‘What/If’ is a neo-noir thriller series created by Mike Kelley. Renée Zellweger, Jane Levy, and Blake Jenner play the three major characters of the show. Zellweger’s character is called Anne Montgomery. She is a wealthy businesswoman who meets with a couple, Lisa and Shawn, and this meeting proves to change their lives forever. Deadline Hollywood describes the show as an exploration of “the ripple effects of what happens when acceptable people start doing unacceptable things. Each season will tackle a different morality tale inspired by culturally consequential source material, and the power of a single fateful decision to change the trajectory of an entire life.”
‘What/If’, however, did not receive positive reviews from critics and has an approval rating of 47% on Rotten Tomatoes. But critics have admitted that the show is extremely entertaining, with Zellweger’s performance being the highlight of the series. If you loved the show and are looking for titles that explore similar ideas and themes, then we’ve got you covered. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘What/If’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘What/If’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
9. Gypsy (2017)
Naomi Watts stars in this 2017 psychological thriller by Netflix. Created by Lisa Rubin, ‘Gypsy’ follows a therapist, Jean Holloway, who gets unnecessarily involved in the personal lives of her patients. This nature of hers naturally lands her in trouble. Jean comes across a woman called Sophie whom she meets through one of her patients, and the two spiral down a dangerous path of deception and lies. The relationship goes to such an extent that it starts threatening Jean’s marriage. Watts is surely the special attraction of the show, but her star power could hardly compensate for the lack of an interesting plot. Poor critical reviews and audience reactions forced Netflix to cancel the series after the first season.
8. You (2018-)
Caroline Kepnes’ 2014 novel of the same name is the inspiration behind this psychological thriller series. The show follows a character called Joe Goldberg, who is the manager of a bookstore in New York. He comes across a New York University graduate, Guinevere Beck, who is struggling to establish herself as a writer. Joe soon falls for Guinevere, but his infatuation soon turns problematic when he starts stalking her and goes to any extent required to see that there is no obstacle between himself and Guinevere.
The show makes an important commentary on the threshold where love starts becoming problematic. Stalking is definitely another important aspect of the show, and here we see how in the modern world it can torment someone’s very existence because stalking can now be done not only physically, but on social media as well. Kepnes once said that she got the idea about the book when she realized how the advent of social media has made stalking very easy and is quite a common practice. The show received highly positive reviews because of the storyline, the twists, and the amazingly written character of Joe.