The Best Supernatural Shows to Binge-Watch Right Now

Angel, Black Spot, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Crazyhead, I Am Not Okay with This, Locke & Key, Penny Dreadful, Reaper, Supernatural, Teen Wolf, Television News, The Vampire Diaries, The X-Files, True Blood, Twin Peaks, Twin Peaks: The Return, What We Do in the Shadows, Wynonna Earp

Each month of 2020 seems to bring with it a new crisis. From murder hornets to a dangerous illness carried by mosquitos, there is always a different set of problems that needs to be solved. It’s only June and it feels like we’ve lived 1,000 lives so far this year. So it’s understandable if you’re looking for a bit of an escape right now. One way of dealing with the fear and anxiety that the world’s issues have created is to channel it into watching a lot of TV, specifically, watching supernatural shows. 

These programs are one of the best ways to escape (along with science-fiction and fantasy programming, of course), and while some shows can border on horror, others are more light-hearted and filled with humor even as they explore the sometimes unexplainable. The possibilities they create are endless. So if you’re looking for an escape, the following shows streaming on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime are a good place to start.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel

Watch them on: Hulu

<em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em> Buffy the Vampire Slayer

If you’ve yet to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its darker, more adult spin-off Angel (which some might argue was actually the better series), we won’t hold it against you… much. Running for seven seasons across The WB and UPN, Buffy starred Sarah Michelle Gellar as the titular blonde teen, a “chosen one” called by fate to defeat vampires, monsters, and everything else that falls under the category of “will probably kill you.” The show, which spun off David Boreanaz‘s vampire with a soul, Angel, after the third season, gave the traditional coming-of-age series a supernatural spin, making many of the horrors of high school literal monsters to be defeated by Buffy and her friends, the Scoobies. As the show aged, the Big Bads became more dangerous and the lessons more adult, but Buffy never gave up, becoming a symbol of strength not only to her friends but to the show’s impressionable viewers as well. Considered one of the greatest TV shows of all time, Buffy continues to have a tremendous influence on pop culture. 

What We Do in the Shadows

Watch it on: Hulu

Kayvan Novak, <em>What We Do in the Shadows</em>Kayvan Novak, What We Do in the Shadows

While Buffy was plenty funny, it has nothing on the FX vampire mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows, which is somehow both the funniest and dumbest comedy on TV right now. Existing in the same world as the beloved film of the same name from Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, the half-hour series follows a trio of vampires (Kayvan Novak, Natasia Demetriou, and Matt Berry) who live on Staten Island with a human familiar (Harvey Guillen) and an energy vampire (Mark Proksch), aka a vampire who intentionally drains a person’s emotional energy and feeds off it. You’d think the show would grow tiresome subsisting largely on vampire gags and jokes stemming from the fact the vamps don’t understand the modern world or technology — there is an entire episode in which they believe they’ve actually been cursed by a chain letter — but that’s really not the case. There’s no reason the show should be as funny as it is, but thanks to the excellent comedic talent both in front of and behind the camera (Clement and Waititi are also executive producers), it continues to be a cool reprieve from the horrors of the actual world.


Watch it on: Netflix


It’s a crime against humanity that we only got one season of the great British horror-comedy Crazyhead from Misfits creator Howard Overman. The series is just six episodes, making it a quick binge. It stars Cara Theobold and Susan Wokoma as Amy and Raquel, two young women in their 20s with the ability to see demons who become quick friends and allies after they team up to save Amy’s best friend when she becomes possessed. When a group of demons try to bring about the end of the world, it’s up to the self-trained hunters to stop them, all while trying to navigate the familiar trials of young adulthood. Crazyhead will appeal greatly to Buffy fans, as the show owes a lot to the Slayer, and is a well-balanced mix of the supernatural and comedy. The only bad thing about the show is that you’ll be left wanting more after devouring all six episodes.


Watch it on: Netflix

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, <em>Supernatural</em> Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, Supernatural

It’s literally right there in the title. Supernatural has enjoyed an incredible 15-season run across The WB and The CW and created a global fandom in the process. The show, if for some reason you don’t already know, stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who travel America and hunt monsters while sometimes also saving the world in the process. Despite a somewhat simple premise, the show has, at times, been one of the most creative series on TV — one episode saw Sam and Dean transported to another universe in which actors named Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki starred in a TV show called Supernatural, while another revealed there is a series of Supernatural books based on their adventures, and yet another featured them turning into cartoons and meeting up with the cast of Scooby-Doo. Although the show has its roots in the horror aspect of the supernatural — the really early stuff can be a bit creepy — that quickly fades away to an expansive mythology that covers heaven, hell, and literally everything in between.

