The first season of excellent sci-fi/horror show Stranger Things is over, but fear not – it isn’t the only atmospheric, haunting smalltown show you can watch on Netflix
If fact, there are plenty of thrillers revolving around odd goings-on with ordinary, relatable people, and we’ve collated the best of them to ease your definite post-binge blues.
Here are six TV shows that you can watch on Netflix right now if you’re grieving for the temporary loss of Stranger Things.
Set in a remote town besieged by the infection of a mysterious disease, Between is definitely intriguing.
The catch is that the disease only affects people who are over 22 years of age, leaving all inhabitants who are young very much alive, while the elders perish.
Protagonist Wiley desperately attempts to adjust to life in the wake of this bizarre turn of events. The plot evolves slowly but engagingly throughout the first series, so if you can stand all of the fictional politics, this could well be a good bet.
We’re back again in post-apocalyptic America, but there are no diseases in sight this time. No, Jericho mostly stays well away from biological warfare, and the barren wasteland of the U.S of A. in this TV show was caused by your regular nuclear bombs.
Our protagonist Jake Green, portrayed skillfully by Skeet Ulrich, has no idea where the blasts came from, and with his new-found life as a nuclear survivor he must discover what truly happened to his country, Mad Max style.
Once Upon a Time
Blink while watching Once Upon a Time, and you’ll have probably missed the inclusion of a well-known character, because the show features fantasy cameos from classic fairy tales.
Of course, there’s a twist. When the Evil Queen casts a dark curse over the land, Rumpelstiltskin and crew are trapped in the ‘real world’, unwittingly swapping their fantasy lands for a dingy New England backdrop.
Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), although skeptical at first, decides to investigate the seemingly mad claims that fairy tales might just be real, resulting in a five season long adventure for you to dig your teeth into. And trust us, it’s not as childish as it sounds.
The Returned proves that people rising from the dead isn’t always a bad thing, at least initially. Having said that, the residents of Caldwell get a harrowing shock when people long-since presumed deceased begin to inexplicably resurrect, and go back to their normal lives.
This remake of the French series is no mere zombie shocker. Rather, the returned men, women and children are very much alive, not searching for a human lunch.
Things have changed in their absence though, and throughout the first season of this thrilling show, you’ll be seeing the risen dead attempting to pick up where they left off, leading to some very teary, and unusually profound, realisations.
Weirdly, Scream translates to TV very well, so if you were thinking that this one was just going to be a cheap ported copy of the 1996 slasher classic, you’d be wrong.
The plot begins by showing a YouTube video going viral (nauseatingly trendy, we know), but what starts as a simple wave of popularity turns sour when Lakewood is stricken by a murder.
The goal here seems to be reinvention, so while there are plenty of references and throwbacks to the original movie – creating an atmosphere of genuine nostalgia – the main focus is a dramatic path through the life of Emma Duval, the protagonist who’s mysteriously connected to it all.
Inspired by the tone and themes of the Coen’s timeless 1996 masterpiece of the same name, Fargo spins unflinchingly tragic yet darkly hilarious tales about smalltown corruption and greed.
Martin Freeman takes the lead in season one as neurotic wince-a-lot Lester Nygaard, who’s life is changed when he meets Billy Bob Thornton’s brooding badass, while season two sees an ordinary hairdresser caught in the tangled web of a merciless mob family.
The first series is brilliant, absorbing television. And the second is even better.