In the last few decades, TV series have become more and more serious. Make no mistake, they still have their share of humor, they are often pretty tongue in cheek, and the do mock the world as we know it today but they lack the certain carefree nature series had in the late 1990s – early 2000s that even horror series had.
For some light and chilling entertainment that doesn’t take itself too seriously, seek out these classic series coming to a streaming service next to you.
A broken-hearted vampire with a soul wants to atone for his sins while keeping away from the love of his afterlife. Called Angel (unironically), the best place for him to live (?) and do good is the city of angels – Los Angeles. Because of course, it is.
His efforts to rid the city of supernatural threats are helped by the loudmouthed starlet Cordelia who feels like winning a jackpot when he finds him, considering that her dream of becoming a Hollywood actress turned into a nightmare of hunger and unemployment, and Doyle, a half-human, half-demon hustler. This rag-tag team of supernatural investigators is later joined by the demon hunter Charles Gunn, the former watcher Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, the pacifist demon singer Lorne, and Winifred “Fred” Burkle, a physicist who was stuck in a demon dimension for years.
“Angel” is a series that may have started out as a spinoff to the popular teenage vampire hunter series “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” but developed its own gritty, violent, and often funny tone. It’s one of Joss Whedon’s finest, showing us a lot of David Boreanaz before he became the bulky SEAL team leader Jason Hayes.
Stream it on Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, iTunes, and many others.
The “Tremors” franchise started out as a comedy-horror movie series about a bunch of people living in the small desert town of Perfection, Nevada… also inhabited by a species of giant worm-like monsters called Graboids living underground. The movie had 4 sequels (with the fifth coming this year), and a short-lived TV series spinoff that, despite being released in 2003, is the perfect example of the cheezy, pseudoscientific, low-budget science fiction horror, complete with its low-budget visuals. The series takes several jabs at genetic manipulation, government henchmen, conspiracy theorists, and all the sci-fi and horror tropes one can imagine. It’s a surprisingly funny and enjoyable series.
The series features quite a few well-known film and TV actors in episodic roles – Christopher Lloyd, Richard Biggs, Michael Rooker, Armin Shimerman, and many others.
And it can be streamed free on its own YouTube channel.
Eerie, Indiana (1993)
Finally, let us mention a series that took pretty much every science fiction and horror trope it could and poured them all into a kid’s show.
Marshall Teller is a teenager living in the desolate small town of Eerie, Indiana, with a population of 16,661 (notice the number surrounded by 1s). There, together with his friend Simon, he encounters everything from Bigfoot to Elvis Presley, time travel, aliens, mind control, urban legends, and zombies. The series is chock full of references to sci-fi and horror classics that make it even more enjoyable of the fans of the genre.
It can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video. (this is a sponsored post)