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10 Shows To Watch If You Like His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials is a fantasy drama television series based on the novel series of the same name
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His Dark Materials has been quite popular among the audience since it was broadcasted for the first time in 2019.

Its first season was aired through BBC One in the United Kingdom on 3 November 2019 and through HBO on 4 November of the same year in the USA and other countries.

The show is based on the book of the same name written by Philip Pullman. It explores the possibility of parallel worlds. It is an action-packed fantasy mystery that moves from one world to another.

The second season of the series was broadcasted in 2020. It was then followed by its third and final season in 2022. The show has 23 episodes, with 8-8 episodes in the first and third seasons, whereas the second season had only seven episodes.

With the show marking its finale this year, many viewers wonder what else they can watch in genres similar to His Dark Materials. The list mentioned above about similar TV shows features ten shows as follows:

1. The Witcher

The Witcher is similar to His Dark Materials in many ways. It is also an adventure and fantasy drama television series. 

The Whitcher is an adventure and fantasy television drama series currently in its second season
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Initially, the characters are set at different points in time, exploring the events that shape their future until they eventually merge into a single timeline and share similar purposes.

The first season of the show, released on Netflix on December 20, 2019, consisted of 8 episodes. The show was renewed for a second season which also consisted of 8 episodes, and was released on December 17, 2021. 

The third season of the show is all set to release in mid-2023. In the third season, Liam Hemsworth will replace Henry Cavil as Geralt of Rivia. The series also has an animated origin story film called The Whitcher: Nightmare of the wolf and a prequel miniseries called The Whitcher: Blood Origin.

2. Dark

Next on the list of fantasy TV series is Dark. It is a science fiction TV series that depicts a time travel conspiracy.

The German television series provides viewers with a thrilling mystery. The show made its debut on Netflix on 1 December 2017, making it the first German-language original series available on the streaming service.

It has a total of three seasons that comprise 26 episodes in total. The second season was released on 21 June 2019, and the third on 27 June 2020.

Dark is a fantasy drama television series available on Netflix
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The show revolves around a conspiracy whose discovery is put into motion after children start vanishing from the German town of Winden. It is eventually revealed that the plot involves missing children along with the history of the city and its citizens. 

The initial time setting of the show is 2019, but later it explores 1986 and 1953 through time travel after a wormhole is discovered in the caves beneath the nuclear power plant by the central families of the city.

In the following seasons, various time frames, including 2020, 1987,1954, 2053,1888 and 2052, are also explored, making it a complex narrative involving different worlds. Nevertheless, the show is critically acclaimed for its incredible showmanship and storytelling.

3. Outlander

Outlander is majorly a historical drama series also based on a book. The subgenres of the show include fantasy and adventure.

It premiered on Starz cable network on August 9, 2014, and is based on the novel series Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. The series's first season consisted of 16 episodes but was released in two parts.

The second season was aired two years later, in 2016, with 13 episodes. The shoe was followed by a 13-episode third and fourth season in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The fifth season was broadcasted in 2020 and had 12 episodes.

The Outlander is a historical TV series that is being renewed for its seventh season
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Its sixth season premiered in 2022 and had a total of 8 episodes. The show is again renewed for its seventh season, which is all set to release in 2023.

The show revolves around its main character Claire Randall who travels back in time. Claire, played by Caitriona Balfe, is a second world war military nurse traveling to Scotland with her husband when she gets transported back to 1743.

Back in the past, she meets and falls in love with a Highland warrior named Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan. The story then revolves around the life of these newly married but odd couple.

4. Stranger Things

Stranger Things is another science fiction drama that has a total of 5 seasons. It is an action packed mystery series.

The Duffer Brothers, who also serve as the showrunners, created the show. The show's first season was released on Netflix on July 15, 2016. Its initial release was followed by four consecutive seasons in 2017, 2019, and 2022.

The show was announced to be picked up for its fifth and final season after the release of the fourth one in 2022. There are 34 episodes in the show, with the runtime ranging between 42-150 minutes.

Stranger Things first premiered on Netflix on 15 July 2016
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The horror mystery drama series is set in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, in the 1980s. The story starts to take a turn when the portal to an alternate reality called "Upside Down" is discovered, and its influence starts to catastrophically affect the residents of the rural town.

5. Shadow And Bone

Shadow and Bone is a fantasy drama streaming television series. The first season of the show premiered on 23 April 2021.

Eric Heisserer developed the series for Netflix. It is based on two sequences of books by Leigh Bardugo, the Shadow and Bone trilogy and the Six of Crows duology.

The story of Shaw and Bone follows a young orphaned Grisna, Alina Starkov, who works as the cartographer of the Ravka nation's First Army. She is the one with the unique gifts, and she is the one that has to address a dire need in the universe.

