10 TV Shows and Movies Like ‘What We Do In The Shadows’


Nandor and Guillermo What We Do in the Shadows

A recurring debate among TV watchers is whether or not the “binge all at once” trend is a good thing, or a bad thing. I don’t watch enough TV to have a concrete opinion on this, but I will say that I’m finding it pretty annoying to have to wait every week for a new episode of What We Do In The Shadows.

This show has always been the sort of crackpot joyride that delivers in a very particular way, which makes each episode’s ending feel even more abrupt. I’d imagine that many viewers feel the same way, especially since this particular season has been giving us a lot of memes to work with.

Therefore, I’ve put together a sweet cheese of a list for you to peruse while you’re waiting for next Wednesday’s episode to drop. Here are ten shows and movies that should be able to hit that WWDITS sweet spot, for one reason or another.

stardust

(paramount)

This movie was actually the inspiration behind this list, because the Night Market episode reminded me of stardust’s aesthetic to a complete T. Both pieces of media have wonderfully combined realism with wild fantasy, and in a way that’s really charming and cool to behold.

In particular, the opening of stardust has the protagonist’s father (played by Ben Barnes, FYI) sneaking into a secret market with all kinds of magical tchotchkes. It really feels like the night market, but like, that’s the whole movie. It’s wonderful. And if that’s not enough to convince you, then you ought to know that the cast is a knockout, including the protagonist, who’s played by Charlie Cox.

The Witcher

Joey Batey appears as Jaskier in season two episode four of The Witcher, singing his new song
(Netflix)

Easy answer, sure, but maybe this is your cue to finally hop on a trend. I will say, I vastly preferred the first season, as the monsters were cooler and the plot didn’t feel so all over the place. But your mileage may vary.

To put it simply, The Witcher is like a serious version of WWDITS, but still featuring the same magical politicking and creative, fantastical elements. Unfortunately, we don’t get any Baby Colins, but we do get a Baby Bard, if that counts.

Our Flag Means Death

(HBO)

As another Taika Waititi-involved project, these two will have similar writing styles and comedic beats, although I must say, this gay pirate romp has a lot more heart to it. Our Flag Means Death captured the hearts of many, and for good reason.

I mean, all you have to do is peruse our very own website to see how much people love this show. Or peruse the rest of the internet for the, ahem. Soft Gay Pirate Porn.

Russian Doll

Russian Doll on Netflix
(Netflix)

Russian Doll was a bop, is a bop, will forever be a bop. No, I haven’t finished season 2 yet, so I can’t comment on that, but I am a devoted fan of season 1 and will always encourage literally everyone to watch it.

It’s got grit, zest, and the best kind of humor: bawdy dame humor. Seriously, I can’t think of any protagonist quite like Natasha Lyonne’s Nadia, except maybe, you know, Nadja. I have a feeling they’d probably get along smashingly.

Schitt’s Creek

Stevie singing at Cabaret on Schitt's Creek.
(CBC)

While no, there are no vampires or supernatural hoohah in Schitt’s Creek, I feel like the humor and story beats are fairly similar. Both shows center around a group of problematic, yet lovable people who are bumbling their way through (un)life, and who continuously grow on you as they grow themselves.

Are the Roses as morally reprehensible as the vampires? Actually yes, sometimes they are. And isn’t that what you watch WWDITS for, anyways?

The Baby

The Baby trailer screencap of a woman holding a baby.
(HBO)

Vampires are bloodsucking parasites, and so is this particular baby. The Baby is a terrifying romp through nonconsensual motherhood that somehow manages to be funny, simultaneously. It’s got that same casual, off-the-wall humor as WWDITSbut with a much starker degree of darkness.

At the very least, I could see the main casts of both shows coalescing pretty well. Imagine a baby trade off. I think it’ll take a nasty, nasty vampiress to handle this baby.

Shaun of the Dead

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God, I love media that takes horror concepts and turns them into comedies. WWDITS does it flawlessly. But before this show, there was the Cornetto Trilogy, which began with beloved zom-com Shaun of the Dead.

In this film, Simon Pegg and Nick Frost star as two hapless friends who are trying to navigate the zombie apocalypse in London. It’s such a silly movie, and honestly, it cured my irrational fear of zombies as a preteen. What’s there to be scared of if two aimless slackers can hack it?

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

rob mcelhenney, kylie shea it's always sunny in philadelphia
(FX)

Again, this isn’t a supernatural show at all (unless you believe in the powers of the Night Man…), but I found its pacing to be almost exactly like WWDITS. That is to say, both shows give me a massive headache and an onslaught of exhaustive mania if I watch them for too long.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia is rife with scheming and insanity, the likes of which are perfect for memeing, as well as inviting a bit of delirium into your day. Sounds a touch like our familiar family of vampires, no?

Merlin

Katie McGrath as Morgana in BBC's Merlin
(via BBC)

ok, yes, Merlin might be a bit too wholesome for a list like this, but a bit of wholesomeness won’t kill you. just like WWDITS, Merlin is whimsical and silly, as well as endlessly watchable. While it may lack all the chaos and sex of the former, it makes up for it with incredibly fun writing, character design, and homoerotic tension. Nice.

Plus, if you get a laugh out of shitty CGI, then you’ll really love the dragon in this show. Baby Colin doesn’t hold a candle to Kilgharrah.

The Original!

What the hell are you doing, watching this show without first referencing its cinematic source material??? Are you nuts??? Have you lost it?????

Get off our website right now and only come back once you’ve woken up at 6pm in the nighttime!!!!!!

(Featured Image: FX)

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