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12 Shows Like Beef for Lovers of Dark Comedies

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Asian-American TV series have seen something of a resurgence especially since the Eddie Huang-narrated Fresh off the Boat. We’ve recently been blessed with another comedy but one of a darker kind in Netflix’s Beef. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, and the show has since been certified fresh by Rotten Tomatoes. There’s a chance you love Beef if you’ve seen it, and that’s why we’ve created this list of 12 TV shows like Beef.

Beef, created by Lee Sung Jin, follows the story of Steven Yeun’s Danny Cho, a struggling contractor, and Ali Wong’s Amy Lau, a lady who owns and runs a small plant-selling business. Both of them get involved in a road rage incident, one that soon consumes their emotions and lives completely.

This show has a very eclectic mix of genres, from comedy-drama to psychological drama to thriller. The first season just released a little while back but fans are already craving for its second season. If you’re one of them, then here are 12 shows like Beef.

List of Shows like Beef

1. Eagleheart (2011)

Eagleheart is an action-comedy series similar to Beef. Created by Michael Koman and Andrew Weinberg, Eagleheart follows the story of U.S Marshal Chris Monsanto as he fights crime with his partners Brett and Susie. Together they help to stop a wide range of criminals, from thieves, kidnappers and fraudsters.

This show parodies a lot of the classic cop shows, especially Walker, Texas Ranger. If you want to have a laugh, and a good deal of high octane action to keep you excited alongside it, then Eagleheart is the perfect show for you to watch with your friends.

2. Kevin Can F**k Himself (2021)

Kevin Can F**k Himself follows the story of Allison McRoberts, a woman who is trying to revitalize her marriage and her life too. She is married to Kevin, who from our perspective we see as unambitious and childish. This show is a dark comedy series that explores the human psyche in a hilarious way, quite similar to shows like Beef.

Kevin Can F**k Himself like the previous recommendation on this list, parodies a well-known genre of TV. In this case, it’s the TV sitcom, and this is achieved by making use of the same camera setups and canned audience laughter utilized in shows like Friends and Seinfeld. This show has also been praised for its nice blend of genres. KCFH concluded in late 2022, so make sure to catch up on it if you get the chance.

3. Louie (2010)

In Louie we are presented with the titular character, Louis C.K, a comedian who plays a fictionalized version of himself, in a premise reminiscent of Seinfeld. And like shows similar to Beef, Louie makes use of surrealistic humor and satire to push forward its themes and ideas.  

This show follows the newly divorced Louie who has to raise two daughters all on his own in the rumbling and bustling city of New York. It was a critically acclaimed show during its time on air, and was praised for its indie-film style as well as a likeness to Woody Allen productions. Louis C.K gives a stellar performance… as himself. And you won’t want to miss out.

4. Curb Your Enthusiasm (2000)

A bonafide classic show which garnered over 50 Daytime Emmy Award nominations while it was on air, Curb Your Enthusiasm is an American dark comedy sitcom similar in tone to shows like Beef. Curb Your Enthusiasm also features an actor playing a fictionalized version of himself in Larry David, who also created and wrote the show.  If you’ve already seen this great comedy, check out our list of shows like Curb Your Enthusiasm.

This show has a hilarious ensemble cast and from time to time welcomes some celebrity guest stars who also play versions of themselves. Including Ted Danson, Wanda Sykes, Richarf Lewis and Jon Hamm. It’s been compared to Seinfeld, and its dialogue is mostly improvised off of a loose structure written by Larry David. If you enjoy off the cuff humor then you should definitely check out this series.

5. Peep Show (2003)

Peep Show is a British black comedy, written by Jesse Armstrong and Sam Bain. The show follows the story of Mark Corrigan, a loan manager, and Jeremy Usbourne, an unemployed musician and career slacker. Together they are two dysfunctional friends who share an apartment in an area of South London known as Croydon. Well, Jeremy actually squats in the apartment.

