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5 Shows like Angel from Hell: Spiritual (Mis)Guidance

Roxanne_Sancto_itcher_contributorHave you always dreamed of meeting your guardian angel? Well, shows like ‘Angel from Hell’ may make you reconsider that wish. It’s always nice to have a bit of guidance, but what if said guidance is rather misguided? ‘Wilfred’ and Dr. Tom Wexlar in ‘Being Erica’ may give you an idea of what it must be like. ~ Roxanne Sancto

Remember your first orgasm, when you farted just a little bit?

Sure, Allison (Maggie Lawson) does – I mean, who wouldn’t remember an orgasm that ended in a fart? – but why would a complete stranger off the street know about such an intimate detail in her life? Ah, well, see, the thing is: Amy (Jane Lynch) isn’t a random stranger. She’s Allison’s guardian angel.

But as we all know, she’s no ordinary guardian angel: not like the type we know from Disney movies and such. She doesn’t have long, golden hair and she certainly hasn’t been blessed with a halo. But I’m sure that has nothing to do with how she goes about her job…or maybe it has everything to do with just that!

Guardian angels, fairy godmothers and therapists all share one purpose: they’ve been brought to this earth to help people and guide them along their way. But not all of them have the best path in mind for their subjects or clients – whatever you want to call them.

Looking for more shows like ‘Angel from Hell’ to help you convince yourself that you’re better off on your own? Check out the divine list below.


Shows Similar to ‘Angel from Hell’…

‘Touched by an Angel’ (CBS, 1994-2003)

If you think all angels are sweet and angelic, you obviously haven’t met Tess (Della Reese) yet. She’s got a real presence and she’s not afraid to put you in your place with her sharp wit and biting sarcasm. Luckily, she doesn’t travel alone: she’s taken the recently “promoted” angel, Monica (Roma Downey), under her wing.

Monica is kind and gentle, and she cares deeply about the many “cases” she works on for her heavenly division. Together, Monica and Tess travel from town to town offering guidance to people who have found themselves at a crossroads in life.

‘Touched by an Angel’ enjoyed great popularity at the time and there was even a spin-off born from the show: ‘Promised Land’. Throughout the three seasons of ‘Promised Land’, there were four crossover episodes featuring Monica and Tess.

Similarity Match: 90%
While Amy focuses on solely one “case” at a time, Monica and Tess work through several in a week; both series follow angels who have come to earth to guide “their humans”.

‘Being Erica’ (CBC, 2009- )

Most movies about time travel have one lame thing in common: the people who have gone out of their way to build time machines or other time travelling devices can’t actually change the past. So what’s the whole point in going back at all?

If such films irk you, you’ll be pleased to meet Erica (Erin Karpluk) and her therapist, Dr. Wexlar (Michael Riley). Why, you ask? Well, because Dr. Wexlar isn’t just any kind of therapist; he sends his patients back in time to – wait for it – change certain events that shaped their future!

If you’re looking for a TV series like ‘Angel from Hell’ with a bit more drama, ‘Being Erica’ is what you need. Just like Amy, Dr. Wexlar often allows Erica to fall on her butt in order to learn life-saving lessons.

Similarity Match: 80%
‘Angel from Hell’ has more of a sitcom feel whereas ‘Being Erica’ runs 45 minutes long and brings its fair share of drama. Both shows introduce eccentric characters whose job is to guide people through life.

‘Wilfred’ (FX, 2011-2014)

OK, so you can’t really call Wilfred (Jason Gann) a guardian angel…. but he’s not quite the devil incarnate either. He’s definitely not a dog; at least, not a normal one. Let’s just say he’s somewhere between good and evil, and he has come into Ryan’s (Elijah Wood) life to (mis)guide him.

The show was originally created by Australian actors/writers Adam Zwar, Jason Gann and Tony Rogers and was based on their award-winning short film. Although both the American and the Australian versions are quite sinister at times, the original feels slightly more obscure.

‘Wilfred’ surprises with profound dialogue, absurd situations, and puzzling mysteries. The storyline may sound too bizarre to be good, but you won’t be able to help yourself: you will take this show entirely too seriously and completely immerse yourself in the mystery that is ‘Wilfred’.

Similarity Match: 75%
‘Angel from Hell’ is rather light-hearted in its approach, whereas ‘Wilfred’ is dark and daring with a healthy dose of comedy. The protagonists in both shows are offered guidance from unlikely entities.

‘Joan of Arcadia’ (CBS, 2003-2005)

There are many situations in life in which we pray to God – or whoever else we believe in – and make thousands of promises in return for his help and guidance. The thing is, we don’t usually intend to keep said promises. So what if God were to show up at your doorstep one day, asking you to pay up?

That’s what happens to Joan (Amber Tambyln), a teen girl who lives in Arcadia, Maryland. When her brother Kevin (Jason Ritter) is involved in a severe accident, she promises God to do anything as long as he keeps her brother alive. When God shows up to remind her of her promise, she has no choice but to do anything he asks of her.

God takes on various different forms: sometimes he’s a young child, a cool teen boy, or a gossiping old lady. Although some of his “assignments” seem a bit odd or purposeless, they always prove to be small acts for the greater good.

Similarity Match: 70%
God doesn’t offer ‘Joan of Arcadia’ guidance as much as he teaches her life lessons, but both shows brush up on spirituality and belief.


If You Like ‘Angel from Hell’, You Will Like…

The series we’ve discussed above all share one thing in common: they follow protagonists who are either sent from above to help others, or those who are being helped by guiding spirits. TV shows like ‘Angel from Hell’ are fun and light-hearted in that they allow us to imagine what it would be like to meet our guardian angel. But what if the guidance you’re receiving comes from a darker place? Let’s see how dark spirits and premonitions may affect someone’s every-day life.

‘Medium’ (NBC, 2005-2011)

Allison (Patricia Arquette) is a loving wife and mother of three. But she’s far more than your typical soccer mom. Allison has a gift, a scary one, but one that can help prevent and solve gruesome crimes: she speaks to the dead and they speak right back.

They usually come to her in her dreams and with the information they provide her with, she is able to relay important messages and support the Phoenix District Attorney, Manuel Devalos (Miguel Sandoval) in solving his cases.

Series similar to ‘Angel from Hell’ look at the positive effects guidance from beyond can have on people, whereas ‘Medium’ focuses on the darker sides of the spirit world. But both Amy and Allison aim to use their gift to better the world.


Angels Aren’t in Heaven… They Are on Earth but Not Everyone Is Able to See Them!

That’s why you need to stay open-minded and really believe in the fact that they are out there, always behind you, guarding you every step of the way. And who knows? Maybe once you allow yourself to believe in their existence, you’ll meet your very own Amy! Though, I think I’d rather like a Wilfred as my “angel”… he seems a tad more adventurous.

What about you?

My name is Roxanne Sancto and I’ll be writing all things music, book and movie related for itcher mag. I also write for New Heroes & Pioneers’ upcoming Festival and Culture magazines, to be launched in the spring of 2014. I am the co-author of The Pink Boots and am currently working on two new novels. I love music, literature, cinema, crafting, yoga and animals.
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