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    21 TV Shows And Movies Everyone Who Is A Fan Of "Lovecraft Country" Should Watch

    Misha Green and Jurnee Smollett just need to collaborate on everything.

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    1. Underground

    Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett in "Underground"
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    Okay, if you haven't watched it already, Underground should be one of the first things you press play on after Lovecraft Country. Created by Misha Green, who brought Lovecraft Country to life, and starring Jurnee Smollett and Aldis Hodge, Underground tells the story of the Underground Railroad in Georgia and the lives of the people trying to escape to freedom. If you loved Misha's writing, directing, and overall vision for Lovecraft Country, I cannot recommend this show enough.

    Where to watch: Hulu

    2. Penny Dreadful

    Eva Green in "Penny Dreadful"
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    This series 100% deserved more love while it was on, and it only got better as the series progressed. Penny Dreadful follows Sir Malcolm Murray, Ethan Chandler, Victor Frankenstein, and Vanessa Ives as they band together to help combat supernatural threats in Victorian London. Penny Dreadful brilliantly weaves together classic stories and characters from Frankenstein, Dracula, The Picture of Dorian Gray, and more. Like Lovecraft Country, this is another show that has elevated the source material in order to tell a mesmerizing story.

    Where to watch: Netflix

    3. Watchmen

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    This Emmy Award-winning series should honestly be mandatory viewing for anyone who loves television. Adapted by Damon Lindelof, Watchmen explores an alternate world where masked vigilantes, who were once seen as heroes, have been outlawed due to their violent methods. While telling the stories of these vigilantes, the series also highlights the 1921 Tulsa massacre and racial injustices that are still happening today. Not many shows are perfect from beginning to end, but Watchmen is. Also, this ensemble cast is absolutely flawless.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    4. The Last Black Man in San Francisco

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    Written by and starring Jimmie Fails and directed by Joe Talbot, The Last Black Man in San Francisco follows Jimmie, who wants to reclaim the beautiful home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined by his BFF Mont, Jimmie searches for a sense of belonging in a city that is changing around him. Jonathan Majors, who played Tic on Lovecraft Country, stars as Mont, alongside Jimmie. If you fell in love with Jonathan's performance on Lovecraft Country, it's time to explore more of his amazing work.

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video

    5. Us

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    Written and directed by Jordan Peele, who was an executive producer on Lovecraft Country, Us follows a family's vacation to a beach that turns absolutely chaotic when their doppelgängers suddenly appear and begin to terrorize them. Starring Lupita Nyong'o and Winston Duke, this movie became an instant classic as soon as it hit theaters. If you loved the way Lovecraft Country was able to blend together social commentary and horror/sci-fi, this should be your next watch. Bonus: After you finish Us, just go back and watch Get Out too.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    6. The Twilight Zone

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    Reimagined by Jordan Peele, this version of The Twilight Zone continues to follow the brilliant anthology format of the original series, while also updating the stories for present day. Similar to Lovecraft Country, this series uses the sci-fi genre to tell some groundbreaking and important stories. Also, Jurnee Smollett was in a Season 2 episode.

    Where to watch: CBS All Access

    7. The Leftovers


    This critically acclaimed series follows a small group of people who try to continue their lives after 2% of the global population unexpectedly disappears. Carrie Coon gives one of the best performances of the 2010s, and TBH, I'm still upset she got completely snubbed by the Emmy Awards. If you want a show that makes you think and has some breathtaking acting performances from Carrie, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Liv Tyler, Margaret Qualley, Ann Dowd, and more, The Leftovers is for you.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    8. Horror Noire: The History of Black Horror


    This incredible documentary takes a look at the history of Black horror films and how Black actors and filmmakers were instrumental in the genre from the very beginning. Horror Noire: A History of Black Horror features interviews with some of the best to ever contribute to horror movies. Also, this film will give you an even better appreciation for what Lovecraft Country was able to accomplish, thanks to everything that came before it.

    Where to watch: Amazon Prime Video, however it leaves on Nov. 1

    9. Evil

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    The series follows Dr. Kristen Bouchard, a forensic psychologist who begins working with David Acosta, a former journalist and Catholic priest, and Ben Shakir, a technical expert, in order to investigate reported supernatural incidents. Created by Michelle and Robert King, the team behind The Good Wife, this is truly one of the spookiest TV series I've ever watched. If you loved the horror aspects of Lovecraft Country, this should be your next binge-watch.

    Where to watch: Netflix

    10. When They See Us

    Atsushi Nishijima / Netflix

    This limited series chronicles the true story of the Central Park Five, five boys who were falsely accused of a brutal attack in Central Park. Written and directed by Ava DuVernay, When They See Us is still one of the most breathtaking and gut-wrenching TV shows I've ever watched. If you haven't watched this one yet, I highly recommend, but also it's worth revisiting after Lovecraft Country because Michael Kenneth Williams and Aunjanue Ellis, who played Montrose and Hippolyta, both star in When They See Us as Bobby McCray and Sharonne Salaam.

