What show should I watch: The weird shows edition

Pictured: Donald Glover as Earnest Marks. CR: Guy D'Alema/FX Atlanta
Pictured: Donald Glover as Earnest Marks. CR: Guy D'Alema/FX Atlanta /

I took the Hidden Remote TV show quiz and picked answers that indulged one of my favorite binge-watching styles: Make it weird. If you’re into weird, too, check out my results and take the quiz to get your own custom recommendations.

Hidden Remote’s TV Binge Quiz is a quick and entertaining interactive quiz that recommends TV shows, old and new, for you to binge, based on your answers to 10 fun questions.

With the TV show quiz, you can tweak your answers to get recommendations for:

  • A weekend binge or “appointment TV” viewing that you’ll spread over weeks
  • Shows that are weepy or creepy or laugh-out-loud funny
  • Something that will make you think or something that will make you shout at the screen
  • Popcorn-munching reality TV, pulpy documentaries, or Emmy-winning dramas or comedies

With all of these options, I enthusiastically recommend that you take the TV show quiz multiple times for different moods and preferences.

So, I went for weird.

What is weird? For me, it could be a show that dips into the occult (but, for my taste, without going full-tilt horror). Or it might explore unexplained phenomena, like aliens or cryptozoology (think Bigfoot). Maybe it uses a nonlinear narrative structure that keeps you guessing. Or maybe it just twists your brain in a pleasing way.

You get it, right? I can’t define weird, but I know it when I see it. And so will you, if you check out one of these weird TV Binge Quiz recommendations:

Weird shows to watch according to our TV show quiz

Black Mirror

Black Mirror explores the near future in eerie and precise detail that sometimes strikes uncomfortably close to home.

The X-Files

Campy, creepy, and comic, this classic series features FBI agents investigating crimes with possible paranormal connections, ranging from vampires to shapeshifters to extraterrestrials in cahoots with a shadow government.

Mr. Robot

A hacker with social anxiety and depression is recruited by a group of anarchists to take down E Corp, an evil corporation. Maybe. Or maybe something else is going on. The unreliable narrator is done to perfection here.


Playing fast and loose with narrative structure and dramatic continuity, the show’s urban Atlanta characters almost seem to inhabit a different genre or a different world in each episode. It’s a funny, smart, cynical, and inventive trip.

Twin Peaks

Debuting in 1990, Twin Peaks proved that there was a healthy appetite for the weird on TV. Small-town murder, truly bizarre characters, gothic scenery, a haunting musical score, seriously freaky dream sequences. The gold standard of weird on TV.

Lovecraft Country

This recent single-season slice of weird tackles America’s ugly history of racism, while also serving up grisly hauntings, unholy monsters, and body horror.


With 10 Emmys, Lost was the rare weird show with broad appeal and multiseason longevity. Plane crash survivors stranded on an island navigate their strange new reality of smoke monsters, time travel, life after death, underground bunkers, and shadowy “others.” At least I think that’s what’s going on. Watch it and see if you can figure it out.

Do any of these shows pique your particular penchant for weird? Take the TV Binge Quiz yourself for other recommendations. I’d love it if you’d let me know in the comments what you end up choosing.

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