Rahul is a TV addict who can never get enough of good shows. His all-time favorites are 'The Wire', 'Breaking Bad', and 'The Sopranos.'
What TV Series Are Like Lucifer?
When it comes to the supernatural, we have probably seen every movie/TV trope in existence. Malevolent demons, evil witches, brain-hungry zombies, fairies, centaurs, you name it. It’s not difficult to understand how hackneyed and boring these stories have become over time.
The good thing about repetitive creativity is that it forces true creatives to…well, create. Writers and screen directors nowadays are finding new and interesting ways to tell old stories, and one fascinating way they have found to do that is to put the supernatural to work. That’s right. No more plots that hinge entirely on the mythos of the character, oh no. These supernatural beings would now have primary tasks, using their legends as secondary/additional abilities that help them on their way.
It is no wonder that with such close contact to the dark side, most of these supernatural beings turn to police work or a life of investigation. One such show that’s done this to rapturous fan applause is Lucifer. Premiering in 2016, this supernatural police procedural comedy tells the story of the original fallen angel—or the devil, also known as Lucifer Morningstar.
Lucifer, bored with his life and duties as hell’s ruler, decides to take a vacation where he owns a very prestigious nightclub in L.A. He begins to live a decadent life full of delicious sin. But when one of his clients is gunned down, he teams up with a female detective to solve the case,
The show is witty, funny and fans can’t seem to get enough of it, with Lucifer reaching fever pitch at the end of its third season. The series became popular enough that Netflix picked it up for two more seasons and now fans are eagerly awaiting the second half of season five to come out.
I would like to help with this problem and so, here’s a list of 13 supernatural shows like Lucifer that'll hook you right away.
Series Similar to Lucifer
- Constantine (2014)
- Supernatural (2005–2020)
- American Gods (2017–present)
- Preacher (2016–2019)
- Forever (2014)
- Limitless (2015–2016)
- iZombie (2015–2019)
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016–2017)
- The Dresden Files (2007)
- Grimm (2010–2017)
- Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
- Reaper (2007–2009)
- Lost Girl (2010–2016)
1. Constantine (2014)
If Lucifer is your go-to character for supernatural investigations, you may find a new favorite with Constantine.
Based on the DC comic book and film of the same name, which starred Keanu Reeves, Constantine tells the story of John Constantine, an exorcist and master of the occult who is struggling with his faith and is perpetually haunted by the sins of his past. Unwillingly and without his consent, however, he is thrust into the role of protector and savior, defending humanity from the rising forces of darkness.
Constantine as a character may not be as suave or be as collected as his opposite lead in Lucifer, but what he lacks in coolness, he more than makes up for in terms of his skills in dealing with the occult. Constantine aired for only one season before getting canceled, however, the character has remained vastly popular with appearances on another critically acclaimed show Arrow, prompting talk of a second season or a possible spin-off. Constantine is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
2. Supernatural (2005–2020)
It’s nearly impossible to talk about a supernatural investigative show without mentioning the long-running cult classic, Supernatural. The series is about two brothers who hunt monsters and all sorts of supernatural beings, including angels, demons, even a characterized version of God.
Supernatural wrapped up an epic 15-year run with its final season in 2020. You can stream most of Supernatural on Netflix. Those looking for a supernatural series like Lucifer would love what this flashy show rings to the table.
3. American Gods (2017–Present)
American Gods really pushes the envelope of what religion and worship ultimately mean with lots of blood and gore to boot if you’re into that sort of thing.
The show starts off about an ex-convict named Shadow Moon after he is released from prison when he meets a mysterious man named Mr. Wednesday, a self-proclaimed God, who seems to know more about his life than Shadow himself does. After finding out about the death of his fiancé, Shadow Moon joins Mr. Wednesday on a crazy journey that gets crazier the further they progress.
Any fan of mythology will enjoy this gathering of iconic supernatural beings and the deeply modern take this series has on the concept of deism and worship. Based on the book by Neil Gaiman, American Gods has been phenomenal so far, bringing stellar visuals to a very interesting series of story arcs.
4. Preacher (2016–2019)
Preacher is a show about looking for God. Now, this may sound fanatically religious, but trust me when I say there’s nothing fanatically religious about Preacher.
Starring Joe Gilgun as a fast-talking Irish vampire and Ruth Negga as the no-nonsense gun-toting girlfriend of preacher Jesse Custer, played by Dominic Cooper, Preacher starts off on a simple premise: God is missing. When a supernatural power called “Genesis," which allows its host to bend the will of anyone to their whim, takes residence in Jesse Custer, a small-town preacher with an interesting past, a host of unlikely characters start looking for him.
Disillusioned with his newfound power, Jesse along with his motley crew now take on the road to find God while meeting a slew of interesting and very dangerous people along the way. Preacher is a show that doesn’t take itself seriously, placing the group in situations best described as over-the-top and extremely elaborate, which is what makes the show so appealing.
There is no “settling in” with Preacher; the madness keeps on coming and leaves fans of the three-season franchise gaping at the gripping lunacy of it all. Fun fact; Peacher along with another entrant on this list in Constantine, are both based on D.C./Dark House comics.
Preacher is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
5. Forever (2014)
If you’re looking for a police investigation series with a touch of fantasy, Forever just might be your closest fit. Not to be confused with the 2018 series of the same name, the story follows a detective who pairs up with a man that happens to be immortal and extremely intuitive.