    Where to watch: Netflix

    11. American Gods

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    Based on Neil Gaiman's novel, the series follows Shadow Moon, who was recently released from prison and learns that his wife was killed. On his way home, he encounters the mysterious Mr. Wednesday, who offers him a job. Soon, Shadow finds himself involved in magic and a feud between the Old Gods and the new ones. Like Lovecraft Country, this series dives into the complexities of magic and its implications on the real world.

    Where to watch: Hulu with the Starz add-on or Starz

    12. The Wire


    This series tells the intertwined stories of cops and the citizens of Baltimore, chronicling various crimes, law enforcement, politics, education, and more in the city. To this day, The Wire is one of the greatest TV dramas ever made and it's truly a must-watch. The series also featured some incredible talent at the beginning of their careers, including Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Michael Kenneth Williams, Sonja Sohn, Idris Elba, Michael B. Jordan, and more.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    13. Castle Rock

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    Personally, I consider this one of the most underrated shows in recent memory. Starring Bill Skarsgård, Lizzy Caplan, André Holland, and Sissy Spacek, Castle Rock tells the story of the town of Castle Rock and all of the interesting things that take place there. The series was inspired by Stephen King's novel and brings to life some of King's classic horror genre themes.

    Where to watch: Hulu

    14. Queen Sugar

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    Created by Ava DuVernay, Queen Sugar follows the lives of three siblings: Nova, a journalist and activist; Charley, a working mother; and Ralph, a single parent struggling with unemployment. After the sudden death of their father, the family inherits an 800-acre sugarcane farm in Louisiana. The series is able to tackle topics such as class and gender, while also highlighting Black experiences.

    Where to watch: Hulu

    15. Sorry To Bother You

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    Starring Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson, and written and directed by Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You follows Cassius Green, a telemarketer who discovers a key to success, which ends up having some greedy and unintended consequences. This movie is the perfect blend of comedy and drama, and its commentary on the Black experience in present day is emotional and brilliant. TBH, if you consider Lakeith and Tessa two of your favorite actors, I would watch this ASAP.

    Where to watch: Hulu

    16. The Chi

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    Created by Lena Waithe, The Chi follows the lives of a group of teens and their families in the South Side of Chicago. Similar to Lovecraft Country, the cast is one of the defining characteristics of The Chi. They bring each story to life beautifully and it's incredible to watch what they are able to pull off every single week.

    Where to watch: Showtime or Amazon Prime Video with Showtime

    17. True Blood


    This memorable vampire series follows Sookie Stackhouse, a telepathic waiter who ends up joining the supernatural world after she meets Bill Compton, a mysterious vampire. Also, the series is set years after the invention of "Tru Blood," which allows vampires to come out of their coffins and interact with humans. True Blood is one of the most memorable HBO series in recent memory and it gifted us numerous amazing characters, like Sookie, Bill, Eric, and Lafayette. Also, Jurnee Smollett appeared in 19 episodes as Nicole Wright.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    18. When We Rise

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    Based on the memoirs of LGBTQ activist Cleve Jones, this series follows the struggles and triumphs of a group of LGBTQ individuals who helped pioneer parts of the gay rights movement from the Stonewall riots to today. Michael Kenneth Williams appeared as activist Ken Jones, and Jonathan Majors actually played the younger version of Ken. So Lovecraft Country wasn't the first time people thought Michael and Jonathan could actually be related.

    Where to watch: Okay, so it's not available to stream anywhere, but you can buy it on iTunes, Amazon Prime, and more.

    19. Luther

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    Starring Idris Elba, Luther follows Detective Chief Inspector John Luther, a genius and dedicated police officer who often becomes obsessed and enthralled in the cases he is working. This is one of Idris's best roles, so if you're a fan of his and mysteries, I cannot recommend this series enough. Also, Wunmi Mosaku, who played Ruby on Lovecraft Country, appeared in several episodes of Luther during Season 5.

    Where to watch: Hulu and Amazon Prime Video

    20. Birds of Prey

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    Okay, this is simply because if you loved seeing Jurnee Smollett kick butt as "Letitia fucking Lewis" on Lovecraft Country, then you HAVE to watch her as Dinah Lance/Black Canary in Birds of Prey. Inspired by the DC comic books, Birds of Prey follows Harley Quinn after she splits from the Joker and ends up joining Black Canary, Huntress, and Renee Montoya on their own adventure to protect Cassandra Cain from Roman Sionis.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    21. And finally, Night of the Living Dead

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    The OG zombie movie, Night of the Living Dead is essential viewing for any horror fan. Directed by George A. Romero, the film follows a group of friends who are trapped in a farmhouse when an army of the undead appears outside their door. Duane Jones became one of the first Black actors to be cast as a hero in a movie like this. If you want to see one of the movies that paved the way for a lot of the horror films and shows we love today, look no further than this movie.

    Where to watch: HBO Max

    Bonus — okay, this isn't a TV show or a movie, but if you want to learn even more about Lovecraft Country, I suggest reading the novel by Matt Ruff, which inspired the show.


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