When you've just finished something as compelling and specific as The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, finding your next binge can be a challenge. Oftentimes, you want a show that can inspire the same feeling as the one you just finished. In the case of Sabrina, those feelings are likely to be a combination of terror and excitement. You may also be looking for another show in the same genre. Sabrina is a supernatural show, but it takes advantage of the problems young people have while growing up.
Sabrina pulls from a wide array of genres and styles. That's part of what makes it so compelling. As a result, there are plenty of shows that might scratch your Sabrina itch for a variety of reasons. Each of the shows on this list will give you something slightly different, but each one of them has something in common with Sabrina. Good fantasy TV used to be in short supply, but these days, it's more abundant than ever. Enjoy it while it lasts.
If you've seen Sabrina but haven't started Riverdale yet, you're missing out. Sabrina takes place one town over from Riverdale. As a result, Riverdale is the only show on this list that could feature characters who are also on Sabrina. Sabrina the teenage witch is actually a character from Archie Comics, which is where all of Riverdale's characters and story come from. The two shows also share a creator, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Although Sabrina is much more supernatural than Riverdale, the two shows share a general mood and atmosphere. They're both dark reinterpretations of their source material, with a distinctly pulpy bend.
The best way to describe The Magicians might be Harry Potter in grad school. It's a smart, adult fantasy series that treats its fantastical stories quite seriously. The Magicians also a remarkably bold and inventive show. Especially in its later seasons, the show has been willing to take risks that many shows wouldn't dare attempt.
In a world filled with magic, it only makes sense for things to work differently. The Magicians embraces that conceit wholeheartedly and is all the better for it. Sabrina’s elements of fantasy may be darker than those on The Magicians, but both shows work within the genre in smart ways.
Much like Sabrina, Stranger Things was something of a sensation when it first debuted on Netflix. The '80s-set show follows a group of pre-teen boys who become involved in a supernatural government conspiracy. The show's genius is in its ability to weave these plotlines in with the relationships the characters have with each other.
Growing up is hard, and dealing with supernatural phenomena doesn't make it any easier. Stranger Things expertly weaves its story with its characters and makes for a compelling binge. It's not on exactly the same wavelength as Sabrina, but it's close enough to heal the Sabrina-sized hole in your heart.
As its title suggests, American Horror Story is consistently among the most frightening things on TV. The stories it tells vary wildly, and, because it's an anthology show, they change from season to season. Even so, the shows are all unified by their sense of playfulness, and their commitment to scares.
Some seasons are obviously better than others, but taken as a whole the series is fascinating and totally unique. It's a smart take on the things that go bump in the night. It's also a great show about what fear is and how it works, and a perfect dessert after you've binged Sabrina. The third season, Coven is the most closely related.
Netflix's most terrifying show to date might be The Haunting of Hill House. Following the Crain family's interactions with a haunted house as children, and the way that trauma impacts their family today, the show is smart about the way horror can inform and shape character.
Sabrina debuted just a week after Hill House, and they make a potent double feature. Both shows are smart about horror and how it can be leveraged effectively. If you loved Sabrina for its use of horror, then Hill House is definitely your next stop. It's a potent combination of terrifying and heartbreaking, and it's well worth a look.
Game of Thrones is one of the most popular shows in the world. Its blend of mystical, lore-based elements with very human drama has made it hugely appealing. That combination is exactly what might make it such a good fit for Sabrina fans who haven't seen it yet.
Although the show rarely delves straight into horror, its supernatural elements can be quite terrifying. What's more, the show has a keen understanding of what excites TV viewers. It's one of the best shows on TV, with or without its similarities to Sabrina. If you've missed it thus far, now's a good time to start -- the final season debuts in 2019.
The Vampire Diaries is a great follow-up to Sabrina for obvious reasons. Following a young girl who falls in love with a vampire, it's very much in the same vein as Sabrina. It's a combination of teen drama and high-stake supernatural battles.
Although Sabrina and many of the other shows on this list are quick binges, The Vampire Diaries definitely is not. Spanning eight seasons, the show had a sprawling story that drew a devoted fan base to it consistently. This is not a show that can be binged in a short amount of time. It's a life-consumer, for better and for worse.
Another vampire show, True Blood took a decidedly more adult approach to the genre. This show is also about what it would be like for the supernatural to interact with the real world. It's about the conflict between those two, and the power society has in shaping a person's behavior.
