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Shows like The Sandman on Netflix: 9 titles to watch next
The Sandman has developed a huge following on Netflix since launching. If you’re a fan, you may be considering what to watch next. We’ve got you covered with more shows like The Sandman to keep you busy until (hopefully) season 2.
Based on the classic comic book series written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman sees the God of Dreams freed after more than a century of imprisonment. Now back in charge of his old domain, he travels the world seeking to set right the chaos created in his absence.
Read on for nine shows like The Sandman. And if you haven’t watched it yet, you can check it out on Netflix by hitting the link below.
Shows like The Sandman
For Neil Gaiman fans, Good Omens is a no-brainer. Gaiman created and wrote the Amazon Prime Video series himself, based on his own novel co-written with Terry Pratchett. Starring Michael Sheen and David Tennant, along with Adria Arjona, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Nick Offerman, Brian Cox, Mireille Enos, Jon Hamm, and Frances McDormand, Good Omens sees a demon and an angel working together to prevent apocalypse and the coming of the antichrist. As shows like The Sandman go, Good Omens probably belongs at the top of your list.
The CW’s Swamp Thing is a show like The Sandman in much the same way the Swamp Thing comics are like the Sandman comics. Based on the comics of Alan Moore, Swamp Thing follows Abby Arcane’s return home to Louisianna to investigate a swamp-borne virus. When a disgraced scientist dies, she comes to realize that his consciousness has remained embedded within the swamp itself.
A show like The Sandman and also based on a story by Neil Gaiman, American Gods deals with gods and supernatural beings living in the modern world. An ex-convict mourning the death of his wife is adrift and suddenly thrust into a bizarre world of ancient gods dimished and discarded by humans, fighting to regain their place.
If you’re already a fan of Lucifer, you may have noticed the the show has many characters in common with The Sandman. They’re different versions of the same characters, played by different actors, but there’s some obvious overlap. That’s because Lucifer is based on the DC character lucifer Morningstar, first introduced in The Sandman comics. Played by Tom Ellis, Lucifer is the original fallen angel. Bored and unsatisfied with his existence in hell, he travels to LA to engage in general debauchery. While there, he meets a detective who is inherently good. Now, for the first time in millennia, Lucifer wonders if there’s hope for his soul.
His Dark Materials
In this BBC and HBO co-production based on the books by Philip Pullman, a girl from another world searches for her kidnapped friend. Living under theocratic rule, Lyra begins to learn of a phenomenon known as Dust that could threaten the power of the Church-like Magisterium. Her quest brings her into new worlds, including our own, as she seeks to uncover a massive conspiracy that could threaten the fate of the world.
John Constantine first appeared in Alan Moore’s Sandman-adjacent Swamp Thing comics, putting him in a similar genre with overlapping themes and imagery. Enter NBC’s Constantine, sadly cancelled after one season (Matt Ryan’s portrayal of Constantine has been revived in the CW’s Arrowverse, though). In his own show, Constantine is a demon hunter and master of the occult who travels to where demonic threats present themselves, sending them back into the darkness.
Based on Stephen King’s classic novel of the same name, The Stand is a show like The Sandman in its treatment of existential themes and supernatural powers. In a post-apocalyptic America, a group of mostly regular folks hold the key to survival in a brewing battle between good and evil.
Another prestige series based on a beloved alternative comic, Watchmen reimagines Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’s seminal story of antiheroes. Years after the events of the comics, the world still struggles with the concept of superheroes. After a white supremacist attack on law enforcement, cops get to cover their faces and hide their identities. One such officer grapples with the legacy of vigilantism as she seeks to uncover rot within the police force.
If you like the more bizarre, mind-trippy elements of The Sandman, you may enjoy Legion. Based on X-Men comics, FX’s superhero series follows David Haller, who has had to manage his schizophrenia since childhood. When he’s forced to confront the possibility that the voices in his head are actually real, he joins a group of superpowered individuals who hide from persecution and want to help him find peace.
Those are just a few shows like The Sandman that you can watch next if you’re loving the Netflix original series.
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