In the spirit of Lord of the Rings and those looking for something similar to watch, we present you with the best television shows.
Peter Jackson’s classic Lord of the Rings trilogy has been around nearly 20 years, but fans of fantasy, fellowship and good old-fashioned nerdiness still hold the trilogy in high regard. It’s been a long time since The Fellowship of the Rings premiered, and there have been a lot of great television shows since then. If you’re a fan of the Lord of the Rings, we’ve rounded up a list of 10 TV shows you can watch right now.
If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary, don’t be surprised if you see some familiar names on the list. The quality of a new series depends on what you liked about the previous one. No matter what attracted you to Lord of the Rings, you’ll be able to fill that Frodo-shaped hole with something in this collection.
10. Game Of Thrones
Game of Thrones, the most obvious choice on the list, is in its final season and millions of fans are speculating about who will be on the Iron Throne in the final episode. Tolkien fans can’t go wrong with its epic battles, strong cast of characters, and fantasy world. Most likely you’ve heard about the show from a variety of people, and that’s because of how well produced and suspenseful it is and how it has captivated audiences all over the world.
However, despite the fact that they share many similarities, the HBO series has a more adult tone. Game of Thrones has a higher body count than Lord of the Rings, but the deaths, fights, and other events in the show can be gruesome. Westeros, on the other hand, is a natural progression from Middle Earth for those who want their fantasy media to grow with them.
9. Avatar: The Last Airbender
According to many critics, this animated Nickelodeon series is one of the greatest ever produced, animated or otherwise. What makes this show so beloved is that it delved deeply into its lore, built a fantastical world and portrayed characters with depth and realism. It’s easy to see why it’s a fan favorite today, even after its explosive final episode.
Lord of the Rings also shares many important themes, such as the importance of companionship and the brittleness of the lines that separate fate and free will Along with the Middle Earth trilogy, Avatar: The Last Airbender chronicles the world-spanning journey of its young hero, Aang, who shares his mission with a team of his own.
8. The Magicians
Unlike Harry Potter, this Syfy original begins at a grad school for magicians. With that idea, you can enter a fantasy world full of centaur doctors, flying boats, and over-the-top musical productions. However, there are also more mundane concepts, such as depression, regret, love, grief, friendship, and more. It follows a group of flawed young adults as they navigate their way through life against a magical backdrop, as the show’s central characters go on quests both fantastical and deeply personal.
Character development, ensemble setup, and an ever-evolving plot are all things that Lord of the Rings fans will appreciate in The Magicians, while also enjoying a modern fantasy world.
Those who are familiar with The Hobbit will recognize Poldark’s lead actor Aidan Turner as Kili, the love-struck dwarf. Aside from Jackson’s fantasy series and the period drama, there is more than one link. Poldark, like the fantasy films, has beautiful scenery and costumes, as well as stunning cinematography.
Even if you’re not looking for a period drama, Poldark’s complex depiction of a flawed protagonist and complicated supporting cast, set against a backdrop of class conflict and local political and economic divides, provides an entertaining watch.
Musicalcomedy isn’t supposed to be this good, but its self-awareness and raucous musical numbers make it a fun fantasy adventure set to music. A band of misfit heroes try to save the day in Galavant, just as they did in Lord of the Rings. Also, it’s set in an almost medieval world, with a few modern tweaks thrown in for good measure.
If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan looking for something a little more lighthearted, Galavant is a great choice. Be on the lookout for unexpected celebrity appearances.
Popularity for Merlin has grown steadily over the years, thanks to the show’s dedicated fan base. Title character spends a lot of time in the series protecting Prince Arthur, conversing with a wise but demanding dragon, and hanging out with a group of knights who at some point form the first round table of the series, Merlinne had its ups and downs over the course of five seasons, but she never regained her sense of wonder.
Merlin, like Frodo, is a young hero who is burdened with a great deal of responsibility and relies on the support of his friends. Fans of Lord of the Rings will also enjoy mythical creatures, swordfights, and some of the most impressive armor in the world.
4. Adventure Time
Since its tenth and final season aired last year, Adventure Time is the second cartoon to make it onto this list. In spite of the cartoon’s cutesy animation style, its complex post-apocalyptic mythology and absurdist storytelling make it a standout in its genre because of its uniqueness. Finn, a human child, and his best friend Jake, a shape-shifting dog, find themselves in the Land of Ooo. The two are inseparable, and they keep a sense of humour throughout their adventures, no matter what.
Lord of the Rings-style heroes are depicted in this series, which focuses on their quests to do the right thing no matter the cost. As a bonus, the film’s themes of friendship and duty echo those of Middle Earth.
Despite only airing for one season, this sci-fi western quickly became a fan favorite and has remained so for the past 16 years. A tough-but-fair captain leads the crew of the ship Serenity on a smuggling mission, which is complicated by the arrival of an awkward young doctor and his mysterious sister. Fun and heartbreaking all rolled into one package.
A perfect fit for fans of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring’s epic journey through Middle-earth, Firefly follows the same core group of characters. A strong cast of likable characters and a vast in-series universe make this season exceptional (but sadly too short). Make a point to see the film after you’ve finished the book.
2. Jonathan Strange And Mr. Norrell
Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, like many of the other titles on this list, falls squarely into the fantasy genre. When it comes to magic in this series, the two protagonists are at odds with each other for the majority of its short, complete run. The show relies on an ever-changing cast of supporting characters to demonstrate the effects of the two magicians’ decisions.
For fantasy fans, Lord of the Rings is a natural fit for Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which explores the nature of magic.
1. The Living And The Dead
In keeping with the show’s eerie name, it touches on some spooky themes. All of these genres are present in this series but they aren’t fully integrated into a cohesive whole. The story is told through stunning visuals, and the mystery is slowly revealed in each episode. It helps that the main characters, a couple who are deeply in love and beginning a new chapter in their lives, are so likable, despite the many things, good and bad, that they experience.
Fans of Lord of the Rings who are drawn to the more dreary aspects of the series should check out The Living and the Dead, which has beautiful storytelling and stunning cinematography to back it up.