Westworld: If you like the epic sci-fi series, you'll love these shows

What to watch next if you’re waiting for the start of Westworld season 3 on NOW TV.

By Alex Fletcher Published: 22 April 2020 - 3.55pm
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It’s been nearly two years since we last paid a visit to Westworld.

The terrifying dark odyssey TV series began season one set in an Old West theme park, which had been created to allows humans to live alongside android ‘hosts’ who are indistinguishable from their ‘guests’.

Allowing humans to commit depraved and immoral acts with no consequences, Westworld presented a haunting dystopian vision of the future.

Starring Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Luke Hemsworth and Jeffrey Wright, Westworld is a hypnotic and densely packed TV series that explores the best and worst of humanity and the concepts of reality, consciousness and artificial intelligence.

If you haven't caught up on the first two seasons, you can binge Westworld season 1 and 2 Box Sets on NOW TV.

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And if you're eagerly awaiting season 3, which includes new cast members Aaron Paul, Vincent Cassel and Lena Waithe, here are some more TV shows we think you’ll love…

Altered Carbon

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Set 360 years in the future, Altered Carbon has a similar perspective on the future to Westworld, questioning the dangers of handing control of technology to the wealthy and elites.

In this futuristic world, human memories and consciousness can be stored in a disc-shaped device - a cortical stack – and placed in a new ‘sleeve’ body after we die.

Joel Kinnaman stars as Takeshi Kovacs, a mercenary soldier, who is given a second chance after having his stack pulled out of prison by one of the wealthiest men in the world.

Where to watch it…

Altered Carbon is streaming on Netflix.

Humans 

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Channel 4's criminally underappreciated Humans ran for three utterly compelling seasons, which explored a classic sci-fi trope of human-like androids with a fresh and original perspective.

Starring Gemma Chan, William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Emily Berrington and Will Tudor, the series is endlessly creative, slick and surprising.

Where to watch…

All three seasons are streaming on All 4.

Black Mirror

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Charlie Brooker’s terrifying anthology series has a much more darkly comic tone in comparison to Westworld, but it still examines the chilling nature of tech culture and the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.

Bleak, black-humoured and incredibly imaginative, Black Mirror will give you a totally different perspective on your phone, social media, computer games and your Prime Minister.

Where to watch it…

Every season of Black Mirror is on Netflix.

Maniac

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in Maniac Netflix

Emma Stone and Jonah Hill star as two strangers, who are taking part in a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that aims to resolve the respective issues bothering their minds.

Mind-bending, spiralling and wild, the experimental series play on similar issues to Westworld around reality and identity and has a similarly bold approach to storytelling.

A 10-episode single series, Maniac will bounce around your brain long after the final credits roll.

Where to watch it…

Maniac is streaming now on Netflix.

Mr Robot

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If you love the complex visual and narrative storytelling of Westworld and absolutely belting twists – which make you totally rethink entire seasons of episodes – Mr Robot should be right up your street.

The hacker drama has stunning cinematography, gripping performances from Rami Malek and Christian Slater and twirls its audience around a thrilling and unpredictable story about identity, paranoia and cyber-vigilantism.

Where to watch it...

Mr Robot is streaming now on Amazon Prime Video.

Dollhouse

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Joss Whedon's shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel and Firefly may get more attention, but his TV series Dollhouse was a worthy successor and is well worth investigating if you’ve been gripped by the themes of capitalism and technology in Westworld.

The series is set in a world where corporations are running underground 'dollhouses’ that are filled with ‘dolls’ fitted with temporary personalities and skills.

We see the series through the eyes of lead Eliza Dushku, who plays a ‘doll’ on a journey toward self-awareness.

Where to watch it…

Dollhouse is available to buy on Amazon Prime Video.

In the Flesh

BBC Three's In The Flesh BBC

In The Flesh writer Dominic Mitchell went on to write and work as a producer on episodes of Westworld and both shows have a similar DNA.

One of BBC Three’s greatest shows, the British zombie drama centred around the topics of what makes us human and the possible fallout from divisions in society.

Chilling and gripping, if you’ve never seen it, find a way to get hold of this TV gem.

Where to watch it…

You can buy In The Flesh on Amazon Prime Video.

Westworld returns for season 3 on March 16, available on Sky Atlantic with NOW TV.