10 Shows Like 'The Sandman' to Watch Next

From 'Good Omens' to 'Supernatural,' if you're not ready to leave the fantastical realm after bingeing 'The Sandman,' discover these 10 series to watch next.
by Taylor Freitas — 

'The Sandman'


After a decades-long wait, an adaptation of The Sandmanhas finally been released. The show's debut season is now available to watch on Netflix, bringing a dark blend of fantasy and drama to the streaming platform.

The show revolves around Morpheus (Tom Sturridge) — also known as Dream — who is set free following a century of imprisonment. After his release, he's eager to reclaim control of his kingdom, where he controls dreams and nightmares. But to do so, he must travel through the waking world.

The show deals in dark themes from Morpheus' false imprisonment and the sleep sickness that plagued humanity because of it, to the dysfunction of Cain and Abel (Sanjeev Bhaskar and Asim Chaudhry, respectively), addiction, and a visit to literal Hell and a plan to kill Morpheus from Lucifer (Gwendoline Christie), to name a few. But it is also road trip drama of sorts, as Morpheus is on a journey to retrieve important items he needs to fix the world.

The Sandman is based on Neil Gaiman's wildly popular DC Comics series, which had a 75-issue run starting in 1989. In addition to authoring the source material, Gaiman also co-developed and executive produces the series.

At 10 episodes, The Sandman is more immersive than if it had been adapted into a film, as was the original plan, but it's still a quick binge for diehard fans. If you've already watched every episode but are not yet ready to leave a fantastical realm, here, Metacritic lists 10 shows like The Sandman to add to your streaming list, ranked by Metascore.


From left to right: Karl Urban and Jensen Ackles in 'The Boys'

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The Boys 

Metascore: 77
Best for: Fans of satire and superheroes
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Seasons: 3 (so far)

Based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, The Boys is set in a world where superheroes (called
"supes") are recognized and adored by the public, but abuse their power. Fed up with the supes' big egos and poor behavior, a group of vigilantes (known as "the boys") bands together in an effort to expose the superheroes and the mega corporation that sponsors them. In its first three seasons, The Boys has received a number of accolades, including four Critics' Choice Super Awards, six Primetime Emmy nominations, and a SAG Award nomination.

"It is gleeful, violent and blackly comic, a raucous rocket full of Kryptonite." — Graeme Virtue, The Guardian


Charlie Cox in 'Daredevil'


Marvel's Daredevil 

Metascore: 75
Best for: Fans of dark superhero dramas
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Based on the comic book character, Marvel's Daredevil follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), who works as a lawyer during the day and a crime-fighting vigilante named Daredevil by night. Since he was blinded as a boy, he must rely on his other — heightened — senses to uncover crime. His role as Daredevil takes him around New York's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, where he often clashes with the villainous Wilson Fisk (Vincent D'Onofrio), also known as Kingpin. The show, which was created for Netflix in 2015, earned several major award nominations, including five Primetime Emmys nods and three SAG Awards nods.

"It's dark and, yes, gritty, but the tone fits the character." — Ryan E.C. Hamm, Under the Radar


Ricky Whittle in 'American Gods'


American Gods 

Metascore: 72 
Best for: Fans of mythological fantasies
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Seasons: 3

American Gods is another fantasy drama series adapted from Gaiman's work (this time, it was his 2001 novel of the same title). It tells the story of Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), who is released from prison shortly after his wife dies. As he settles into his new life, he's offered a job as a bodyguard for a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), who turns out to be a deity trying to unify the "Old Gods" to defeat the "New Gods." And thus, an epic fight begins. American Gods picked up two Primetime Emmy nominations and three Critics' Choice Award nods during its three-season run.

"A sprawling, beautiful show that is fascinating, brilliantly executed, and rather hard to follow." — Sonia Saraiya, Variety


Ben McKenzie in 'Gotham'



Metascore: 70
Best for: Fans of Batman and cop dramas
Where to watch:

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Seasons: 5

Like The Sandman, Gotham takes a look at a well-known character from the DC Comics universe. Specifically, the show chronicles the rise of Commissioner James Gordon (Ben McKenzie), beginning with his early days in the police force, where he investigates the murders of Bruce Wayne's (David Mazouz) parents. The series introduces a number of other memorable characters from the Batman universe, including The Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), The Riddler (Cory Michael Smith), and Alfred Pennyworth (Sean Pertwee). 

"The actors bring an appropriate amount of camp to their performances, spitting out slick comic-book-speak with just the right cadence." — Jean Bentley, Zap2it


Dafne Keen in 'His Dark Materials'


His Dark Materials 

Metascore: 69
Best for: Fans of all-ages fantasy epics
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Seasons: 2 (so far)

Set across several different worlds, His Dark Materials is a fantasy adventure series based on Philip Pullman's novel trilogy of the same name. It stars Dafne Keen as Lyra Belacqua, an orphan on the lookout for a friend who has been kidnapped. She uncovers several dark secrets while on her search, taking her to new worlds and introducing her to Will Parry (Amir Wilson), who's struggling with a difficult home situation. In its first two seasons, His Dark Materials has won two BAFTA Television Craft Awards, including Best Special, Visual, and Graphic Effects.

