10 TV Shows like Doom Patrol you must watch

By Adam Lock
Published: December 30, 2022 (Last updated: January 26, 2024)
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This article discusses 10 TV Shows like Doom Patrol you must watch. Add these recommendations to your watch list. 

The fourth season of the DC Comics Doom Patrol adaptation is now available to stream with HBO Max. This debauched and daring superhero series follows the titular gang of misfits as they fight deadly villains and attempt to save the world from annihilation on a daily basis. If you are a fan of this show’s crude humor and endearing camaraderie, then you may be looking for similar shows to binge next. Here is a list of ten series that are of a similar nature to Doom Patrol.

10 TV Shows like Doom Patrol you must watch

The Umbrella Academy (2019 – present)

There is no point starting a list of this kind without mentioning the Netflix original series, The Umbrella Academy. They are of a scarily similar ilk, and both include dysfunctional superhero families, battling apocalypses on a regular occurrence. The Umbrella Academy is based on the comic book series by Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba, adapted by showrunner Steve Blackman. The series is renowned for its dark humor and a likable gang of cheeky super-powered beings. It is out-there and bizarre, yet it manages to always keep things hilarious and heart-warming. And the third season is a real gem.

The Boys (2019 – present)

Another superhero series that boasts a shocking comedic flair and many deplorable characters. Prime Video’s The Boys feels like the perfect antidote to the Marvel Universe movies of our current times. It paints the superhero world as a dark and dingy place, exploring all the crimes and shortcomings that you would genuinely expect from normal people if they had these terrifying abilities. The gang that are battling these bad guys are effortlessly relatable themselves, whilst the villains are easy to hate. And Homelander may be one of the most fascinating villains of all time, a complex and dangerous individual that elevates this show even further.

Watchmen (2019)

Hand Damon Lindelof (Lost) a commodity like Watchmen and just sit back and watch what the genius writer comes up with. HBO’s limited series looks at the fallout of the events from the legendary DC comic book, 34 years later. Seen as a sequel or a remix of the original, this is one of the shows of its respected year. A tour-de-force in the superhero genre, Lindelof brought creativity and mystery to this over-saturated market. Breath-taking film-making and some truly shocking twists, this is a clever, cryptic story told perfectly from start to finish. Available on Sky Go in the UK.

Rick and Morty (2013 – present)

An adult-focused animation series about inter-dimensional travel that is painfully funny and at times intricately layered. Like Doom Patrol, this Adult Swim original looks at the darkest recesses of the human psyche whilst exploring the infinite possibilities of traveling through the infinite universe. Mad scientist Rick takes his pubescent grandson Morty on many sci-fi-themed adventures, across six seasons and over sixty episodes. It may have lost its way slightly in the last few years, but this is still an addictive, innovative show that takes the uglier side of mankind and exploits it for all its worth. Containing an array of memorable characters and some truly unique storylines, this is a definite one to watch.

The OA (2016 – 2019)

One of those rare shows that feels completely unique and fresh, The OA is on this list because of its bizarre narrative and kooky characters. Just like Doom Patrol, this Netflix original is an odd-ball series that polarized viewers. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij’s series only ran for two seasons, but it has accrued a huge die-hard fan base over the years since its initial release, leading to many protests and one fan even going on a hunger strike after its cancellation. Ignoring the drama surrounding the series, this is a spell-binding sci-fi fantasy with stunning visuals and a unique story to tell.

Harley Quinn (2019 – present)

One of the more surprising revelations of the year, this critically acclaimed animated series from HBO Max focuses on the titular comic book character, the one made famous by Margot Robbie. In this series, she is voiced by The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco, alongside voice work from Lake Bell, Alan Tudyk (who is also in Doom Patrol), Tony Hale, and Jason Alexander. Fast-paced and viciously witty, this may look like a Saturday morning kids’ show on the surface, but it is far from it, a violent and gory adult animated series worth binge-ing.

The Mighty Boosh (2004 – 2007)

I’m unsure if this cult series made any headway over in the States, but the British comedy show from Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt would fit right at home in the Doom Patrol universe. BBC’s The Mighty Boosh may not be a superhero series or a comic book adaptation, but it does involve super-powered beings and an assortment of odd characters in bizarre settings. The world-building is also eerily similar when comparing The Mighty Boosh’s sets and character designs with the DC Comics adaptations. The Mighty Boosh ran for three seasons, garnering a huge fan-base and many accolades in its day. It is vibrant and inventive, whilst also being downright hilarious. Available on Hulu in the US.

I Am Groot (2022 – present)

Doom Patrol is just another in a long line of dysfunctional superhero families. The Umbrella Academy springs to mind, but so does Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. This year that cinematic family came to the small screen with The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special and an animated shorts series I Am Groot. This one centers on the lovable character of Baby Groot as he goes on many mini adventures. The five-episode series is available on Disney+.

The Legend of Vox Machina (2022 – present)

Prime Video’s animated series The Legend of Vox Machina follows the ever-popular Critical Role Dungeons & Dragons web series. It’s another rude and uproarious show with adult themes. Set in a fantasy realm, this latest dysfunctional family of super-powered entities work as killers for hire, earning money by assassinating the bad guys and any demon placed in their path. The animation style is exquisitely crafted and the voice work is outstanding. A delightful treat that is back for a second season in early 2023.

Peacemaker (2022 – present)

James Gunn made the perfect superhero franchise with the Marvel Studios Guardians of the Galaxy films, then he jumped ship and made The Suicide Squad for DC. He continues that DC narrative, focusing on the titular character of Peacemaker, who gains his own spin-off series in the process. The first season was praised for its entertaining, fun energy and John Cena’s captivating performance. It’s been quite the journey for James Gunn, who has now mastered both the cinematic and series world with two competing studios, that is quite the achievement don’t you think? The HBO Max original is available on Sky Go in the UK.

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