Top 10 Amazing Fantasy TV Shows Like "Outlander" You Have to Check Out
Outlander doesn't get the spotlight it deserves for its well-paced and mesmerizing storyline. With season 4 on the horizon, there couldn't be a better time to catch up with this gem of a show. Since you're here, I'll assume that it's pretty likely that you've already devoured the available content and you still can't get enough. Fret not, I've got your fix. Here are some shows that'll keep you busy until Outlander is back on air.
Game of Thrones
Based on a series of novels by George R. R. Martin, Game of Thrones follows the story of seven kingdoms at war with each other. As they slaughter each other in the hopes of becoming king of kings, something more sinister lurks beyond the walls. Everyone thinks that the army of undead is just a myth. When they finally arrive, will the mortals have an answer for them? Or will they perish?
The seven seasons so far have only shown a glimpse of how dangerous these White Walkers can be. Winter is coming! And mind you, winters in Westeros are harsh and long. Only the strongest amongst the strongest will make it out alive.
Revealing anything else is just going to spoil the fun. Just know that a lot of people you'd grow to admire in the first season won’t make it to the seventh. In a land where there is no value of life, you shouldn’t expect your heroes to beat all the odds.
Still, there are a few characters the show would never touch. Jon and Tyrion, for example, have become fan favorites. I don’t think they’d ever risk killing them off permanently. Given the knack of this show to kill people off unexpectedly, you can never be too sure.
And this is what makes Game of Thrones a one-of-a-kind show. Love it or hate it, there’s no denying that no other TV show on air right now can even come close to it in terms of popularity.
Vikings follows Ragnar Lothbrok, a farmer who eventually becomes the king of Norway. The dramatization of his relentless raids to Britain and France is often blended with some Norse mythology. They serve this mix in just the right proportion. It's a fantasy cum historical drama, which would appeal to the fans of both genres.
Everything from gorgeous sceneries of Scandinavia to beautiful landscapes of Britain and France, there’s a lot to feast your eyes on. The actors in the role of Lothbrok and his brother Rollo have done justice in portraying their characters.
It’s so easy to mistake it for a show that is just about bodybuilders running around in skirts. You need to give it a shot. Once you're a few episodes in, it starts to grow on you as the storyline picks up the pace and builds up to a conclusion.
As a big fan of the original Poldark series and I’m glad to report that this new show is unexpectedly good. I don't usually look forward to period dramas, but this one hooked me right from the very first episode with its spellbinding storyline and breathtaking cinematography.
The first few episodes season can seem a bit slow compared to the rest. Once it's done acquainting you with its overarching plot and important characters, the gears shift pretty fast.
Season two has been just as good as the first one, if not better. Some few new faces have emerged as important players in the second season, resulting in some captivating moments in the show. Here is hoping that season 3 ups the ante and leads towards a fitting conclusion to the ongoing wars and rivalries.
Where to start with this one heck of a brutal show? I am a huge fan of Spartacus (1960) movie. When I heard that they are going to make TV series about him, I didn’t expect much. Fast forward a few episodes and I knew that I was not right in my pre-assessment.
Blood, gore, nudity, and tonnes of high-voltage drama – this series has it all. If you haven’t watched it yet, now is your time. The plot revolves around a Spartacus, a gladiator, who eventually leads a revolution against the Romans, with a huge tab of casualties on the side. It is said that he was quite quick-witted, changing his battle strategies to his favor at the very last moment, which kept Romans second guessing on their next step, for one mistake might turn out to be detrimental. It’s fun to see them playing hide and seek as they try to anticipate each other’s move in advance.
Rome chronicles the lives of citizens of Rome as the Roman Republic falls apart bit by bit. From the moment it introduces you to Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo – two historical figures, you know it’s going to be amazing. Over the course of 2 seasons, Rome introduces us to a few new characters to root and loathe as they scramble with each other for power, paving way for Roman Empire. You’d get behind a few characters, hoping they’d come out unscathed. Some of them will, most won’t. This is what makes it riveting. The fact that even the mightiest of heroes can fall in seconds keeps viewers on their toes.
You don’t hear a lot of about it because it was canceled just after 2 seasons. Rome was never given a chance to blossom. Apparently, it cost them a bit too much to make a single episode. You know what happens to a series when it doesn’t get enough audience. Nevertheless, you have two amazing seasons to binge.
Set 20 years before the events of Treasure Island, Black Sails follows Captain Flint's effort to civilize unruly pirates. Things spiral out of control and he instead ends up becoming one of the most feared pirate captains of the 18th century.
The first season is a bit flashy. It only manages to find its footing from the second season onwards. Everything from the story, sceneries to dialog delivery and acting gets better in the latter half. The third season is where the story starts to tie up all the loose ends and starts a build up towards one heck of a fourth and final season. Stick to it. You’d be rewarded for your loyalty.
With just 10 episodes per season, Black Sails delivers one shocker after the other in form of betrayals, ambushes and plot twists. When you'd have churned through the 40 episodes, you'd certainly crave for some more action. Keep reading!
Penny Dreadful is one of those unlucky TV shows that’s not getting the attention and love it deserves. There is a lot of violence, gore, and drama. At times, everything feels a tad overwhelming, maybe even a little suffocating. While the idea of making a show around vampires roaming around in Victorian London sounds good on paper, bringing it authentically on the small screen was quite a task. Everything from costumes, dialogues to cinematography is brilliantly done, staying true to that era.
It’s definitely not for the faint of heart. If you can stomach violence, extreme gore and nudity, you'd love it. While there is no dearth of action and sex, the show never forgets to keep building on an already tense atmosphere all the way to the final episode.
The White Queen
The White Queen is a mini-series based on the novel series “The Cousins’ War”. The story focuses on three women fighting for the throne in 15th century England. These women would leave no stones unturned to try and make it through to the crown.
As a history buff, I was pretty excited to see that they’ve stayed true to the books for the most part. They’ve spiced it up a little in some places, but it fits well with the overall narrative. The plots are not conjured up just for the sake of attracting more viewers. If you like authentic storylines is your thing, The White Queen might just be the show you’re looking for.
The plot revolves around The Queen of Scots, Mary and her friends, who face dark forces and foes in the French court. Reign is Pretty Little Liars meet Gossip Girl – something you never knew you wanted. With all the typical CW-style love triangles and drama mixed with a touch of fantasy, it makes for a perfect guilty pleasure period drama.
If you are looking for historical accuracy here, I’m afraid you’d be disappointed. Skip to the next entry. With its fancy dresses, parties and love stories, it gives off “Gossip Girl” vibe. The model-like actors don’t help the matter much either.
If you’re looking for something fun that’d keep you entertained for a while, you should check it out. Just don't expect too much from the story or actors and you won't be disappointed.
Although not particularly accurate, The Tudors is a solid TV drama focusing on the early life of King Henry VIII. While it’s gorgeous, the only shortcoming is its tampering with historical facts. They’re altered a lot to appeal to a larger audience.
If you like watching something just to have some fun and you don’t care much about real facts, you’d love what The Tudors has to offer. I understand that some people are not too happy with the way they’ve decided to play with history here. Once you watch a few episodes and immerse yourself in its fascinating world, you wouldn’t be complaining.