5 shows like Carnival Row to watch after the final season

Carnival Row -- Courtesy of Julie Vrabelova/Prime Video
Carnival Row -- Courtesy of Julie Vrabelova/Prime Video /
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Fans of the Prime Video series Carnival Row, have already been extremely patient between seasons 1 and 2, but unfortunately, there will not be any future seasons of the series. Carnival Row first premiered in summer 2019, and but because of delays with production, the second and final season has only just premiered in February 2023.

The series is an allegory and tells the tales of mythological immigrant creatures who’ve lost their homelands and are struggling to coexist with humans (many of whom don’t want them around). Carnival Row is a gritty fantasy series that also feels like steampunk period drama — with romance, mystery, fantasy, and crime drama all built into the story.

Even though Carnival Row will not come back with future seasons, there are several other television shows available to stream that are similar. Here are five shows like Carnival Row we recommend trying after the final season

Shows like Carnival Row to watch after the final season

Grimm

With all six seasons also available to stream on Prime Video, Grimm is a perfect show to watch if you love the fairytale characters, fantasy elements, and crime drama stories in Carnival Row. The show was inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tales and stars David Giuntoli as a homicide detective who learns he’s connected to a line of criminal profilers.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels is set in 1938 Los Angeles and follows two detectives working to solve a gruesome murder in the city. It’s described as a dark historical fantasy series, and though it has fewer mythological elements, there are some supernatural twists that make this show similar to Carnival Row. This limited series is currently available to stream on Showtime.

The Witcher

One of the most popular dark fantasy series on Netflix, The Witcher tells the story of Geralt of Rivia, a “mutated monster-hunter for hire.” Not only are the genres similar, but also, the metaphors within the stories about human society are also very similar to Carnival Row.

Good Omens

More lighthearted than Carnival Row, Good Omens is a Prime Video fantasy comedy series that features a team-up of an angel and a demon who must learn to work together to stop an Armageddon. The series stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant, and is set to release its second season in the near future.

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials‘ final season recently aired, and now all episodes are available to stream on HBO Max. The show is described as a fantasy drama and is based on the beloved novel trilogy of the same name. With supernatural characters, mystery, romance, and fantastical world-building, fans of Carnival Row should add His Dark Materials to their watchlist.

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