Top shows to watch on Netflix while you wait for His Dark Materials
Ever since the extended trailer for His Dark Materials dropped in July, we’ve been eagerly counting down the days until Christmas 2019 when we will finally get to travel within Lyra’s world.
First announced in 2015, the highly anticipated adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book series has been several years in the making, with an amazing cast including Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Lin-Manuel Miranda all on board.
Sadly, we can’t skip forward to December and watch the BBC and HBO drama, so here are some of Netflix’s finest fantasy shows to get you in the mood for the show’s launch.
We’re talking a little bit supernatural, a little bit spooky, all with a whole load of adventure thrown in:
The Umbrella Academy
Created by Gerard Way (yep, him off of My Chemical Romance), The Umbrella Academy is a seriously wacky comic book adaptation about a group of young superheroes. Starring Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige and Misfits favourite Robert Sheehan, this show gives a darker look at the traditional superhero narrative, with a splash of time travel thrown in for good measure.
Let’s go back to 2008; a simpler time when Barack Obama had just become president and Merlin was the biggest show on Saturday night telly. The BBC One drama told the story of the legendary wizard as a young, magic-free man, played by Humans star Colin Morgan, and explored his relationships with his contemporaries, King Arthur, Guinevere and a pretty whacky CGI dragon voiced by John Hurt. If floppy-haired, tunic wearing men are your thing, then give it a go.
A bittersweet addition to the list, as the show was tragically cancelled earlier this month, The OA has received critical acclaim for being one of Netflix’s most ambitious shows. It tells the story of Prairie (played by co-creator Brit Marling), who returns to society seven years after she went missing. Quickly switching between sci-fi, fantasy and supernatural genres, this show will leave you scratching your head in bemusement, then lamenting the fact that we’ll never know what was in store for series three. Honestly, we’re still angry.
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
A dark take on everyone’s favourite teenage witch, Netflix’s comic book adaptation meets Sabrina, played by Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka on the eve of her 16th birthday. Trying to balance normal teenage life with satanism and sacrifice, the show is darkly funny and stylish and crosses over with everyone’s favourite teen drama, Riverdale. We definitely miss the talking cat from the 1996 version though.
Does it even need saying? Stranger Things is arguably Netflix’s biggest original programme and has continued to break records around the world since it first hit our streaming screens in 2016, with 20 million people watching the third series within its first week in July. That being said, if you’re yet to watch, prepare yourself for some spooky goings-on, supernatural powers, mega monsters and all the 80s styling you could dream of.
We’re jealous that you get to watch it for the first time!
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