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12 TV Shows Like Grimm For Those Drawn To The Supernatural

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A mix between a police procedural and supernatural horror is a unique one to say the least. Grimm embodies these genres to provide an entertaining story for fans to sink their teeth into. If you were one of those, then you’ll surely love this list of 12 shows like Grimm.

Grimm, which was created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, aired from 2011 to 2017, garnering legions of fans enamored by its fantastical twist on the cop drama genre. This show centers on Nicholas Burkhardt who finds out that he is a member of a group of people known as Grimms. Grimms are guardians who are mounted with the responsibility of keeping the balance between the real world and the supernatural world.

This TV procedural gave as many laughs as it did scares, and was just really a good time for fans who stayed dedicated to the show over the years till its conclusion after the 6th season. If you’re looking for another fantastical world filled with ghouls, ghosts and goblins, then here are 12 TV shows like Grimm for you to watch.

List of TV Shows Like Grimm

1. Being Human (2011)

Supernatural drama meets the Friends type sitcom in Being Human. Based on a British series of the same name, the show also maintains the same premise, by following the lives of a werewolf, vampire and ghost who live together as roommates. Together they try to keep their secrets from the outside world.

Being Human has its fair share of scares, laughs and relationship drama. The first season spends parts of its runtime giving us back stories into how the three roommates were transformed into their current states. If you’re a fan of supernatural drama series like Grimm, then Being Human should find its way onto your watch list.

2. Sleepy Hollow (2013)

The main protagonist of Sleepy Hollow is Ichabod Crane, an eccentric and hilarious character who awakens in the 21st century, in the quaint little town of Sleepy Hollow. This is centuries after he died fighting a Horseman who he beheaded, but soon discovers that is still alive. The Horsemen have one goal and one goal only, and that is to release their master Moloch, and bring about the ‘End of Days’.

Sleepy Hollow has been praised for the great chemistry between Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills, an FBI Agent who he assists to solve cases of a supernatural nature. As a man so far flung from his timeline of the early 1700s, he is an awkward fit in modern times, and we get to see some really funny scenarios come out of this. It never gets old and I highly recommend this show for fans of shows like Grimm.

3. Supernatural (2005)

Supernatural is one of the biggest IPs on the CW network. Little wonder it lasted for over 15 years, and remains the benchmark by which many supernatural dramas are judged, including shows like Grimm. This series follows Sam and Dean Winchester, two brothers who together, hunt demons and other supernatural evil beings, and have fun while at it. If you’ve already seen it, check out our list of shows like Supernatural.

For a show that lasted so long, it’s quite an achievement that it retained high review scores throughout its time on air. A testament to the consistent quality in the writing and acting department. Supernatural, similar to shows like Grimm, is a scary, fun thrill ride, with a deeply built world, one that you won’t mind losing yourself in.

4. The Originals (2013)

A spin-off to the equally highly successful The Vampire Diaries, The Originals is a show about the first family of vampires, known as the Mikaelsons. The siblings are Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah, who all had recurring roles in The Vampire Diaries. Set in New Orleans, Klaus alongside his siblings returns to the French Quarter to take his rightful place as the king of New Orleans’ underworld.

Klaus, played by Joseph Morgan, remains one of the most recognizable TV villains of the 2010s, and his performance on the show should be enough to hold your attention. And if not, the spooky setting, frantic and high quality action set-pieces and intense acting performances that runs all through the cast, should give you something new to obsess over if you are a fan of shows like Grimm.

5. True Blood (2008)

It wouldn’t be wrong to call True Blood one of the pioneers of the huge influx of supernatural shows like Grimm that popped up towards the start of the 2010s, even debuting one year before The Vampire Diaries. The show centers on Sookie Stackhouse played by Anna Paquin, who lives in the fictional town of Bon Temps, Louisiana, in a time when vampires have an alternative to human blood called ‘Tru Blood’.

This show has a bit of a social message to it, as it sees vampires struggling for acceptance into the society, and fighting against discrimination by the human population. But can anyone really blame the humans? These are vampires we’re talking about. If this is something that interests you, then you should definitely give True Blood a watch.

