Discover shows like Peacemaker to add to your watchlist
Peacemaker is set to premiere in early 2022, ushering in the first DC Extended Universe TV series with John Cena in the titular role. If you love this series based on The Suicide Squad, you may want to dive into the existing well of superhero content out there. And there’s a lot of it. For example, Marvel has released shows on characters ranging from Jessica Jones to The Punisher.
Fans of superhero universes may enjoy some of these other related series. Check out some of the top nine shows to watch after Peacemaker, all based on Metascore.
Best for: Historians, thrill-seekers
Where to watch: HBO Max
If you loved the Watchmen comic series, you’ll love the show. And if you’re brand new to the storyline, this series doesn’t leave you behind. Any viewer can appreciate this tale full of allegory and thoughtful analysis of everything from race to justice. The series picks up more than 30 years after the events of the comic book series. Superheroes have been labeled outlaws, and they are living in 2019 Tulsa. Our heroes are up against a white supremacist group who are waging war against both minorities and the police. The timely tale is great for anyone who is both a history buff and a superhero fan.
"Ambitious, imaginative, provocative and engrossing. ... A triumph of style and substance, it never sacrifices pace for preaching or pontificating. At least in the first six episodes made available to critics, it remains every bit as entertaining as it is intriguing."
— Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer
Combining a thoughtful story about mental illness with the endless possibilities of a super universe, Legion is able to capture the interest of just about anyone. The show follows a man named David Haller -- also known as Legion -- who has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. After bouncing between psychiatric hospitals, an encounter with a fellow patient leaves David wondering if the visions he has always experienced are more than they seem. Fans of superheroes who want a truly unique tale will want to tune in.
"There is an abundance of quality in Legion at every level, making it a show you can’t stop watching and, oh yeah, the best show of the new year."
— David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle
Harley Quinn is about to find out what life looks like when you finally break up with the Joker. This animated series has received some pretty stellar reviews and offers a more jovial journey into the world of superheroes than many other shows. If you want a good laugh as much as you love a good villain, this may be the series for you. The series follows Harley as she tries to become a queenpin. You’re in for a ride.
"Both Cuoco and Bell deliver gut-busting chuckles on silver platters while keeping up with the likes of Tony Hale, Ron Funches, Giancarlo Esposito, and Wanda Sykes as the devious Queen Of Fables. All of the familiar draws of DC animated hit are here—the snappy dialogue, the bold (and quasi-gruesome) action—but what makes this series uniquely appealing is that it’s a perfectly viable starting point for old and new fans alike."
— Shannon Miller, AV Club
Best for: Crime stoppers, action lovers
Where to watch: fuboTV
While this series only got one season, it offers a refreshing take on the classic “superhero saves a city” theme. The Tick follows a world where superheroes are totally the norm. One nervous office worker ends up becoming the sidekick to a new-to-town hero who is trying to fight off a villain called The Terror. Follow as the pair try to figure out who is pulling the strings in their city--good or evil. And, get in some good laughs.
"The show is a tour de farce for Warburton, who has the commanding gusto of a superhero and the deadpan style so appropriate for the material."
— Chuck Barney, San Jose Mercury News
If an endless game of cat-and-mouse sounds like it’s up your alley, you will love this drama. An American in Britain (played by Sandra Oh) is a security officer who sets out to capture a mysterious assassin (Jodie Comer). The two characters become intrigued by each other... even a bit obsessed. Will they catch each other? Will they turn on each other if they do? This doesn’t involve superpowers, but it does involve an action-filled chase with twists and turns and unexpected alliances. Something fans of Peacemaker may appreciate.
"Sandra Oh brings a funny, funky vulnerability to this stylishly surprising and wildly entertaining spy thriller."
— Matt Roush, TV Guide
Superheroes, but make them less loveable? The Boys explores a world where superheroes are lauded for their powers -- but also super arrogant behind the scenes. The show follows two groups of heroes who are corrupt and work for a powerful corporation. It explores themes of capitalism, greed, and more. Not what you might expect from a series about superpowers, but a nice change of pace for people who are seeking something a little more gritty.
"A sharp, entertaining, eviscerating satire of superhero franchises and the culture that aggrandizes them. ... If Season 1 was great, Season 2 is even better, thanks to the expansion of the main characters’ back stories — which in turn throws the good-versus-evil, perfect folks-versus-regular slobs plot into even sharper relief. New twists and members of the ensemble are added judiciously, which is probably a strange word for a show that’s so wonderfully reckless."
— Lorraine Ali, Los Angeles Times
This show, created for Netflix, follows Jessica Jones who is a former superhero and current private investigator. Our protagonist killed someone during her brief stint as a heroic figure and it left Jessica with some PTSD and a desire to leave her former life behind. When her former adversary remerges, however, she is back in action. Fans of fast-paced action will love this comic adaptation. The first season has the highest Metascore of 81, but overall, the series earns a 76.
"Jessica Jones stands by itself as a fascinating work of TV, and represents the evolutionary leap Marvel has been waiting to take in terms of telling a wider variety of stories. You can enjoy it without knowing a thing about any other comic-book title, on the page or on the screen, and that’s just about the highest praise one can bestow on a Marvel property."
— David Sims, The Atlantic
This show takes a unique spin on the idea of superpowers. A somewhat jaded preacher is embodied with a mysterious entity. While his crisis of faith had him on the brink of leaving his church, his new powers now empower him to set out in search of an unthinkable task. He wants God to apologize for abandoning the world. The sci-fi adjacent show also features a vampire and almighty powers born of an angel and a devil.
"Within its oversize color panels there’s some hard-boiled philosophy about trying to be good in a world of sin. And there’s little on TV quite like its fallen world."
— James Poniewozik, The New York Times
This series is based on a DC comic book character, following a man named Barry Allen who gained superfast speed after a lab explosion. Our protagonist uses his newfound powers to fight crime as his alter-ego: the Flash. The second season follows the hero as he fights off a malevolent speedster from another universe. The season has time travel, true crime, and everything a fan of superhero tales could love. Start with season one to catch up.
"It vibrates with big-picture vision and has smart fun with its premise."
— Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly