There may be no more Sense8, but these ten new TV shows will pique the interest of die-hard fans, and provide them with something new to binge on.
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The Wachowskis, who brought us The Matrix films, are the minds behind Sense8 (pardon the pun). Like The Matrix, Sense8 is an exhilarating ride with stunning visuals to keep you entertained throughout. To summarize the plot, eight strangers from different walks of life and countries have been given the ability to connect mentally, allowing them to experience whatever the others are feeling. When they’re together, they’re able to communicate, see each other’s eyes, and even inhabit each other’s bodies for a short time. The Wachowskis manage to show all of that on screen despite the fact that it seems impossible.
Despite its complexity, the show has a devoted following that has managed to bring the canceled series back to life for a short time. Despite the fact that Netflix finally agreed to release a two-hour special after canceling the show, there is no news of a third season at this point. While Sense8 will be missed, there are a slew of other shows that fans of the show may enjoy. We’ll cut to the chase now with our list of The Best Alternative Shows To Sense8.
10. Altered Carbon
The visual and narrative complexity of Altered Carbon are both top-notch. People in the future will be able to download their minds into new bodies, so things will get out of hand. Even though it doesn’t have Sense8’s “found family” trope, Altered Carbon still has a lot to offer. A good story is required when the main character wakes up in a body that isn’t his own to investigate a murder 250 years after being frozen.
9. Stranger Things
To be honest, there’s nothing new to say about Stranger Things. The Netflix original series is one of the best; if you haven’t seen it, do yourself a favor and watch some now. Aside from a great spooky plot, it has a great 80s soundtrack and a great cast of children actors. You’ll feel like you’re in the Sense8 cluster when you watch these kids play together.
8. Marvel’s Runaways
Runaways is yet another show that utilizes the endearing theme of a new family after an extended absence. This show is based on the Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona Marvel comic book series about a group of kids who discover their parents are criminals in their home. It turns out your parents weren’t all that bad after all. The teenagers form a collective to stop their parents using their unique personal gifts.
The show may not have the same global appeal as Sense8, but fans will recognize the closeness the protagonists develop with one another and the conflicts they face as individuals and as a group. Even if you’re not a fan of superhero fare, this is well worth your time if you’re interested in stories about friendship and finding oneself.
7. The Defenders
The Defenders, in contrast to the previous entry, is unquestionably a superhero show. The Defenders, on the other hand, assembles a group of misfits who happen to be Marvel superheroes. Despite the fact that this isn’t the best series in the Marvel Netflix catalog, the fact that so many different characters are brought together makes it stand out. And it’s fun to watch the ragtag bunch jostle and wrestle with one another (especially the scenes between Matt Murdock and Jessica Jones).
Wanted, an Australian teen drama, is all about unlikely friendships. Two women are thrown together by a series of unfortunate events as they get sucked into a massive criminal conspiracy. With the two women, Lola and Chelsea, attempting to navigate the impossible situation they find themselves in, there is a nice thriller element to the show. What I liked most about the show was watching how fast the two women became friends. Sense8 fans will appreciate the connection even if it is only between two people.
Legion is a Marvel movie, but it takes place in a world all its own. Xavier’s mutant son David Haller, better known as Legion, has schizophrenic tendencies. He’s a god-like being, but his mental state makes him completely unreliable. With everything we, as viewers, see on the show, the creators do a fantastic job of showcasing this concept. While hallucinating, David has a mixed perception of reality, seeing elements from both the 1960s and today. While we can’t put our faith in his worldview, the psychedelic vibe will likely appeal to Sense8 fans.
4. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
The show is, to put it mildly, eccentric. As a holistic detective, Dirk Gently solves crimes by simply following where fate leads him. With Elijah Wood as his recalcitrant aide, this leads to all sorts of bizarre situations. Season 2’s hunt for a missing boy takes them to a fantasy land where people fight each other with giant scissors. As with Sense8, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is bizarre in a good way.
3. The OA
The OA, like Sense8, is a show that’s hard to describe. It’s possible that explaining Sense8 will be even more difficult. After watching, we’re left with a lot of unanswered questions. The most important is: did everything that The OA says happened really happen? The show’s creators appeared to have done this on purpose, making The OA something that could be dissected and dissected. Even if you stare at it for a long time, no answers will come to light. Fortunately, there will be a second season, though Netflix has not yet announced when it will be available.
This film revolves around a team of operatives from a dystopian future called the Travelers. It’s a well-worn plot device of “altering the past to save the present,” but with a new twist. Instead of being sent back to the past, these “travelers” take up residence in the bodies of modern-day humans and fully assume their identities. During their missions, they must take care of the health of their host body in order to prevent humanity from being wiped out completely. There’s no need to feel rushed.
“Glitch” is an Australian show in which seven people who have mysteriously returned from the dead have no recollection of their past lives. There’s a sense of enigma surrounding why this all happened, just like in Sense8. As the risen begin to unravel their identities, it becomes clear that they are all connected in some way, and discovering how is exciting. Glitch is an excellent choice for Sense8 fans looking for a show that combines mystery with nuanced character relationships.