The Outsider, an upcoming 10-episode crime miniseries on HBO, will feature supernatural elements. Fans of the gritty show may be interested in some of the alternatives listed below.
Taking cues from the supernatural procedurals that came before, HBO’s ten-part crime miniseries The Outsider in 2020 will feature gritty and hallucinatory investigations, complicated authorities, and mysterious monsters. The series, based on Stephen King’s novel of the same name, has a distinct Southern Gothic feel to it, with small-town values being upended by grisly murders.
There are a number of increasingly bizarre child homicides at the center of the show and book. Cynthia Erivo plays a brilliant private investigator who leads Ben Mendelsohn’s by-the-book police chief to a mysterious creature at the source of all the mayhem. Despite this, he is forced to accept the unbelievable. These ten other supernatural crime series await your exploration now that the first one is over.
1. Dark (2017 – )
There are four families in the fictional town of Winden who are all connected to an old, unsolved mystery in Netflix’s Dark, its first German-language original series. The main characters are Charlotte Doppler, the local police chief, and Ulrich Nielsen, a police officer, along with Jonas, a teenage boy.
In addition to time travel, the show explores issues such as family dysfunction and serial killers. A wormhole in a cave system that connects to a power plant owned by a wealthy family drives the plot forward.
2. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (1974 – 1975)
Despite only having one season of broadcast, this ABC series has amassed a devoted fan base over the years. The series premiered in 1974 following the success of two television movies featuring the show’s titular character. In it, Darren McGavin plays Carl Kolchak, a Chicago reporter who looks into crimes that the police have either overlooked or failed to investigate properly. The majority of the cases involve elements of the paranormal, and the show even features fantastical characters.
Classic monsters like zombies and werewolves sit alongside more futuristic foes like androids and aliens on this list. The X-Files was inspired by Kolchak.
3. Awake (2012)
When a Los Angeles police officer is involved in a car accident with his family, his life changes forever. In this cerebral science fiction crime drama, dreams and supernatural alternate realities are used to tell the story.
a British actor named Jason Isaacs plays Michael Britton, a police officer who has a difficult time separating his personal and professional lives after his wife and son are killed in a car accident. Each realm he visits gives Britton new information that helps him narrow down his search for the truth. It’s a shame that such a promising show was canceled after only one season, especially since it ended on a cliffhanger.
4. Forever Knight (1992 – 1996)
Vampire detective shows like Angel and Blood Lines would not exist if it weren’t for the influential television series Forever Knight. Forever Knight, a Canadian supernatural procedural that’s a little goofier than The Outsider, follows a detective who also happens to be a bloodsucker.
Nick Knight, an 800-year-old vampire, is depressed because he sees himself as a victim of his own kind. He longs to be a normal person again, so he goes around solving homicides to earn that right. The series ran for three seasons and paved the way for a slew of subsequent popular creature feature melodramas.
5. Miracles (2003)
Miracles is a long-forgotten procedural from the X-Files era that was likely ahead of its time despite only running for one season. An investigator hired by the Catholic Church to investigate alleged miracles plays Skeet Ulrich, who played notorious serial killer Billy in the first Scream movie.
There is no evidence to support Paul Callan’s claim after his character experiences a true miracle. As a result of his disappointment, Callan decides to join an organization that investigates strange occurrences: Sodalitas Quaerito. In addition to Angus Macfadyen and Marisa Ramirez, the show boasts an impressive ensemble cast. When it was announced that the show would be scrapped, it was met with outrage from the audience.
6. Castle Rock (2018 – )
Castle Rock, Hulu’s anthology horror series based on Stephen King’s characters and settings, is an ensemble drama with a complex mystery at its core. The supernatural forces that make life difficult for the residents of this small Maine town are the focus of both seasons, which feature a diverse cast of characters and plotlines.
For the most part, Castle Rock stays true to Stephen King’s ideas while adding social and political intrigue to the mix. This allows the show to explore the human psyche while also searching for answers to life’s greatest mysteries. Sissy Spacek and Andre Holland star in the first season, while Lizzy Caplan and Tim Robbins star in the second.
7. Millennium (1996 – 1999)
Millennium, Chris Carter’s follow-up to The X-Files, is a much darker and more violent drama. It has Lance Henriksen in the lead role of Frank Black, a former FBI agent. When it comes to criminal minds, Black has a special ability. He works for the elusive Millennium Group as a consultant.
The show is set in Seattle in the year 2000, and it takes advantage of the fear and trepidation surrounding the start of a new millennium. Due to dwindling interest, after three seasons of airing, the show was abruptly axed. Frank Black and the Millennium Group make an appearance in an episode of The X-Files from season 7 to bring the story full circle.
8. Pushing Daisies (2007 – 2009)
Like other shows on this list, Pushing Daisies is a dar
Pushing Daisies, like the other shows on this list, was a daring and unique series that was abruptly canceled. Lee Pace plays Ned, a man who can bring anything back to life with the touch of a finger. He can, however, bring back from the dead only one thing at a time, and something else with “life value” must die in the process. Moreover, anything Ned touches a second time will be sent back to the grave by him.
Using his investigative skills, Ned is hired by a private eye to find the killers. Ned makes the most of his unique hands along with his reanimated ex-boyfriend Chuck.
9. Twin Peaks (1990 – 1991; 2017)
While the first two seasons of Twin Peaks, a show about the mysterious death of a high school student named Laura Palmer, are among the most bizarre and cryptic ever produced for television, they were hugely popular when they debuted in the early 1990s.
In the role of Special Agent Dale Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan, an FBI agent visits Twin Peaks to assist in the investigation into Laura Palmer’s death. This David Lynch cult series, framed as a small-town police procedural, explores the most twisted and depraved parts of the human psyche. As of 2017, Showtime has renewed the series for one season, which will allow the story to delve even deeper into its supernatural undercurrents.
10. The Lost Room (2006)
This Syfy show, which was a hidden gem, lasted only one season before being cancelled. With Peter Krause from Six Feet Under, it’s about Pittsburg Detective Joe Miller searching for his daughter Anna, who has gone missing inside the film’s title room. The Route 66 hotel room that used to be normal was transformed after an incident in 1961 into a place where time and geography don’t apply, and people and objects get trapped in its dark corners.
Eleven-year-old Elle Fanning plays Miller and Jennifer Bloom (Jullianna Margulies) is in search of answers about the Room. While some people found the show’s action and philosophy to be illogical, others lamented the show’s demise.
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