6. Haven (2010)

Based on a novel by Stephen King, Haven is set in a fictional town of the same name, where characters wind up with diseases of a supernatural nature. Assigned here to help the good ole’ townspeople is FBI Special Agent Audrey Parker, played by Emily Rose, who soon discovers that the goings-on in the town of Haven may be more personal that she thought at first.

She becomes increasingly involved in the town’s misfortunes and makes it her mission to bring them to an end. This show has an unsettling sheen to it, similar to shows like Haven, especially due to the quaint and quiet nature of the town in which it is set. You should catch Haven on a streaming platform one of these days, if you’re interested in small town supernatural dramas like Grimm.

7. Van Helsing (2016)

Set in a near post-apocalyptic future, Van Helsing gives its take on the iconic vampire hunter character. Kelly Overton is Vanessa Van Helsing, a descendant of Abraham Van Helsing, who wakes up three years after the eruption of the Yellowstone Caldera, which has made the world one that is unpleasant to live in, blocking up large portions of the sky in ash and smoke.

This show is filled with great action scenes, similar to shows like Grimm, as Vanessa takes it upon herself to hunt down the vampires who currently terrorize humanity. It makes good use of its source material, while managing to separate itself and stand on its own as a self-contained story, and a great one at that.

8. Shadowhunters (2016)

Shadowhunters is a supernatural drama similar to shows like Grimm, which is based on the book series written by Cassandra Clare, known as The Mortal Instruments. Theshow is centered on Clary Fray, played by Katherine McNamara, who discovers just like Nicholas in Grimm, that she is a descendant of an ancient race, known as the Shadowhunters, hybrids between humans and angels who have the sole purpose of hunting down evil.

Clary is still a teenager, and so struggles with the same issues as every other teenager. The show is buoyed by its source material, and visually thrilling scenes which will keep your eyes glued to the screen, not wanting to miss a single minute. So take the time to give this supernatural teen drama a quick look, you might end up not wanting to drop it again.

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9. iZombie (2015)

iZombie is characterized by the blonde-haired Olivia Moore, a medical examiner working for the Seattle Police Force, who is secretly… a zombie. She helps solve murders by eating the victim’s brains, which gives her access to their final thoughts and their memories, and also their personality.

Olivia Moore goes out of her way to be the ‘good guy’ by limiting herself to feeding on the brains of the corpses that she examines in her autopsies, instead of turning to murder as a means of getting by. So while it is a supernatural series in the vein of shows like Grimm, we get to see someone like this be the good guy for once. A refreshing and welcome change.

10. Once Upon A Time (2011)

Once Upon A Time is admittedly more fantastical than supernatural shows like Grimm, due to its fairy tale setting and bright and rosy locale in the fictional town in Maine called Storybrooke. However, underneath the shiny exterior, there is something evil going on underneath.

The residents of Storybrooke are actual fairy tale characters who have been transported to this town, and have had their memories wiped away by Regina the Evil Queen, played by Lana Parilla. The residents live in something of a loop as they do not age, and they are in need of someone, anyone who will come to break the curse placed on them.

11. Emerald City (2017)

In Emerald City, weget to explore another reimagining of an iconic story and location in fiction, which is the Land of Oz. Dorothy Gale is transported from the town of Lucas, Kansas to the land of Oz. She is thrust into a world-spanning adventure that sees her come to the realization that she has been brought there to fulfill a prophecy.  

The show has been noted for its expansive storytelling and epic battles, making it a good addition to the genre of shows similar to Grimm. If you’re nostalgic for classic tales retold in a modern fashion, then make sure to give Emerald City a watch.

12. Bitten (2014)

Bitten is a Canadian television series based on the series of books by Kelley Armstrong, called the Women of the Otherworld. The show is centered on Elena Michaels, a female werewolf who lives in Toronto with her boyfriend, Philip. But she gets pulled to New York when duty calls.

Bitten was successful during its two seasons on air between 2014 and 2016, garnering accolades and awards, including a win at the Leo Awards. This is yet another supernatural drama in the vein of shows like Grimm which you should set aside some time to watch.

Honorable Mentions

Here is a list of TV shows like Grimm that didn’t make it, which you can also check out:

  1. The Vampire Diaries (2009)
  2. Lucifer (2016)
  3. The Finder (2012)

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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