Penny Dreadful

Watch it on: Netflix

Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, <em>Penny Dreadful</em>Josh Hartnett, Eva Green, Penny Dreadful

Penny Dreadful is the ideal watch if you’re looking to escape into an underworld where even the chills are literary. Showtime’s tastefully gory gothic horror stars Eva Green as a powerful medium, Vanessa Ives, who keeps company with characters like Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), Dracula (Christian Camargo), and Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney). She’s even got a star-crossed romance with a gun-slinging American werewolf (Josh Hartnett). The drama is tightest in the second season, which pits Vanessa and friends against a coven of witches led by Helen McCrory, but Green’s ferocious performance is unmissable throughout. Plus, it’s a great companion piece for the new series Penny Dreadful: City of Angels, airing Sunday nights on Showtime. – Kelly Connolly

Black Spot

Watch it on: Netflix

<em>Black Spot</em> Black Spot

Known in France as Zone Blanche, which refers to the fact the isolated small town at the center of the series is a cellular dead zone, the suspenseful and atmospheric thriller Black Spot mixes elements of the mythological with the tension of the best crime dramas to create an eerie but highly bingeable series. The show kicks off when a prosecutor arrives to investigate why the town has such a high murder rate, but what you quickly find out is that the forest that surrounds said town is full of dark secrets, and as the series progresses and the head of the local police digs into her own past and the area’s past, a clear-ish picture begins to take shape. What is revealed is likely crazier than anything you could possibly dream up yourself.

Locke & Key

Watch it on: Netflix

Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup, and Jackson Robert Scott; <em>Locke & Key</em> Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup, and Jackson Robert Scott; Locke & Key

It took many years and a few different networks/streaming services to make a Locke & Key series a reality. Based on the comics by writer Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, the Netflix series follows the three Locke children — Tyler (Connor Jessup), Kinsey (Emilia Jones), and Bode (Jackson Robert Scott) — who, along with their mother, move back to the expansive Locke family home in New England after the murder of their father. It’s there, in the estate’s darkened corners and creepy shadows, that they find a number of different keys, all with different magical abilities. One key allows a person to go inside someone’s head, while another allows a person to open any door anywhere in the world that they’ve seen before. But the Locke children are not the only people looking for or interested in using the keys — there’s a demonic force at play, and it makes things quite dangerous, quite quickly. However, the show is not nearly as as dark as the comics — in fact, the show has a number of key differences (pun intended) — but as more keys are discovered and more family secrets are revealed, the show becomes more and more addictive.


Watch it on: ABC app

<em>Reaper</em> Reaper

If you like your experience with the supernatural with a good helping of laughter, Reaper is probably more your style. The supernatural dramedy follows Sam (Bret Harrison), a slacker working at a home repair store who at 21 reluctantly becomes a reaper for the devil, played hilariously by Ray Wise, after he finds out his parents made a deal with him many, many years before. Tasked with capturing escaped souls from hell, Sam is aided in capturing them by his slacker friends (Tyler Labine and Rick Gonzalez) before delivering the demons in any number of odd items (think vacuum cleaner, lighter, etc.) to the DMV, which is obviously a portal to hell. The fact the show only lasted two seasons is a crime against humanity.

The X-Files

Watch it on: Hulu

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, <em>The X-Files</em> David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, The X-Files

More than 25 years after its debut, The X-Files still gets under the skin like nothing else on television. The Fox procedural about two FBI agents investigating the unknown — which spanned 11 seasons, including the revival, and two movies — is the ideal watch if you’re looking to lean into that primal gut feeling that everything is upside down and authorities can’t be trusted. But for all the show’s shadowy alien conspiracies, the bond between Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) grounds The X-Files in a strikingly pure hope: that good people can find each other. It’s a moody show, but in that sense it’s cozy, too. – Kelly Connolly

I Am Not Okay With This

Watch it on: Netflix

Sophia Lillis, <em>I Am Not Okay With This</em> Sophia Lillis, I Am Not Okay With This

Netflix’s adaptation of Charles Forsman’s graphic novel I Am Not Okay With This expands upon the source material to create a supernatural superhero story out of a bleak metaphor for mental illness. Sophia Lillis stars as Sydney, a teenager from small town Pennsylvania who discovers that she has telekinetic abilities she cannot control. A metaphor for adolescence and being a teenager trying to find their place in the world while lacking the ability to properly express one’s self, the show’s first season feels more like a prologue to a larger story, as it doesn’t offer up a lot of answers for Sydney’s growing list of questions. But it’s also only seven 30-minute episodes and features a really cool soundtrack, making it a quick and easy binge. [Read our review]

Stranger Things

Watch it on: Netflix

<em>Stranger Things</em> Stranger Things

There’s a really good chance you’ve already watched Stranger Things, but if you haven’t, the Netflix show kicks off in 1983 with the disappearance of Will (Noah Schnapp), a young boy from Hawkins, Indiana, after a nearby lab opens a portal to another dimension known as the Upside Down and allowing monsters into our universe. The series, which features bursts of comedy and horror, became a word-of-mouth sensation when it premiered because it didn’t feel like an homage to the ’80s films of the era, it felt like a series that might have come from the ’80s and was only just discovered in someone’s basement. As the show progresses and monsters become larger and stakes become higher, the series continues to rise to the challenge by mostly sticking to its tried-and-tested formula but also rises to new heights by fleshing out its growing cast of characters, which includes Will’s friends (Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard), his mother and brother (Winona Ryder and Charlie Heaton), a psychokinetic young girl (Millie Bobby Brown), and the local police chief (David Harbour), among others.

