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9 Thrilling Mystic TV Shows Like ‘Shadowhunters’

These nine TV shows like Shadowhunters might ease the pain of the show’s cancellation.

Freeform recently announced that Shadowhunters will end with a two-hour series finale in the spring of 2019 that will wrap up the tale of the Shadowhunters and Downworlders that fans have loved over the past three seasons.

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If you’re unfamiliar with the show, Shadowhunters is based on the bestselling young adult fantasy book series The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Shadowhunters follows Clary Fray, who finds out on her birthday that she is not who she thinks she is. She comes from a long line of Shadowhunters, who are human-angel hybrids who hunt down demons. She is thrown into the world of demon hunting after her mother is kidnapped. She must rely on the mysterious Jace and his fellow Shadowhunters, Isabelle and Alec, to navigate this new dark world. With her best friend, Simon, in tow, Clary must now live among faeries, warlocks, vampires and werewolves to find answers that could help her find her mother. (Source: Freeform)

Shadowhunters has a legion of fans tuning in to see that show. What are we to do once Shadowhunters is gone? Here are nine TV shows like Shadowhunters that might fill that hole in your heart.

#1 Supernatural

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL


Starring Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki, Supernatural is becoming The Simpsons of live-action TV shows. They’re on Season 13 and there’s no stopping them. In fact, this season Supernatural had an animated Scooby-Doo episode.

Supernatural is about two brothers whose mother is killed by a demon when they’re kids. Their dad takes up the torch to hunt down this demon. Years later that very same demon kills him, so it’s left to the brothers to take on dad’s demon-hunting business. They investigate paranormal activity and take down any monsters they find.

#2 The Originals

The Originals


The Originals is in its fifth and final season.

The Originals is about the original vampires. They’re super-duper, thousands of years old.  When the show kicks off,  the Mikaelson family is trying to maintain power in New Orleans. (What is it with New Orleans and vampires? True Blood, Interview With a Vampire.)

There’s a lot of family drama on The Originals and a lot of good-looking people. It’s kind of Dynasty with vampires and werewolves. The story also includes a baby and prophecies. (Twilight much?)

#3 Alphas

Alphas TV Show


You may not have heard of Alphas. Alphas aired on Syfy several years ago and was short-lived, only 24 episodes.

Alphas is about a team of people who investigate supernatural or paranormal activity. But they themselves have paranormal powers, like telekinesis, hyperkinesis and the ability to detect electromagnetic traces.

Alphas starred David Strathairn (Billions, The Blacklist) and genre fan-favorite Summer Glau (Firefly, Serenity).

#4 The Vampire Diaries

The Vampire Diaries


This show is definitely a fan-favorite. (Not a little bit because it stars Ian Somerhalder.)

The Vampire Diaries is about two brothers who are in love with the same woman, Elena. One of them is evil, and one of them is less evil. And they’re vampires. The Vampire Diaries takes place in a fictional town called Mystic Falls. (It’s kind of True Blood light.)

Very famously, Nina Dobrev who played Elena, left two seasons before the show ended. The Vampire Diaries ended after eight seasons.

Fans love The Vampire Diaries, not just because of the good-looking people, but also because it had really smart writing and the stakes were high. (Get it? Stakes?) Meaning that people’s choices had real consequences.

#5 The Secret Circle

The Secret Circle


The Secret Circle holds a special place in my heart because it’s about witches, and I’m all about witches. (Ahem, Harry Potter, case in point.)

The story of The Secret Circle will sound familiar: 16 year-old Cassie moves from California to be with her grandmother in Chance Harbor Washington. She falls in love with a mysterious boy named Adam. (Why do all the young women find all the supernatural guys in Washington?)

As it turns out, everyone at school is a witch, including Cassie. The caveat is they can’t work magic on their own. They can only work magic when they gather together in a circle. (Get it?)

Give The Secret Circle a chance because it starts off a little slow, but around the third or fourth episode, it gets really serious and really dark. I also like The Secret Circle because it stars Britt Robertson, who I kind of fell in love with when she starred in Tomorrowland.

#6 Teen Wolf

Teen Wolf


Like a dude doesn’t have enough to deal with when he’s in high school. On Teen Wolf, Scott McCall is bitten by a werewolf. (He is bitten while he’s out in the woods looking for a dead body with his BFF. I mean…) He winds up falling in love with the new girl at school, whose dad is out to hunt the werewolf, him.

Teen Wolf is all about Adam trying to control his powers and his anger, while avoiding death at the hands of either the girl’s dad or the alpha who bit him.

#7 Beauty and the Beast

Beauty and the Beast


When I say Beauty and the Beast, I don’t mean the show from the ’80s. I mean the one starring Kristin Kreuk, the girl from Smallville.

Kreuk plays  a detective who finds out something dark and shady about her family. Meanwhile, she’s in a relationship with Dr. Vincent Keller,who has a secret of his own. Thanks to some government experimentation, he’s a lot like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

They go on the run, and all the while he’s trying to control his powers. You know, it’s the typical “I’m in love with a monster, so how good of a relationship are we going to have?” kind of story.

#8 The Tomorrow People

The Tomorrow People


The Tomorrow People bleeped on my radar because Robbie Amell stars as Stephen Jameson. I first became a fan of Robbie Amell first because his cousin, Stephen Amell, stars on Arrow as Oliver Queen. Robbie Amell also starred on The Flash as the original Firestorm. And I saw him recently in the second season of A Series of Unfortunate Events on Netflix. (Enough about the Amells!)

The Tomorrow People is a lot like an X-Men story, or The Gifted on FOX. The Tomorrow People is about a group of people who are being hunted because they have powers, like telepathy and teleportation. They’re being hunted by a group of government agents called Ultra.

The Tomorrow People is full of the same clichés that you see on a lot of sci-fi TV shows, but that’s part of the fun; The Tomorrow People doesn’t take itself too seriously.

#9 Legends of Tomorrow

Legends of Tomorrow - Aruba


Yes, Legends of Tomorrow. It isn’t so much about paranormal activity, but it is about a group of misfits who come together to investigate other occurrences.

Each Legend their own super power. Plus, there’s a lot of action, which is one of the reasons I really like Legends of Tomorrow. It also has a lot of drama and serious consequences to characters actions. (Buh-bye, Leonard Snart!)

That’s nine TV shows like Shadowhunters you can watch when your beloved series comes to an end. Do you have a suggestion? Tell me in the comments!

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  1. OMG I have to watch Secret Circle!!! Who knew??

  2. Selena

    We just want #SaveShadowhunters

    • That is an excellent point. When a network says they’re changing their vision, or whatever, I don’t know if there’s hope.

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