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10 Genre-Defining TV Shows Like "Westworld" Everyone Should Watch

Updated on April 13, 2017
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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."

HBO has done it once again! Only they could have brought a series of this scale and ambition on screen in such fashion. After numerous delays and production halts, Westworld has finally made it to our homes. And if the ratings and quality of the first season are anything to go by, we’re in for one hell of a ride. A stellar cast, gritty storyline and Game of Thrones-like production value makes for a spellbinding show with a lot to offer.

The only problem with Westworld is that there isn’t enough of it. The first season has ended on a high note, answering a lot of questions and raising a lot more. While we eagerly wait for the next season, it only fits to look for some similar shows.

Let’s take a look at the list I’ve compiled. Entires have been included based on their ratings and similarities to Westworld.

How'd you rate Westworld out of 5 stars?

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Humans
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Mr. Robot
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And Then There Were None
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The Leftovers
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Deadwood
6.
Edge of Tomorrow (Movie)
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Battlestar Galactica
8.
Extant
9.
11.22.63
10.
Timeless

Humans

Humans is one of the most underrated shows out there! Written by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley, the first two seasons pack twenty episodes of riveting drama that revolves around humanoid robots and humans. While it borrows a lot from other sci-fi shows and movies, the way it turns a simple idea into an intriguing piece of story is what really counts.

The storyline takes place in the near future where a Synth (Humanoid robot) is a must-have for every family. From doing chores to romancing their owners, they're there to serve in any way they can. Things take an unexpected turn when some of those synths start behaving like human beings. Can they break free?

One of the best things about this show is the way it makes you think about the numerous possibilities future holds for us. The bleak, depressing portrayal of the world is not too different from the one we live in, which certainly helps with immersion.

Mr. Robot

I'm not a big fan of shows revolving around hacking and tech. Mr. Robot, however, is an exception. The series follows Elliot, a talented hacker, who can crack anything within seconds. He works for a corporation during the day and doubles as a vigilante by night, using his hacking skills to catch felons.

I was skeptical when I started watching Mr. Robot, but it hooked me in from the very first episode with its intriguing storyline. The twists and turns in the plot ensured that I pay attention to every event and dialogue. If you can devote some time to it as well, you'd have a good time with this show.

You don’t need to be tech savvy to enjoy it. There are a few scenes where you wouldn't understand much, but those moments are few and far between. While it does revolve around phones and computers, there’s much more to it.

The first season turned out to be amazing, but the second season is where Mr. Robot reached its true potential. Here is hoping that the third season turns out to be as good as previous two were!

And Then There Were None

Finally, a show that does justice to the novel it's based on! A few adaptions have been made in the past, but none have been as good as And Then There Were None. If you're expecting a feel-good story with a clichéd ending, you would be disappointed. Just like most of the shows on this list, it’s sinister and gloomy most of the time, redefining hopelessness.

The plot revolves around ten strangers who’re invited to a mansion on an isolated island. Things go awry when they start getting murdered one by one. Could one of them be the killer?

The island is utterly breathtaking. It's one of those hauntingly beautiful places you want to admire from a distance as you know there is something sinister hidden beneath the layer of its ineffable beauty. If not for anything else, watch this show for its fascinating sceneries.

Even if you’ve already read the story, I’d recommend you to go ahead with this TV show. The mystery and ambiance will hook you in for sure.

The Leftovers

What a show The Leftovers is turning out to be! Those who've watched the first season would tell you that's it's mediocre at best. The first season wasn’t bad by any means. It had its ups and downs like many other shows out there. The second season, however, was a blast. Everybody who helped turn the show around from an indecisive first season to something magnificent deserves a medal.

The story follows the mysterious loss of around two percent of the global population. They’re gone, vanished into thin air. No bodies, no proof of their existence…nothing.

Fast forward three years, people are still in denial about what happened two years ago. They're still trying to uncover the mystery behind the sudden disappearances, struggling to accept that they're never coming back.

As they try to cope with the loss of their loved ones, you'd share their anger and grief. You'd laugh and cry with them.

Don't miss out on this gem. With the third and final season just around the corner, you have ample time to catch up with the story.

Deadwood

Created by David Milch, Deadwood takes place in a corrupt town in the late 1800s – a place where life holds no value. In a town rife with thieves, rapists, and murderers, you're as good as dead if you don't have anyone watching your back.

Being a history buff, I’m glad to see how authentic everything looks. From carefully picked costumes to every little detail in the background; everything takes us back to the Wild West - a period of the lawlessness.

