Top 10 Enthralling Shows Like 'The Umbrella Academy'

Updated on July 3, 2019
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What Series Are Like The Umbrella Academy?

Now, more than ever, movies and TV shows are getting saturated with superheroes. Every other day, you find some new superhero character coming out of the woodwork. What's more, with Avengers frenzy catching on, there seems to be no sign of this trend slowing down. However, all hope is not lost.

There are some brilliant superhero shows that have come out in recent years that have broken all kinds of stereotypes. One of the most famous of the lot is Netflix's very own Umbrella Academy.

Seven eccentric children with superhero abilities are adopted by a billionaire and trained to become vigilantes. However, these heroes are flawed and will often leave you amused and aghast with their antics. One of them is literally a ghost for heaven’s sake! While essentially labeled as a superhero web series, Umbrella Academy has a fair bit of quirky humor and drama to keep things fresh.

If you loved it, you'll be intrigued by my collection of shows like The Umbrella Academy.

Shows Similar To The Umbrella Academy

  1. The Gifted
  2. Gotham
  3. Titans
  4. Jessica Jones
  5. The Magicians
  6. Doom Patrol
  7. Supergirl
  8. The Punisher
  9. Marvel's Daredevil
  10. The Tick

1. The Gifted

A collaboration between Marvel and Fox Studios, The Gifted has a heavy X-Men hangover to it, and rightly so. The series is, in fact, a spin-off of the famous franchise and is set in an alternate timeline where the X-Men don't exist. The story is based on two ordinary American parents who go into hiding from the government after they discover that their children have superhuman powers. Correctly identifying them as mutants, the parents take them to an underground world where several mutants such as their children live in hiding. The show's dark, gripping, and with no X-Men to bridge the gap between humans and mutants, the stakes are much higher.

If you loved the X-Men movies and the animated series, you should definitely give this show a try. The show focuses on the struggle for dominance and power between humans and mutants, just like the movies.

The Sentinel Services founded by Stryker that hunts mutants and characters also makes an appearance, and there's also a Wolverine influence. The series expertly combines the fictional tale with some real-world problems such as illegal immigration and needless prosecution of Mexicans among many others. Whether you love it or hate it, you will definitely be intrigued by the fascinating world created in The Gifted.

2. Gotham

A dark, gritty crime drama set in the DC universe, it's a story set in Batman's beloved city, Gotham. However, the caped crusader is not a part of this series. Instead, the primary focus is on commissioner James Gordon, or rather his life before he became the commissioner of police.

Starting out as a rookie cop in the Gotham Police Department, Gordon is entrusted with the murder investigation of Thomas and Martha Wayne. While there's no Batman in the picture, the show sees Gordon encountering several famous super villains such as The Penguin, The Riddler, Scarecrow, Poison Ivy, among many others.

The show has received critical acclaim and with regular occurrence of several Batman villains, its a firm nod to DC's most famous superhero. If you fell in love with The Dark Knight trilogy created by Nolan, this should be right up your alley. The inspiration from those movies is obvious and there's enough emotional turmoil to keep things interesting. This is a superhero world you don't want to miss.

Those looking for shows like The Umbrella Academy would love what Gotham brings to the table.

3. Titans

If you grew up watching the animated show, Teen Titans, you're in for a treat. Titans is a live-action adaptation of the famous animated series featuring teenage superheroes.

Four troubled teens with special powers team up to save the world from imminent danger. While the plot is as old as the Bible, the presentation is the real winner. The characters are quirky, flawed, and their uniqueness reflects in their attire as well. Three characters out of the four, for instance, have flamboyantly colored hair, making them stand out. The lead character in the series, Richard Drayson was trained by Batman himself. He is, in fact, the caped crusader's famous sidekick, Robin, who works as a detective with the Detroit Police Department.

While the Robin backdrop acts as a perfect hook point for Batman fans, it's the other three characters who are more interesting. Their character arcs take them to some really strange places, which you will enjoy watching. Overall, its a solid show with some great performances.

4. Jessica Jones

A brilliant Marvel show on Netflix that unfortunately got axed way too soon is Jessica Jones. Say what you may, but the genre of superhero flicks remains male-dominated. Jessica Jones was a breath of fresh air, but this dark show never got its share of deserved fan-following.

A former superhero, who has hung her cape is trying to lead a life of peace. She has taken up the role of a private investigator and delivers her own brand of justice. Sadly, her past refuses to stay buried when a mysterious man enters her life.

Jessica Jones is all about this retired superhero's journey into her troubled past and emerging victorious. The show is slick, with the tension and drama built up taut, and the acting top-notch.

Marvel fans will find that this show has a familiar vibe to it. After a subpar show like Iron Fist, it finally felt like Marvel had found its groove on the streaming platform. But sadly, the show was canceled after just three seasons. Once you watch the show, you will lament at its cancellation, just like me.

