20 shows and movies like Stranger Things to watch while waiting for season 5

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Shows like Stranger Things: Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf and Stranger Things have very similar vibes, although Stranger Things is better written and better acted, in my opinion. But I still will always have a soft spot for Teen Wolf and its characters after growing up with it for so many summers as a teenager. The MTV series is inspired by the original 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox of the same name, albeit much different tonally.

The early seasons of Teen Wolf were more comedic but things took a decidedly darker tone come season 3. Tyler Posey stars as the lovable young werewolf Scott McCall who finds himself forming his own pack among his friends that includes a variety of other supernatural creatures and werewolves of varying degree of power. Dylan O’Brien, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Crystal Reed, Tyler Hoechlin, Arden Cho, Shelley Hennig and many more recognizable faces also star.

There’s even some similarities between the characters with Nancy Wheeler feeling like a distant relative of Allison Argent and Dustin Henderson channeling a little bit of Stiles Stilinski. Plus, the show even shares some cast with Mason Dye (Jason in season 4) playing roles in both shows.

If you end up liking the show, there’s even a new Teen Wolf movie coming soon.

Streaming: Prime Video, Hulu, and Paramount+

CASTLE ROCK — “Let The River Run” – Episode 201 — A nurse gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Annie (Lizzy Caplan), shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu)
CASTLE ROCK — “Let The River Run” – Episode 201 — A nurse gets waylaid in Castle Rock. Annie (Lizzy Caplan), shown. (Photo by: Dana Starbard/Hulu) /

Shows like Stranger Things: Castle Rock

Another Stephen King series, Castle Rock is unique in that it combines elements and references from several classic King stories such as Misery, The Mist, The Shawshank Redemption, Carrie, The Green Mile, Cujo and many more. Unfortunately, Castle Rock was canceled after only two seasons but it’s definitely still worth watching this psychological horror show if you get the chance.

You’ll notice several actors who have starred in King works before appear here, too, like Bill Skarsgård, Sissy Spacek, Melanie Lynskey, Frances Conroy and more. The first season follows death-row attorney Henry Deaver, who must return to his home town of Castle Rock to confront his dark past. In season 2, Lizzy Caplan plays a young Annie Wilkes in a Misery origin story of sorts that deals with a feud between warring clans.

Even though the show was canceled, it’s an anthology with each season telling a standalone story that is relatively wrapped up by the end of season installment. There are some breadcrumbs left behind that hinted at where season 3 could go but otherwise you can watch without worrying about being left on a massive cliffhanger.

Streaming: Hulu