10 TV shows to watch until the final season of ‘Supernatural’ returns
With the coronavirus pandemic still raging, it’s uncertain when Supernatural, everyone’s favorite monster-hunting show, will wrap its 15th and final season. Currently, the crew has only two episodes to finish filming. While the initial hope was to resume filming in Vancouver in the fall, there’s been no update on whether that can safely happen or not.
Though 13 episodes of season 15 are already on Netflix, fans have likely already binged their way through them. All is not lost, however. There are a few other shows that can satisfy your monster-of-the-week craving. Here are 10 we recommend.
The Umbrella Academy
The show about seven extraordinary siblings constantly battling assassins, the impending apocalypse and each other has gotten quite the cult following. Based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic of the same name, The Umbrella Academy premiered in 2019 on Netflix, and its second season just dropped on the streaming service July 31. It’s the perfect show for fans of Supernatural’s fantasy element as well as the humor and sibling strife. Additionally, both seasons have amazing soundtracks that include songs by Way, KISS and Noel Gallagher.
This show is a fresh take on the Wild West gunslinger Wyatt Earp. In the show, Wynonna Earp returns home and takes the mantle of demon hunter she inherited from her ancestor. Of course, no hunter is complete without a crew. Wynonna is aided by her sister Waverly, the immortal Doc Holliday and a deputy marshal named Xavier Dolls. The show is perfect for those who love history as much as they love a good demon-fighting scene. The fourth season is currently airing on Syfy, but past seasons can be found on Netflix.
What do you get when you pair a priest, a demon hunter and a woman with supernatural abilities? An epic urban fantasy called Diablero. Set in Mexico, the show follows the aforementioned priest, Father Ramiro Ventura, as he works to cleanse the city of evil with the help of Elvis, a demon hunter, and Nancy, a woman who has a unique and terrifying gift. The show has two seasons out on Netflix. It’s a great choice for those who enjoy the more macabre and atmospheric episodes of Supernatural.
Based on the book by Joe Hill, NOS4A2 follows Vic McQueen, a talented artist whose psychic abilities are quickly noticed by a creepy, vampire-like being named Charlie Manx. Manx, played by Zachary Quinto (American Horror Story, Star Trek), feeds on the life force of children and takes them to a place called “Christmasland.” Along the way, McQueen is aided by a woman named Maggie, who receives notes about the future via Scrabble tiles. This show is perfect for fans who love fresh takes on classic villains and have soft spots for some of the women of Supernatural, such as Charlie Bradbury.
This show, lightly based on Grimm’s Fairy Tales, follows Portland police officer Nick Burkhardt as he learns he’s a “Grimm,” aka a human with the special ability to see creatures called “Wesen.” Traditionally, Grimms have been quick to kill Wesen, but Nick is determined to address issues with them in a different way, even when they’re involved in the homicides he investigates. Eventually, Nick is supported in this endeavor by his partner Hank, Sgt. Wu and a wolf-like Wesen named Monroe. Grimm is the perfect series to binge-watch when you want fantasy, and all six seasons are available on Amazon Prime.
The Order follows college student Jack after he joins a secret society, The Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose. As he works to find answers for the cause of his mother’s death, he learns about the deep secrets of both the society and the school and winds up in the middle of a battle between werewolves and witches. For fans who love a good werewolf tale and seeing magic on screen, The Order is a great ride. Both seasons are currently out on Netflix for your bingeing pleasure.
Motherland: Fort Salem
If you blend witchcraft with the rigidity of the military and add a dash of the coming-of-age tale, you’ll get Motherland: Fort Salem. The show follows a group of witches who are contracted by the government to use their powers for national security. Following three new recruits—Raelle, Tally and Abigail—as they train for combat. The show features a nearly all female cast and explores how powerful and dangerous training witches for the military can be. The show airs on Freeform but is available to binge on Hulu. Motherland is another perfect show for fans of witchy goodness.
This show is based on fantasy master Neil Gaiman’s 2001 book of the same name. It follows a man named Shadow Moon, who winds up in the middle of a battle between the Old Gods and New. Much like the Supernatural episode “Hammer Of The Gods,” American Gods shows the interaction between different gods and their religions. In addition to Odin, the god squad includes Vulcan, Easter and the Queen of Sheba. The show deals with social issues along with its worldbuilding, like this monologue by Orlando Jones, who plays trickster god Mr. Nancy. Though the show isn’t as humorous as, say, The Umbrella Academy, its worldbuilding alone makes it worth the watch.
Though short lived, Crazyhead is a hilarious British comedy horror that follows Raquel and Amy. These women strike up a unique friendship and can see demons, known as “seers.” The pair team up at first to depossess Amy’s friend Suzie but soon embark on a quest to rid the world of demons, and comedy ensues. The show only has one season, but that makes it perfect to watch from start to finish on a lazy Sunday.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Perhaps the ultimate millennial cult classic, Buffy The Vampire Slayer follows Buffy Summers as she slays her way through the vampire population of Southern California. This show builds off the popular ’90s film of the same name. The show is simultaneously monster-of-the-week perfection and ’90s nostalgia. Buffy and the “Scooby Gang”—Xander, Willow and mentor Giles—are well-rounded characters who progress throughout the show’s run. In addition to the campiness of the dialogue, the show also has some great world building and interesting monsters.
What are you watching during the Supernatural break? Let us know in the comments!