German cinematography has always been inventive and creative and it has given us plenty of brilliant movies and tv shows. After Dark blew our minds a few years ago, and we can’t wait for the new German mystery series to arrive. It is from the same creators and it is due November 17th. While waiting for it, let’s have a look at the 15 best shows like 1899 you need to watch.
Dark (2017 – 2020)
One of the main reasons why we can’t wait for 1899 is this brilliant Netflix sci-fi mystery – Dark, a drama that introduces us to four families living in a bleak town in Germany. All of them are somehow connected and some of them share a huge secret that will take us back to 1986.
Jumping from the present to the 1980s we begin to follow the case of a disappearance of a little boy and at the same time, we witness a supernatural occurrence that is connected to a dark cave somewhere in the middle of the woods near the town. Extremely interesting and complex, Dark is a must-watch if you want a show that won’t let you rest for a moment and will constantly force you to use your brain and try and solve the mysteries.
Fingersmith a romantic crime-drama starring Imelda Staunton and Sally Hawkins is set in Victorian England and follows the story of Susan “Sue” Trinder, a finger smith (British slang for thief) who lives in the slums of London together with Mrs. Sucksby, a woman who tends for unwanted babies.
When Sue is offered money to be part of a scam in which she has to defraud a wealthy heiress, she believes that her poor days are over. She must become Maud Lilly’s maid and help Mr Rivers marry Maud. the plan is to send Maud to a madhouse and inherit her money but things begin to change when Sue falls in love with her.
The Third Day (2020)
Jude Law stars in this mystery horror-drama which is told through six episodes. It is about a man and a woman who arrive on a mysterious island at different times. The show is divided into two halves, Summer and Winter.
Summer introduces us to Sam who is drawn to this mysterious island off the British coast where he meets a group of islanders who want to preserve their tradition. Winter is about Helen who comes to the island in search of answers, but her arrival will cause more havoc than expected.
The Girl in the Mirror (Alma, 2022 – )
This Spanish mystery horror-drama tells the story of a girl Alma who after surviving a terrible bus crash, wakes up with no memory or any recollection of the accident she had. Everyone is a stranger to her and her home is a place full of secrets and mystery.
She is slowly starting to become paranoid, convinced that everyone around her is lying and trying to turn her into someone else. She will be forced to unravel all the things around the accident before her reality vanishes and she becomes someone she is not.
Taboo (2017 – )
One of the best British tv shows from the last decade, Taboo is a gloomy and mysterious adventure, centered on one man surrounded by his close and distant ones who are directly or indirectly connected to the things he is dealing with.
Slow-paced and very introspective, with the impeccable Tom Hardy as the leading man, Taboo will maybe not immediately put you on the edge of your seat, but will gradually make you want more and more. Hardy plays James Keziah Delaney who returns to London during the war of 1812 with a plan to rebuild his father’s shipping empire. But everyone wants his inheritance, both the government and his biggest competitor.
The Nevers (2021 – )
Directed by Joss Whedon, an expert in fantasy, this interesting sci-fi thriller- The Nevers centers on a gang of Victorian women with unusual abilities. They will soon find themselves on a mission that might change the world, full of dangerous enemies and intriguing adventures.
This supernatural drama is slow-paced but is constantly growing in suspicion. It is well-written and well-acted, with brilliant characters, showing us powerful and strong-willed women in the predominantly male world of that time.
Into the Night (2020 – )
Into the Night is a Belgian sci-fi thriller-drama about the survivors on an overnight flight from Brussels who are faced with radiation coming from the Sun and causing a global disaster on Earth. They will have to run from city to city and try to stay ahead of sunlight and constantly live in the dark.
This is an interesting apocalyptic show that deserves a better production since it has a really good premise. Hopefully, there will be a second season that will continue with this intriguing story that will give us more information about how this catastrophe happened.
This drama-horror mini-series is based on one of the most famous gothic novels of all time, the 1897 Bram Stoker’s Dracula. It consists of three episodes and it follows Count Dracula from his very origins in Eastern Europe to his fights with Van Helsing and many others.
Mina is the girl who has stolen Dracula’s heart and she is the only one who might change his plans, at least for a short amount of time. One of the most unusual love stories has once again gotten its screen time and we can never get tired of it.
The Society is a sci-fi thriller that introduces us to the teen population of the town of West Ham, Connecticut who are the ones that remained after the rest of the inhabitants of their wealthy little town mysteriously vanished. They will be forced to run their own community when they find out what happened to their families and friends.
It all happened when they returned from a canceled field trip and found a town without no connection to the outer world. Surrounded by a dense forest and without a telephone or Internet, the youngsters will have to come up with their own rules to survive the unimaginable.
Stranger Things (2016 – )
One of the best and most beloved tv series in the last decade is this nostalgic sci-fi mystery set in the 1980s. It is the story of the small town of Hawkins, Indiana where strange things start happening after a peculiar incident that starts a chain of events leading to a child’s disappearance.
Will Byers is a quiet boy who spends his days with his best friends, playing games in the cellar and riding a bike. His disappearance unlocks a secret that has been hidden for many years and forces his friends and family to confront supernatural forces stronger than any human being can deal with.
Midnight Mass (2021)
Midnight Mass is a horror mystery that takes us to a small, isolated island where we meet its community whose lives begin to change with the return of a disgraced young man and the arrival of a charismatic priest. Father’s Paul appearance on Crockett Island coincides with the mysterious and unexplained events that start happening.
All those miracles result in a renowned religious fervor in the community but it will soon become obvious that they do not come without a price.
1983 is a Polish thriller that takes place in 2003, 20 years after a horrific terrorist attack that slowed down the course of Poland’s liberation and the downfall of the Soviet Union. It is now when a law student and a police officer uncover a conspiracy that hasn’t given Poland a chance to become free much earlier.
This new revelation is definitely something that will become a thorn in the eye of those in power and they will stop at nothing to keep it a secret.
Outer Banks (2020 -)
Outer Banks is an action crime-drama that introduces us to a group of teenagers from the wrong side of the tracks who find a treasure map that hides a long-buried secret. They are Pogue teenagers who are determined to find out what happened to the father of the group’s leader.
He has been missing for a longer period of time and while trying to find out what happened, they will discover this legendary treasure that is tightly connected to him. But things won’t be that easy since the Pogues are being chased by the law and a wealthy group of Kooks.
Penny Dreadful (2014 – 2016)
Penny Dreadful is a mysterious fantasy-drama set in Victorian London where we are introduced to a group of fascinating individuals who are gathered to fight some of the most unbelievable and inexplicable supernatural threats.
Scientist Victor Frankenstein, American gunslinger Ethan Chandler, explorer Sir Malcolm Murray and medium Vanessa Ives will have to deal with so much more than they have expected at the beginning. Vanessa will start having horrible visions and she will become the one all of them will have to fear and try to bring back to the good side.
Yellowjackets (2021 – )
Yellowjackets is a horror drama and a coming-of-age story that centers on a team of talented high school girl soccer players who survive a horrible plane crash somewhere deep in the northern wilderness.
The show follows their survival attempts, from a complicated team to savage clans and it shows what is going on with them 25 years after the crash and how they have never forgotten what happened to them in those woods. It is obvious that there are some unsolved things and that what happened there isn’t over yet.