Riverdale season three is back in all it’s glory. If you love the moody teen drama, you’ll love these shows as well.
Riverdale is a special breed of teen drama. Based on the popular Archie Comics, it’s made specifically with adults in mind. Everything from the gloomy tone to the on-the-nose voice-overs to the bizarre twists are testament to that. It doesn’t stop teenagers from loving it though, as the series has become a bona fide hit ever since its premiere back in 2017.
Moreover, with Netflix owning the international rights for Riverdale, the show’s success has exploded outside US borders as well. Fans from all over the world dissect every episode as soon as it drops on the streaming service, creating theories surrounding the many mysteries plaguing the fictional town. All in all, the show’s popularity is on the rise, with Netflix debuting a companion series called the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
Riverdale Season 3 hit Netflix in early October. If the teaser trailer is any indication of what’s to come, this entire season will become even more insane, which is never a bad thing. The characters will band together to overcome Archie’s arrest, Ronnie will be gearing up to open a speakeasy and we’re betting we’ll get yet another glimpse of Betty’s darkness. However, since one episode hits the streaming service each week, you may want something similar to tide you over until the next one comes out. Here are 10 equally amazing shows that will make your heart sing.
1. Pretty Little Liars (2010)
Pretty Little Liars follows four best friends who reunite one year after the queen bee of the group, Alison, goes missing. Soon after, they begin to receive threatening messages from someone named “A” and need to figure out how far they are willing to go to keep their secrets hidden. Add some relationship drama into the mix and you’ve got yourself the perfect guilty binge.
While the story is sometimes predictable and the melodrama can become exhausting, there’s no denying the show’s charm. Thanks to a great cast and an overall feeling of suspense, Pretty Little Liars is likely to appeal to viewers of all ages, especially since it tends to keep fans guessing about the identity of the mysterious “A”. Stream it on Netflix and iflix.
- Troian Bellisario as Spencer Hastings
- Ashley Benson as Hanna Marin
- Lucy Hale as Aria Montgomery
- Shay Mitchell as Emily Fields
2. The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Vampires are nothing new. Yet, the appeal of The Vampire Diaries is universal, especially thanks to a few extremely compelling characters and plenty of unexpected twists. Set in the fictional town Mystic Falls, the show revolves around Elena, a teenager who becomes enthralled in the world of two vampire brothers and, as a result, has to learn how to deal with all the mayhem associated with the supernatural world.
Overall, the series is an excellent example of how to properly tell captivating stories at a feverish rate, delivering cliffhanger after cliffhanger and allowing characters to grow in a believable way as seasons go by. It’s engaging, fast-paced and bloody addictive. You’d be crazy not to bite. Stream The Vampire Diaries on Netflix, HOOQ and iflix.
- Paul Wesley as Stefan Salvatore
- Ian Somerhalder as Damon Salvatore
- Kat Graham as Bonnie Bennett
- Candice King as Caroline Forbes
3. Gossip Girl (2007)
When it comes to teen dramas, Gossip Girl is the unofficial queen bee of the genre. The series, which ran for six seasons, revolves around a group of privileged New York high schoolers from the Upper East Side who go around throwing glamorous parties, attending fabulous events, and constantly scheming against their enemies, real or imagined. All the while, their moves are religiously documented by an anonymous blogger called Gossip Girl.
While Gossip Girl was appointment television during its first couple of seasons and will forever be a pop culture staple, the series does experience a drop in quality in later instalments. Still, it’s worth following the scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite for the fashion and banter alone, as well as for the delight that was Blair Waldorf. Stream it on Netflix.
- Blake Lively as Serena van der Woodsen
- Penn Badgley as Dan Humphrey
- Leighton Meester as Blair Waldorf
- Ed Westwick as Chuck Bass
4. Stranger Things (2016)
It didn’t take long for this exciting Netflix original to become a hit; if you haven’t tuned in yet, you’re missing out. A love letter to Spielberg films and vintage 80s television, Stranger Things has a similar premise to Riverdale. A young boy goes missing and his friends and family search for answers. Soon, they become involved in an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments and terrifying supernatural forces. It won’t take long for viewers to be on the edge of their seats.
Stranger Things delivers scares and thrills, but also takes time to explore teenage love and friendship. As a bonus, the chemistry between the young actors is a thing of beauty. Stream it on Netflix.
- Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas
- Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin
- Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
- David Harbour as Jim Hopper
5. Misfits (2009)
Misfits follows a small group of teens who get caught in a freaky storm while doing community service. They soon realise they gained superpowers and band together to protect a huge secret, despite the fact that they don’t seem to like each other very much.
Gritty and inventive, Misfits excels thanks to the cast’s strength. The characters are extremely compelling and the young talent on screen deliver nuanced and memorable performances, ensuring that viewers will be hooked from episode one. Besides, the show sports a cheeky sense of humour, so you’ll find yourself laughing out loud more than once. The series is available to stream on Netflix.
- Kristen Bell as Veronica Mars
- Percy Daggs III as Wallace Fennel
- Jason Dohring as Logan Echolls
- Francis Capra as Eli ‘Weevil’ Navarro
6. Fargo (2014)
An anthology series inspired by the 1996 film of the same name, Fargo centres its first season on a drifter, Lorne Malvo, who brings mayhem to a small town in Minnesota and influences the community with his seemingly endless malice and deception. Meanwhile, the police try to solve a series of murders they believe may be connected to Malvo’s sudden appearance in the small town.
Dark humour, unexpected twists and just a touch of the absurd make Fargo one of the best series to grace our screens in recent years. Besides, the small-town vibe is likely to appeal to Riverdale fans, so gear up for a thrilling ride. The show is available to stream on iflix.
- Billy Bob Thornton as Lorne Malvo
- Allison Tolman as Molly Solverson
- Colin Hanks as Gus Grimly
- Martin Freeman as Lester Nygaard
7. Broadchurch (2013)
Broadchurch is a pretty straightforward police procedural. What will make it appealing to Riverdale viewers is the fact that the action takes place in a close-knit community, where everyone is covering up secrets. The series follows the investigation into the murder of a young boy, which ends up placing an entire small town under a national spotlight.
Beautifully shot and acted, Broadchurch will keep you guessing until the very end, slowly building tension and toying with your mind. It’s riveting and heartbreaking, humorous and tremendously sad, smart and compelling. Stream it on Netflix.
8. Teen Wolf (2011)
The gist of this teen drama is pretty easy to guess – it follows a high school student who becomes a werewolf and has to cope with the consequences, struggling to balance his new identity with typical adolescent problems. But despite the familiarity of the premise, Teen Wolf benefits from a charismatic cast and healthy doses of humour, which elevate it above your run-of-the-mill paranormal show.
The series is based on the 1985 Michael J Fox film of the same name, but it’s a much darker affair. Still, it manages to maintain a sexy tone, which makes it the perfect easy binge for when you’re craving something with a bit of an edge. Stream it on Netflix and iflix.
- Tyler Posey as Scott McCall
- Holland Roden as Lydia Martin
- Dylan O’Brien as Stiles Stilinski
- Linden Ashby as Sheriff Noah Stilinski
9. Safe (2018)
Safe takes us inside the walls of a seemingly perfect gated community, where a suspicious and tragic drowning takes place during a wild party. As the owners of the house try to cover up the gruesome “accident”, authorities begin to unveil secrets from the past that have plagued the community for years. It has to be said: Any crime show that features Michael C. Hall who played the notorious Dexter is bound to be worth watching.
Much like The Five, Safe will take you on a journey into the past and present lives of the different cast members, having you once again suspect a variety of different characters until the very end, which is guaranteed to surprise you. Stream it on Netflix.
- Michael C. Hall as Tom
- Amanda Abbington as Detective Sergeant Sophie Mason
- Audrey Fleurot as Zoe Chahal
- Hannah Arterton as Detective Constable Emma Castle
10. Dynasty (2017)
A remake of the original TV show from 1981, Dynasty follows the lives of a wealthy family who are willing to do anything and everything to cover up their savage business decisions. They’ll even screw each other over until they always remember that family comes first. The show deals with plenty of issues that are relatable, including politically charged decisions, family affairs and major cover-ups.
While the storyline might not be as captivating as Riverdale, Dynasty does a great job of unveiling the lives and personalities of the main characters. Stream it on Netflix.
- Nathalie Kelley as Crystal Carrington
- Elizabeth Gillies as Fallon Carrington
- James Mackay as Steven Carrington
- Grant Show as Blake Carrington