Once considered one of the best shows on HBO, it was canceled after just three seasons as they couldn’t garner enough viewers to keep it going. Here is hoping that the recent rumors about a follow-up movie are indeed correct. Even if the film doesn't come to life, the story spanning across three seasons feels complete in itself.

Edge of Tomorrow

Technically, a movie shouldn't be on this list since it's about shows like Westworld. But exceptions can always be made for exceptional movies. The protagonists of Edge of Tomorrow and Westworld have died hundreds of times, only to come back even stronger and inching closer to defeating their mighty enemies.

If you’re going to see this movie after watching the trailers, you’re in for a big surprise. Those YouTube clips had me believe that it’s another one of those alien invasion movies where the humans manage to keep them at bay against all the odds. The film, however, turned out to be a pretty compelling piece of art that would make you go "Huh?"

It doesn’t take much time to get going. The first few minutes might be a tad slow, but the rest of it is a roller-coaster ride, keeping you on your toes until the end.

The plot revolves around an inexperienced soldier who finds himself in the middle of a war between humans and aliens. Expectedly, he dies within a first few seconds, only to find himself waking up a day earlier. No matter how many times he is killed on the battlefield, he comes back to life, getting one step closer to single-handedly defeating the aliens. It’s fun to see him transform from a novice to a battlefield genius.

If you liked this movie, don’t forget to check out ‘Source Code’ - a film with a pretty similar style and story.

Battlestar Galactica

Humans created Cylons to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies. Things, however, turn ugly when they turn on their masters, almost wiping them out with their relentless attacks. Resolute on exterminating the human race, they prepare to go for the kill. With only a few thousands of people left, their only hope is to march towards the 13th Colony- the Earth. Will humanity survive?

There are no good or bad guys here. Everybody is fighting for their cause. Losing the battle means the extinction of their kind from the universe. You might loathe them at the beginning for their heinous crimes, but as they flesh out over the course of next few episodes, you'll begin to understand their motives behind it.

If you’re looking for a serial that’s similar to Westworld regarding scope and ambition, Battlestar Galactica is the show to watch. The storylines are emotional, compelling, and well-woven, which would stay with you for a while. It can get a tad predictable and preachy at times, but those moments are the exceptions rather than the rule.

Extant

Extant follows Molly Woods, an astronaut, who is sent on a solo space mission for 13 months. She comes back pregnant, raising a lot of questions about the mission. How could it happen? Was there someone else with her?

All these questions are answered one by one with every episode as a multi-layered story slowly unravels in the form of flashbacks. We learn that there are a lot of players involved in this game. There is more to it than meets the eye.

Just one more thing before you go ahead with this show – it was canceled just after two seasons. The first season was pretty decent. The second season is where things went downhill for this show. Although pacing and storylines improved, the show could never get the desired audience.The storylines never concluded. Only give it a shot if you’re okay with the lack of a proper closure.

11.22.63

Based on the novel by Stephen King, 11.22.63 is a mini-series that revolves around the time-travel exploits of a high school teacher. When he learns that he could go back to the year 1960, he attempts to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The only caveat is; if you try to change the past, it will find its way to get back at you. While working on making the world a better place for generations to come, he falls in love with a gorgeous blonde, further complicating the matters.

One of the strongest suits of this show is the cinematography. The sets, sceneries, and dialogues are reminiscent of the '60s, taking viewers back in time for a while. It sucks you in its fascinating world right from the very first moments and doesn't let you go till the end.

Fans of King’s novel would be very pleased to hear that the tone and style of his book have been followed for the most part. Those who’ve not had the pleasure to get into the book should not be afraid to give it a shot, though. Even if you’re not a huge fan of Stephen's work, you’d like what 11.22.63 has to offer.

Timeless

Time travel is undoubtedly a genre that's beaten to death. Countless TV shows and movies have been made revolving around that concept, each with their own set of rules. Timeless is another addition to an already huge list of shows, telling the story of three time-travelers on their quest to prevent any deviation from the historical events. More often than not, they end up getting in trouble and make a mess of their job.

Just like Westworld, it’s a little light on science. There are some time-travelling rules, but not so many that would kill the fun. Just enough to make it clear that no one can travel in time without any consequences.

Those looking for historical accuracy would be gravely disappointed here. While it's loosely based on historical events, rest of the story is just fiction. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy one hell of a ride.

It’s too soon to tell anything about this show’s future. Judging by its strong first season, though, I think it has a long and bright future ahead.

Did I miss out on any other shows like Westworld? Let me know in the comments section, and I'd be happy to check them out.

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      steveo 2 days ago

      continuum?