10 Supernatural-Detective Series We Can't Get Enough Of
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The first look trailer for the Sherlock Holmes-inspired The Irregulars just released this week. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic mystery is retold with a dash of supernatural. We can look for the new series on March 26 over at Netflix.
In the meantime, let's revisit some other favorite hybrids made-up of the same two genres:
In 1999, Buffy the Vampire Slayer's love interest, Angel, moved to L.A. to open up his own P.I. agency. With him being a vampire, he had the abilities to recognize supernatural wrongdoings and the strength to step in. In this case, he used his badness for good. The spinoff series Angel, starring David Boreanaz in the title role, ran for five seasons.
Based on the DC Comics series, Constantine stars Matt Ryan as a detective who possesses supernatural abilities. In addition to being an investigator, he's a demon hunter. He's not only saving innocents but also striving to redeem himself, in an attempt to save his soul. While solving crimes on a regular basis, he's also responsible for saving all of humanity.
3. The X-Files
In 1993, we saw David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents in The X-Files. Their cases were not the norm, but instead involved the unknown and unexplainable. Duchovny is in search of evidence that there is life on other planets, which might explain the disappearance of his sister. Anderson's character is partnered-up with him to provide a voice of reason.
AMC's Preacher (2016-2019) follows a small-town preacher by the name of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) who develops supernatural powers. With the support of his ex-girlfriend (Ruth Negga) and vampire friend (Joseph Gilgun), he searches for God. He's on a quest to figure out the meaning of life, which might be deemed the ultimate mystery.
Supernatural, which has been on-air for 15 seasons, follows two brothers (Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles) investigating supernatural goings-on. While they may not be official law enforcers, they sometimes fake being FBI agents or police officers to collect evidence. Each story kicks off with some sort of unruly death, with the two brothers sorting it out by the end of the episode.
Neil Gaiman's character Lucifer Morningstar, pulled from The Sandman comics, got his own TV series in 2016. Lucifer (Tom Ellis) abandons his responsibilities in Hell and moves to L.A., where he opens a night club. When he gets mixed up in a murder investigation, the LAPD calls on him to become a consultant. His ability to mentally manipulate people into confessing comes in handy.
7. Stranger Things
In 2016's Stranger Things, we saw the return of Winona Ryder, taking on the role of a single mother. When her little boy (Noah Schnapp) goes missing, she calls on the local police chief (David Harbour) to help find him. Mind you, since her son was sucked into an alternate universe, the investigation becomes quite tricky.
In the horror-comedy iZombie (2015-2019), Liv Moore (Rose McIver) is attacked when attending a boat party and wakes up a... zombie. She staves off the looming effects by getting a job at the morgue and feeding off brains of the recently deceased. When eating the brains, she learns the corpses' thoughts and uses that information to help the police solve their demise.
9. Warehouse 13
Warehouse 13 (2009-2014) follows U.S. secret service agents in search of supernatural objects. Once found, they place the artifacts in a warehouse for safe keeping. That must be one sturdy warehouse. Joanne Kelly and Eddie McClintock star as the lead investigators. The two initially consider this line of work a punishment, but they soon grow to appreciate the importance of their missions.
10. Pushing Daisies
In Pushing Daisies (2007-2009), we meet a man (Lee Pace) who can bring the dead back to life, with just one touch. His second touch allows the person to die peacefully. He may bring someone back to life just long enough to answer some questions, like who killed them. In regards to his love interest (Anna Friel), who he reanimated, he doesn't want to let her go, so he shall never touch her again.
Are you going to go back and re-watch any, if not all, of these?