In some ways (especially considering the crime procedural element), the argument could be made that this series is somewhat better than Lucifer, with writers of the latter probably drawing inspiration from the series. Unfortunately, Forever only has one season, which is a real shame considering the amazing storytelling.
Forever is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
6. Limitless (2015–2016)
Considering the reputation of the blockbuster film with the same name starring Bradley Cooper, many will recognize the name Limitless more than most on this list.
Limitless follows the story of Brian Finch, who, thanks to the mysterious drug NZT, possesses extraordinary cognitive powers as he works with the FBI to help solve complex cases. Working with him are two special agents, Rebecca Harris, an investigator with a dark past, and her confidant, Boyle, who’s a former military officer.
With the already captivating premise of “what if we could unlock our brain’s full potential," Limitless will have you racking your brain, trying to keep up with this seemingly average person who has been able to harness the complete power of his mind. Sounds simple enough, right?
Limitless ran for one season and is available on Netflix.
7. iZombie (2015–2019)
Normally the zombie genre is considered slow and clunky, but iZombie is an interesting take on zombies and it is certainly a different kind of supernatural show.
Liv Moore, a promising medical student, has her life turned upside down when one seemingly innocuous decision turns her into a zombie. Since vampires need blood (of course), Liv takes a job at the morgue to get access to all the brains her new zombie body needs. However, after eating the brains of the bodies, she gets flashes of the memories and acquires old habits from the victims.
This leads a detective into her life. where she helps him to solve murders. It's an excellent show like Lucifer: a perfect replacement if you are looking to keep both the humor and supernatural detective elements.
iZombie has five seasons. You can binge-watch all the seasons of iZombie on Netflix.
8. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016–2017)
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency is a quirky show. From the writer of Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, this comic science fiction detective show tells the story of Todd Brotzman (played by Elijah Wood) who after discovering a murder is introduced to Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett), a fast-talking, eccentric detective who has been hired to investigate the murder.
Working together with Dirk to solve the case, Todd is now beset by wild and dangerous characters who all tie back to Dirk in one way or another. As is Dirk, with a deranged assassin hot on his tail with the belief that she is “destined” to kill him.
Despite only having two seasons, the show has become an unexpected hit with an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an 8/10 rating on IMDB. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
9. The Dresden Files (2007)
The Dresden Files follows the story of Harry Dresden, a wizard from Chicago who works as a private detective. Working as a consultant to the Chicago police, he is tasked with Detective Murphy to work on the most unusual cases.
With all this going on, Harry has to contend with a warden from the governing body responsible for supervising wizards and a wizard ghost named Bob, who lives in his apartment. Based on existing source material (a fantasy book series by the same name), the essence of the show is the same as what you will find in the books, a rarity for most book-to-screen adaptations.
The Dresden Files is available on the Google Play Store.
10. Grimm (2011–2017)
Although this protagonist is not the devil, the similarities between Grimm and Lucifer are evident. The plot of the show revolves around a detective who discovers he can see supernatural creatures hiding amongst us called the “Wesen."
Loosely based on the Grimm's Fairy Tales, the series follows him on his quest to fight crime now made greater with the forces of evil. Reception for the show was lukewarm at first but then greatly increased as the show finished with its sixth and final season in 2017. If you’re looking for a touch of realism to go with your fantasy, this is a series you might want to look into.
Grimm is available for purchase on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
11. Pushing Daisies (2007–2009)
Pushing Daisies is another supernatural comedy-drama series with a very unusual plot. It’s the story of a pie-maker named Ned, who has the ability to bring the dead back to life with a single touch. He uses his powers to help a detective solve murders by bringing the victims back to life and asking who killed them.
The series has been praised for its visual style and interesting characters, which has landed it several awards and nominations, including seventeen Primetime Emmy Award nominations, with seven wins. The only complaint you may have after watching this series is that it doesn’t have more seasons to its name.
Pushing Daisies joins the ranks of Lucifer on this list primarily due to the crime-solving and strong personalities both shows seem to have. Watch Pushing Daisies, now available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
12. Reaper (2007–2009)
Reaper is about a young clerk named Sam Oliver, who finds out his parents sold his soul to the devil on his 21st birthday and is now tasked by the devil to become his grim reaper, tracking down escaped souls and bringing them back to hell.
Watching the show, you can tell Sam is not very good at his job as he goes on his assignments with the help of his friends and girlfriend. Reaper is downright funny and will have you splitting at the seams with the ridiculousness and clumsiness of the characters as they go from one mission to the next.
Both seasons of Reaper are available on iTunes and the Google Play Store.
13. Lost Girl (2010–2016)
Lost Girl is a bit of a weird one, but then again, which series on this list isn’t? Lost Girl follows the story of Bo, a succubus who is part of a supernatural group called the Fae living amongst humans and feeding off their lifeforce in various ways to survive.
While Bo tries to unravel the riddle of her mysterious past, she and her friends, a thief and a drifter named Kenzi, a shapeshifter named Dyson, and a scientist named Lauren also tackle other problems that arise. If you’re into this brand of supernatural drama, this Canadian series is for you.
Binge-watch all five seasons of Lost Girl on Netflix.
© 2019 Rahul Parashar