After ten thrilling episodes, the Epix series Of concluded its first season. The stars of the series Lostis Harold Perrineau as the sheriff of a mysterious town that traps its inhabitants inside. Catalina Sandino Moreno and Eion Bailey also star as Jim and Tabitha Matthews, a couple whose wandering detour on a road trip takes them to a mysterious place and seem unable to find their way. Upon meeting other residents, they begin to realize that many of the townspeople were once in their position, brought to town and unable to leave.
And then there are the mysterious creatures lurking in the woods. If it wasn’t enough that the town seems to want everyone to stay, there are monsters lurking in the woods surrounding the town that are ready to kill after dark. Oh, and a mysterious boy in white is also lurking around town, and only certain people can see him.
The series has gained a devoted following thanks to its suspenseful storytelling and the mysterious monsters lurking within, and last month it was confirmed that it would be renewed for season two. To fill the gap between seasons, we’ve rounded up six other shows that will scratch that kind of “scary, small town where danger’s behind every corner” itch, here’s our list of other shows to watch if you want. Of.
The societyThe premise of is either a dream come true or your worst nightmare: you’re in high school and everyone in your town disappears. When a group of teenagers return to their small town in Connecticut after an excursion to find everyone who lives there gone and realize they’re cut off from the rest of the world, they must do everything lord of the flies and invent their own rules of survival. But not all survive. Kathryn Newton, Gideon Adlon and Sean Berdy star in this series which is a survival of the fittest.
Although it only lasted two seasons, Hulu’s stone castle was a unique take on Stephen King’s horror universe. The Lizzy Caplan-the directed series (at least in season 2) took place in the fictional town of Castle Rock, a place where many King stories took place, and featured several different characters with intertwining stories, some of which have already been introduced in past King novels. The series also featured an all-star cast which included actors André Holland, Melanie Lynskey, Bill Skarsgård, Jane Levy, Sissy Spacek, Paul Sparks and Barkhad Abdi.
One of Netflix’s first original series, Hemlock Grove, which was produced by horror author Eli Roth and bBased on Brian McGreevy’s book, was a solid mystery series that focused on chilling murders in a small Pennsylvania town. From 2013 to 2015, the show starred Bill Skarsgard and Landon Liboiron as two young town men who come from very different backgrounds (Skarsgard played wealthy Roman Godfrey, while Liboiron played boyish Peter Rumancek who was also a werewolf) to try and solve the murders of two girls who were found dead. The supernatural show also has an amazing supporting cast which includes Famke Janssen, Lili Taylor, and Dougray Scott.
The premise of Invasion is to examine how an alien invasion of Earth would affect the lives of several seemingly normal citizens, including Sheriff Jim Bell Tyson (Sam Neill), Aneesha Malik (Golshifteh Farahani), and Hinata Murai (Rinko Kikuchi), who live in various towns across the globe, but whose lives are immediately altered when aliens land. The Apple TV+ series, which premiered in 2021, has been shot in locations around the world and has been renewed for a season 2, which is yet to be released.
There’s perhaps no weirder fictional TV town than Twin Peaks, Washington, the setting of the 1990 series. twin peaks (and it’s the 2017 revival on Showtime), created by David Lynch. The series, about FBI special agent Dale Cooper (Kyle McLachlan), who shows up in the bizarro town of Twin Peaks to investigate the murder of Laura Palmer, is a surreal horror soap opera that I watched during its initial release and one that could still be haunted by it 32 years later.
Whereas stranger things first seemed like a riff on 80s movies like HEY and The Goonies, it evolved into a much more complex and sinister story involving supernatural monsters, Russian insurgents, and government experiments gone wrong. Starring Noah Schnapp, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Sadie Sink, Caleb McLaughlin, David Harbor and Winona Ryder, the series about the mysterious events inside (and in the upside-down version of) Hawkins, Indiana, is on the its fourth season is set to air this month, and a fifth and final season has also been confirmed.
You can’t make a list like this without including the grandfather of weird mystery shows, LOST. After crash-landing on a mysterious island, the survivors discover they’re not alone – and it’s not just other people, there are polar bears, smoke monsters and more. Of not content to base its mysterious one-word title on LOSTit also includes Harold Perrineau, and frequents LOST director Jack Bender behind the scenes.