8 Shows Like The Midnight Club You Must See

Based on the 1994 namesake novel by Christopher Pike and created by Mike Flanagan and Leah Fong, Netflix’s ‘The Midnight Club’ is a horror mystery series. Ilonka, a teenage girl diagnosed with terminal thyroid cancer, learns of Brightcliffe Hospice. It is a facility that allows young adults to be admitted. She hopes to find a cure, as she remembers reading about a Brightcliffe girl years ago who had been completely healed from terminal illnesses.

Ilonka meets seven other residents at the facility and soon discovers that they all meet in the library at midnight each day to share their scary stories. The screenwriters of ‘The Midnight Club’ use horror and mystery elements to give structure to the narrative, while the show deals with themes such as friendship, family, faith, grief, and attempts at reconciliation with one’s reality. If you have watched ‘The Midnight Club’ and loved it, here is a list of recommendations that might fit your taste. You can watch most of these shows similar to ‘The Midnight Club’ on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

8. The Order (2019-2020).

‘The Order’ tells the story of college student Jack Morton, who, like Ilonka, joins a secret society. However, in Jack’s case, the Hermetic Order of the Blue Rose does practice and teach magic, unlike the Midnight Club. In ‘The Order,’ Jack also becomes part of the Knights of Saint Christopher and begins investigating the secrets of both organizations. ‘The Order’ is a fun show filled to the brim with action, adventure, and magic. It was cancelled after only two seasons.

7. Open Your Eyes (2021-).

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Like ‘The Midnight Club,’ the Polish thriller series ‘Open Your Eyes’ tells the story of a group of young people residing in a health facility. Julia is found in an amnesiac center and has no idea how she got there at the beginning of the series. Julia makes friends with other residents during the series and discovers something sinister about their new home.

6. The Haunting of Bly (2020)

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‘The Haunting of Bly Manor’ is the second entry in Flanagan’s ‘The Haunting’ anthology series after ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ and is based on Henry James’ 1898 novella ‘The Turn of the Screw.’ ‘Bly Manor’ may have received a more subdued response than ‘Hill House,’ but the former is the first show where Flanagan effectively uses the horror elements as bookends to focus more on the human aspect of the story, just like ‘The Midnight Club’ and one of the other entries in this list. ‘Bly Manor’ follows an American ex-pat, Dani, who gets hired as an au pair by a British aristocrat for his children. Dani experiences supernatural events after arriving at the home.

5. American Horror Story (2011-).

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‘American Horror Story’ is an anthology series that has a different plot and different cast of characters every season. In season 3, titled ‘American Horror Story: Coven,’ the plot revolves around the descendants of the survivors of the Salem witch trials. These people are constantly in danger of being killed or maimed even in modern times. The seventh season of AHS focuses on a cult, which, like witchcraft, is a major part of the narrative of ‘The Midnight Club.’

4. Supernatural (2005-2020).

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One of the prominent TV shows of the 21st century, ‘Supernatural’ follows the Winchester brothers — Sam and Dean — as they travel across America to hunt things that go bump in the night. In its 15-season-long run, ‘supernatural’ has depicted countless types of antagonists, including death cults, which has also found a place in the overall narrative of ‘The Midnight Club.’ Moreover, the bond Ilonka develops with the other seven residents of Brightcliff is as strong as the one between the Winchester brothers.

3. The Haunting of Hill House (2018)

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A loose adaptation of the 1959 namesake novel by Shirley Jackson, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ shifts back and forth between two timelines. The first follows the Crain family as they live in the house in 1992 and experience supernatural events. The second is set in the present, as the Crain siblings struggle to overcome the terrible memories from their time at Hill House. Like all other Mike Flanagan projects in this list, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ is much more than a horror show, dealing with themes such as family, grief, and tragedy.

2. Stranger Things (2016 -)

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Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana, ‘Stranger Things’ revolves around a group of young and adult characters who must fight otherworldly beings to protect their town and the people they love. ‘Stranger Things’ is a love letter to the 1980s, a shot of pure nostalgia for the fans of the entertainment content that came out during that decade. Both ‘Stranger Things’ and ‘The Midnight Club’ have a predominantly young-adult cast and are set in the past, though the latter is more focused on delving deep into its theme.

1. Midnight Mass (2021).

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Yet another Mike Flanagan creation, ‘Midnight Mass’ takes place in a small settlement atop Crockett Island. After spending four years in prison, a former resident has returned home to his family after being convicted of killing another person while under the influence. His return coincides with the arrival of the town’s new enigmatic priest, who seems to have the ability to perform miracles. Like ‘The Midnight Club,’ ‘Midnight Mass’ isn’t constrained by a singular genre. It is densely written with dialogue and explores themes like faith, redemption and free will.

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