Now that Game of Thrones eight-year journey has come to end and spin-off series based on the show are still years away, fans of the iconic fantasy drama are left wondering “What do I watch next?” While we can’t guarantee you’ll care for our suggestions, if you’re looking for something new watch/binge now that Game of Thrones is over, you’ve come to the right place.
From a recently released HBO’s miniseries about the events of Chernobyl nuclear disaster to a prequel based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, here are 25 suburb TV series worthy of filling the void left by Game of Thrones. Enjoy!
Premiering on AMC on June 2, 2019, NOS4A2 (pronounced “Nosferatu”) is a new supernatural horror series based on Joe Hill’s novel of the same name. The series follows Vic McQueen (Ashleigh Cummings), a young artist who discovers she has the supernatural ability to track down the Charlie Manx (Zachary Quinto), a seductive immortal who feeds off the souls of children.
Created by Jami O’Brien, NOS4A2 stars Cummings and Quinto, as well as Olafur Darri Olafsson, Virginia Kull, and Ebon Moss-Bachrach. Seeing as the series was just released, there has been no word if the series will be renewed, but for those interested, the ten 55-minute episodes can be found on AMC.
HBO‘s Chernobyl is a five-part miniseries that dramatizes the events before and after a disastrous explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Soviet Ukraine in April 1986. Widely considered one of the worst man-made catastrophes in history, Chernobyl tells the story of the courageous men and women who fought and sacrificed their lives to save Europe in the wake of such a horrific disaster.
Even though it doesn’t have multiple seasons, Chernobyl is an unapologetic retelling of a national tragedy that was so excellently done, we couldn’t help but add it to the list. Chernobyl might not be for the faint of heart, but it’s an important and powerful story that deserves to be heard and we highly recommend it.
23. The OA
The OA tells the story Prairie Johnson, a young blind woman who vanishes from her home and then resurfaces seven years later with inexplicable new abilities, strange scars on her back, and restored vision. Upon her return, Johnson, now calling herself “The OA” (for “Original Angel”), refuses to tell anyone where she’s been all this time and instead begins assembling a team of five strangers to assist her on a secret mission.
Created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, Part I of the popular series officially made its debut on Netflix in December 2016, receiving high praise for the show’s visuals, acting, and directing. Part II was recently released by Netflix on March 22, 2019. There has been no word of Part III just yet, but considering how well the show has been received, we’re confident the series will be renewed once again.
Based upon Diana Gabaldon’s historical book series of the same name, Outlander tells the story of Claire Randall, a married World War II nurse who is transported back to 1743 during the Jacobite risings and subsequently falls for dashing Highland warrior Jamie Fraser. The series stars Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies, Richard Rankin, Graham McTavish, Duncan Lacroix, and Sophie Skelton.
Shortly after the fourth season premiered on November 4, 2018, the series was renewed for a fifth and sixth season. Outlander is available on Netflix, as well as Starz on demand.
21. American Gods
American Gods chronicles the story of a recently released ex-convict named Shadow, who after the death of his wife, becomes a bodyguard to Mr. Wednesday, a powerful old deity busy recruiting individuals for an impending war between the Old Gods and the New. Based on author Neil Gaiman’s novel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover, Bruce Langley, Pablo Schreiber, and Ian McShane.
American Gods is a thrilling and entertaining series that completely blew us away in season one but lost some steam in season two after several delays behind the scenes. A third season is on the way and showrunner Charles Eglee has been hired to right the ship.
20. The Last Kingdom
Based on a series of novel Bernard Cornwell, The Last Kingdom is a historical drama set in the late 9th century AD that follows the Uhtred of Bebbanburg’s journey to claim his ancestral birthright and create a new nation. When the Anglo-Saxons are attacked by Viking forces, Uhtred – born a Saxon but raised by Vikings- has his loyalties tested as he’s forced to choose between his ancestry and the people who raised him.
In December 2018, Netflix renewed The Last Kingdom for a fourth season and in April the series began shooting the first 10 episodes. If you’re looking for something to fill the void left by Game of Thrones, The Last Kingdom is a worthy replacement.
19. The Magicians
Airing on Syfy, The Magicians is a surprisingly entertaining fantasy series based on Lev Grossman’s novel of the same name. The series is about a group of students who are recruited to studying magic at a secretive academy in New York. Sounds familiar, right? The Magicians has many similarities to the Harry Potter series, no question about it, but the story and characters feel more grown up. The series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, and Summer Bishil.
The first season had its ups and downs but by season two the direction and purpose are clearer and the stakes have been raised. A fifth season was ordered and baring any changes, will arrive on Syfy sometime in 2020.
Barry is an award-winning dark comedy series about a former United States marine turned hitman from the Midwest who travels to Los Angeles to kill someone but ends up joining an acting class taught by Gene Cousineau, played by the one and only Henry Winkler.
Created by Bill Hader and Alec Berg, Barry stars Hader in the lead role, alongside Winkler, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, and Anthony Carrigan. The comedy series was recently renewed for a third season by HBO on April 10, 2019, although that’s all we know so far.
Barry is nothing like Game of Thrones, but if you’re a fan of dark comedies and looking for a something a little different, Barry might be exactly what you’re looking for.
17. The Handmaid’s Tale
Based on Canadian author Margaret Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, The Handmaid’s Tale is a bone-chilling series about a near future, in which the United States has gone through another Civil War and a new right-wing, ultra-religious government has taken over most of the country. As birth rates plummet to almost zero, any woman proven fertile has been enslaved and undergoes terrifying forced procreation ceremonies with high ranking government officials.
Starring Elisabeth Moss (Mad Men) as the main handmaid June Osborne/Offred, along with an excellent Joseph Fiennes and Yvonne Strahovski (Dexter) as the dysfunctional couple she is assigned to, The Handmaid’s Tale is a brutal look at sexism, feminism, religious politics, and the lengths that some people will go to in order to maintain power. The first two seasons are currently available to stream on Hulu (and Crave, in Canada), with a third season coming in Summer 2019.
16. Better Call Saul
From the same brilliant mind that brought us Breaking Bad, Vince Gilligan has knocked it out of the park with his Better Call Saul spin-off. You may have scratched your head when you heard about a prequel featuring Walter White’s goofy lawyer Saul Goodman (aka Jimmy McGill), but this series has been every bit as compelling as Breaking Bad was before it.
Bob Odenkirk is spectacular as Jimmy/Saul, Rhea Seehorn shines as Kim Wexler, and Jonathan Banks steals multiple scenes as the grumpy Mike Ehrmantraut. Giancarlo Esposito eventually appears in the series as noted Breaking Bad villain Gustavo Fring, much to everyone’s delight. Will we ever see a Walter or Jesse Pinkman cameo? We hope so!
There are four seasons already (available on Netflix in most places), and AMC will be airing the fifth season sometime in early 2020. It’s a fascinating watch, as Jimmy slowly loses all the things that keep him on the moral high ground, as he slowly slips into a life of con artistry and shady characters.
15. What We Do In The Shadows
What We Do in the Shadows is one of the best new shows of 2019, and frankly it deserves more attention. The comedy mockumentary series on FX is a direct spin-off from the cult movie hit with the same name. If you’ve never heard of this franchise, do yourself a favor and watch it! The show is about a trio of vampires who have settled down in Staten Island (well, four if you count the “Energy Vampire”) and their weekly hijinks.
Although movie stars Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi don’t appear in the series, they are still involved in the writing and producing, meaning this TV series isn’t just a phony knock-off of a beloved movie. It’s the real deal. The show stars Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen, and Mark Proksch, who all provide their own brands of hilarious dry humor to the mix.
The series only has a single season so far, which concluded in May 2019. A second season has been ordered by FX. Many of FX’s shows eventually end up on Netflix. The show is also available On Demand, depending on your location and TV provider.
14. Black Sails
Black Sails is a historical adventure and prequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel Treasure Island. Set two years before the events of Stevenson’s classic book, Black Sails centers around the exploits of Captain Flint and his shipmates in the early 18th-century. Created by Jonathan Steinberg and Robert Levine, Black Sails stars Toby Stephens, Luke Arnold, Zach McGowan, Toby Schmitz, and Hannah New.
