Written by Peet Banks
It’s the weekend, you’ve worked hard the money (so hard for the money) all week, and now you want to do nothing else but sit on the lounge, eat pizza and binge watch some television... but what do you watch?
There are more than enough reality TV shows out there, coupled with CSI style shows and hospital dramas. But what about a television show that will give you the creeps, get your adrenaline pumping, and maybe make you feel a bit frightened to look down your darkened hallway at night?
Here are my pick of eight ‘paranormal/supernatural’ themed TV shows that you really should check out!
Synopsis: Apparitions is a BBC drama about Father Jacob Myers, a priest of the Roman Catholic Church, played by Martin Shaw, who examines evidence of miracles to be used in canonisation but also performs exorcisms. As he learns, Jacob's duties run deeper than just sending demons back to Hell; he later must prevent them all from escaping.
Unlike most portrayals of exorcism and spirit possession in fiction, Apparitions is more religiously accurate and fact-based, incorporating the nature of demonic possession as described by the Church. It also recounts historical events associated with Christianity and other Abrahamic religions, which may have been caused by (or directly influenced) Heaven or Hell, indicating that the War described in the Bible may not have fully concluded. (Wikipedia)
My thoughts: This TV mini-series is pretty old, airing in 2008, but I could not put this list together without including it. I watched it around the time it aired, or maybe a few years after, and it has never left my mind. Evil is everywhere, and it is trying to influence Father Jacobs in everything he says and does. His life is a constant struggle between good and evil, with his own church standing in his way at times. We watch Father Jacobs cross the line between redemption and vengeance and for the six episodes of this show I was glued to the spot and could not look away.
The only problem with Apparitions is that you won’t find it on free to air or streaming tv channels. If you google it, you may find other sites which will stream it – I did a quick search and found a few.
2. Stranger things
Synopsis: This thrilling Netflix-original drama stars award-winning actress Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, who lives in a small Indiana town in 1983 -- inspired by a time when tales of science fiction captivated audiences. When Joyce's 12-year-old son, Will, goes missing, she launches a terrifying investigation into his disappearance with local authorities. As they search for answers, they unravel a series of extraordinary mysteries involving secret government experiments, unnerving supernatural forces, and a very unusual little girl. (Google)
My thoughts: I think I’m one of the few people in this world that didn’t think this show was the most amazing show ever! Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it! A lot. It was a great show. I just don’t understand why it got so much hype. My main problem with the show was that the big reveal, with the monster etc, happened three quarters of the way through the season, so the final few episodes were really just wrap up episodes, and there was no twist or extension etc. Still worth watching.
Synopsis: The series focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, "who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell and resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for the beauty of Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals". Lucifer runs a piano bar in Los Angeles called "Lux", with the assistance of his demonic ally Mazikeen or "Maze". After a minor celebrity whom Lucifer once helped achieve fame is murdered outside his club, Lucifer becomes involved with the LAPD when he takes it upon himself to assist Detective Chloe Decker in finding the one responsible so that he can "punish them". (Wikipedia)
My thoughts: This show MUST BE WATCHED. It is so fantastic! So basically, Lucifer Morningstar, aka The Devil, is bored with his job in Hell. He decides to live a hedonistic, indulgent life on earth and basically goes on strike. Together with his trusty side-kick demon Maze, they run a nightclub in LA, and he has the ability to make people tell them their deepest, darkest desires.
Step in the Detective Decker, an ex-Actress and someone who continually resists Lucifers charms. This show is consistently enjoyable with the right mix of comedy and drama.
Synopsis: Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters" fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth. (IMBD)
My thoughts: The first five seasons of this show were amazing! The end of season five was climatic and epic and heart breaking – and that is where the series should have ended in my opinion. Because of the eye candy and the general theme of the show I struggled on, and watched the next five seasons as well. There were a few stand-out episodes in those seasons, but as a whole, it was a constant chore to make myself watch it. I gave up in Season 10. They are currently showing season 12. Maybe one day I will try again, because you can’t help having a soft spot in your heart for Sam and Dean Winchester with their trusty angel slash puppy Castiel, but sometimes a show goes long past its expiry date and I believe this is one of those shows.
