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What Series and movies Are Like Love, Death & Robots?
Wacky and mind-bending, Love, Death & Robots is an episodic series, with each episode presenting an outlandish story. Ranging from around 10 to 20 minutes, each larger-than-life episode whisks you away to its fascinating world.
Once you’ve churned through this anime series, it’s only natural to look for something similar. As of the time of writing, Netflix has already confirmed that the series will come back sometime in 2022. While you wait for the next season, take a look at a few movies and shows like Love, Death & Robots: -
Movies And Shows Similar to Love, Death & Robots
- Mr. Robot
- Tales From The Loop
- Fight Club
- Black Mirror
- Blade Runner 2049
There is a reason why Futurama is considered one of the best anime of all time. Its slapstick humor is hard to find anywhere else in the modern TV landscape. I'd go as far as to say that Futurama topples every other action anime, especially when it comes to consistently delivering one outlandish episode after the other.
Taking place in 1999, Futurama revolves around a pizza delivery boy who accidentally freezes himself, only to wake up 1000 years in the future. Of course, everything has changed, but it turns out that people still love the good old delivery system. Given as being a delivery boy is all he's ever known, he takes the job. It's only later he realizes that it involves traveling through space. Has he bitten off more than he can chew?
Futurama was way ahead of its time when it first came out back in 1999. The world wasn’t ready for it. If you missed out on this gem of an anime back when it came out, now is your chance to redeem yourself.
Why the recommendation?
Futurama features an overarching storyline while Love, Death & Robots is a series of self-contained stories. While both series don't shy away from violence, sex, and gore, Futurama is a little constrained in that regard. Some of Futurama's outrageous stories will definitely remind you of Love, Death & Robots.
2. The Animatrix
Can't get enough of the Matrix universe? While there is another movie in the works as of the time of writing, it's still some ways away. Until then, you might as well treat yourself with The Animatrix, the collection of 9 different short stories taking place in the Matrix universe.
If you consider live-action entertainment to be the holy grail, The Animatrix will prove you wrong. It’s a shame that Animatrix often isn't seen in the same light as the Matrix series. While the Matrix series did a tremendous job of building a believable AI-ruled dystopia, Animatrix delves deeper into the lore, presenting its disparate stories with more vigor and poignancy.
The anime stories delve deeper into The Matrix rabbit hole, helping us understand the world better. But getting a better idea of the world and lore should not be your only reason to watch this gem. Watch it because it's an amazing ride—one that should be experienced by every Matrix fan.
If you are hoping to have some of your lingering questions about the Matrix world answered, Animatrix might leave you mildly disenchanted. Some of the burning questions are left for the audience. Go ahead. Give it a shot and see if you can come up with your own interpretations. Those looking for a good series like Love, Death & Robots would love what Animatrix brings to the table.
3. Mr. Robot
With over 500 scripted shows produced and released every year, a lot of them never get the attention and praise they deserve. In the landscape where cancellation and eternal cliffhangers are the norms, Mr. Robot is one of the very few series with an astounding finanle. Over the course of its 4 hallucinatory seasons, the overarching storyline builds up towards something grandeur, culminating in an ending that'll be remembered for a long time.
Most of the story revolves around Elliot, a troubled man with a routine corporate job. As soon as he gets off work, he turns into a vigilante with a mission is to uproot the greedy corporates and upend the financial ecosystem. He’s the modern-day Robinhood, at least in his own mind.
As it turns out, not everything he sees or envisions is accurate. And since we get to see everything transpiring from his cynical viewpoint, we’re often in the same conundrum as Elliot. Can we trust a delusional pessimist? It’s up to you. Whether you choose to justify or criticize his cyber-bullying, you’ll somewhat root for him to succeed.
Just like Love, Death & Robots, Mr. Robot has a tendency to get brooding and suffocating at times. And almost no comic relief ensures that the paranoia only mounts up as the show progresses forwards. If you’re depressed, maybe this show is not for you, for it can make a nihilist out of a rational optimist, at least at that moment.
4. Tales From The Loop
Tales From The Loop is a collection of 8 short stories about people living their mundane lives while coming to terms with the supernatural phenomenons occurring in their daily lives, thanks to their decision to live above “The Loop”, a mystical force that’s designed to “explore and unlock mysteries of the universe." The Loop might have its benefits, but it’s also playing a subtle part in the omnipresent melancholy strewn across the town.
This despairing tale reminds us that we’re all social animals craving connection, intimacy, and recognition. Unlike Love, Death & Robots, Takes From the Loop doesn’t rely on grandeur spectacles; its biggest draw is an engaging melodrama that compels its views to introspect. While Love, Death & Robots is a bunch of separate stories, all the episodes of Tales from the Loop are loosely interconnected.
My only gripe with this Amazon original would be its somewhat unevenly-paced storyline. At times the pace picks up, only to get derailed again. Don't be disheartened, however. Let the story run its course; pay close attention to the plot and characters, and you'll be rewarded in the latter half for your patience. As long as you're not expecting a flashy, flamboyant spectacle like Love, Death & Robots, Tales From The Loop is an excellent pick for your next binge-watching session.
