10 series to watch on Netflix if you’re a supernatural fanatic
Now that lockdown has been extended, apart from eating, sleeping and maybe going to work (or waking up 3 minutes before you’re required to log in from home), what else are we really meant to do?
Now, although you may think that you have already watched everything you can possibly watch on Netflix, we can assure you that we probably have something on our list that you might have skipped or may want to re-watch.
Those of us who are supernatural geeks, know that there are levels to the genre. Not all ‘supernatural’ series and films fit into the same bracket. We would like to think that GenZennial has tried to fit in a variety of ‘supernatural’ shows, however, if there are some important variations that you think we’ve missed, let us know!
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The Classics (GenZennial rating: TBD/10)
This list is in no particular order, but how can we begin without mentioning some OG favourites? We’re talking about the shows that you can’t help but think about while discussing the mystical genre. Some strong contenders are: The Vampire Diaries, True Blood, Supernatural, The Walking Dead, Teen Wolf, Shadowhunters and The Originals, but honestly the list of classic supernatural shows goes on and on. Though regarded as exemplary, some of these are not (yet perhaps) available on Netflix *sad face*, which we are sorry about. However, the following series definitely are!
Altered Carbon (IMDb rating: 8.1/10) (GenZennial rating: 7.5/10)
Like we mentioned, there is no order to this list (that would probably cause some outrage), so without picking favourites, first up we have Altered Carbon. Now, if you asked us to explain what exactly this show is about, I really doubt that you’d get an answer. Although that sounds like a negative review, we couldn’t mean it in a more positive manner.
The series is based on a 2002 novel by author Richard K. Morgan. Essentially it is set some time in the future where you can transfer your ‘consciousness’ into different bodies. Firstly meaning the technology used is ridiculous and secondly meaning you never truly die.
The plot is simply described as a former soldier and investigator is brought back to life (his consciousness is in a chip which is put into a new sleeve/body) to solve a murder. However, it’s way more complicated than that, it’s one of those situations where you’re not 100% sure what’s going on at all times, but you can’t stop watching. So obviously, we recommend.
American Horror Story – Chapter 6 ‘Roanoke’ (IMDb rating: 8.4/10) (GenZennial rating: 8.5/10)
Say what you want about American Horror Story, I mean we definitely don’t stand for all the seasons ever made, but Chapter 6, otherwise known as Roanoke, is definitely the season to watch. The plot revolves around a breaking-the-fourth-wall producer who wants to film a sequel to a previous show of his surrounding the infamous Roanoke House.
Though the house is rigged to create top-notch entertainment, things start to go south when real paranormal activity starts to take place. The season is split, we won’t say how, but it is definitely worth the watch. To avoid giving any spoilers, we’ll stop there; just know that the plot is more complex and detailed than the other seasons of AHS, making it an essential on our supernatural hit list.
Unsolved Mysteries (IMDb rating: 7.4/10) (GenZennial rating: 7/10)
Not the classic supernatural series you were expecting, but not one to miss out on. We have cheated here a bit as not all of the episodes have supernatural elements, but it is an interesting show to watch especially if you’re into crime documentaries as well as the supernatural. Each episode focuses on a different and unique mystery, so you’re basically getting the most bang for your buck here. We highly recommend.
The Witcher (IMDb rating: 8.2/10) (GenZennial rating: 8/10)
Quite honestly, we could just say ‘Geralt of Rivia’ and the description could be over, but we know you want to know more, so here we go.
The Witcher is based on a book series by Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. There were previously video games created which have the same storyline, but in 2019 Netflix decided to release a series featuring Henry Cavill, Freya Allan and Anya Chalotra.
The main plot follows Geralt of Rivia who is a essentially a monster hunter and feels out of place in a world where he can’t seem to decide who is more evil: the humans or the monsters he hunts.
There are technically three timelines at the beginning of the season one, which ultimately merge to create a cohesive storyline. However, for avid Witcher fans it is a must watch and for those who have never heard of The Witcher before, trust us and give it a go.
