10 More Pieces Of Silver
30 Coins is absolutely bizarre – but it’s undeniably great TV. The horror and suspense work beautifully together to deliver a mystery box you’ll want to watch through to the end in a bid to find out what happens next.
If you’ve finished streaming this one and are itching for more, we’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks.
To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming 30 Coins.
Similarities – Horror
The TV adaptation of The Exorcist has absolutely no right to be as good as it is. It’s also one cancellation that remains a bitter pill to swallow to this day for many fans. The series adaptation of the critically acclaimed film follows pretty much the same story but dives a lot deeper into the various characters and lore.
At its core, The Exorcist revolves around three priests (Father Tomas Ortega, Father Marcus Keane and Father Bennett) dealing with a particularly nasty case of demonic possession targeting a family and a foster home.
There’s some really creepy scenes here too, including one infamous Jenga game during season 1. With two seasons to get through, The Exorcist delivers enough bang for your buck to make it worth watching.
Similarities – Mystery Box
Apple TV+’s very own mystery box is an M Night Shyamalan chill-fest. Servant is a show designed to be binged so Apple’s decision to drip-feed this out once a week was a real disappointment.
However, given the second season is on the horizon and the first is already up on the platform in its entirety, Servant is a great show to binge through. It’s chilling, confusing and utterly bizarre – not unlike 30 Coins.
The story revolves around a Philadelphian couple who mourn the death of their child, causing a huge rift in their marriage. That rift is only made more bizarre by Dorothy’s need to channel her grief into a doll which she pretends is real. Of course, this creepy set-up paves way for a malevolent spirit to entire the house, seemingly in the form of a young girl called Leanne.
This is classic M. Night Shyamalan territory, with a great blend of horror and mystery to keep you hooked until the end.
Similarities – Mystery Box & Monsters
Back in 2004, a tiny show called Lost went way over-budget with its pilot episode. The consequences of that saw several people fired. Little did they know at the time that this mishap would help grow Lost into a worldwide phenomenon that completely changed the way people watched TV.
This highly engrossing mystery series revolves around a group of plane-crash survivors washing up on shore and fighting for survival on a very weird island holding many, many secrets.
With similar religious themes to The Stand and a large ensemble of morally grey characters, Lost is at its strongest when it begins unraveling all the different mystery box elements. While the show does write itself into a corner at times, the end result is a 7 season journey full of epic moments and unforgettable action. If you haven’t seen it already, Lost is a must-watch show.
The Haunting Of Hill House
Similarities – Horror
Technically sound and featuring a lot of well-worked scares, The Haunting Of Hill House is a stunningly well executed show, one that weaves a group of perfectly written characters with a story that never feels like careering off track.
In its simplest form, Haunting Of Hill House is a typical haunted house series with flashes between the past and present making up the bulk of this show. The poor family at the center of this conflict are haunted by memories of their old home and the terrifying events that befell them there.
Word of mouth helped this show grow a lot when it released back in 2018 and it deserves recognition for managing to keep up suspense and tension over 10 hours – which is certainly no easy feat. Haunting Of Hill House is quite simply a benchmark for all TV horror to aspire toward.
Similarities – Supernatural Elements
True to the original comic books, Constantine does a great job capturing the essence of what made that visual novel of the same name so appealing.
At the heart of this lies a man named John Constantine struggling with his faith and haunted by the sins of his past. While wrestling with his own demons, Constantine is suddenly thrust into the role of defending humanity from the gathering forces of darkness.
Although it only ran for 1 season before being cancelled, the character work here is strong and there’s an undeniable energy that makes the 13 episode run a joy to watch.
The Third Day
Similarities – Religion & Mystery
The Third Day is a fascinating drama that has a lot of symbolism dotted throughout its 6 episode run. While a little short, the mystery is compelling enough to really lean into the creepy atmosphere. This is really where the show is at its best.
The story revolves around a man and a woman making separate journeys to a mysterious island off the British coast. To give much more away would be a disservice to this show but it certainly grows and evolves over time into something really special. The ending may be a little subjective for some but the ride to get there is suitably eerie.
In fact, the tone throughout is fantastic and the uneasy dread is ultimately what makes this show so endearing.
Similarities – Fantasy, Mystery & Possessions
Stephen King TV adaptations are usually very good or very bad. While The Outsider is far from perfect, the story is absolutely gripping and you’ll undoubtedly be hooked until the very end.
The Outsider works much better as a straight forward binge rather than a show drip-fed across several weeks. The basic premise revolves around a group of investigators completely baffled by an unspeakable crime that’s been committed. We won’t go into spoiler territory, but where this one really shines is with its characters, who are beautifully written throughout.
If you’re in the mood for a good thriller, this one has all the right ingredients to hook you in and keep you glued until the end.
Similarities – Mystery & Tone
The OA’s cancellation caused quite the stir online. That alone should tell you all you need to know about the power and quality surrounding this utterly bizarre Netflix Original.
The OA is undeniably weird and its mystery does so well to keep you glued to find out what happens next. The main story revolves around a missing blind girl called Prairie returning home. Now in her twenties, she suddenly has her sight restored and no one seems to know why.
From here, the show only grows and evolves over time, delivering two seasons of compelling TV. Unfortunately that final episode ends on a cliffhanger which could make or break the experience for you.
Similarities – Mystery, Tone & Themes
If thematic depth is your jam, The Leftovers is definitely worth checking out. Running for three seasons, the story picks up just after a global event called the “Sudden Departure”.
This inexplicable event sees the disappearance of 140 million people – or 2% of the world’s population to be precise.
Following that, mainstream religions decline which paves way for a number of cults to emerge. The most notable among them is the Guilty Remnant.
The story picks up from here and only grows more intriguing and interesting over time. The Leftovers is a must-watch show!
Similarities – Religion
When it released back in 2016, Damien was panned pretty hard by critics and the show was cancelled after one season. Part of that scrutiny comes from the fact this series is based on the 1976 film, The Omen.
Here though, Damien follows the adult life of Damien Thorn who’s now a 30-year-old war photographer who’s forgotten his Satanic past. When Ann Rutledge, a woman who has protected him his whole life, rocks up on the scene, she helps him embrace his Antichrist side.
It’s a fun little romp this one and although a little silly at times, has a distinct charm and charisma that’s hard to deny.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to 30 Coins!
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