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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
370100 01: The cast of 20th Century Fox’s “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” pose for a portrait. (Photo by Online USA) /

Shows like Stranger Things: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

For those who love seeing a group of friends team up to save their town in Stranger Things, you’ll definitely want to watch Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, which really helped kickstart the trend of teens banding together to fight against a supernatural force or monster of some kind.

The WB show was based on the 1992 movie of the same name starring Kristy Swanson, but greatly expanded the show’s universe. Buffy is a vampire slayer, as you might have guessed from the title, and comes from a long line of women chosen for one specific mission: to destroy vampires and other forces of darkness. Buffy builds a supportive group of friends throughout the show and it was even popular enough to get a spin-off series called Angel and tons of additional merchandise.

Streaming: Angel and Buffy are both on Hulu and free with ads on Roku

Shows like Stranger Things: Fringe

Another show dealing with parallel universe and conspiracy theories, Fringe is perfect for fans of The X-Files and Stranger Things, albeit skewing more adult. Fringe follows FBI Special Agent Olivia Durham after she is assigned to the FBI’s “Fringe Division,” a group devoted to investigating unusual crimes and circumstances.

She is assisted by scientist Dr. Walter Bishop, his son Peter, and FBI Junior Agent Astrid Farnsworth. Together, the team tries to forge connections between their past and the parallel world. Anna Torv and Joshua Jackson star.

Streaming: HBO Max and Amazon’s Freevee (free with ads)