Lucifer (IMDb rating: 8.2/10) (GenZennial rating: 8/10)
The devil in disguise - literally. Lucifer Morningstar wakes up one day and wants to see what all the commotion on Earth is about, so he decides to relocate to LA – the city of Angels (we love a bit of irony, or perhaps he just thought he was going to miss the heat).
Funnily enough, not only does the devil want a change of scenery, but he also decides to run his own nightclubs and - get this – help the police. If watching the devil do good work interests you then you know what to watch next, Netflix is releasing season five in late August 2020 and has also renewed the show for a sixth and final season, yay us!
The Haunting of Hill House (IMDb rating: 8.7/10) (GenZennial rating: 8.5/10)
The show displays a classic gothic trope – a haunted house – with a dark twist. The series follows a family who explore their strange and traumatic childhood memories spent in their family's ‘forever’ home. The plot is loosely based on a novel by Shirley Jackson, where two timelines meet as the siblings remember the events that occurred during their childhood, and continue to haunt them in their adult life.
The show is essentially a complex and very well written campfire horror story, which perhaps is why it is effective. If you have not seen this series yet, we urge you to get on it before Netflix releases season two in late 2020. Next season is based off of the popular gothic novel, The Turn of The Screw.
Stranger Things (IMDb rating: 8.8/10) (GenZennial rating: 8/10)
How could we have written this list without including Stranger Things? Although it seems like everyone and their dog has already watched this show, we know that there are probably some of you who keep telling yourself that you’ll get round to it, but have not yet managed to – this is your reminder. Especially if you’re into the science fiction aspect of the supernatural genre then this show is a must watch for you.
Set in the 1980’s, you get to explore the new age of technology (that we GenZennials take for granted) with the characters, which is something unique to the show. What seems to be a simple case of a missing child turns out to be the biggest adventure the imaginary town of Hawkins has ever embarked on. If government conspiracies, weird ugly alien things and good old friendship interests you, then Stranger Things should be next on your hit list.
iZombie (IMDb rating: 7.9/10) (GenZennial rating: 8/10)
This last one is a personal favourite, so call us biased but we couldn't forget to include iZombie. It's the perfect mix of supernatural, comedy and drama – in our humble opinion. The dynamic duo of Liv and Clive (Ravi as well but there weren’t any cool words that went with trio) make the show entertaining yet moving.
Without giving you any spoilers, Liv turns into a Zombie and then realises that when she eats brains (she finds a job at the morgue so eating brains isn’t a difficult task) she sees flashbacks of the person’s life whose brain she ate. Due to this she starts working alongside detective Clive and helps solve many murders. The plot thickens and becomes much more complicated, but we’ll leave that for you to watch and decipher yourselves.
Actually - here's a few more to watch (GenZennial rating: strong 7’s and 8’s/10)
We know this is cheating, but did you really think we could’ve just chosen 10? There's a few new shows that have made it on our hit list and think that they should be on yours.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (IMDb rating: 7.6/10) – who could forget the original Sabrina the Teenage Witch series?! Netflix’s remake is definitely one to watch featuring some hard core witchy realness and a literal handsome devil.
The Order (IMDb rating: 6.8/10) – if you like secrets and werewolves then you’re in for a treat. Another Netflix original, The Order is based on a young man who seeks revenge from a magical and extremely secret college society, what could possibly go wrong?
Locke and Key (IMDb rating: 7.4/10) – now this was truly something unique. The Locke children along with their mother move into their ancestral home after the tragic death of their father, where they find a series of magical keys that help them understand the extent of their magical house and perhaps even their father’s untimely death.
The Umbrella Academy (IMDb rating: 7.9/10) – for anyone who watched Heroes, this show slightly emulates that vibe. The series revolves around adopted siblings who have lost touch and are brought back together by the death of their father. Sounds morbid, but we promise you this one is a diamond. A superb combination of superheroes, science fiction and drama – basically a must watch.
If you've made it to this point without rushing to turn on Netflix, we appreciate it! Let us know if we've missed any of your faves on Twitter or Instagram @gen_zennial, and happy watching!