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What TV Series Are Like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina?
Netflix seems to be on a roll with horror shows recently. Just after the release of their critically acclaimed The Haunting of Hill House, they have gifted us The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a reboot of a popular 90s drama of the same name. However, these two share nothing in common except their name. The original was a light-hearted series, while this one touches upon some delicate political issues along with the usual ‘witches vs warlocks’ drama.
If you haven’t watched it yet, now is the time to redeem yourself. However, you being here most probably means that you have already watched it. What after this series? While the second season has already been confirmed by Netflix, it’s still a little way away. Don’t worry. I have got your fix. Let’s take a look at the list of some shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that will hook you like a crack addict.
Series Similar To The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
- The Secret Circle
- The Haunting of Hill House
- American Horror Story: Coven
- A Discovery of Witches
- The Vampire Diaries
1. The Secret Circle
Based on the book series of the same name, The Secret Circle follows the story of Cassie, an angsty teenager, after the death of her mother. Her world turns upside down when she learns that she comes from a family of witches. With dark forces lurking around the corner, she must fight back along with her coven to keep them at bay.
Once you are past first 4 episodes, the show picks up the pace and takes you along on a dreamy ride. The story moves at a breathtaking pace, so much so that it’s a challenge to keep up with it at times. Overall, The Secret Circle is a great amalgamation of drama, romance, action, and horror. Don’t miss out on this gem of a show.
My only gripe is that this show ends with a major cliffhanger. Since The CW canceled it just after the first season, it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get to see the fate of those witches. Despite all the petitions and protests, it’s not coming back. Though it’s a shame that this show never got a chance to shine, you still have twenty-two spellbinding episodes to binge. Here is hoping that someone (Netflix, pretty please) gives it a much-deserved second chance to shine.
Most of the characters are teenagers, but don’t judge a show based only upon that. It’s a mature show that has something for every age group. If you’re an adult who enjoys the supernatural genre, you’ll love what The Secret Circle brings to the table.
2. The Haunting of Hill House
Based on the novel of the same name by Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House follows the plight of a family who had to grow up in one of the most haunted houses in the US. Fast forward a few years, nobody lives in the house anymore, but the ghosts continue to haunt them. To put an end to their nightmares, they go back to that house, only to open the pandora's box.
With its cleverly placed jump scares, The Haunting of Hill House will scare the wits out of you. It never goes over the top with anything. The mix of just the right amount of family drama and horror makes it one of the best horror series of 2018.
Everything from cinematography to acting is top notch, immersing you in its sinister world of ghosts and monsters. As the show switches back and forth to three different timelines, it might be a bit confusing. However, Once you burn through a few episodes, you’ll begin to understand what’s at stake.
Apart from hideous monsters that will scare you to death, there are other hidden ghosts all over the haunted mansion. See if you can spot them. Once you’re through this series, read this article to find out what hidden ghosts you missed.
Unfortunately, there will not be a season 2 of this show. If you want to scratch that itch of yours, check out the list of some similar shows to The Haunting of Hill House.
3. American Horror Story: Coven
American Horror Story: Coven is a standalone third season of the longrunning AHS with a separate storyline. Although the whole show is a roller-coaster ride, fans of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will love its third iteration more than any other season. The plot revolves around a coven of Salem witches in New Orleans as they try their best to keep evil at bay and protect their coven.
This series has mastered the art of telling multiple connected intricate, outlandish stories through flashbacks to different eras. Coven uses the same formula as it goes back to five different decades, and connects all those stories together.
American Horror Story doesn’t take itself seriously, and this show is all the better for it. People die, then they’re brought back, and then they die again to the point where you’re not sure who has died and how many times. Most of the characters on the show have died at least once. Leave logic at the doorstep, and suspend your disbelief for a few moments. Learn to embrace its capriciousness, even in its outlandishness.
The story follows a Portland police detective who believes he is losing his mind as he starts seeing things that aren’t there. Things take a twisted turn when he learns that his visions are a part of grim reality he must face head-on. Like his ancestors, he is a Grimm, a huntsman with an uncanny ability to see through the disguise of monsters hiding among humans.
Grimm follows the usual procedural drama formula of solving one case every episode with a gradually moving overarching storyline. Folklores are where this show excels at. They keep this show fresh and alive. These serialized storylines are generally good, with an exception of few monotonous episodes here and there.
This show doesn’t take itself too seriously, but it still retains its serious tone. Watch the first 2-3 episodes. If you don’t end up digging it, you won’t like the series.
Grimm aired on NBC from 2011 to 2017, airing 123 episodes over six seasons. It‘s available on Netflix.
