The Netflix series The Sandman tells the story of Dream as he tries to rebuild his empire after the damage his centuries-long absence has caused. Based on Neil Gaiman’s comic book series of the same name, this is a fascinating and often whimsical story that is sure to keep you entertained. There are other popular series that have similar themes and themes to The Sandman. Gaiman’s adaptations of Lucifer, American Gods, and Good Omens are the closest things to watch once you’re done with Morpheus’ adventures. But if you’re already done with them and looking for something different, we’ve put together a great list for you. Here are the series similar to The Sandman that you can watch on Netflix, Amazon Prime or another streaming service.
8. The Magicians (2015-2020)
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Magic is an important part of The Sandman. The story begins with a group of wizards trying to capture Death, but instead end up with their younger brother, Dream. While the story has more fantasy elements, it soon leaves the wizards behind. If you’re interested in something that focuses on magic and secret societies, then you should check out The Magicians. The film tells the story of two people. One of them gets accepted into a university that teaches magic and the other, after failing there, tries to learn magic somewhere else.
7. Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories (2016)
Neil Gaiman has become a staple in all forms of storytelling. He has written best-selling books and cross-genre comics, and has worked on both films and television series, often adaptations of his literary works. If you want to delve more into his stories but aren’t ready to commit to one hour-long TV series just yet, then Neil Gaiman’s Likely Stories is for you. This mini-series consists of only four episodes, all derived from different stories, and telling a compelling story as only Gaiman could dream it up.
6. Brand New Cherry Flavor (2021)
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One of the most enigmatic things about The Sandman is its characters and the odd situations they often find themselves in. But all of this makes sense because the story takes place in a fantasy world. However, Netflix’s Brand New Cherry Flavor takes the weird to another level. The film takes place in Los Angeles and tells the story of a young director who wants to make her first film. Her perception of Hollywood and everything that happens there changes completely when she meets people who are not who they seem. The series is located in the horror genre and is certainly a refreshing affair.
5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-2020)
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Netflix has a particular fondness for comic book movies, and this is reflected in the popularity of such series. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is one such television series that is tonally very close to The Sandman. It tells the story of a girl who is half witch and half human. As she has the best of both worlds within her, she becomes the central point of conflict as she seeks to maintain the balance between the dark and the light while preventing her soul from being hijacked by Satan. The horror and magical elements of the series add to its allure, and all of the twists and turns keep viewers in suspense.
4. The cabin at the end (2010-2012)
One of the central themes of The Sandman is people’s desires and longings. Everyone is driven by a dream, something they desperately want in their life and are often willing to do anything to achieve it. But each of them learns that there is almost always a price to pay. The Booth at the End expands on this theme. Set in an unnamed diner, the film tells the story of people who arrive and take a seat in the cabin at the end to meet a mysterious man who has the power to grant their wishes. In return, however, they must complete a task for him. It can be the easiest thing you’ve ever done or the most heinous thing you never thought you could do. What price are you willing to pay to get what you want?
3. The Fades (2011)
One of the undercurrents in Gaiman’s stories often relates to an impending apocalyptic event that must be stopped at all costs. This can be the antichrist child in Good Omens or the dream vortex in The Sandman. Gaiman’s creative genius always brings something new to the table when it comes to the end of the world. If you are looking for something similar, then The Fades is the series to watch. It is about a boy who has visions of the apocalypse and can see ghosts who are less and less able to leave the living world due to the closure of the ascension points. The series only got one season, but it built enough worlds to keep the viewer hooked.
2. Neverwhere (1996)
The Sandman builds his mythology around imaginary worlds different from the one in which we live. There are various kingdoms that no one knows about until they play a part in the story. Also in Neverwhere, Gaiman designs a world that exists alongside ours but is invisible to most people. It’s set in London and splits everything up into Upper and Lower London. The story begins with a man from above who gets stuck in Below while trying to help a mysterious girl named Door.
1. Constantine (2014)
Johanna Constantine plays an important role in the story of The Sandman, which you can already guess from the fact that she is the only one who appears in two different timelines. In the first season, however, she doesn’t get beyond a simple introduction. If you want to know more about her, you have to see Constantine. It tells the story of John Constantine (sex-swapped for The Sandman), an occultist and exorcist whose paths cross with a woman who has second sight, allowing her to predict supernatural events. Although the show only ran for one season, it’s compelling and a must-read for anyone looking for a good introduction to the character.