A few of my friends are die-hard Supernatural fans and I never saw the appeal. I saw it as another one of those cult-following series, which it is, but it’s much more than that. Supernatural follows two brothers, Dean and Sam Winchester, as they fight demons and deal with angels – literally. Within a few episodes, I was hooked. All you need to do is watch the pilot in order to know if you’ll be interested or not. Why should you watch? If you like thrillers or horror movies, you might find that you’ll really enjoy this show. I didn’t expect to like it as much as I do. There is also a gay fan base, (if you’re a member of Tumblr already, you probably already knew this), and they sometimes pander to us in the show as well.
o2. Teen Wolf
Teen Wolf is NOT merely a television series of the movie, but rather a retelling with a modern twist put on it. If you’re avoiding it simply because you’re a fan of the movie, or you didn’t like the movie, this series is not just a remake. The show follows Scott and his best friend Stiles. Scott gets bitten by a werewolf and now has to go through high school with this huge secret (and increased other abilities), with Stiles helping him navigate through love, human life, and werewolf life. Other characters and villains are introduced along the way. Why should you watch? It’s intense and suspenseful. At my part-time job, there will be times where I’ll be alone in areas where it’s dark and quiet, and I’ll get paranoid that something could be watching you (talk about an overactive imagination). Plus, there is a loyal gay fan base and the creators know it and pay careful attention to that fact in the writing. Jase Peeple’s article on Gay.net is a good read, if you want to know more about that, though.
o3. Being Human (UK)
The US has a remade version of this series (which I honestly have no interest to see from the advertisements), but the UK version is the original. It follows a group of misfits who share a living space together as well as their secrets – one is a ghost, one is a werewolf, and one is a vampire. Being Human feels as if it’s meant for a more mature audience, so I wouldn’t expect it to be like Twilight or to have the same type of viewers. Why should you watch? I really liked the cast, though I’ve heard that most of the original cast is no longer on the show (I’m not caught up to the current season). I think the ideas presented and the storylines are a bit different and compelling.
o4. The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries is about…well… vampires, werewolves, and witches. Hey, at least the witches part is new? It’s definitely not the best supernatural show out there, but it does have a loyal audience, and good writing. I tend to get frustrated with some of the writing/directing, but it’s a teen drama so it’s not unexpected. The series revolves around Elena and two mysterious vampires, Damon and Stefan. It’s very much like Twilight in that Elena goes through the same process in finding out the guy she likes/is dating is a vampire, and doesn’t seem to be as freaked out by that as any normal person would. Why should you watch? I originally started watching when the show premiered, but lost interest after a few episodes. Years later, my brother’s girlfriend convinced me to give it a second chance and I’m glad that I did. It’s definitely a “guilty pleasure” type of show. Also, Ian Somerhalder is in it, so it’s worth a watch just for that (just try not to drool).
Haven is really different from any other show I’ve seen. In a way, it reminds me a little bit of X-Men, but the “abilities” are bad and cause harm to the town. It’s also a sort of detective/mystery show, because the main characters are cops search for the person knowingly (or sometimes unknowingly) creating chaos. In addition, there’s this mystery behind who the protagonist is (which is unknown to her as well). Why should you watch? It’s a fun show to pass the time, but it’s not the type of show that I find myself rushing home to watch the latest episode. That being said, it’s really entertaining and has you guessing what will happen next and exactly who the protagonist is.