A regular nominee at the British Academy Television Awards, Peep Show never really took off commercially, in terms of ratings. It has however since grown into something of a cult classic, even being called “comedy of the decade” by UK newspaper The Guardian. But if shows like Breaking Bad and The Wire have shown us anything, it’s that streaming can breathe life into old shows such as these. If you enjoy series like Beef, make sure to check this out.   

6. Pushing Daisies (2007)

Pushing Daisies follows the life and times of Ned, a talented pie maker, who has one other hidden talent, which is the ability to bring the dead back to life by touching them. But there is one catch, if he revives them for more than a minute, a “similar life value” dies, and he can also never touch the revived person again or they die.

Pushing Daisies is an oddball comedy similar to shows like Beef. The show has been praised for these interesting quirks and its very unique premise.  It’s an utterly entertaining show with a great cast and particularly sublime set design. If the show’s wacky premise didn’t catch your fantasy then maybe that will.

7. The Boys (2019)

Amazon Prime’s The Boys has been a hit in terms of viewership and pop culture relevance in the past two years. Making use of parody and satire to mock the storylines of DC and Marvel comic book superheroes, The Boys is a fantastically written dark action-comedy series similar to Beef.

The Boys is set in a universe where superheroes are known as heroes by the general public, and as expected in a capitalistic world of today, a huge corporation known as Vought International, which plays on companies like Disney, monetizes their power through marketing and the power of the media and propaganda. If you haven’t seen this show then where have you been?

8. Wayne (2019)

Wayne is an action comedy series similar to Beef, thatcenters around the 16 year old known as Wayne McCullough Jnr., a highschooler who tries to retrieve his late father’s stolen 1979 Pontiac Trans Am automobile. To do exactly that Wayne goes on a wacky road trip from Brockton, Massachusetts to Ocala, Florida.

This show feels like a throwback to some of the mid to late 2000s road trip movies we used to see, and has been praised for stellar performances from its cast, and the frantic action that is thrown into the mix. Its high octane action is sure to keep you entertained for a good while.

9. The Increasingly Poor Choices of Todd Margaret (2010)

The Increasingly Poor Choices of Todd Margaretis a British black comedy in a similar vein to shows like Beef. It follows the story of a US executive who is promoted and transferred to the United Kingdom by Will Arnett’s Brent Wilts to manage the company’s branch and their latest energy drink brand known as Thunder Muscle.

TIPCOTM is a strikingly original piece of comedy that actually somewhat flew under the radar, and has been underrated as a result. David Cross’ Todd Margaret has consistently been singled out for praise, although this is a show with a thoroughly entertaining and talented ensemble cast, that I can’t wait for you to watch.

10. Wolf like Me (2022)

Wolf like Me follows the story of a single father, Gary, played by Josh Gad and his 11 year old daughter, Emma, played by Ariel Donoghue. Together they come to terms with the death of Emma’s mother, who passed away due to cancer. Set in Australia, Gary tries to connect with his daughter, but it seems that it is all to no avail.

A comedy series with some dark elements, similar to shows like Beef, Wolf like Me has some really intense and impressive performances from the two leading characters. Its mix of genres is as entertaining as ever when expertly executed like it is here. Check this one out in your spare time, you won’t regret it.

11. Wedding Season (2022)

A mix of romance, action, thriller and comedy series, similar to Beef, Wedding Season is a show centered on a man named Stefan who barged into the wedding of a certain Katie McConnell to object to her union with another man. Stefan is arrested but soon finds out that Katie’s in-laws have been poisoned and killed. He runs away with Katie to find out the truth.

Wedding Season is yet another show on this list with a truly absurd premise, and it is elevated further by some hilarious performances by Rosa Salazar’s Katie and Gavin Drea’s Stefan. Its mishmash of genres as well as the great chemistry between the lead actors makes it one to tack onto your watch list.  

