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The Sandman is the latest comic adaptation on Netflix, taking Gaiman’s work and making character changes while (mostly) sticking to the source material of the graphic novels.
If you’ve finished watching this and are looking for alternate shows, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming The Sandman.
Similarities – Worldbuilding & Mythology
American Gods portrays a world in the which God and man live side by side. Hidden from plain sight, war is brewing between new Gods of media and technology against the old Gods.
Shadow Moon, a man just out of jail who is ready to start a new chapter after his wife’s death, is at the heart of this hedonist adventure. That same wife, it’s worth noting, that cheated on Shadow with his best friend during the time he was incarcerated.
Shadow is recruited by Wednesday, a mysterious stranger. This sets off a search across America for Old Gods to help him defeat the New Gods. American Gods has multiple showrunners and ideas, but it is also visually stunning. It’s a rockin’ ride that everyone should enjoy.
Our full season review includes our thoughts on American Gods.
Similarities – Eclectic Characters & Mythology
Penny Dreadful, set in Victoria London, combines blood-soaked horror with mystery beautifully to create an atmospheric series. The story involves Sir Malcolm Murray, American gunsmith Ethan Chandler, Victor Frankenstein, and Vanessa Ives, a medium, attempting to defeat supernatural threats together.
It’s a simple enough premise but where this show excels is in its storytelling and acting. Penny Dreadful exudes charisma, and even though it starts slow in season 1, it soon becomes a true horror powerhouse.
It’s beautifully produced too, with some lavishly dressed sets and some well-rounded characters. This one is definitely worth checking out.
Similarities – Visuals & Mind-Bending Story
Legion is a complex sci-fi series set in the strange space of the X-Men universe. It’s also one of the more unusual and visually stunning shows you’re likely to see in quite some time.
The story revolves around David Haller, a super mutant. After being diagnosed as schizophrenia, the troubled young man ends up in an institution.
Legion is one the most memorable shows on the small screen. Fans of The Sandman should also enjoy a satisfying conclusion.
Our full season reviews include our thoughts on Legion.
Similarities – Gods & Afterlife
Terry Pratchett books have a very distinct humour that’s sometimes hard to translate onto the big or small screen. Amazon Studios, thankfully, opened its wallets in 2019 to produce a funny and quirky drama in Good Omens.
Good Omens is a blend of a mythological tale involving Gods, Christianity and some Pratchett humor. It has a good amount of religious humor and builds to a dramatic finale. It also has a very stacked cast!
Although it is a different show than others, the compelling story should still be enough to keep viewers coming back for more.
Read our thoughts about Good Omens You can find our full season reviews right here!
Guardian: The Great and Lonely God
Similarities – Torn Protagonist, Gods & Deep Themes
Guardian: The Lonely & Great God is quite simply one of the best Korean dramas ever made. Guardian (often called Goblin) is a fantastic adventure, with great cinematography and crackling chemistry among its main cast. This film is a must-watch for all fantasy fans.
Dokkaebi (Kim Shin) is the core of this story. She is a 939-year old immortal and best friend with a Grim Reaper as well as a student named Eun-Tak who has a tragic past. As fate would have it, Eun-Tak happens to be his bride who’s destined to break Shin’s immortal curse.
While the story is full of twists, turns and surprises, the production manages to hit every mark. This K-Drama is a gold-standard K-Drama.
Our full season review includes our thoughts on Goblin.
Similarities – Divided Worlds & Themes of Existence
What happens to you when you die? It’s a question many of us have had over the years. It’s also something that forms the foundation for Death Parade’s story.
The world depicts that after death, people go to heaven and hell. Some people end up at the Quindecim, where they are greeted by the mysterious, white-haired Decim. This guy is an Arbiter. He acts as a puppet and judges the souls of human beings after death.
Death Parade has some interesting ideas. It is a short, but powerful series that touches on a compelling idea.
Similarities – Neil Gaiman & Fantastical Worlds
Much like The Sandman’s various worlds of contrasting fortunes above and below, so too does Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. This urban fantasy series is set in “London Below”, a magical realm coexisting with the more familiar London we know. This is referred to as “London Above.”
Richard Mayhew, a Scottish-born man who lives in London, is the story’s protagonist. Door is an injured young girl who he meets. He decides to help Door. Only, he inexplicably ceases to exist on Earth and becomes real only to those in “London Below.”
To give much more away about the story would be a disservice, but the series does a great job adapting what’s otherwise one of Gaiman’s best novels.
Similarities – Mind-bending Visuals & Thought Provoking Themes
imagine if instead of work being a means to make money, work was just…it. You can work 9-5 all day without ever taking a weekend break or holiday. There are endless possibilities. If the sound of that just filled you with existential dread, welcome to the world of Severance, AppleTV+’s mind-bending, genre-hopping gem.
The story centers on Mark Scout, a man who’s still grieving the loss of his wife, deciding to undergo an experimental procedure called severance off the back of this. Severance is controversial. Many activists are trying to stop it. Essentially, this severance act sees the subject’s memories surgically divided between their work and personal lives.
Severance is a must-see series.
Read our complete season reviews to see our thoughts about Severance!
Similarities – Surreal Dreams & Nightmares
With four delightfully sinister tales to choose from, Channel Zero’s four-season run makes for really compelling horror viewing. Our top choice is season 1 and 3, which are the closest to Them’s early episodes.
With a new spin on The Tooth Fairy (pictured above) and some seriously creepy dolls, this is matched by season 3’s Dream Door plot which is equally as endearing. The characters are fascinating and the plot is well-written.
The two other seasons, which are not mentioned, explore a range of ideas making it a truly unique and interesting horror anthology.
Our full season reviews include our thoughts on Channel Zero.
New Cherry Flavor
Similarities – Horror & Visuals
Brand New Cherry Flavor tastes like a heady mix of different influences. It’s a mixture of Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, and the unsettling atmosphere of Channel Zero.
Lisa Nova, aspiring filmmaker, is the show’s heart. Set deep in the heart of 1990’s Los Angeles, she’s just finished her first student project, Lucy’s Eye. Lou Burke, a film producer, immediately falls in love with this film because it is so disturbing and horrifying. He completely screwed her over.
Bora, a strange woman, is the architect of all this. She stalks the periphery of Lisa’s storyline, slowly becoming more integral to the plot as the episodes progress. There’s definitely an air of “be careful what you wish for” with this, as Bora’s strange witchcraft and rituals allow Lisa to get her revenge – at a cost.
Check out our complete season review of Brand New Cherry Flavor.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to watch when you’re finished with The Sandman on Netflix.
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