Since man started telling stories, he has always tried to explore the supernatural and use it for creating tales of suspense, intrigue, and horror. The question immediately arises as to why we see a universal eagerness in most audiences for stories which make them feel scared and take them into the realms of the unknown. The only answer that seems the most likely is that we do enjoy getting afraid when it happens in a controlled environment, where we can enjoy the sensations without having to actually face such situations in real life.
Supernatural stories do not necessarily have to be about ghosts or spirits. Let us take the example of the NBC original TV series ‘Manifest‘. After an airplane goes through turbulence in the air, the onboarders come down to realize that they have lost five years of their lives. Moreover, all of them can now predict the future to a certain extent. Did they enter a time-lapse vortex? Or did they pass through a wormhole? The series takes its course after this interesting build-up.
Despite the interesting premise, ‘Manifest’ did not manage to please the critics as much as the showrunners would have liked. The melodrama present in the series is a huge drawback, according to some critics. They have also pointed out that there is a need for more interesting and well-written characters for the viewers to be invested in the story. However, if you loved watching this show and are looking for more titles that explore similar concepts and idea,s then you have come to the right place. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Manifest’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Manifest’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
6. Reverie (2018)
Horrors have taken different forms and shape as time progressed and the wonders of technology manifested itself in various ways to us. The increasing concerns over humans being trapped more and more into virtual reality have turned out to be true, and adding to that is concepts of immersive experiences where we can enter into a simulated reality. Take the example of ‘Matrix‘ (1999). The movie starts off in a virtual reality where everything we witness is a simulation, and that sometimes feels better because the reality is too painful. The series ‘Reverie’ tries to bring to its viewers such a reality where people have got so addicted to such simulations that their minds have begun perceiving the simulation as the actual reality. It is upon Mara Kint, a hostage negotiator and human behavior expert, to find out how to bring these people out of the virtual realm they are mentally existing in.
In a similar fashion to ‘Manifest’, ‘Reverie’ is also about a group of people who are trapped in another dimension. Objective reality has now become subjective for them, and this is the main driving force behind both shows. The procedural format of ‘Reverie’ drew high praise from critics.
5. Falling Water (2016-2018)
‘Falling Water’ is a USA Network original series which can be called a supernatural thriller. Dreams are a very important piece of the puzzle in this show. When Freud spoke about our dreams being the gateways to our subconscious, he never presumed the idea of a common dream which can be shared among a certain number of people. But with the advent of virtual reality, such a phenomenon has been made possible. The three leading characters of the series realize that they are indeed living in a shared dream, and this experience is also an answer to some questions that each of them harbors. Reviewers were critical of the fact that despite a promising start, ‘Falling Water’ failed to live up to its promise and lost its momentum soon. USA Network even decided not to proceed with the series after the second season.