12. Barry (2018)

Bill Hader is Barry in the American dark comedy series of the same name. Barry follows a hitman from Cleveland who moves to Los Angeles with the intention of carrying out a hit, but soon has a change in perspective when he meets an actress named Sally Reed, played by Sarah Goldberg. But getting out of life is not as easy as it initially seems.

Barry makes great use of its wacky premise just as in shows like Beef, and has been a huge success during its time on air, earning over 40 nominations at the Primetime Emmy Awards, including two Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series nods for Bill Hader. The final season is set to premiere on April 16, so this is the perfect time for you to catch up from the very beginning.

Honorable Mentions

Here are other shows like Beef which didn’t make the list that you can also watch:

  1. The End of the F****ng World (2017)
  2. Utopia (2020)
  3. Insatiable (2018)

When Lost aired over a decade ago, its successful narrative created a pop culture impact and changed the landscape of television. If you are a fan and want to watch shows like Lost then you can have a look at this list we made just for you.


The hugely successful television series Lost aired in 2004. The premise, as we know, deals with a group of people surviving a commercial passenger plane crash on a remote island. The show masterfully explores supernatural and sci-fi elements on this mysterious south Pacific island.

The use of cliffhangers at the end of each episode of Lost kept the viewers on the edge of their seats, desperately craving for the next episode to come. Even though it's a large ensemble cast, most of the characters receive a justifiable personal arch. Lost was inspired by the movie Castaway and became one of the most expensive pilots to be shot at the time! Lost continues to be appreciated for its originality in storytelling and dynamic character arcs. 

List of TV Shows Like Lost

  1. The Leftovers
  2. Manifest
  3. Lost Room
  4. Twin Peaks
  5. The Prisoners
  6. Battlestar Galactica
  7. The New People
  8. Flight 29 Down
  9. Fringe
  10. Alcatraz
  11. Under the Dome
  12. Dark

1. The Leftovers (2014)

IMDB ratings: 8.3/10

Cast: Carrie Coon, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman and Margaret Qualley

Creator: Damon Lindelof and Tom Perrotta

The director of Lost, Damon Lindel also created a supernatural drama series called The Leftovers. The show begins 3 years after an unexplainable global event called ‘Sudden Departure’  where almost 2 per cent of the population, nearly 140 million people, disappear. The Leftovers isn't about WHY people are gone, it's about how the ones who remain dealt with their loss, people often try to comfort themselves with dreams, angels, gods, or even death.

The Leftovers will leave you with so many questions but beyond words, you have to feel it and savour its unanswered questions to find peace. The Leftovers is an incredible television series that starts incredibly well but loses its way by the series's end. I have to say though, Carrie Coon has brilliant moments in the end. The Leftovers is so weird, fragmented and nonsensical at times that it reminds me of Lost. If you are looking for shows like Lost, I recommend that you give The Leftovers a try.

2. Manifest  (2018) 

IMDB ratings: 7.1/10

Cast: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas and J.R. Ramirez 

Creator: Jeff Rake

The Manifest is a supernatural drama show about a bunch of people who discover that they lost 5 years of their lives when they landed in New York after their aeroplane faced severe turbulence. All the people on the plane were presumed to be dead. Now, these people have to find a way to adjust themselves to a new life around their loved ones. Mild spoiler! They learn their loved ones and the rest of society is not as they left it.

I found that the show’s premise was very intriguing and the actors give a very convincing performance. The narrative details of the show, however, in my opinion, are a bit sloppy and inconsistent. The writers surely have room for improvement but their concept is incredibly thrilling. Every episode of Manifest keeps you on your toes. Manifest has completed 3 seasons up until now and continues to be on air. Manifest is a pretty good choice if you want to watch TV shows like Lost.

3. Lost Room (2006)

IMDB ratings: 8.1/10

Cast: Peter Krause, Julianna Margulies and Peter Jacobson

Creator: Christopher Leone, Laura Harkcom

This lesser-known show The Lost Room is an American Sci-fi television miniseries which only had 3 episodes of 90 mins each and no follow-up seasons. The show was based on a very unique idea where the room in question (known as the ‘Lost Room’) and the objects in the said room had supernatural powers. This strange room is set in a 1960s motel along the iconic U.S. Route 66.

