THESE MUST-WATCH SHOWS ARE FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD
“Supernatural” may be gone, but the spirit lives on – so to speak. The CW’s longest-running show ended over a year ago and fans are already clamoring for more. While the network has confirmed production details for the prequel, you don’t have to wait for the unveiling. There are still plenty of otherworldly shows to get lost in right now.
Streaming platforms have opened the door to all things paranormal, welcoming audiences who enjoy stories about things that go bump in the night, and not only on Halloween. Classics like “The X-Files” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” which have had longstanding cult followings, paved the way for these five supernatural shows that are utterly spooktacular.
5. Shining Vale
“Shining Vale” is an American comedy/horror series that stars Courteney Cox, Greg Kinnear, and Mira Sorvino. The Starz show debuted on March 6 and drops half-hour episodes weekly, which are available to stream on Hulu.
Cox’s character [Pat Phelps] can’t figure out if she’s depressed or possessed, which makes trying to save her marriage with Greg Kinnear [Terry Phelps] that much more complicated. Packing up their family and leaving the big city for a scary house in a small town can only help, right? As inner demons and outer demons emerge, “Shining Vale” proves to be a scary good ride.
As a spin-off of “The Originals” (which was a spin-off of “The Vampire Diaries”), “Legacies” follows a group of supernaturally gifted high schoolers from Mystic Falls. At the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, werewolves, ghosts, vampires, witches, and other supernatural beings must learn to co-exist as they harness their growing powers.
Reappearing favorites include Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson (who we first met in “The Originals”) and Matthew Davis, who reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman (from “The Vampire Diaries”). When it comes to interesting supernatural storylines, this show gets an A+.“Legacies” is available to stream on Netflix.
Could you imagine being stuck in the same place forever? For the Matthews family: Tabitha [Catalina Sandino Moreno], Jim [Eion Bailey], and kids Jessica [Hannah Cheramy] and Ethan [Simon Webster], this nightmare becomes a reality after a highway accident leaves them permanently stranded in small-town USA.
The family quickly learns that other townspeople like Sheriff Boyd Stevens [Harold Perrineau] and Father Khatri [Shaun Majumder] are also stuck in this paradox, fighting off nightly visits from supernatural bloodthirsty creatures.
Perrineau reunites with “Lost” executive producers Jack Bender and Jeff Pinkner, who join forces with writer/creator John Griffin [“The Twilight Zone” and “Magic: The Gathering] to bring audiences this eerie Epix mystery. “From” airs Sundays on the cable channel and is available to stream on Prime Video.
2. What We Do in the Shadows
In 2014, Jemaine Clement [“Flight of the Conchords”] and Taika Waititi [“Thor: Ragnarok”] created the film “What We Do in the Shadows.” The mockumentary premiered on FX as a television series in March of 2019. In August of 2021, the critically acclaimed show was picked up for a fourth season, ahead of the Season 3 premiere.
Nandor [Kayvan Novak], Nadja [Natasia Demetriou], Laslo Cravensworth [Matt Berry], and Colin Robinson [Mark Proksch] are four vampires, three of which have lived together in Staten Island for over a hundred years. They’re joined by Guillermo de la Cruz [Harvey Guillén], who is Nando’s mortal familiar.
With psychic vampires, energy vampires, emotional vampires, vampire witches, half vampires, Chinese jumping vampires, “What We Do in the Shadows” is fangtastic fun you can sink your teeth into. You can catch it streaming on Hulu.
1. Stranger Things
In 2016, the phenomenon of “Stranger Things” was born. Matt and Ross Duffer [the Duffer brothers] were influenced by M. Night Shyamalan and Stephen King novels, which seemingly had a hand in the show’s inception. The upcoming fourth season will be released in two parts: volume one drops on May 27, while volume two premieres on July 1.
Season 4 picks up six months after Season 3. It’s said to mark “the beginning of the end,” as Season 5 will be the show’s last. Winona Ryder [Joyce Byers], David Harbour [Jim Hopper], Finn Wolfhard [Mike Wheeler], Millie Bobby Brown [Eleven], Gaten Matarazzo [Dustin Henderson], Caleb McLaughlin [Lucas Sinclair], Noah Schnapp [Will Byers], Sadie Sink [Max Mayfield], Natalia Dyer [Nancy Wheeler], Charlie Heaton [Jonathan Byers], Joe Keery [Steve Harrington], and Cara Buono [Karen Wheeler] are among those coming back for the new season.
The Emmy-winning show that turned the world “Upside Down” is available on Netflix.
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