Teen Wolf

Watch it on: Amazon Prime

<em>Teen Wolf</em> Teen Wolf

This isn’t your parents’ Teen Wolf with Michael J. Fox riding on the hood of a Jeep. No, the MTV drama series stars Tyler Posey as Scott McCall, a clumsy high school lacrosse player who gets bitten by the neighborhood werewolf while out stalking crime scenes with his best friend, Stiles (Dylan O’Brien), in the sleepy town of Beacon Hills. Over the course of six seasons, Scott and his friends team up to face terrifying supernatural enemies, pushing each other to be their absolute best (what’s up, true alphas!), and saving each other when they become their worst (Stiles deserved an Emmy, fight me). Teen Wolf isn’t a perfect show, but it keeps its characters and their relationships at the heart of the action and combines humor and drama with some legitimately terrifying thrills. Plus, everyone involved is really, really, really, pretty. – Megan Vick

Wynonna Earp

Watch it on: Netflix

Melanie Scrofano, <em>Wynonna Earp</em> Melanie Scrofano, Wynonna Earp

A supernatural Western based on the IDW comic series of the same name, Wynonna Earp has been compared to Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and in similar fashion, the Syfy series has made a name for itself through its unconventional heroine. Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) is a descendent of the legendary lawman and gunslinger Wyatt Earp, and thanks to a family curse, is tasked with sending revenants — the men and women Wyatt killed who became demons upon his death — back to hell. A flawed woman who’s been thrust into an unpredictable situation and who rarely has any of the answers, Wynonna still shows up every damn day — though she might be hungover — and luckily, she also has a great group of friends who help her out, including her sister Waverly (Dominque Provost-Chalkley), an immortal Doc Holliday (Tim Rozon), and a man-lizard hybrid who’s also a U.S. Marshal (Shamier Anderson). The show’s willingness to take the story in directions rarely seen on TV coupled with Scrofano’s dynamite performance makes Wynonna a powerful entry into the TV superhero lexicon.

The Vampire Diaries

Watch it on: Netflix

Nina Dobrev, <em>The Vampire Diaries</em> Nina Dobrev, The Vampire Diaries

Starring Nina Dobrev as a teenage orphan who finds herself torn between two vampire brothers, Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) Salvatore, the CW drama The Vampire Diaries has everything you could ever want in a teen supernatural show: a great love triangle to get overly invested in, a well-developed ensemble of characters to root for (and relate to), and a rich mythology that leads to surprising twists and shocking betrayals. It’s no wonder the show launched two spin-offs with all that going on! And with eight seasons available to stream, there are more than enough episodes to make for a satisfying and addicting binge. – Sadie Gennis

True Blood

Watch it on: HBO Go, HBO Now

<em>True Blood</em> True Blood

True Blood admittedly went off the rails the older it got, but the first few seasons of the HBO series based on Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels were the type of wild that meant engrossing, can’t-miss TV. Set in a world in which synthetic blood has allowed vampires to make their presence known, the show stars Anna Paquin as telepathic waitress Sookie who meets and falls for Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) — known to fans as Beel — a 173-year-old Southern vampire. Lasting for seven seasons, the show was a metaphor for minorities fighting for equal rights as vampires tried to assimilate into a society determined to keep them out. But at its heart, True Blood was a messy-in-the-best-way monster series that featured everything from werewolves, vampires, shapeshifters, maenads, witches, faeries, and mediums, and although a love triangle involving Sookie, Bill, and vampire club owner/one-time Viking warrior Eric Northman, played by extremely good looking human specimen Alexander Skarsgard, broke out, it was the show’s ambitious, if not always well-executed storytelling, that made it worth watching. Well, that and Eric’s second-in-command, Pam (Kristen Bauer van Straten), who cared little for humans and infused the show with plenty of attitude.

Twin Peaks

Watch it on: Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access; Showtime for Twin Peaks: The Return

Kyle MacLachlan, <em>Twin Peaks</em> Kyle MacLachlan, Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks has it all: supernatural mythology, murder mystery, soapy drama, quirky comedy. And that’s just in the first two seasons. The third season, aka The Return, is something else entirely. It has all the stuff the first two seasons have, but it’s also the closest thing to Surrealist art that’s ever been on TV. If you’re a newbie to Twin Peaks, you’re in for a real treat (cherry pie and damn good coffee), as you puzzle over “who killed Laura Palmer?” and “what is the Black Lodge?” If you’re returning, it’s just as wonderful as you remember. – Liam Mathews

If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, check out our guide to what to watch while social distancing, which features more recommendations for what to watch than you probably realized were even available to stream from the comfort of your own couch.

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