“Blessed be the fruit?” Well, if you know the answer to that, then you probably know that a handmaid is about to go through lots of pain and there is very little respite coming their way. That is how deep religious zealotry can get and one of the reasons why everyone loves The Handmaid’s Tale. With June Osborne fighting to save the women and girls of Gilead from the worst form of slavery imaginable, there is still hope for the wives and the handmaids. While you wait for the next turn in “The Handmaids’ Story,” here are 10 other TV shows you will enjoy…
Y: The Last Man
Imagine a world without men. Not just men but all mammals with a Y chromosome. Well, that is what this SCIFI show is about and everything in it is close is not better than all the drama in The Handmaid’s Tale. While all males go extinct, one man and his pet monkey survive and life is not so smooth for the two either because he happens to be the son of the president that takes office after the catastrophe. The show is the exact opposite of The Handmaid’s Tale with a lot more guns, bombs and actual politics.
Whenever Jason Momoa’s name is associated with any TV show, you can expect lots of drama and action and unending endurance. That is what comes in Amazon Prime’s See. It all happens in a fictional world where all human beings have lost sight and now have to survive under the leadership of a deranged psychotic queen who declares that anyone with sight is a witch and has to be killed. Well, that is when Baba Voss (Jason Momoa) and his foster children find themselves in lots of trouble since they can see.
Off to Denmark now wherein a post-apocalyptic world, a virus carried by the rain wipes out all human beings in Scandinavia. It is hard to imagine rainwater becoming the agent of the apocalypse, but that is for another day. While the world ends, two siblings Rasmus and Simone are left in a bunker by their father who promises to come back but never does. They emerge six years later and start a journey around the world looking for a habitable place and have to be wary of the rain.
If you have watched Dracula, then you have heard of Abraham Van Helsing; The father of all vampire hunters. His blood becomes necessary to save humanity in a post-apocalyptic world where the Yellowstone Caldera erupts suddenly covering the whole Northern Hemisphere in Ash and blocking away the sun’s rays allowing vampires to come out openly. As humanity is almost getting wiped out, Venessa Van Helsing, Abraham’s descendant, wakes up from a coma and she is extremely good at decapitating vampires and he blood can somehow reverse the effects of vampirism.
The cancellation of Colony in 2018 came as a shocker for most fans who had come to love the resistance to the aliens taking over the world. The show follows the family of Will and Kate Bowman who are employees in the Transitional Authority of the California territory serving a regime set up by extraterrestrial beings that seek to use humanity as nothing more than labourers. After falling out with the occupation, the family is forced to join the resistance and becomes more and more like June Osborne’s life in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Where do the people that mysteriously disappear go to? Well, the only person that could explain that is “The OA” standing for original angel. Her real name is Prairie Johnson, a formerly blind girl who disappeared for seven years and resurfaced suddenly with the ability to see and claims she can save other people that disappear mysteriously. The show follows her life as she traverses dimensions looking to save people and struggling to fit into a world that doesn’t understand her.
Ethan Burke was a secret service agent looking for two of his colleagues that went missing in the small town of Wayward Pines in Idaho when he had a car accident. When Ethan wakes up, he finds himself in a city closed off from the rest of the world and unable to contact the rest of the world. It turns out that the world in fact ended and Wayward Pines is the last refuge for humanity controlled by a psychotic scientist who seeks to control all of humanity.
It is like a smaller version of Gilead protected by an electric fence with no access to the rest of the world. Ethan is lucky to find that his wife and son were also preserved alongside him and now has to struggle to save humanity from one deranged man and a species of mutant humans who now roam the rest of the world and eat human beings.
Lots of people around the world are waiting for the rapture, and when it happens, not everyone will go, so what happens to those that are left behind? That is the position that the Garvey family of Mapleton, New York found themselves in when 140 million people disappeared suddenly. Cults rise up from place to place and people struggle to understand their place in the new world just like they did in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Off to Brazil now where at some point in the unknown future, 20-year olds are given a rare opportunity to participate in a deadly competition known as “The Process” for a chance to leave the impoverished “Inland” and be promoted to the affluent Offshore city. It is more like hunger games but on a wider scale where millions of poor kids die trying to save their lives and only 3% of them get selected to go to the so-called affluent city. As usual, there are lots of rich heartless bosses overseeing the process and a resistance that brings all the drama like what you get in The Handmaid’s Tale.
Tribes Of Europa
Who can save Europe in 2074 when an apocalyptic geological event forces the continent to crack into warring tribes and small states just like it was in the medieval days? As the different small nations fight for control of the continent, three siblings set out to seek a solution, but just when they think that they have it, they find themselves in the middle of another war as the microstates seek to stop their mission.