Here Are 22 Reasons Why I Think We Should All Watch "The Sandman" Right Now

    "Basically, it is the comic."

    Last week, The Sandman dropped on Netflix. Based on the beloved DC comic series created and written by Neil Gaiman, The Sandman follows divine entity, Dream, as he goes between eternal and human realms attempting to help mankind by creating and controlling their dreams for them.

    Screen shot from "The Sandman"

    The series has already been a hit with fans, and has garnered itself an 86% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Having binged it all myself already, I've come up with 22 reasons why I think everyone should watch this amazing series.

    1. Firstly, it's a dark fantasy lover's dream.

    2. It's super addictive.

    3. It's been a long time coming.

    Comic strip

    4. Speaking of, rather adorably, showrunner Allan Heinberg is a huge Neil Gaiman fan. In fact, they once met at a signing when Allan was a teenager!

    Allan Heinberg

    5. This appreciation of Neil meant that he — the original creator of The Sandman — was able to be super involved in the series.

    Neil Gaiman

    6. Another huge fan of the comics is Tom Sturridge who plays the titular character The Sandman, aka Morpheus, aka the King of Dreams.

    Tom Sturridge

    7. The show's creators also spent ages casting Dream, so you know they found the right person after all of that effort!

    The Sandman

    8. Speaking of the cast, this series has a pretty MAJOR ensemble one, including but not limited to Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, David Thewlis, Stephen Fry, Joely Richardson, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, and Jenna Coleman.

    Stephen Fry, Joely Richardson, and Jenna Coleman

    9. And it contains diverse faces and perspectives.

    Screen shots from "The Sandman"

    10. The entire cast did get together off-screen and were all pretty close.

    The cast of "The Sandman"

    11. You might just recognise some of the characters mentioned.

    Side-by-side of Constantine

    12. Speaking of Lucifer, Gwendoline KILLS it as Hell's overseer, and she had a hand in creating her character in the series.


    13. Despite only appearing in six issues of The Sandman comics — known collectively as "The Doll's House" — The Corinthian is a big part of season one... and thank goodness because he's ace!

    The Corinthian

    14. The show was shot on location in several amazing places that really breathe life into the series.

    Onset image of "The Sandman"

    15. There are a ton of little details and easter eggs for fans of the comics.

    Screenshot from "The Sandman"

    16. It's not just straight-up fantasy — in fact, it's a cross-genre that tells very human stories, too!

    17. You don't have to have read the comics to get the series.

    18. However, the comics and even individual panels are referenced in the series for those with a hardcore knowledge of The Sandman.

    Side-by-side of The Sandman comic and series

    19. Each episode totally stands alone, but they also connect together, too.

    Screen shot from "The Sandman"

    20. If you're not a fan of CGI and shows and movies that rely too heavily on it, you're in for a treat.

    Screen shot from "The Sandman"

    21. The costumes and fashion are just amazing!

    Screen shots from "The Sandman"

    22. And finally, Neil Gaiman loves the series, so that's pretty much all the evidence you should need to watch it.

    Will you being watching The Sandman? Perhaps you already have! Share your thoughts with us in the comments!