6 Shows to Watch After Lost Girl
I often think of Lost Girl as the show people say they want: smart, dangerous, built on a credible fantasy world that has parallels with our own, and filled with characters who are unapologetic about their sexuality. Now that the show has officially ended, those of you who are not yet fae have no more excuses. (Watch already, watch! It’s nearly all on Netflix and the final episodes will air on Syfy.)
But there are legions of Lost Girl fans who did watch faithfully, and they boosted a show that very well could’ve been canceled after two seasons. So what are we going to watch now, folks? While it’s unlikely that you’ll fall in love again so soon, here are some suggestions for what to watch until you do:
Let’s start with a round of applause for Michelle Lovretta, who created Lost Girl and also happens to be the creator and show-runner of Killjoys. (Be sure to read Anika’s review!) The show follows the adventures of interplanetary bounty hunters Dutch, Johnny and D’avin. Lovretta’s vision for Lost Girl was very much centered on exploring female sexuality. In Killjoys, Lovretta is exploring platonic friendship. She intentionally sold the show as a story of a relationship where lead character Dutch and her partner John were not going to be lovers. If you liked the Bo/Kensi friendship on Lost Girl, you may enjoy seeing a male/female friendship here. Johnny is the best, Dutch is awesome and I think you’ll enjoy the way this universe builds. The show is produced by Temple Street, the minds behind Orphan Black, so Killjoys has a great pedigree – and an upcoming second season.
Sense8 is high-concept and weird and there is nothing else like it on television. The premise is “Eight twentysomethings around the world discover they have an intimate connection to one another with emotional, mental and physical implications.” I’ll leave the rest of the explanation to Anika and her great review. Sense8 may feel too off-kilter at first, but those who make it through the first couple of episodes will be richly rewarded.
Children’s Hospital (Cartoon Network):
Lost Girl was pretty heavy there at the end, right? That’s why I think you might as well get into something that will make you laugh your head off. Children’s Hospital takes place along a roughly 40 year continuum (don’t ask) and skewers every single television trope you’ve ever seen with a devotion that is bonkers. If you want to see how Children’s Hospital would’ve appeared in the 1960s, there’s an ep for that. If you want to see a parody of Gray’s Anatomy or ER, there’s an ep for that. If you need to see a reunion of Party Down cast members in an ep literally called “Party Down,” there’s an ep for that. If you want to see A Very Special Episode, there are a dozen eps for that. The show was conceived during the writers’ strike by Rob Corddry and was initially slated for the WB Network, so you can see why it became the show it is today.
Dark Matter (Syfy):
Another import from the Canadian Space channel finds a group of six people “with no memory of who they are and where they came from” waking up on a starship. They name themselves “one” through “six” and start trying to determine what the heck happened. Zoie Palmer is along for the ride as The Android. (No, Dr. Lauren is not inside your android phone, although if she was, well…. we’d rather date her than Siri. Sorry not sorry, Siri.) Reviews are somewhat mixed but as with most science fiction / fantasy shows, you probably need to check it out for yourself before forming an opinion.
Farscape (Streaming on Hulu):
It’s been more than a decade since Farscape premiered on what was then called “SciFi” (imagine that). Although the show lagged in the critical acclaim and viewership that Battlestar Galactica later enjoyed, it paved the way for BG and Lost Girl and many other genre shows. American astronaut John Crichton accidentally gets sucked into a wormhole and finds himself on the Moya, a living ship containing a bunch of aliens who are fleeing a militaristic organization called the Peacekeepers. With just one human in the regular cast, Farscape expanded what we thought was possible on TV. All of those puppets and animatronics were provided by the Jim Henson Company, so if you are a fan of his work then this should be a must-watch. Farscape contains some of the best world building you will see on TV. Farscape is gritty and witty and packed with character growth and a sterling love story. It’s mostly streaming on Hulu and available on Amazon Prime. Farscape ran for four seasons, and ended with a miniseries (directed by Henson and designed to prevent fans from burning down the network).
Strange Empire (LMN in USA / Netflix):
Okay, I’m about to apologize for getting you hooked on a show that is, as of press time, canceled after one season. But you’re gonna let me finish! The show could still wind up with a late pickup, at least if the passionate fans of this show get their way. The series aired on the CBC and is currently airing on Lifetime Movie Network in the USA… which means you can watch it and tell LMN you want this show back.
Strange Empire takes place near the Alberta-Montana border in 1869. It follows three women who must band together for survival after the men in their town are murdered. The remaining men are of somewhat dubious quality (with a few exceptions) and the land is lawless, so the women must become independent (and interdependent) to find their way. Strange Empire is the kind of Western we haven’t really seen yet. Cara Gee stars as Kat Loving, a Metis woman with a few secrets who is thrust into the role of sheriff. Other characters include Rebecca Blithely, a socially troubled yet brilliant physician, and Isabelle Slotter, a medium, psychic and con intent on establishing her own empire. This show is very dark and does not flinch about the hellishness of life on the frontier.