For Sabrina, who is conflicted about which half of her life to leave behind, True Blood offers an interesting parallel. Supernatural abilities often come with stigmas, ones that can be hard to overcome. Both Sabrina and True Blood explore those stigmas, and how difficult it can be for any character to overcome them.
Supernatural is one of the longest-running shows on TV, and that's because it's managed to retain a substantial audience. Like many of the shows on this list, it's got some element of the otherworldly in it. Following two brothers who hunt and kill monsters, the show has survived through 14 seasons, and garnered an enormous fan base.
Obviously Supernatural has topical similarities with Sabrina, but it also has a similar style. Supernatural is, in many ways, the grandfather of all the other supernatural shows now on TV. Sabrina is playing in Supernatural's sandbox, so it's worthwhile to see where the show got its tricks.
Mad Men may seem like a strange pick for this list, but it has something major in common with Sabrina. You see, before Kiernan Shipka was Sabrina Spellman, she was Don Draper's daughter on Mad Men. Over the course of that show, Shipka turned in a hugely compelling performance.
So, if you're a Sabrina lover who just couldn't get enough fo Shipka, Mad Men might be for you. A word of caution: Shipka is not in every episode. The show is much more focused on her father than it is on her. Even so, Mad Men is regarded as one of the best shows ever made, so it's well worth your time.
A reboot of Charmed just premiered on The CW, but the original is still an all-time classic. Surprisingly, there are relatively few shows that focus on witches, although there are many with witch characters. Prior to Sabrina, Charmed was one of only a few shows to focus on witches.
The series gave these witches a chance to empower themselves. It followed three sisters who had to battle the forces of evil with their witchcraft. They were witches, sure, but they were fighting on the right side. Sabrina owes a lot to Charmed, even if Sabrina is significantly darker than its bubbly predecessor.
There's nothing more tried and true in fiction than the private detective. On Grimm, a private detective defends his city from magical creatures. Like Sabrina, this show's hero is part of a long lineage destined to beat back these forces of evil.
Grimm never grew an enormous following, but its fans were incredibly passionate about it. Sometimes, the shows that are the most funs are the ones with small, deeply passionate fan bases. Grimm is not the kind of show that demands all of your attention and you don't have to drop what you're doing to watch it. But that doesn't make it any less worthwhile.
High-concept fantasy is a hot commodity these days, and Shadowhunters is just one example of that trend. Following a young girl who is a human-angel hybrid tasked with hunting demons, the show's premise plays into a lot of the same ideas that many fantasy shows start with.
Since its debut two years ago, Shadowhunters has developed a ravenous fanbase. Those fans are a relatively small group, but they're vocal about wanting the show to remain on the air. Sabrina's newfound popularity speaks to the thist for these stories. Shadowhunters is another example of a show that is helping to quench it.
Containing many of the same genre trappings that made Sabrina so successful, Once Upon a Time may be just the fantasy show the doctor ordered. Telling the story of a collision between fairytale stories and the real world, it makes the dynamics of many of the shows on this list more concrete.
Here, the real and the made-up collide and create a totally unique combination. This show ran for years on ABC and proved that network TV was far from dead in the face of streaming series. It's a show that melded fantasy and reality expertly, using the conflict between the two to tell intriguing stories.
Like several of the shows on this list, including Sabrina, Penny Dreadful paints familiar characters in a new light. In this case, it's Victorian characters like Dorian Gray and Dr. Frankenstein. Like Sabrina, Penny Dreadful has a dark, pulpy feel that makes it a super fun watch.
It's the kind of show where monsters exist, and they need to be battled with. It was met with a large amount of acclaim throughout its three-season run. As an added bonus, it makes for a fairly short binge because of the limited number of episodes. Think of it like a more adult version of Sabrina.
The Innocents is another show where teenagers meet up with paranormal forces. On this Netflix series, two teenagers flee their homes so they can be together only to discover that one of them can shapeshift. The relationship between them is tested as her powers bloom.
Like many shows about young people (Sabrina included, supernatural elements are often used as a metaphor. On The Innocents, questions of identity become even more challenging when one person can literally shapeshift. The Innocents is smart about the way it takes advantage of its metaphor to enhance the story. Metaphor can be a great tool, but only if the writer knows how to deploy it.