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    17 Shows Fans Of "The Umbrella Academy" Will Probably Love

    Whether they feature superheroes, dysfunctional families, or just plain fun action, these shows should hit the Umbrella Academy sweet spot.

    1. The Boys

    The Boys still: superheroes The Homelander and Queen Maeve stand together
    Amazon Prime

    Like The Umbrella Academy, The Boys is a series based on a comic book, but it's not your standard superhero tale. It's about a group of vigilantes — the Boys — who seek to take down corrupt superheroes. With Season 2 set for release in September, now is the perfect time to catch up on Season 1.

    2. Dark

    Dark still: Jonas wears a mask and walks through a post-apocalyptic town
    Netflix

    The characters in Dark travel through time in an attempt to prevent the apocalypse. Sound familiar? The German show follows Jonas and Martha, two teens whose lives are turned upside down when Martha's younger brother goes missing, and the secrets of the town they live in begin to unravel (including the whole time travel thing). Dark is both beautiful and devastating, and its three seasons will stay with you for a long time.

    3. Misfits

    A screenshot from the show Misfits.
    E4

    If you're a big fan of Klaus (and, frankly, who isn't), then Misfits is a must watch. Robert Sheehan plays Nathan, a wise-cracking weirdo (yes, another one) who gains the power of immortality when he's caught up in a mysterious storm along with his fellow community service attendees. The whole cast is great and the first three seasons are particularly strong. Get ready to laugh AND cry.

    4. Roswell, New Mexico

    Roswell, New Mexcio still: Liz stands in Max's arms in the desert
    The CW

    If the family with superpowers thing is your jam, then Roswell, New Mexico might for you. Based on the Roswell High book series, this adaptation has turned the characters into adults (unlike the '90s teen TV version). Main character Liz returns to her hometown and discovers her former crush, Max, and his family are actually aliens with powers — and they're mysteriously tied to the death of her sister.

    5. Warrior Nun

    Warrior Nun still: A group of armed nuns stand amongst stone architecture at night time
    Netflix

    With echoes of Buffy, Warrior Nun sees a reluctant chosen one, Ava, imbued with divine superpowers and caught up in a mission to fight demons who roam the Earth — with the help of the titular warrior nuns, of course. It's fun escapism with some excellent action scenes.

    6. Watchmen

    Watchmen still: Angela stands wearing a mask and black hooded outfit, facing someone not seen on camera
    HBO

    Although Watchmen has been cancelled after only one season, it's still definitely worth watching. The slick and smart series uses a heightened alternate reality to explore racist violence. It's inspired by the iconic Watchmen comics, but takes place 34 years after the events in the books, with a new cast of characters.

    7. The Magicians

    The Magicians still: Quentin and Eliot embrace
    Syfy

    The Magicians has also been cancelled, but left behind five whole seasons you can binge. Based on the novels by Lev Grossman, this show is a fantasy set in world where magic is real. It follows a diverse group of misfit students who are enrolled in a college to learn magic — and discover there's so much more to the magical world than they ever realized.

    8. American Gods

    American Gods still: Shadow Moon and Mad Sweeney sit together in a bar
    Starz

    An adaption of a Neil Gaiman novel, American Gods is about a man named Shadow Moon who is released from prison after the death of his wife, and finds himself thrown into a war between the Old Gods and New Gods. Like The Umbrella Academy, the series has a distinct and rich visual style that enhances its compelling narrative.

    9. Chuck

    Justin Lubin / NBCU Photo Bank / NBCUniversal

    A very silly '00s show that is still mostly good fun to escape into, Chuck is about a nerdy guy who works at a chain store after being kicked out of college, who winds up with the database of the CIA and NSA embedded into his brain, giving him a superpower of sorts. He winds up fumbling his way through high-stakes missions with the help of undercover CIA and NSA officers.

    10. The Haunting of Hill House

    The Haunting of Hill House still: Eleanor stands in a wedding dress flanked by Steven in a suit and Shirley in a formal dress
    Netflix

    There are no superpowers in sight in The Haunting of Hill House, although the characters do have the ability to see the dead. This is the show to turn to if The Umbrella Academy's dysfunctional family dynamic is what most appeals to you; The Haunting of Hill House also follows an estranged family who must come together, only this time the framing is the haunted house they grew up in, rather than a superhero academy designed to prevent the apocalypse. Warning: it's pretty scary and definitely not for the faint of heart.

    11. Sense8

    Sense8 still: The Sense8 cast lean over to blow out candles on a cake in a room decorated for a birthday party
    Netflix

    This is another show that was cancelled far too soon, but is still rewarding to watch. It's about eight strangers around the world who have a psychic connection and find out they're part of a cluster of "sensates" — meaning they're both individual and part of a collective whole. It's weird and can be confusing, but it's also action-packed, entertaining and fresh, with characters that get under your skin. Some highly memorable musical scenes are a bonus.

    12. Doctor Who

    The Thirteenth doctor.
    BBC

    Doctor Who needs no introduction. The British sci-fi phenomenon about a time-travelling alien was first launched in 1963 and is now onto its thirteenth — and first female — Doctor. With over 800 episodes to dive into, it can feel overwhelming, but the modern era, which started in 2005, is only ("only") 12 seasons deep. Of course, the rich history is also fun to explore.

    13. Russian Doll

    Russian Doll still: Alan and Nadia stand side by side in an elevator
    Netflix

    Russian Doll is a quirky and stylish show about time loops. Main character Nadia is a thirtysomething stuck repeating her 36th birthday party  because she keeps dying. When she finds another person, Alan, also stuck in a loop, the two must work together to try and break the cycle and survive.

    14. Doom Patrol

    Still from Doom Patrol: The Doom Patrol, a group of superheroes, stand together at a carnival
    Warner Bros

    The DC Universe of TV series is sprawling, but you can watch each show without having seen the others. Doom Patrol is a great one to pick up if you love The Umbrella Academy; it focuses on a group of outcasts who become unlikely heroes and a dysfunctional kind of found family.

    15. Money Heist

    Money Heist still: Three men stand in masks and red hooded suits, with women wearing eye masks in the background
    Netflix

    Focused on the "bad guys" rather than the good, this Madrid-set show sees a group of criminals coming together in an attempt to rob the Royal Mint of Spain. It's a thrilling and extremely bingeable ride full of action and just the right amount of humor.

    16. Heroes

    Heroes still: Claire looks up, her face dirty, wearing a bloody and torn cheerleading uniform
    NBC

    Like many shows, Heroes declined in quality over time, but the early seasons — and the first in particular — are truly excellent. Featuring an ensemble cast that spans the globe, each character struggles in their own way with their superpowers, before eventually becoming entangled in a quest to save the world.

    17. Stranger Things

    Stranger Things still: Will, Mike, Eleven, Max and Lucas stand together
    Netflix

    If you haven't watched Stranger Things by now, rest assured, it lives up to the hype. And if you have, hey, it's always worth rewatching. The '80s-set sci-fi adventures series is about a group of kids — including one with superpowers — and their brush with a terrifying supernatural underworld called the "Upside Down". It's one of the best shows in recent years.

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