5. The Magicians

Imagine Harry Potter, but for adults, and you have pretty much summed up the plot for The Magicians. The content is mature not just because of the sex scenes, but also because the story is much more sinister than J.K.Rowling's work.

Quentin Coldwater's dreams come true when he realises that all the magical elements he read about in his favourite childhood book are real. He soon enrolls into a special magic school to train and hone his skills. However, all that glitters is not gold and Quentin realises this soon enough. The magical world poses a threat to ordinary humans and now, it's up to him to use his powers for good and save the world.

With lots of magic and eccentric storyline, The Magicians makes for quite an enjoyable watch. Nicely combining fantasy elements with some good old fashioned drama, the show earns a place in this list.

6. Doom Patrol

A spinoff of the Titans, Doom Patrol is fairly new. In fact, it released on the same date as Umbrella Academy and instantly drew comparisons for that reason. Much like Titans and UA (Umbrella Academy), this show has six superheroes who come together to fight crime and keep the streets safe. However, one major difference Doom Patrol and Titans are that all of them are reluctant superheroes. Saved by a scientist on the verge of death, these men and women gain extraordinary powers, which they have to use for good.

Also, the stakes are not as high as Titans. Most of the missions in Doom Patrol is your run-of-the-mill superhero drama. If you need reasons to watch this show, I have got two for you. First, there's Cyborg - one of the most important characters in the show. If you're a Justice League fan, you wouldn't want to miss out on this. Second, it has Brendon Fraser. Need I say more?

7. Supergirl

While Superman movies have been done to death, a show on his less famous cousin is a lot more interesting. As the name suggests, the show is about Supergirl, who was one of the rare few who escaped the destruction of Krypton. Much like Umbrella Academy, the protagonist Kara, the 24-year-old Kryptonian, slowly learns about her abilities and uses it to fight crime.

There are plenty of references to Superman in the show, and it often gets crossover episodes between The Arrow and The Flash. It's neat to see that Supergirl belongs to an alternate universe and comes to help the other DC heroes in dire situations.

And for die-hard fans of the man of steel, there are tonnes of Superman influence in the show. Although not as famous as Arrow and Flash, the show has its own fanbase growing by the day.

If you're looking for a show like The Umbrella Academy, Supergirl should be right up your alley.

8. The Punisher

You must have heard about this show at the very least, if not seen it already. Netflix struck gold when they released this action show in 2018. Originally started out as a spinoff to the Netflix show, Daredevil, The Punisher has developed a cult following of its own.

Frank Castle, an ex-marine is grieving and bloodthirsty after losing his family to a cold-blooded hit job. As he tries to unravel the mystery behind his family's murder, he uncovers some sinister truths about his past and the people closest to him. A fair warning before you watch this show; it has intense, gruesome violence, and some graphic torture scenes. So, if you're someone who gets squeamish due to excessive violence, give this one a pass.

As for the gorehounds, it's paradise city. The action is top-notch, gritty, and fluid, and yet this show is rooted firmly to the ground. The Punisher, as a comic book character, has always been dark and vastly underrated.

Netflix has done a commendable job of keeping the comic book essence intact while making this character famous. It's a beast of a show - one no Marvel fan should miss out on.

9. Marvel's Daredevil

Another underrated superhero who got a much-needed revival was Daredevil. Netflix took the dark route with this superhero too and created a truly captivating world set in the Hell's Kitchen, New York.

Matt Murdock is a lawyer by day and a masked vigilante by night, bringing justice by both methods. The most interesting part, however, is that he is blind and uses his other heightened senses to fight crime.

While the first season was well received, it was the second season that got an outstanding fan following. It was partly due to the introduction of Frank Castle aka The Punisher. He's Daredevil's major nemesis in season two, and after the show's popularity, The Punisher got his own spinoff series.

Other than this epic crossover, the show has great acting, terrific writing, beautifully choreographed action set pieces and, a fair bit of nail-biting drama. To sum it up, you got three seasons of pure binge watching fun ahead of you.

10. The Tick

If you're tired of brooding superheroes and are looking for something fun, The Tick is the show for you. This action comedy series features one of the most outlandish superheroes I've ever seen. Dressed in a bright blue tick (an insect) costume, he goes around fighting crime around the city. He also befriends a shy young man named Arthur, who eventually becomes his sidekick. While the plot may seem predictable, the show's true brilliance lies in comedy.

The dialogues are witty, the episodes fun and breezy, and most importantly, the comedy doesn't outweigh the action. The fighting sequences are well choreographed and will get your adrenaline pumping. At the same time, there's a great deal of humor, just like Deadpool, if I dare say so, although not as obnoxious.

Did I miss out on any shows like The Umbrella Academy? Let me know in the comments section below.

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