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What Series Are Like Good Omens?
Every devout Christian knows the story of Armageddon, according to which only true believers will join God in heaven when the end of the world comes. It sounds like a scary proposition, but that’s exactly what happens in this fantasy drama.
It’s not like humans stand a chance against their creator. So, it’s a good thing that the angel Aziraphale, and the demon, Crowley have grown quite fond of Earth and want to protect it at any cost. However, to achieve this Herculean task, they must put aside their differences as the situation leaves no room for error. Their first task is finding the missing antichrist, a young boy who is yet to discover his true purpose. But, standing in their way are the infamous four horsemen of the apocalypse - war, famine, pollution, and death.
Keeping up with the current times, they prefer to use motorbikes instead of horses to hunt their targets down. Despite the dark subject matter, this miniseries takes a comical approach to Biblical lore, besides the modern redesigning of the above-mentioned characters. Other than the interesting spin, Michael Sheen and David Tennent play the lead roles and complement each other well, further adding to the show’s credit.
Unfortunately, there is no news yet regarding a second season. While we wait for the next update, here are a few shows like Good Omens to keep you occupied.
Series Similar to Good Omens
- American Gods
- What We Do in The Shadows
- Under The Dome
One of Netflix’s most popular shows at the moment, Lucifer follows a fallen archangel/devil. But the devil we see here differs greatly from the stories we’ve heard as children. He’s not only charming and seductive, but he’s also hilarious and enigmatic.
Our protagonist leaves hell and opens up a high-end nightclub in Los Angeles, not seeing much of a difference between the two. Everything is going pretty well until a murder starts off a chain of events that eventually change the character in unimaginable ways. During this journey, he meets detective Chloe, a genuinely good human being. This is, however, only the beginning of a series of many strange encounters.
Neil Gaiman, the author of Good Omens, helped create the character of Lucifer, so it’s no surprise that both shows have some similarities in character development. There’s a theory that Lucifer, despite being the most notorious archangel, was also god’s favorite son. The series sheds light on that aspect as well. After all, he wasn’t wrong about his mistrust of humans. Watch the devil adapt himself with the modern world, as he befriends intriguing characters along the way.
After releasing four successful seasons, the creators have wrapped it up with the fifth. If you’re looking for a series similar to Good Omens, Lucifer will keep you busy for a long time.
2. American Gods
Yet another story from the brilliant mind of Neil Gaiman, American Gods premiered in 2017. Talented actors such as Ian McShane, Emily Browning, and Peter Stormare are a part of this unique world. The show revolves around the idea that gods are only as real as the faith people have in them. Therefore, the more believers one collects, the more powerful he/she becomes.
The show chronicles the story of Shadow Moon, a troubled man, who is struggling to deal with the death of his wife. Things, however, only get worse when he meets Mr. Wednesday, one of the older gods. Moon is introduced to the world of gods by Mr. Wednesday, which turns out to be overwhelming for our protagonist. Little does he know that his life is about to be turned upside down.
Old and forgotten gods like Odin, Mad Sweeney, and Loki are trying to reclaim their honor against the newer gods. It’s not going to be easy as the new gods are willing to do anything it takes to stay in power. It only gets worse as little skirmishes start shaping into an all-out war.
Any series dealing with the subject of religion almost always invites some controversy, and American Gods is no different. However, if one can get past the sensitivity of the subject, the unique storytelling will keep you hooked.
3. What We Do in the Shadows
Based on a 2014 horror/comedy film of the same name, What We Do in the Shadows is a documentary-style TV show. It follows the story of four vampires who have been living together for hundreds of years in New York City. With time, they have learned to blend in and adapt to the modern landscape. But after an unexpected visit from their leader, who had tasked them with taking over the world, things start getting crazy.
The mainstream media has made vampires, werewolves, and witches more popular than ever before, but this show’s hysterical take on these mythical creatures sets it apart from everything else on TV.
We have seen these sharp-toothed beings hide from humans, hunting only during the darkness of night. However, in this modern re-telling, they have adapted human-like quirks. Their immortality feels more like a curse as they crave to live a normal life.
This documentary-style dramedy is hilarious and outrageous all the way through. In spite of the outlandish theme, everything seems so relatable. Unfortunately, the ratings were not that great for season 1. However, the good news is that FX has renewed What We Do in the Shadows for season 2.
Even though we reign supreme over other species, humans still haven't managed to reach the extreme depths of the seas and the oceans. So it's safe to say that we're pretty much doomed if mythical aquatic creatures decided to take over.
Mermaids are considered to be beautiful and sweet mythical creatures with no history of violence, against humans at the very least. The mermaids of Siren, however, are just the opposite.
The plot revolves around Ryn, a mysterious girl whose true intentions are not apparent. Exacting revenge for abducting her little sister, she soon turns the whole town upside down. The mermaid-obsessed town soon realizes that things have gotten out of hand. Will they be able to stop the inevitable?
Though the show handles a fictitious story arc with great finesse, cheesiness still seeps in at times. Thankfully, it's not something that'll ruin your experience as a viewer.
5. Under the Dome
Under the Dome comes from the mind of this generation's favorite horror/mystery writer, Stephen King. Based on the eponymous, best-selling novel, the story revolves around a small town whose inhabitants are trapped inside a transparent dome that covers the area. No one gets in and no one gets out. These people can no longer have any connections with the outside world. Is it some big conspiracy, or an act of God? The show introduces so many questions at the beginning that it can get a little perplexing. The story, however, gets a lot better in the latter half. Ultimately, the pay-off is definitely worth it, not unlike Mr. King's other creative ventures.
It may sound like a dream come true for introverts where they literally get separated from the outside world, but experiencing this level of loneliness first-hand can make even the most misanthropic person question their sanity. What if this lasts forever and the small town ceases to exist due to lack of sufficient resources, with no possible way of escape? Evil usually lurks in the shadows, but this time it has appeared in broad daylight, challenging people to peek behind the unnerving veil of reality in search of the truth.
Everybody loves a good time travel story or at least something that messes with the space-time continuum in general. Detective Raimy Sullivan is still struggling to cope with her father's tragic murder 20 years ago. One day she hears his voice from the past, via the radio, which somehow leads her to save his life.
If we've learned anything from watching countless movies and shows about time travel, it's the fact that playing with time has consequences. It often brings chaos and uncertainty into the world, which seldom ends well for anyone. She messes with time, and in turn, time messes back with her and everyone she cares about. It gets to the point where she regrets her decision and wants to rewrite the past again.
Any story that introduces the concept of "malleable or changeable" time is really difficult to pull off. There must be no room for holes in the story, and it should be told in such a way that it doesn't leave viewers confused. Frequency introduces the concept of sound waves traveling through time rather than the physical self, which makes the concept a little less complicated.
This CW production only lasted for a single season, but managed to tell its story efficiently over 13 episodes.
Did I miss out on any other shows like Good Omens? Let me know in the comments section.