The first season suffered from bland characters and a lack of action but featured just enough sex and violence to keep fans watching and entertained. Black Sails is by no means the one of the best series listed, but you could do a lot worse. If you’re a fan of historical adventures and/or pirates and looking for a new series to sink your teeth into, Black Sails has four seasons and is available on Crave.
13. Russian Doll
This is a quick one. Russian Doll was a limited series starring Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black) and co-created with Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland. It’s about a hard-living woman named Nadia (Lyonne) who somehow is forced to re-live the night of her birthday party over and over again, always meeting an untimely death at the end. It’s sort of like Groundhog Day, but more morbid, more mature, and much more serious.
The Netflix Original series only has eight episodes, and they average about 27 minutes long. So you can burn through this is a single weekend without much difficulty. The series received a ton of critical praise when it was first released in February 2019, both for it’s dark humor and profound sense of sadness. It’s rare to find a show that makes you literally laugh out loud in one scene, but then also forces you to consider some of the bigger questions about life in the very next one.
A second season was announced in June 2019.
Based on a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg from the comic book series The Sandman, Lucifer is a fantasy crime drama about Lucifer Morningstar a.k.a the Devil. In an attempt to rebel against his father (God), Lucifer abandons Hell and opens a nightclub in Los Angeles. Lucifer soon finds himself entangled in a murder case and is subsequently asked to be a consultant to the LAPD.
The series was initially canceled by Fox after three seasons but was later picked up for a fourth season by Netflix, which is available now. Even though the first season was somewhat of a letdown given source material, if you’re willing to give it a chance, Lucifer really begins to find it’s footing in season two.
Written and created by Michael Hirst for the History channel, Vikings is a historical drama inspired by legendary tales of the Norse hero and Viking chieftain Ragnar Lothbrok. The series stars Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel, Alex Høgh Andersen, and Clive Standen.
In January 2019, it was announced that Vikings would be coming to an end after a 20-episode sixth season, which is rumored to launch on the History channel in early 2020. If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones and looking for something new, we’d highly recommend Vikings. It has a strong cast, entertaining storylines, and all the violence and romance that made GoT such a hit.
Rome is a rich historical drama about the lives of the Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. It story details Julius Caesar’s civil war of 49 BC, chronicling the dictator’s rise to power in Rome and his eventual assassination. The series stars Indira Varma, Polly Walker, James Purefoy, Max Pirkis, Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Tobias Menzies, and Ciarán Hinds.
Despite receiving positive reviews from both critics and fans, HBO shockingly canceled Rome before the second season even aired. Although nothing was said publically, HBO executives acknowledged that although canceling Rome was a mistake, it paved the way for shows like Game of Thrones to succeed.
Based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 film of the same name, Westworld is an outstanding science fiction Western about an Old West theme park where guests can indulge their wildest fantasies, without fear or consequence. Created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the HBO produced series stars Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson, Thandie Newton, James Marsden, and the one and only Anthony Hopkins.
Praised for its stunning visuals, star-studded cast, and honoring the source material, Westworld is both entertaining and beautiful to watch. The series was renewed for a third season, which will arrive on HBO sometime in 2020.
8. Into the Badlands
Created by Alfred Gough, Miles Millar, Into the Badland is a martial arts drama that chronicles the journey of a highly-trained warrior and a young boy on their through dangerous feudal lands in search for enlightenment. The series stars Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Emily Beecham, Aramis Knight, Ally Ioannides, and Nick Frost.
AMC canceled series after just three seasons, which is unfortunate considering it had some of the best-choreographed action sequences in the history of television. Despite being a little predictable at times, if you’re a fan of martial arts movies and don’t mind blood, Into the Badlands is a must-watch.
7. Peaky Blinders
Peaky Blinders is an outstanding crime drama about a notorious gangster family, set in Birmingham, England in the aftermath of World War I. Led by the cutthroat Tommy Shelby, the Peaky Blinders aim to control the city of Birmingham with their criminal empire and dispose of anyone that gets in their way. The series stars Cillian Murphy, Paul Anderson, Helen McCrory, Sophie Rundle, Finn Cole, Joe Cole, Ned Dennehy, Annabelle Wallis, Ian Peck, and Tom Hardy
The series’ fifth season will be broadcast sometime in 2019 and although nothing has been confirmed, in May 2018 Peaky Blinders’ creator Steven Knight told Birmingham Press Club that “we are definitely doing [series] six and we will probably do seven,” which is great news for fans of the award-winning series.