Dark takes place in a small German town where two children go missing—no clues, no apparent reason. What seems like just another case of child disappearance gradually turns into a gritty time-travel melodrama.
Directed by Baran bo Odar, Dark is arguably one of the most difficult series I have watched in the last decade. From the beginning until the credits roll, this sly series demands absolute attention, for missing a single moment of its intricate storyline would mean falling out of the story loop. Dark blasts you with more questions than answers, especially in the beginning. If you love scrolling through your social media feed while watching something, this Netflix original is not for you. Prepare to jot down all the characters’ names and numerous timelines. Maybe you’ll figure out the whole thing without any outside help.
Premiered in 2017, Dark is one of the very few shows that ended with a bang, joining the ranks of Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones (Last season was more of fan service, but I enjoyed it). With its convoluted storylines, tying up the loose ends of the previous two seasons in just a few episodes of the final season seemed daunting, but thankfully we got a well-deserved ending, leaving some of its iconic characters etched in our memories.
I’ll reiterate; only pick this series up if you have the time. Dark doesn’t like holding hands. Some of the clues are in the details. If you get sidetracked, be prepared to be left in the "dark" a lot.
Love, Death & Robots Vs. Dark
Though Love, Death & Robots is an easy watch, some of its stories are bleak and straight-up sadistic, just like the German series in question. Also, both these series often fiddle with the concept of time travel, with the formal barely scratching the surface and the latter delving head-on into all the nitty-gritty of its self-imposed time-travel rules.
Dark presents a more nuanced, overarching storyline—one that demands time, devotion, and attention.
6. Fight Club
Anything created by David Fincher usually turns out to be a dark and twisted affair with wanton ambiguously. From scandalous Gone Girl to the morbid Se7en, Fincher's masterpieces have always exceeded expectations.
Fight Club, however, is a movie of a different league, right up with the top 5 movies ever made. Over two decades after its initial release, it's still a regular feature in plenty of listicles and opinion pieces—a testimony to its unbridled quality.
There is a reason behind the uncanny popularity of this cult classic; the story, despite being wacky, speaks to many of us. Fight Club beckons our dark side, demands that we join its Fight Club, and revel in its chaotic delights. Perhaps, there is liberation in mayhem after all.
Spoiling even a part of the film would be a cardinal sin. No synopsis, not even a sniff of the story here, for this gem of a movie is best experienced first-hand. If you haven't watched Fight Club yet, redeem yourself now.
7. Black Mirror
Originally a Channel 4 (A British Network) show, this sci-fi series has expanded in scope after making the jump to Netflix. The deep pockets of Netflix have translated into better cinematography, visuals, sets, and of course, the scope.
Are you one of those people who often ponder about the repercussions of the technology invasion in our lives? The gradual encroaching of automated technology in the last few decades has made us dependent on them for most of our tasks. It’s not hard to imagine a future where the tables will turn and they’ll take over. Black Mirror accentuates these irrational fears and meticulously portrays your worst nightmares on the screen.
Just like Love, Death & Robots, every episode is a self-contained story, lasting usually around the 30 minutes mark. Thankfully, it's not all doom and gloom. Some of its episodes are uplifting, showcasing the positive side of embracing futuristic gadgets. Most of the stories, however, go south after starting off on start off on a bright note.
As with almost every series, there'll be a few episodes you won't end up liking. Skip those and focus on what you love. Also, pay no attention to some of the low user ratings on IMDB. Most of these ratings are because those folks didn't like a few episodes. With an anthology series like this, there are bound to be a few misfires.
Note: If you liked Black Mirror, give Bandersnatch a shot. Available on Netflix, it's an interactive movie with multiple endings.
8. Blade Runner 2049
The sequel to 1982's original Blade Runner takes place in futuristic Los Angeles (in 2049). Air quality has continued to worsen and sea levels have risen at an alarming rate over the years. The world has finally crumbled in the face of all the corruption, pollution, and incisive technology. Androids have taken over most of the tasks designed for humans, serving their masters while suffering from the same existential dread humans often experience.
The story revolves around K, an LAPD synth with the mission to "retire" the older, rebellious androids. While most of them are eradicated, a few still are in the hiding. When K goes after one such replicant, he unearths a secret that might further destabilize an already dysfunctional society.
What does it mean to be a human? How does one differentiate between a replicant and a human when the former feels and acts the same way? Should they have the same rights as us humans? Most of the movie wrestles with these questions and leaves it up to the viewers to interpret its vague answers.
The original is still one of the best sci-fi movies ever made, but the sequel has carved its own identity while staying true to its roots. Since it's much more than nostalgic fan service, some staunch fans of the original will diss on this sequel, as already apparent from the user reviews on IMDB and Metacritic. I'm here to tell you to not pay any attention to those reviews.
Last but not the least; you don't need to watch the original to enjoy this masterpiece. However, to get a better idea of the source material and inspiration behind Blade Runner 2049, you probably should.
Did I miss out on any other series and movies like Love, Death & Robots? With a plethora of series and movies popping up left and right, it's quite possible to overlook a few worthy entries. Let me know in the comments section and I will update the piece as soon as I can.