One day the protagonist (Peter Krause) Joe Miller’s daughter disappears inside the room. Joe, with the help of objects present in the room, tries to find his daughter Anna (Elle Fanning). The story of Lost Room was intensely engaging. I found the direction and the actor’s performances to be absolutely brilliant. It baffles me that the creators did not return to make another short season within the same concept. If you have been searching for TV series like Lost then I can assure you that Lost Room will be worth a watch.

4. Twins Peaks (1990) 

IMDB ratings: 8.8/10

Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Mädchen Amick, Sherilyn Fenn and David Lynch

Creator: David Lynch

David Lynch, the well-known director of weird and captivating films such as Eraserhead and Blue Velvet created an iconic show called Twin Peaks. It is a hauntingly eccentric show about the investigation of the mysterious murder of a small-town homecoming queen named Laura Palmer. Believe me, as odd as the show may seem at first, you will grow to love it, after all, it is considered to be one of the best mystery shows ever created.

With the mysteries, the supernatural elements and the list of bizarre characters, Twin Peaks has it all. In my opinion, the cinematography of the show was truly ahead of its time. Kyle’s Dale Cooper was especially entertaining. Twin Peaks’ experimental formula of the satirical soap opera is extremely unsettling yet rewarding to watch, I must warn you, it’s not for the faint-hearted!  If you are in search of TV shows like Lost then Twin Peaks won’t disappoint you.

The Prisoners (1967)

IMDB ratings: 8.5/10

Cast: Patrick McGoohan, Angelo Muscat and Geroge Markstien

Creator: Patrick McGoohan

The Prisoner centres around an unnamed British agent (Patrick McGoohan) who tries to flee his country after abruptly quitting his high-ranking government job. He is abducted and held captive in a strange ‘sea-side’ village that is isolated from the rest of the world. This village is a highly secure and monitored place filled with weird technology. There are only 17 episodes to this late 60s show but it manages to bring up such surreal surprises, it's sure to leave a great impact on the viewer.

The Prisoner’s unique concept influenced many popular shows including Lost. The creators of Lost even cited the show. I was very impressed by how ahead of its time The Prisoners proves to be. If you want to watch more shows similar to Lost the Prisoners should definitely be on your list.

6. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Edward James Olmos and Tricia Helfer 

Creator: Glen A. Larson

The 2004 Battlestar Galactica is a reboot of the original 1978 miniseries of the same name. Do not be mistaken by the title, the show is not related to Star Trek.  Battlestar Galactica is set in the 7th millennium AD and follows Cylons, the robot enemy of humanity that resurfaces to destroy the 12 colonies of Mankind. Only a few survive and are able to escape on ships led by a powerful warship called Battlestar Galactica. Mankind struggles to fight the Cylons and work their own political agendas and disputes while finding their long-lost 13th colony Earth.

The show is a dark, intense and gritty socio-political commentary with EPIC cinematic value. The script is especially clever and as a huge fan of sci-fi shows, this show ticks the boxes in all the right categories. When the show was released, it blew the viewers and critics away. As far as an obsessive and gripping story goes, Battlestar Galactica is one of the most similar to shows like Lost. 

7. The New People (1969)

IMDB ratings: 7.3/10

Cast: David Moses, Zooey hall and Tiffany Boiling

Creator: Larry Gordon Aaron Spelling

The New People is an American Tv series that aired only for 1 season and is focused on a couple of college students who survive a plane crash. The incident takes place while they were returning from a trip to Southeast Asia, their plane crashes on an island in the south of the Pacific ocean. 

By now this show must already be sounding a lot like Lost to you, and it surely is. The remaining group of people discover an unusual truth about the island: there’s an above-ground unused nuclear test site filled with supplies for the survivors. If you want to see more plane survival stories like Lost then The New People should definitely be on your list.

