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Did you experiment with Stranger Things for your first taste of sci-fi/fantasy? If you loved Stranger Things, explore a little more with these supernatural television series, which combine the unexplainable with complex characters. This mix makes them a little strange, a little mysterious, and a lot of fun!
If you like Stranger Things, you may also enjoy these TV shows
American Gods (2017-, active series)
When Shadow Moon is released from prison, he meets the mysterious Mr. Wednesday and a storm begins to brew. Little does Shadow know, this storm will change the course of his entire life. Left adrift by the recent, tragic death of his wife, and suddenly hired as Mr. Wednesday's bodyguard, Shadow finds himself in the center of a world that he struggles to understand. It's a hidden world where magic is real, where the Old Gods fear both irrelevance and the growing power of the New Gods.
Based on the book by Neil Gaiman.
Penny Dreadful (2014-2016, 3 seasons)
An erotically charged, profoundly unsettling new saga that completely reinvents literature's most iconic and terrifying characters. Dorian Gray, Victor Frankenstein, and timeless figures from Dracula join a core of original characters in a dark and brutal quest to save a soul, even as they grapple with their own monstrous temptations.
The Leftovers (2014-, active series)
Two percent of the world's population has disappeared. Was it the Rapture? A mass murder? Cult suicides? Aliens? The series follows Kevin Garvey, police chief and father of two in Mapletown, New York, three years after the mysterious event. As Garvey struggles to grieve for his losses, rebuild his life, and regain a sense of normalcy within the community, the world around him grows ever stranger.
Fortitude (2015-, active series)
Citizens living in Fortitude, an Arctic town hailed as the safest place on Earth, are rocked to the core by the murder of one of their own. A detective is quickly flown in from out-of-town to assist the local Chief of Police with the investigation of the town's first-ever violent crime and the two men must work together despite the deep mistrust each has for the other.
Supernatural (2005-, active series)
Sam Winchester grew up hunting creepy, demented, unexplainable, unearthly and terrifying things. But law school, safety and normalcy beckon him until Sam's estranged brother appears with troubling news: their father, a man who's been hunting evil for 22 years, has disappeared. So now, to find him, the brothers must hunt what their father hunts and Sam must return to the life he thought he'd left behind.
Outlander (2014-, active series)
Claire Randall is a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743. She is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate affair is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.
Lost (2004-2010, 6 seasons)
Stranded on an island that holds many secrets, 48 people must band together if they hope to get home alive.
Orphan Black (2013-2017, 5 seasons)
Sarah is on the run from a bad relationship when a lookalike stranger commits suicide right in front of her. Sarah sees a solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman's identity and clearing out her bank account. Instead, she stumbles into a thriller mystery, and uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. She learns there are more like her, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances, and someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.
Did you know?
As a Toledo Lucas County Public Library cardholder you have access to many more resources than you may think. We participate in a library consortium that allows our customers to request items available throughout the state. To request these items, they must be available in the catalog. Ask a librarian for more information.
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