Alice In Streaming Land
Have you finished streaming Alice? Wondering what to watch next?
Well, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
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 Alice.
The King: Eternal Monarch
Similarities – Time Travel & Parallel Worlds
This wildly popular Korean drama kicked up quite the storm online when it dropped early in 2020. With parallel worlds and a complicated story spread across multiple timelines, The King: Eternal Monarch is sci-fi at its finest.
There’s some lovely foreshadowed teases early on and a lot of mystery that’ll keep you gripped until the end.
All of this combines to make for a highly accessible (and highly recommended) Korean drama that expertly blends romance, drama and sci-fi.
The Ministry Of Time
Similarities – Time Travel & Characters
Spanish drama Ministry Of Time is a real hidden gem. Each episode is around 70 minutes long and revolves around a secret society operating in Madrid.
With a headquarters housing portals to numerous different time periods through history, Ministry Of Time boasts some fascinating time periods through Spanish history.
Everything from the Armada to important aristocrats are explored and all of this falls to a trio of unlikely but lovable protagonists to prevent time from collapsing.
Similarities – Time Travel, Tone & Mystery
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 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.
Across 7 seasons the show does lose its way a little late on but my gosh what an engrossing and unmissable journey it is. If you haven’t seen it already, Lost is a must-watch show.
Similarities – Story & Complicated Time Travel
When it comes to under-rated sci-fi, 12 Monkeys must be near the top of the list. This incredibly thrilling show completely surpasses its big screen brother to produce something really special.
The story itself is relatively unchanged from the film; a time traveler jumps back to stop a plague from wiping out Earth. Only, the lore and ideas go so much deeper than that.
After an enjoyable first season, 12 Monkeys introduces a shadowy group called the Army of the 12 Monkeys. What ensues from here is an incredible journey that’s about as close as you’ll get to substituting Dark.
Similarities – Different Time Periods
Based loosely on true events that took place in Korea, Signal is quite simply an incredible thrill-ride. This police procedural blends a shocking string of crimes with a time-bending idea that sees a walkie-talkie able to communicate with the past – 1989 to be precise.
With both Hae-Young and Soo-Hyun working together, they team up with Jae-Han from the past and together set out to catch the killer. With the gift of hindsight and foresight at their disposal, they work to try and prevent these atrocious crimes from ever taking place.
While not an outright sci-fi proposition, the crime drama elements work really well with the timelines to make for a really engaging watch.
W: Two Worlds
Similarities – Parallel Worlds
Armed with a creative premise and leaning in hard on the sci-fi/fantasy vibes, W is a series whose strengths lies in its unpredictability. The “W” to which this drama pertains comes from the clash between two worlds, the real world and an alternate universe inside a web-toon.
As the action turns toward the fantastical web-toon world, this Korean drama really starts to come into its own and deliver something wholly original.
While the rules of this world are explained, the characters grow with each passing episode and each chapter adds something new and interesting to the fold. It’s an unpredictable thrill ride from start to finish that will have you guessing right the way through to the end.
Although the final few episodes are a little rushed and wobbly, it’s easy to look past that in the wake of such great writing done prior to that. If you’re looking for one of the best sci-fi k-dramas out there, look no further.
Similarities – Parallel Worlds
Dark is thought provocative, regularly surprising and full of interesting characters to keep you watching until the final scene. Across its 3 season run, Dark shows exactly how to craft a compelling and complicated web of time travel.
The story begins in the (at time of broadcast) near future of 2019 Germany in a small town called Winden. This tight-knit community is rocked by the sudden disappearance of two young children who seem to be connected with a cave there.
I won’t spoil more but suffice to say, this is one story you’ll probably need to revisit numerous times to catch all the clues along the way.
Using a distinctly dark tone and a gorgeous, atmospheric score, Dark is easily one of the best time travel series ever created and easily a top contender to add to your watch-list if you haven’t already.
Memories Of The Alhambra
Similarities – Sci-Fi
Split across 16 episodes, Memories Of The Alhambra is a highly engrossing sci-fi drama full of romance, mystery and action. Despite an overuse of flashbacks and a slow pace hanging over early parts of the series, this Korean drama is quite the rollercoaster ride.
Unfortunately that rollercoaster ends with a pretty devastating finale, leaving multiple threads open and a disappointing feel preventing re-watches. Why then is it on this list?
Well, to be fair parts of this drama are really compelling with a Sword Art Online vibe running throughout the story. The soundtrack is also incredible and Hyun-Bin completely owns his role.
Aside from the disappointing end, Memories Of The Alhambra is still an enjoyable ride worth taking if you haven’t already.
Similarities – Different Time Periods
Tunnel is a sci-fi series revolving around a detective named Park Gwang-Ho who ends up traveling between the past and present in the hopes of saving his daughter. Much like Alice, this is a drama that sees our lead character desperate to save that which is most precious to him.
Although the plot is a bit obvious and the last act of the series takes a surprising and questionable turn, there’s enough to recommend Tunnel as an enjoyable sci-fi drama.
Similarities – Characters & Tone
Familiar Wife aims to answer a very simple question. If we could go back in time and change your romantic fate, what differences could that bring?
Thanks to two magical coins, our protagonist Joo-Hyuk finds himself thrust back in time and married to Hye-Won instead of his actual wife Woo-Jin.
There’s a lot of lessons interwoven through the episodes about married life and the Back To The Future vibes in this one work really well to keep things engaging.
The cast are great too and the more serious tone is nicely balanced with a few light bites of comedy. This one is definitely worth a watch!
So there we have it, our 10 TV show picks to keep you busy while you try to shake off the disappointing ending left by Alice.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!