"It's a series that's not perfect and it isn't the adaptation of the books that we deserve, but it's good, and that's a start." — Libby Hill, IndieWire


Melanie Scrofano in 'Wynonna Earp'


Wynonna Earp 

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of supernatural dramas
Where to watch: Amazon, Google Play, iTunes, Netflix, Vudu
Seasons: 4

Melanie Scrofanoplays the titular character in Wynonna Earp, a science-fiction drama created by Emily Andras. The show follows Wynonna, a descendent of lawman Wyatt Earp, as she discovers that she has supernatural powers, which she must use to deal with some of her great-grandfather's unfinished business. Along the way, she teams up with her sister, Waverly (Dominique Provost-Chalkley), and Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), Wyatt's former partner, who was cursed with eternal life. Based on Beau Smith's comic book series, Wynonna Earp was well-received by critics and audiences, earning a slot on Variety's list of best new shows in 2016 and also became beloved by fans, leading to multiple celebratory conventions to pop up for the show.

"It's all a bit fuzzy, but then it's all in good fun. Television has plenty of room for strong female characters." — Tom Long, The Detroit News


'Shadow and Bone'


Shadow and Bone 

Metascore: 68
Best for: Fans of magic-filled fantasy tales
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 1 (so far)

Shadow and Bone is a Netflix series based on multiple novels in author Leigh Bardugo's Grishaverse. Set against a backdrop of war and tension, the show revolves on Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), an orphan who learns that she has a set of special abilities that her country desperately needs. As Alina learns how to navigate her newfound power, she must also avoid attracting the attention of the Crows, a criminal organization who are plotting to kidnap her. After a successful first season that earned generally favorable reviews, Shadow and Bone's second season began filming earlier this year.

"The series plays a bit with our expectations of the genre, including the makings of a hero and of redemption." — Danette Chavez, The A.V. Club


'Good Omens'

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Good Omens 

Metascore: 66 
Best for: Fans of religious-themed comedies
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Seasons: 1 (so far)

Gaiman wrote and created Good Omens, a fantasy-focused comedy based on the 1990 novel that he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. It tags along with the angelic Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demonic Crowley (David Tennant), the Earth-based representatives of Heaven and Hell. Knowing that the end of the world is near, they work together to prevent it from happening. But to do so, they need to locate the Antichrist (Sam Taylor Buck). In 2020, Good Omens was nominated for the BAFTA Television Craft Award for Best Special, Visual, and Graphic Effects but lost to His Dark Materials.

"Surprisingly good, and even when it lags, considerable fun." — Brian Lowry, CNN


'The Umbrella Academy'


The Umbrella Academy 

Metascore: 64
Best for: Fans of offbeat sci-fi sagas
Where to watch: Netflix
Seasons: 3 (so far)

Based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's comic book series, The Umbrella Academy is the story of seven adoptive siblings with special abilities who are on different paths but come back together after the death of their billionaire father. As children, their dad trained them to be superheroes, and now in adulthood, the siblings have to combine their powers to protect humanity and fend off the upcoming apocalypse. But in doing so, they end up resetting the world and needing to fix what they broke — more than onceOver its three seasons, The Umbrella Academy has been nominated for numerous awards, including six Primetime Emmys and a Critics' Choice Super Award.

"There are enough good ideas in its multifaceted story to please some fans of the comic book — and comics in general." — Catherine Gee, The Telegraph


From left to right: Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in 'Supernatural'

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Metascore: 60
Best for: Fans of complicated sibling dynamics and watching humans fight all kinds of monsters
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Seasons: 15

The Sandman takes Morpheus on a road trip of sorts in his search for the totems he needs to right the world, and this 15-season drama created by Eric Kripke (who also created The Boys, above) takes road-trip drama to an extremely literal place. The show centers on two brothers (Sam and Dean Winchester, played respectively by Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles) who travel the United States "saving people, hunting things," encountering all kinds of supernatural entities from ghosts and vampires to ones pulled right from Heaven and Hell, including demons, angels, Leviathans, and Lucifer and God themselves (Mark Pellegrino and Rob Benedict, respectively). The Winchesters were tasked with saving the world from the apocalypse, and the show even tackled weaponizing sleep in the third season episode "Dream A Little Dream of Me."

"The creep factor runs high, and it had better in a series called Supernatural. But the series also has its overly familiar and just-plain-silly moments." — Mark Dawidziak, The Plain Dealer