10 Shows Like 'Stranger Things' to Watch Next

The end of 'Stranger Things' is more than a year away. While you wait, discover these other shows like it to watch next.
by Hedy Phillips — 

Millie Bobby Brown in 'Stranger Things'


Stranger Things captivated the Netflix audience right off the bat in 2016, transporting viewers into 1980s Hawkins, Ind. 

In this sleepy town, a group of preteens find themselves entrenched in a supernatural force when one of them goes missing — and then they meet Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), who has supernatural abilities of her own. The at-first silent young girl falls in with the crowd of kids and together they learn about the Upside Down, demogorgons, demons, and a number of other evil creatures (and people) lurking in their world and beyond. 

But as the seasons progress, the story also opens up into everything teenagers experience besides the science fiction of it all: dating, hanging out at the mall, summer jobs, bullying, and more. It's a show that can make you laugh (especially with all the blasts from the past) and also have you on the edge of your seat in terror, hoping that your favorite character doesn't end up possessed — or dead. 

Stranger Things Season 4 wrapped up with two feature film-length episodes that saw Vecna (Jamie Campbell Bower) succeed in opening his gates, merging Hawkins with the Upside Down. The townspeople and their media, of course, wrote off the event as a natural disaster (an unexpected and unprecedented earthquake), but they won't be able to as easily explain the black funnel clouds touching down, killing fields of flowers and promising even more doom to come.

It really is the beginning of the end, but it will still be a minute before Stranger Things fans can see how it all plays out, who else may be lost in the fight, and how they will finally save Hawkins once and for all. (Because let's face it, if they can't save Hawkins by the end of the fifth and final season, that's a pretty depressing message to put out in the world.)

While you wait for that final season, which is due out in 2024, there are plenty of teen-centric dramas or supernatural thrillers to fill your schedule. 

Here, you'll find 10 more shows like Stranger Things that we picked to fill your time and sci-fi desires, ranked by their Metascore.


Kiernan Shipka in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'


Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Metascore: 74
Best for: Fans of nostalgia and witches
Where to watch: 

Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 4

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina may be Sabrina Spellman's origin story, but it's a far cry from the campy 1990s sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart that also told that tale. In this darker coming-of-age version of the classic Archie Comics character, Kiernan Shipka stars as the titular young witch who uses her supernatural abilities to go up against all manner of evil while also dealing with the struggles of growing up and understanding her identity. 

"There are a lot of surprising things about Sabrina, the fall's first truly binge-worthy new show. It's a delight and an obsession, and the scariest thing about it is just how good it is." — Allison Keene, Collider


Joshua Jackson and Anna Torv in 'Fringe'



Metascore: 72
Best for: Fans of cop shows with a multiverse twist
Where to watch:

, Google Play, , iTunes,
Seasons: 5

As part of the FBI's Fringe Division, Olivia (Anna Torv), Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), Walter's assistant FBI agent Astrid (Jasika Nicole), and Walter's son Peter (Joshua Jackson) investigate crimes that can't be explained by anything anyone knows to be real. Diving into the supernatural, these criminals and their crimes are at times otherworldly. And then they discover there's a parallel universe where their counterparts are living a parallel life to their own, which opens the door to a much larger, much more complicated mythology.

"You can see where it's going, and assuming [J.J.] Abrams doesn't let it get lost in its conspiracy, it should be fun to ride along." — Robert Bianco, USA Today



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Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of teen shows that just keep piling on the drama
Where to watch: 

, fuboTV, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 6 (so far)

Based on Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is anything but a simple show about teenagers. Yes, Archie (KJ Apa), Jughead (Cole Sprouse), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica (Camila Mendes) are dealing with the usual high school drama of love, breakups, betrayal, and parental problems — but they're also dealing with killers, gangs, solving mysteries, and trying to stay alive. And as the seasons go on, things do lean into the Archie After Dark tone of comics, especially around Cheryl's (Madelaine Petsch) witchy abilities.

"The CW's new teen drama based on the Archie comics, is an eerie and offbeat take on the high school mythos — both addictive and confusing in equal parts." — Sonia Saraiya, Variety


'The Society'


The Society

Metascore: 66
Best for: Fans of Lord of the Flies
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1

Called a modern take on Lord of the Flies, The Society shows you what happens when all the adults are gone. A group of teens heads out of town for a field trip, which seems innocuous enough, but upon their return, they find that everyone else in town is gone. Though at first it seems exciting that they have no supervision, the teenagers quickly realize that something supernatural is afoot, and it's all very, very wrong. But be warned: Since the show was canceled after only its first season, it does end on a cliffhanger, with a lot left unresolved.