5. A Discovery of Witches
The story follows Diana, a historian and reluctant witch, who gets sucked into the fantastical world of witches and vampires when she comes across a bewitched manuscript. Along with a mysterious vampire and a geneticist, she embarks upon a quest to delve deep into the mystery. The unlikely trio uncovers secrets that will change the course of their lives.
As someone who’ve read the novel this show is based upon, I am glad to report that this series does justice to the book. While this adaptation takes some liberties, it never ventures too far from the source material. Unlike the books, the show doesn’t cover the background in detail as it would have taken a lot of time. For better or worse, it simplifies the whole situation to be a fit for the small screen.
It’s not just another show with its own spin on the overly-saturated supernatural genre. Sure, it borrows ideas from other movies and shows, but A Discovery of Witches carves out its own identity.
Even if you’ve read the source material, you should check out this show. It brings the characters from book to life in an emphatic fashion.
Created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, this show takes us back to the Salem witch trials, an infamous period in American history. It explores the events leading up to witch trails, blending fiction and facts in just the right proportion.
It had a rocky start in season one, but thanks to a more focused and solidifying storyline, Salem found its footing in the second season. After reading a couple of negative reviews on the net, I was unsure if this show is well worth it. A few episodes in, and I was loving its dark, gothic spin on the repulsive witch trials.
This show isn’t for history buffs. Instead of aiming for accuracy, Salem conjures up its own alternative version of events. If you want accuracy, you’re better off reading a book or watching a documentary.
I love the liberties showrunners have taken with this series. If it were to recreate the whole scenario as it had happened, the series would have been depressing and boring. You’ll love it more when you forget all about the history and accept for what it is; a flashy supernatural show.
It’s a flawed masterpiece everyone should watch. If you can look past some obvious plotholes and historical inaccuracy, you’ll love what Salem brings to the table. It’s one of the best shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
7. Charmed (Original)
Don’t mistake this entry for the 2018 remake. They have made a mess of it. The 1998’s original entry, however, is excellent. Charmed ran for eight seasons from 1998-2006. It would have a long run if it wasn’t for The WB’s shutdown in late 2006. The CW later attempted a remake, but as I’ve stated, it was not up to the mark.
The story follows three sisters who find out that they come from a family of witches. Using all their might, they must fend off the evil forces in this world. Each sister must keep their growing powers in check while balancing their normal life as well.
It’s more of a serialized drama. The chemistry between the sisters is amazing. Every character, including the evil, is multidimensional. You’re made to understand their motives as well. I loved how the sisters find themselves in precarious situations and then dig their way out of it.
The show deserves more attention than it gets. It’s a wonderfully written series that slowly builds up the tension in the air to the point where it becomes unbearable. If you loved Sabrina’s adventures, you’ll love the action-heavy Charmed.
8. The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is the story of a teenage girl who gets sucked into the underworld of ungodly creatures when a vampire falls in love with her. Little does she know that this interaction will change the course of her life.
It takes a few episodes to get into the groove but picks up the pace pretty soon. The first half of the first season plays like a cheesy teen soap opera. Get past that, however, and you have all the ingredients of a riveting supernatural show.
The Vampire Diaries is a lot of things, but being dull isn’t one of them. People die, come back to life, then they die again, and the cycle repeats. Nearly everyone in the show dies at least once. And that’s not keeping count of already-dead (technically) creatures. The riveting storylines will keep you on the edge of your seat all the time.
Compared to The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the stakes here are a lot bigger, as there are vampires, doublegangers, witch hunters, and other otherworldly creatures involved here. All its eight seasons are captivating.
The plotline follows two brothers who set out to uncover the mystery behind the death of their mother. In their quest, they fight witches, demons, demi-gods, vampires, and every other mythical creature under the sun.
It’s amazing how the showrunners have kept things from getting stale even after 14 seasons. Apparently, they have no intention of concluding the story anytime soon. With all due credit to the writers of this show, part of the reason for its immense popularity is the riveting chemistry between the two leads. These two brothers carry the whole show upon their shoulders with grace.
Although Supernatural is not billed as a horror show, it can genuinely scare the wits out of you sometimes. It’s a great admixture of drama, humor, horror, and action that will keep you glued to your seat.
Unlike most of the TV shows, this series doesn’t take much time to introduce you to the world, characters, and settings. Five minutes in, and you're already witnessing a gruesome murder. Watch it till the 5th season. Skip the 5th, 6th, and the 7th season as they tend to drag the same old storyline. 8th season is where the show finds its mojo back again.
Did I miss out on any shows like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina? Let me know in the comments section.
Candqdqe on July 23, 2020:
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Brandi Goodman from Holland, MI on July 03, 2020:
I've seen all except 2 of these. I need to check out Hill House still. Great list with great shows.
Saru on January 15, 2020:
And congratulations! None of these are available on Netflix :/