We all love Nordic-Noir, don’t we? Set amidst bleak settings with brooding protagonists, this genre is now the new craze in the entertainment industry. Now, what happens when this desolate backdrop is coupled with a post-apocalyptic, virus pandemic? A dark setting with an even darker theme, right? But we still love it, and that’s why this category is so influential and successful.
Delving into this harsh combo, we have ‘The Rain’, a highly intriguing post-apocalyptic series. After a rain infused with a deadly virus wipes out almost the whole of Scandinavia, we see two young survivors, who emerge from a bunker, five years after the event. These Danish siblings, after discovering that every inch of civilization has perished, accompany a crew of fellow young survivors, in a mission to find any remaining signs of life. They also need to finalize on a safe haven, where they can cohabit. In this danger-packed, grueling journey, the youngsters realize that although society is now free of the previous societal norms, they still need to deal with coming-of-age, adolescent issues. On the other hand, the siblings also need to find their father, as they believe that he might hold the final cure for this fatal pandemic.
Now, if you have already binge-watched all the episodes of this series, then let’s guide you through some equally creepy, bizarre titles. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘The Rain’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘The Rain’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Valkyrien (2017-)
When medical horror collides with Nordic-noir, what do you get? ‘Valkyrien’ should be your answer. This 2017-released Norwegian show introduces us to a disillusioned doctor who works in an illegal makeshift hospital, located somewhere around an abandoned metro station in Oslo. Dr. Ravn Eikanger attends to patients (mainly criminals) who cannot seek treatment in regular hospitals. Meanwhile, he researches to find a cure for his dying wife, which is funded through this underground clinic.
9. Survivors (2008-10)