Based on Reeves Wiedeman’s 2018 feature The Haunting of a Dream House, published in The Cut, Netflix’s The Watcher is a true crime series that dramatizes the true story of a married couple who move into their dream home in Westfield, New Jersey. But their new home soon becomes the source of their worst nightmare when a stalker named The Watcher starts sending them harassing and intimidating letters.
Co-developed by Ryan Murphy and Ian Brennan, the series will be starred by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Naomi Watts, Bobby Cannavale, Mia Farrow, Jennifer Coolidge and Noma Dumezweni. So, if you’re a fan of the genre and want to see something similar afterwards, be sure to check out the recommendations below. You can watch most of these series like The Watcher on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
7. The Outsiders (2020)
Based on the 2018 Stephen King novel of the same name, HBO’s The Outsider is a psychological thriller drama series developed by Richard Price that centers on the investigation into the gruesome murder of a young boy. However, when a mysterious and supernatural force is implicated in the case, one of the lead investigators’ beliefs are turned on their head and he begins to question everything. Although The Watcher isn’t about the murder of a young boy, The Outsider is similar in direction and mystery to who is most responsible for the events of each series.
6. The Thing About Pam (2022)
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Based on the Dateline television episodes about the story of Pam Hupp, NBC’s The Thing About Pam is a true crime drama series named after the podcast of the same name. Based on the actual events of a 2011 murder investigation, the series follows the murder of Betsy Faria and how her husband Russ is wrongly convicted. But when the verdict is overturned, all new evidence points to Pam Hupp. Like The Watcher, The Thing About Pam is a true crime series centered on a gripping and terrifying case.
5. The Patient (2022)
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Co-developed by Joel Fields and Joseph Weisberg, The Patient is a psychological thriller series about dark psychotherapist Alan Strauss, a newly widower trying to come to terms with the recent death of his wife. His suffering increases tenfold when one of his patients, Sam Fortner, turns out to be a serial killer.
To escape his murderous thirst, Sam turns to Alan for help by holding him hostage. What connects The Patient with The Guardian is that both cases are about intimidating characters, a serial killer and a sinister stalker, who in their own way assert themselves in the lives of the protagonists by tormenting them.
4. Dexters (2006-2013)
Based on Jeff Lindsay’s 2004 novel Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Dexter is a crime drama series developed by James Manos Jr. It follows the double life of Dexter Morgan, who is a blood spatter analyst in the fictional Miami Metro Police Department by day and a serial killer by night. Much like the stalker in The Watcher, Dexter in Dexter stalks to a reasonable extent. Also, he seems like a perfectly normal neighbor, which keeps him out of trouble, just like in The Guardian.
3. Obsession: Dark Desires (2013- )
‘Obsession: Dark Desires is a true crime docu-drama series that dramatizes the real-life experiences of stalking victims. We all know that there are different types of obsession, some healthy, some not so much. The series focuses on the dark side of obsession that drives the perpetrators to stalk their victims and make their lives miserable. The themes of stalking and trying to hide one’s identity are explored in both Obsession: Dark Desires and The Watcher.
2. You (2018- )
Based on the books You, Hidden Bodies and You Love Me by Caroline Kepnes, You is a psychological thriller series developed by Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble. The story revolves around a dangerous, charming, and possessed man named Joe Goldberg, who tends to fall in love easily and develop an intense obsession with the woman in question, so strong it becomes life-threatening. Like the stalker in The Watcher, Joe in You engages in stalking and invading others’ privacy.
1. A Friend of the Family (2022)
Based on real events such as The Watchman, The Peacock series A Family Friend is a true crime drama created by Nick Antosca that follows the Broberg family and their close friend Robert Berchtold. In the 1970s, the duplicitous Robert kidnaps the Brobergs’ 12-year-old daughter Jan and kidnaps her again a few years later, after taking her back to her parents, when she is fourteen. Both The Observer and Family Friend are about a family who are tormented and molested by an acquaintance so that they resemble each other.