Supernatural has the biggest fandom of any show out there at the moment, and I understand why they want to milk this puppy for all its worth – but honestly, how much can two young(-ish) guys take?
Synopsis: James Hayes is a small town policeman. He is called to the local cemetery in the middle of the night, after six people have inexplicably risen from the dead in perfect health. With no memory of their identities, they are determined to discover who they are and what has happened to them. James and one of them recognise each other, and along with local doctor Elishia McKellar, James struggles to keep the case hidden from his colleagues, his family, and the world. The six people are all linked in some way, and the search begins for someone who knows the truth about how and why they have returned. (Wikipedia)
My thoughts: This show has it all! It’s creepy. It has mystery, it has darkness, and there is a secret out there just waiting to be exposed! I’m not normally a fan of Australian television, but this one was really enjoyable! It’s currently on Netflix if you want to check it out. In saying that, I did see a LOT of parallels between it and US shows, The Returned and Resurrection.
Synopsis: A young man searches for answers as to why he's been suffering from supernatural possessions his entire life. (IMDB)
My thoughts: Love The Walking Dead? Outcast is by the same brain! Instead of zombies walking around eating and infecting people it’s about a guy who has been surrounded by demonic possessions all his life and he wants to know why. His Mother, wife, friends have all been possessed and he’s not dumb enough to ignore the pattern. He seems to have some kind of supernatural power which assists in driving the demon out – but is this power a force of good or evil?
The cinematography for this show is glimpsed at in it’s opening sequence, creepy cities upside down, every day things given a paranormal twinge (who knew a supermarket could appear so creepy etc). I have only just started watching Outcast and I know it’s going to be up there on my list of shows to watch weekly! It’s creepy, it’s demonic, and most of all, IT’S SCARY.
Outcast was aired on FX, Foxtel in Australia.
7. The Good Place
Synopsis: When a tractor-trailer carrying erectile dysfunction products strikes and kills Eleanor Shellstrop, she's surprised to find herself in the "good" area of the afterlife. She quickly realizes she has been mistaken for someone else when her wise, newfound mentor tells her she earned her place by helping get innocent people off death row. She decides that she wants to shed her old foul-mouthed and hard-drinking ways and find a way to embrace the good person within -- at least when she isn't considering finding a way to return to her mundane existence back on Earth. (Google)
My Thoughts: This is my new favourite show! I’ve been a fan of Kristen Bell ever since Veronica Mars, so when I heard she had made a new show I immediately got on that and checked it out. And man was I not disappointed! This has a great cast, with Ted Danson playing the character equivalent to God – in a public servant kind of way. This is one of those shows that you wish was an hour long, and not 22 minutes. It captivates you so completely that when it’s over, you feel kind of lost.
8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Synopsis: Buffy is a Slayer, one in a long line of young women chosen for a specific mission: to seek out and destroy vampires, demons and other forces of darkness. Unlike her predecessors, Buffy establishes a group of supportive friends who aids her in her battles with evil, including Willow, Xander and Cordelia. Her battles with evil are frequent, since Sunnydale, where Buffy and friends live, sits atop a gateway to the realm of the demons. (Google)
My Thoughts: I have loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer for a thousand years – well it feels that long. This show will always have pride of place in my heart and will remain to be my very favourite show. I discovered Buffy at an emotional time in my life, and watching it became escapism for me. That quickly turned into an obsession – and I had to know everything that there was to know about Sunnydale, Buffy, the Vamps and all the moral and life lessons those kids learned.
I guess you could say that Buffy and I grew up at the same time – although her character was younger than I was when it was aired – I watched her grow, and my life was changing as well. Buffy is one of those shows that kids and adults can enjoy together – except perhaps for the final two seasons which are a little dark (Buffy/Spike sex against a wall in an abandoned building, which promptly falls down around them – hot? For sure. But perhaps a little inappropriate for the younguns...)
Incase you need an extra push here is YouTube "Passion of the Nerd" reasons why you should watch....