Top 5 Supernatural Shows to Watch Right Now (September)
If you’re looking for a Supernatural escape, these Top 5 shows streaming on Netflix,?Hulu and?Amazon Prime?are a good place to start.
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer?and?Angel
If you’ve yet to watch?Buffy the Vampire Slayer?and its darker, more adult spin-off?Angel?(which some might argue was actually the better series), we won’t hold it against you… much. Running for seven seasons across The WB and UPN,?Buffy?starred?Sarah Michelle Gellar?as the titular blonde teen, a “chosen one” called by fate to defeat vampires, monsters, and everything else that falls under the category of “will probably kill you.” The show, which spun off?David Boreanaz’s vampire with a soul, Angel, after the third season, gave the traditional coming-of-age series a supernatural spin, making many of the horrors of high school literal monsters to be defeated by Buffy and her friends, the Scoobies. As the show aged, the Big Bads became more dangerous and the lessons more adult, but Buffy never gave up, becoming a symbol of strength not only to her friends but to the show’s impressionable viewers as well. Considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time,?Buffy?continues to have a tremendous influence on pop culture.?
2. What We Do in the Shadows
While?Buffy?was plenty funny, it has nothing on the FX vampire mockumentary?What We Do in the Shadows, which is somehow both the funniest and dumbest comedy on TV right now. Existing in the same world as the beloved film of the same name from?Jemaine Clement?and?Taika Waititi, the half-hour series follows a trio of vampires (Kayvan Novak,?Natasia Demetriou, and?Matt Berry) who live on Staten Island with a human familiar (Harvey Guillen) and an energy vampire (Mark Proksch), aka a vampire who intentionally drains a person’s emotional energy and feeds off it. You’d think the show would grow tiresome subsisting largely on vampire gags and jokes stemming from the fact the vamps don’t understand the modern world or technology ? there is an entire episode in which they believe they’ve actually been cursed by a chain letter ? but that’s really not the case. There’s no reason the show should be as funny as it is, but thanks to the excellent comedic talent both in front of and behind the camera (Clement and Waititi are also executive producers), it continues to be a cool reprieve from the horrors of the actual world.
It’s a crime against humanity that we only got one season of the great British horror-comedy?Crazyhead from?Misfits?creator?Howard Overman. The series is just six episodes, making it a quick binge. It stars?Cara Theobold?and?Susan Wokoma?as Amy and Raquel, two young women in their 20s with the ability to see demons who become quick friends and allies after they team up to save Amy’s best friend when she becomes possessed. When a group of demons try to bring about the end of the world, it’s up to the self-trained hunters to stop them, all while trying to navigate the familiar trials of young adulthood.?Crazyhead?will appeal greatly to?Buffy?fans, as the show owes a lot to the Slayer, and is a well-balanced mix of the supernatural and comedy. The only bad thing about the show is that you’ll be left wanting more after devouring all six episodes.
It’s literally right there in the title.?Supernatural?has enjoyed an incredible 15-season run across The WB and The CW and created a global fandom in the process. The show, if for some reason you don’t already know, stars?Jared Padalecki?and?Jensen Ackles?as Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who travel America and hunt monsters while sometimes also saving the world in the process. Despite a somewhat simple premise, the show has, at times, been one of the most creative series on TV ? one episode saw Sam and Dean transported to another universe in which actors named Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki starred in a TV show called?Supernatural, while another revealed there is a series of?Supernatural?books based on their adventures, and yet?another?featured them turning into cartoons and meeting up with the cast of?Scooby-Doo. Although the show has its roots in the horror aspect of the supernatural ? the really early stuff can be a bit creepy ? that quickly fades away to an expansive mythology that covers heaven, hell, and literally everything in between.
5. Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful?is the ideal watch if you’re looking to escape into an underworld where even the chills are literary. Showtime’s tastefully gory gothic horror stars?Eva Green?as a powerful medium, Vanessa Ives, who keeps company with characters like Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Dracula (Christian Camargo), and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney). She’s even got a star-crossed romance with a gun-slinging American werewolf (Josh Hartnett). The drama is tightest in the second season, which pits Vanessa and friends against a coven of witches led by?Helen McCrory, but Green’s ferocious performance is unmissable throughout. Plus, it’s a great companion piece for the new series?Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, airing Sunday nights on Showtime.