6. Black Mirror
If you haven’t already jumped on the Black Mirror bandwagon, now is a perfect time. It debuted back in 2011 on Channel 4 in the U.K., but has since found a home on Netflix, who stream the original episodes and have continued to produce new ones. From the twisted mind of Charlie Brooker, this is an anthology series about the terrifying dangers of modern technology.
Unlike most shows on this list, every episode of Black Mirror stares different characters, telling a different story. In fact, there are only small hints that any of the stories even exist in the same universe. But it’s edgy, sometimes violent, sometimes funny, and sometimes even heartwarming. But above all, it’s all thought provoking. It will make you think long and hard about the amount of privacy you are willing to give up in order to have a smartphone in your pocket.
One suggestion though: Don’t start with Season 1, Episode 1. It’s quite shocking, and not at all indicative of the rest of the series. Save that one for later, since it doesn’t matter which order you go in. If you find yourself loving the themes of the show, be sure to try out the choose-your-own-adventure interactive Black Mirror movie, Bandersnatch (also on Netflix).
Co-created by Brad Peyton, Rob Blackie, and Peter Blackie, Frontier chronicles the North American fur trade in late 1700s Canada. The historical drama follows Declan Harp, a part-Irish/part-Cree Native-Canadian outlaw who is campaigning to breach the Hudson’s Bay Company’s corrupt monopoly on the fur trade in Canada. Although critics felt the first season felt a little sluggish, the series does gain momentum in season two and three, so if you’re a fan of Jason Momoa and/or historical dramas, we’d recommend checking it out.
Led by the charismatic Momoa, Frontier also stars Landon Liboiron, Zoe Boyle, Jessica Matten, Alun Armstrong, Christian McKay, and Allan Hawco. All three seasons of the historical drama can be found on Netflix.
3% is a futuristic thriller and Netflix original series about a world divided into two sectors, one of progress and the other of devastation. Citizens are given the opportunity to join the side of progress on their 20th birthday, but only 3% of the candidates will pass ‘The Process’ and transition to the “Offshore” society. Although there are many dystopian series out there, 3% is an entertaining unique series with a young and talented Brazilan cast, perfect for those looking for something fresh and made outside of the US or UK.
On June 4, 2019, the English-dubbed dystopian series was renewed by Netflix for a third season, which will arrive on the streaming service on June 7, 2019.
3. Killing Eve
Based on Luke Jennings’s novella series Codename Villanelle, Killing Eve is a spy thriller about a British Intelligence investigator who becomes obsessed with capturing the notorious and psychopathic assassin Villanelle. As the story progresses, Villanelle becomes aware that she’s being tracked and in turn, develops an obsession with the same MI5 agent tasked with bringing her in. Killing Eve is entertaining, full of suspense, and easily one of the best spy thrillers out there.
Developed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Killing Eve stars Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Darren Boyd, and Owen McDonnell. The series, which was just picked up for a third season, airs on BBC One in the UK and AMC in the US.
Catch-22 is a satirical dark comedy about Captain John Yossarian, a World War II bombardier who attempts to avoid his military assignments but is unable to do so as it violates a hilarious and bureaucratic rule known as ‘Catch-22’. Based on Joseph Heller’s seminal novel of the same name, Catch-22 is hilariously haunting take on the war sure to attract those who enjoy dark humor.
The miniseries stars Christopher Abbott, Kyle Chandler, Hugh Laurie, George Clooney, Daniel David Stewart, Austin Stowell, and Rafi Gavron. Catch-22 officially premiered in May 2019 and can be found on Channel 4 in the UK and on Hulu in the US.
1. His Dark Materials
Based on the Philip Pullman novel series of the same name, His Dark Materials is an upcoming British fantasy adventure series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Clarke Peters, and Anne-Marie Duff. The series follows two children named Lyra and Will as they embark on a magical adventure through parallel universes.
The upcoming series will premiere in late 2019 and will air on BBC One in the UK and HBO in the US.