Most fantasy shows get lost in the crowd, but a few try to stand out by telling stories that aren’t your typical superhero or fairy tale.
‘Carnival Row,’ an Amazon Original Series, is one example. The story revolves around a variety of mythical creatures who are unable to live their lives as they have known them in their native environments. After war has torn apart their country, they’re now fleeing to the city in search of safety. It’s only natural that the city’s residents would be resentful of having to share their city’s resources with these strange creatures.
After that, they make an effort to keep these fictitious newcomers at bay. Orlando Bloom and Cara Delevingne star as a human police officer and a fairy, respectively, in this major social issue. These two ex-lovers rekindle their romance despite their clans now fighting each other.
The series as a whole has some really good writing. Each clan’s history has been meticulously crafted. The series’ one flaw is that it sets itself up for failure by being overly ambitious. The creators attempt feats that they aren’t prepared to handle.
If you liked ‘Carnival Row,’ however, and want to see more like it, we’ve got you covered. Here’s our picks for the best shows that are similar to ‘Carnival Row.’ Several of these shows, such as ‘Carnival Row,’ are available on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
This show is based on the same-named film from 1992. There are several young women in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ who are collectively referred to as “vampire slayers,” and their story revolves around the title character, Buffy Summers. They are tasked with keeping the living world free of vampires, demons, and other ominous creatures.
The series’ story revolves around Buffy’s struggle to juggle her duties as a student and a vampire slayer. Because of the series’ long-lasting impact on popular culture, fans simply cannot stop talking about it. Stunningly performed and staged, with attention to every last detail.
2. Angel (1999-2004)
The popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer means that there will inevitably be spin-offs. Buffy’s ex-boyfriend Angel, a vampire, moves to Los Angeles from Sunnydale, where he met Buffy for the first time.
Angel expects to be free of the dangerous creatures that have kept him and his girlfriend on their toes in the wake of the change in base. However, in Los Angeles, he encounters far more terrifying mythical creatures that are wreaking havoc on the lives of a number of the city’s residents. It is now Angel’s responsibility to provide them with guidance and protection in such situations from supernatural forces.
In contrast to ‘Buffy The Vampire Slayer,’ which centers on an adolescent character, ‘Angel,’ depicts the social and personal struggles of an older man. It’s no coincidence that this show pays homage to film noir in the same way that “Carnival Row” did.
3. A Discovery of Witches 2018
There is an interesting combination in ‘A Discovery Of Witches’ between a dramatic story about ordinary people we might meet in our daily lives and an interesting story about myths and folklore.
There are mythical beings with strange superpowers, but most of the characters in this series are normal people just trying to get by. There is a woman named Diana Bishop at the center of the storyline. She’s a historian who doesn’t know she’s a witch at the start of the series.
She discovers a manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library that holds information on a variety of magical and mythical creatures. Whenever Diana finds herself stuck in a mystery she turns to geneticist and vampire Matthew Clairmont for assistance.
The two of them then embarked on a perilous quest to discover the book’s secrets. While taking place in a world where vampires and witches are the norm, the show manages to tell a touching story about its two main characters. The actors do an excellent job, too.
4. NOS4A2 2019
Nosferatu, a German Expressionist horror film by F. W. Murnau from 1922, serves as the inspiration for the series’ title. The series is based on a novel by Joe Hill. Victoria “Vic” McQueen is the star of the show.
Vic, a professional artist, discovers all of a sudden that she has the supernatural ability to sense where the immortal Charlie Manx is. “Christmasland” is an imaginary place created by Manx out of thin air as a means of preying on innocent children.
Unhappiness is a crime in this land of perpetual Christmas festivities, where it’s illegal to be dejected. The concept of ‘NOS4A2’ must be said to be rather unique among the many supernatural shows we see. As with Jason from ‘Friday The 13th,’ Charlie is a psychopath with depraved intentions. In addition, the series’ creators have created a truly unique and engrossing world here.
5. Wynonna Earp 2016
Wyatt Earp was a legendary outlaw of the Wild West known for putting down some notorious criminals with the help of his gun.
Wynonna, the main character in the show, is his great-great-great-granddaughter and the proud owner of Wyatt’s famous 16-inch barrel special “Peacemaker” revolver. Wynnona must use the revolver she inherited from her great-great-grandfather to defend her and Purgatory from the ghosts of the criminals he once killed.
There’s nothing else like it on the market and the gritty, supernatural setting of this show keeps viewers interested from start to finish. This show’s action sequences are top-notch.
6. Witches Of East End (2013-2014)
It’s impossible to imagine anything more frustrating than discovering you have a superpower decades after you were born. Characters in the TV series ‘Witches At East End’ go through exactly this.
Two young witches who live with their mother and aunt, Freya and Ingrid Beauchamp (Jenna Dewan and Rachel Boston), are completely unaware that they have witch-like superpowers. When one of the girls begins dating a man, their mother, who is also a witch, reveals the truth to them. Even though the show is quite amusing, it suffers from a weak plot that fails to delve deeply into the personalities of its central characters.
7. Midnight, Texas (2017-2018)
The series revolves around a young psychic named Manfred Bernardo. Manfred’s long-dead grandmother appears to him in a dream and tells him about a town in Texas called ‘Midnight,’ where vampires, fallen angels, and witches have taken refuge.
Manfred finally makes it to Midnight after a long journey, where he is warmly welcomed. This town becomes a haven for those who have been shunned by normal society because they don’t quite measure up.
And so a fantasy-based drama takes on a much more poignant and political tone than it might appear on the surface. Like ‘Carnival Row,’ ‘Midnight, Texas,’ does test the boundaries of supernatural television. The issue of immigration is one that many people are concerned about in today’s world, and the series manages to include some insightful commentary on it within its plot.