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5 Shows like Supernatural: A Family That Will Risk Everything

When their mother is killed by a supernatural being Sam and Dean’s father takes it into his own hands to search for the truth. Soon the brothers follow in their father’s footsteps as they chase ghosts, demons and everything in between. If you are looking for more spooky TV shows like Supernatural, check out the excellent Grimm or Reaper.

What You Don’t Understand Will Kill You

Brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, follow one of the most unusual of career paths when they train to be ghost hunters. They decide on this alternative lifestyle as they want to follow in the footsteps of their father, who took it upon himself to kill the demons that murdered his wife.

On their journey, the brothers discover that they themselves have special powers when they suddenly begin to see people dying before the actual death occurs. How will they move ahead with their newfound powers?

If you are dying to watch more TV series like Supernatural I recommend The X Files for traditional occult drama and Medium if you are looking for something more modern.

‘Grimm’ (GK Productions, 2011-)

Police detective Nick Burkhardt is used to investigating gory crimes, but nothing prepares him for the sudden visions of people morphing into monsters. Scared and unaware what is happening, it is soon revealed that his supernatural powers run in the family and he must carry on his family’s fight against evil. Nick meets various creepy characters throughout his journey, picking up an ally along the way in the form of a reformed ‘Big Bad Wolf’.

The world of the supernatural mixes with his detective work as Nick begins to see that there is more to some criminals than meets the eye.

Sound good? Make sure to also have a look at these other shows similar to ‘Grimm’.

Similarity Match: 95%
Grimm is very much like Supernatural, with added crime drama mixed in. The characters we meet in Grimm are recognisable from Grimm’s fairy tales, which adds a fun element to the show.

‘The X Files’ (20th Century Fox, 1993-2002)

FBI agents, Dana Scully and Fox Mulder join forces to investigate paranormal activity, in this award winning TV series. Sceptic Scully is reluctant to believe that there are not reasonable explanations for the strange goings on around her, but she soon questions her beliefs when things start to get more and more strange.

The chemistry between the two agents adds extra depth to the show, not that it is needed when we have aliens popping up in one episode and a killer with x-ray vision in the next.

Similarity Match: 90%
Supernatural is very far fetched in comparison to The X Files, with more monster madness than alien intrigue. If you prefer your supernatural TV with a more detailed plot The X Files is the show for you.

‘Reaper’ (ABC, 2007-2009)

Another series like Supernatural is Reaper. Sam Oliver was always the odd one out, both at school and at home, but he could never quite put his finger on why. All is revealed on Sam’s 21st birthday when his parents confess that his soul was sold to the devil before he was born.

Now an adult, Sam is under strict orders from the devil to hunt down those who have strayed from hell, so they can be returned. In his role as Reaper, Sam faces some of the most terrifying challenges of his life.

Similarity Match: 80%
Reaper is a carefree show that is more slapstick comedy than series drama, but I am sure you will love the fun element it brings. Supernatural fans will be pleased to see lots of monsters and demons!

‘Medium’ (Picturemaker Productions, 2005-2011)

Patricia Arquette stars as Allison Dubois, a woman who has physic abilities and who wants to use her skills to help others. Allison can see into the souls of people just by touching them and often dreams about the whereabouts of missing people.

Her skills allow her to solve some of the most difficult crimes in the city and it seems her daughter is developing similar traits. Allison must juggle her role as detective alongside caring for her young family, whilst managing the strain that is put on her when she sees some pretty depressing images.

Similarity Match: 75%
Medium has more of an eerie edge to it as opposed to the outright shocking nature of Supernatural. A great performance from Arquette will keep you invested in the show and some of the story lines will have you spooked for days.

‘Ghost Whisperer’ (CBS, 2005-2010)

Melinda Gordon’s Grandmother had the ability to communicate with the spirits of the recently deceased, and it seems that Melinda has inherited her skills. Others are sceptical about Melinda’s supernatural abilities, but she is determined to help others just like her Grandmother did.

Melinda assists the ghosts who are trapped between worlds by helping them to resolve unfulfilled aspects of their former life.

Similarity Match: 70%
Melinda has a whole lot more empathy for the supernatural beings that she meets, unlike the angst of the brothers in Supernatural. The drama in Ghost Whisper is lighthearted and it is a show that you can easily dip in and out of.


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I hope you liked my suggestions for shows similar to Supernatural.

If you can think of another TV show that you’d like to recommend, I’d love to read about more ghastly shows I can watch from behind the sofa, in the comments below.

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