Cooper to investigate the case. While the story starts off as a crime drama, as the season progresses, the show becomes increasingly Lynchian, with a healthy dose of surrealism. Inexplicable things happen in this town, and the people have their own set of quirks, ranging from adorable to menacing, and Agent Cooper finds himself in the midst of a case that might be a little out of depth for the FBI.
‘Twin Peaks’ has amassed a cult following and is considered to be one of the greatest shows of all time. To appreciate Lynch’s mastery in weaving the tale, we recommend you eschew the binging culture and savor all that this show has to offer, much like Cooper savors his coffee and cherry pies.
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11. Westworld (2016-)