"Much of the series' best material comes when the characters have to confront their privilege or lack thereof." — Caroline Framke, Variety


'The Magicians'


The Magicians

Metascore: 65
Best for: Fans of magic, of course
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 5

Growing up, Quentin (Jason Ralph) believed in magic, thinking it was this great big powerful thing that was inherently good. But as he got older, he not only realized that magic is real, but there's a dark side to it as well. While studying at a prestigious school of magic alongside other like-minded students, they have to learn how to harness the power and contain the darkness. The show is based on Lev Grossman's book series of the same title.

"The Magicians overall has come into its own far faster than its young witches and wizards." — Alan Sepinwall, Uproxx


'The 100'

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The 100

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of apocalyptic stories of survival
Where to watch:

, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 7

A century after an expected world-ending event takes place on Earth, those who left in a space shuttle are running out of resources in space and need to know if life on humanity's former home is habitable. So they send down 100 delinquent teenagers to test the water, so to speak. The ship lands on a beautiful planet that seems ready to welcome them, but it turns out they are not the only ones who survived, and things take a turn for the more dangerous almost immediately. The series is based on Kass Morgan's books of the same title.

"You wish The 100 had budget, time and talent to produce grander verisimilitude. Still, the vision shines through." — Jeff Jensen, Entertainment Weekly


'The Umbrella Academy'


The Umbrella Academy

Metascore: 63
Best for: Fans of action with a supernatural bent
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

It's a complete mystery how dozens of babies are born at exactly the same time to women who weren't pregnant months before. It is the intrigue that drives a billionaire to start a collection of sorts, adopting seven of the children to start the titular Umbrella Academy and raise the children, who are gifted with supernatural abilities. While they are supposed to learn to use their powers to save the world, complicated interpersonal dynamics come into play, and sometimes their attempts to do good end up creating more problems. The series is based on the graphic novels of the same title.

"It has flaws and excesses, but the series … nonetheless lands in the sweet spot between comedy and drama, and between a plot-and-action-driven narrative and character exploration." — Matthew Gilbert, The Boston Globe


'Locke & Key'


Locke & Key

Metascore: 61
Best for: Fantasy fans
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 2 (so far)

Based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, Locke & Key is the story of a family who's lost their father and moves out to his childhood home after his death. But when the children start discovering magical keys in the house, they learn that not only was their dad perhaps not who they always thought he was, but also, there's a lot more to this old house and its story than they realized.

"While much of Locke and Key feels superficially familiar, cushioned by the superior production design and a lush score, there are enough deliberately disconcerting or oddball moments to make it a constantly evolving pleasure." — Graeme Virtue, The Guardian





Metascore: 58
Best for: Fans of dark fantasy
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes,
Seasons: 6

In this dark fantasy, Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) and his colleagues are in charge of defending their city. But he has the extra special ability to be able to identify Wesen, part animal, part human, and all-around bad news. This ability helps him figure out who he needs to take down ahead of some of the others, but it doesn't keep him any safer, as his Grimm bloodline is known to them as well.

"It has chills and humor and the ability to take a procedural story and twist it." — Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter


Paul Wesley and Nina Dobrev in 'The Vampire Diaries'

The CW

The Vampire Diaries

Metascore: 57
Best for: Fans of blood-sucking drama
Where to watch: 

, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix,
Seasons: 8

Sure, The Vampire Diaries has the typical high school drama of love, heartbreak, and betrayal, but these high schoolers are also dealing with vampires and werewolves. Elena's (Nina Dobrev) life is turned upside down when the Salvatore brothers come to town. There's Stefan (Paul Wesley), the seemingly good guy, and Damon (Ian Somerhalder), the seemingly not-so-good guy. And of course they're both vampires who set off a chain of events that includes a discovery of more magical creatures and a lot of bloodshed in this adaptation of L.J. Smith's novel series of the same name.

"These killers are more fun than a cemetery full of psycho zombie killers on Halloween." — Linda Stasi, New York Post