8. Flight 29 Down (2005)

IMDB ratings: 7.2/10

Cast: Allen Alvarado, Halle Hirsh and Corbin Bleu

Creator:  Stan Rowgow D. J. MacHale

The show Flight 29 Down is a drama series about a group of pre-teens/teens who are stranded on a South Pacific island after their plane crashes in a tropical storm while they were flying from an eco-adventure camping trip in Palau. The show is in many ways a younger version of the Adult-centred show Lost but sans the supernatural elements. I’d say that the show draws inspiration from the show The New People.

Flight 29 Down uses the technique of a video diary as a plot device for the viewers to keep up with the story of these children. It was very engaging to watch young intelligent characters finding their way on the island. The first two seasons of the show are quite engaging but I seemed to lose interest in its 3rd and final season. Regardless, Flight 29 Down is a really good series to watch if you want to see TV shows like Lost.

9. Fringe (2008)

IMDB ratings: 8.4/10

Cast: Anna Torv, John Noble and Joshua Jackson

Creator: J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci

Fringe is a popular Sci-fi crime drama television series. It may seem like a standard procedural drama at first, but the show actually explores the parallel universe, alternate versions of people filled with crazy scientific experiments. I personally had a great time watching this show.

Fringe is actually inspired by shows like Lost, The X-files and The Twilight Zone. The 3 main characters of the show work with a special division called Fringe. There are so many brilliant twists and turns in Fringe that in my opinion, the show is at the top of its category. If you are searching for TV series like Lost, I strongly recommend you watch Fringe

10. Alcatraz (2012)

IMDB ratings: 6.9/10

Cast: Sarah Jones, George Garcia and Jonny Coyne 

Creator: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt

This American fiction show is based on the infamous Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary built on Alcatraz island in San Francisco Bay. The prison is now closed but once kept some of the most dangerous criminals of America. The show takes the liberty to make a show around the conspiracies of the place.

In the interesting premise we see that under unknown circumstances, 256 inmates and 46 guards of the prison disappear without a trace. Later the disappeared ones start to appear one by one without ageing a day and resume their criminal activities with no realisation of disappearance. A special government unit is dedicated to finding and putting those criminals back in prison. If you are looking for mystery shows similar to Lost, try watching Alcatraz. 

11. Under the Dome (2013)

IMDB ratings: 6.5/10

Cast: Alexander Koch and Rachelle Lefevre

Creator: Stephen King

Based on a novel written by the sci-fi legend Stephen King, Under the Dome tells the story of the residents of the fictional small town called Chester's Mill, when a huge, transparent and indestructible dome suddenly cuts them off from the rest of the world.

Now the trapped residents try to find a way to discover the truth, origin and purpose of these domes. This journey forces them into situations where they learn more about each other than they ever knew. Under the Dome may not be on the top of this list but it’s quite a decent watch if you’re looking for mystery shows similar to Lost

12. Dark (2017)

IMDB ratings: 8.7/10

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari and Gina Stiebitz

Creator: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese

The German-language Netflix series Dark is an interesting blend of Science fiction and Mystery. Truly a compelling and mind-bending story to watch. At the beginning of Dark, many children suspiciously start disappearing in the German town of Winden. The dark past of generational mysteries of 4 families living in the town namely, Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann is brought to light.

After the discovery of a wormhole, the lives of the families intertwine more than one can imagine. I believe every element of the show is top-notch, especially Dark’s cinematography, which is a TRUE masterpiece. If you are looking for TV series similar to Lost then the intense and gripping story of Dark is sure to keep you engrossed.

Honourable Mentions

Here are a few TV shows like Lost that didn’t make the list, but you can check them out nonetheless: 

  1. Carnivale
  2. Yellowjackets
  3. Game of Thrones
  4. Black Mirror
  5. Flashforward
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