Shadow and Bone is an American fantasy streaming television series based on two series of books in the Grishaverse by Leigh Bardugo
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The show had eight episodes in the first season. It was announced to be renewed for a second season in June 2021. The second season will premiere on March 16, 2023.

6. Lucifer

Lucifer had mixed reviews from the critics in the first season, but it has performed steadily well in the parts that followed. It is an urban fantasy television series.

The show is based on the DC comics character Lucifer, who is the DC Universe's version of the Devil. It focuses on Lucifer Morningstar, played by Tom Ellis, a fallen angel and the guardian of hell who abandoned hell to live in Los Angeles and run his nightclub, Lux.

Lucifer is an American urban fantasy television series that has a total of 6 seasons
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He eventually becomes a consultant for the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) and gets the fates of all those involved intertwined.

As a part of the ensemble cast, Lauren German stars as Detective Chloe Decker, Kevin Alejandro as Detective Daniel "Dan" Espinoza, D. B. Woodside as Amenadiel, Lesley-Ann Brandt as Mazikeen, Rachael Harris as Dr. Linda Martin, and Aimee Garcia joined the show as Ella Lopez at the beginning of the second season.

At present, Lucifer has a total of six seasons with 93 episodes. Each of these episodes has a runtime of 42 to 65 minutes.

7. Supernatural

Supernatural is the longest-running American dark fantasy drama television series. It has a total of 327 episodes in its 15 seasons.

Eric Kripke created the show. Although the series was in development for nearly ten years, it finally got picked up by The WB and the first season premiered on 13 September 2005.

It saw massive successes, and Kripke extended the show to have five seasons instead of 3 like he had initially planned.

Supernatural is produced by Warner Bros. Television and was broadcasted from 2005 to 2013
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After the completion of the fifth season, Kripke departed as showrunner, but it continued broadcasting for another ten seasons. The fifteenth and final season premiered on 10 October 2019 and concluded with its 20th episode on 19 November 2020.

This adventure drama series follows two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, played by Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, and their hunt for the supernatural. They fight anything from demons, ghosts, angels, monsters, and anything else that endangers the existence of the human world.

8. Locke And Key

Locke and Key is a supernatural horror drama series. It is divided into three seasons and twenty-eight episodes.

The show is based on the comic book series “Locke and Key,” which Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodríguez wrote. The show was developed for Netflix by Carlton Cuse, Meredith Averill, and Aron Eli Coleite. 

The plot line of the series follows the descendants of the Locke family, specifically the wife and children of Rendell Locke, who move to their family home following his death.

Locke and Key explores the fantasy horror drama genre in its two season
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But as the show goes on, it turns out that they are not the only ones seeking the key. Various ominous forces who want to take control of the keys are at play.

Darby Stanchfield as Nina Locke, Connor Jessup as Tyler Locke, Emilia Jones as Kinsey Locke, and Jackson Robert Scott as Bode Locke make up the Locke family together. Likewise, Aaron Ashmore stars as Duncan Locke, Rendell’s younger brother who used to live in Keyhouse.

9. Game Of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy television series set on the fictional continents of Westeros and Essos. The show is the original production of HBO. 

The show is based on the adaptation of a series of novels written by George R. R. Martin. The series follows different story arcs to make up one tale and has a huge ensemble cast. 

GOT was created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss for HBO. It made its debut on the channel on April 17, 2011, and was concluded after eight seasons with 73 episodes on May 19, 2019.

Game of Thrones is an American fantasy television drama series broadcasted on HBO
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The primary arc of the series concerts the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms and the struggle for power between the novel families. After the last descendant of the realm’s deposed ruling dynasty was exiled to Essos, conflict ensues within Westeros, all while the ones in exile look to take back the throne.

However, the story does not focus on the riot within the vast nation. It has also incorporated outside unknown threats that endanger the realm from its northern border. 

10. Carnival Row

Carnival Row is a 2019 neo-noir fantasy television series. The shows first season premiered on Amazon Prime video on 30 August 2019.

The show presents a story about mythological beings who remain oppressed refugees in human society to survive. There is also an investigation for unsolved murders amidst the growing conflict between the city's locals and immigrants.

Carnival Row is a neo noir fantasy that premiered its first season on Amazon Prime Video on August 30, 2019
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The show had eight episodes for the first season, with a runtime of between 50 and 67 minutes. It stars some well-known artists such as Orlando Bloom as Rycroft "Philo" Philostrate, Cara Delevingne as Vignette Stonemoss, Simon McBurney as Runyon Millworthy, and Simon McBurney as Runyon Millworthy, to name a few, in the main cast.

Following the first season's success, Carnival row was announced to be renewed for a second season in July 2019. It will premiere on February 17, 2023.