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The Umbrella Academy

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On the same day in October 1989, forty-three infants are born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. The eccentric billionaire, explorer, genius, and industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves adopts seven of those children. He creates The Umbrella Academy to prepare these children to save the world.

But not everything went according to plan. After some famous years as child heroes, the family fractures and the team splits apart.

Years later, when they are almost thirty years old, they again come together when their adoptive parent Hargreeves has passed away. But his passing has some mysteries to it, and Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya, and Number Five work together to try to solve it. However their divergent personalities once again begin to split them apart, and the imminent threat of a global apocalypse does not help.

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TV-Shows like The Umbrella Academy

The Witcher

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The Witcher follows the story of Geralt of Rivia, one of the few remaining witchers.

Witchers are humans that are magically altered to make them better at fighting magical monsters.

Geralt is a Witcher and a solitary monster hunter. He has to traverse a world where people often are more wicked and brutal than the monsters and beast he was made to hunt.

In the midst of brutal changes on the continent, Geralt's life is forcefully changed by destiny. His fate is tightly intertwined with two other people. A powerful sorceress and a young princess with a special gift.

The Witcher is base on a series with the same name by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski.

An excellent game series is also based on his books.

Is The Witcher good?

The witcher is a top-notch show from Netflix.

I relay hope they keep it alive for many seasons.

Season one was a little confusing with different stories on different timelines, but as soon as I got what was happening it was ok.

Henry Cavill does an excellent job as Geralt, a perfect match. And the show has some of the better sword fighting scenes than I have ever seen on a TV show.

The Witcher is a must watch show on Netflix

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is mainly about Sabrina Spellman. She's a witch and soon turning 16, which means she has to undergo a dark baptism to fully embrace her witch side.

Sabrina has to pledge her loyalty to the Dark Lord Satan.

Sabrina is a "half-breed", one of her parents was a human, and she goes to a normal high school. Her dual nature makes her struggle with the upcoming baptism.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a dark coming-of-age story. A story that's full of horror, the occult, and witchcraft of the darkest sort.

Is Chilling Adventures of Sabrina good?

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has a Solid cast, engaging plot and compelling visuals. I love this show. It's dark and grotesque but at the same time not scary or a gorefest.

Most negative reviews online are because they feel like the show has some political agenda or they dislike how it strays from the earlier versions. None of this bothers me. I find it an excellent show.

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People all over the world are discovering that they have superpowers. They are all trying to deal with how this is change is affecting their lives.

Some of the people with superpowers are. Peter Petrelli, a 30-something nurse who suspects he can fly. Claire Bennet, a 17-year-old cheerleader who is next to immortal. Hiro Nakamura, a 20-something Japanese comic book fan who kind of control time. Niki Sanders, a 30-something Las Vegas showgirl with an evil twin. Matt Parkman, a cop who can read minds. Isaac Mendez, a 20-something junkie who has the ability to paint images of the future when he is high.

This is a show of heroes and villains, some with and some without superpowers. A shadowy organization hunting people with superpowers is one of the power players.


Is Heroes good?

The first season of Heroes is absolutely fantastic, but then it sadly starts to slowly get worse. The last season is barely worth watching.

However, the first season is so good that you still will have a really good time watching it. Heroes is an excellent show.

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Stranger Things

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In 1983 Hawkins Indian a boy suddenly vanishes into thin air. Friends, family, and the local police set out to search for him.

During their search, they discover that this is not an ordinary case. Something supernatural is going on.

The government has researched paranormal phenomena in this small town. An they have opened a gate that should have been kept close.

With the help of a strange new girl, the friends, family, and a local coop sets out to cross this gate to get the vanished boy back.

Is Stranger Things good?

Strangers Things is an amazing mystery show. It hooks you in immediately.

Someone described Strangers Things as a mix of Stephen King and an 80s Steven Spielberg movie. That's a perfect description.

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Good Omens

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Aziraphale, a somewhat fussy angel, and Crowley, a fast-living demon, have been living amongst you humans since the beginning.

Both where put her to push events toward an apocalypse that will be in their respective teems favor. But over the years they both have grown rather fond of the Earth, so they have made peace with each other and are scheming together to stop the apocalypse.

When they discover that the boy they believed to be antichrist was, unknown to everyone, swapped at birth, everything becomes complicated and time-sensitive.

Is Good Omens good?

This tv show is perfectly adopted. The quirky and special humor transferred just perfectly. This tv show and its actors are doing an excellent job of keeping the spirit from Terry Pratchet and Neil Gaiman's collaboration.

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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a musical about Billy, A.K.A. Dr. Horrible, and his plans for world domination.

He wants to be accepted into the Evil League of Evil and be able to speak to his laundromat crush Penny. The only thing standing in his way is Captain Hammer, Billy's superhero arch-nemesis.

Is Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog good?

Welcome to nerd nirvana with stars like Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion and evry nerds wet dream, Felicia Day. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog is a short, quirky, nerdistick masterpiece. You have to watch it.

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Jessica Jones

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Jessica Jones works as a hot-tempered private detective in Hell's Kitchen.

She uses her extraordinary abilities, super strength, to champion for those in need... especially if they're willing to cut her a check.

Is Jessica Jones good?

Marvel's Jessica Jones is a very good superhero TV show.

It has crossovers with other Netflix Marvel superhero TV shows like Luke Cage and Daredevil.

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A group of English teenagers given community service is hit by a freak thunderstorm and discovers that they have gotten superpowers.

When they discover that they are not the only ones who have been given powers they realize that they have a lot more to worry about than just their community service.

Is Misfits good?

This is a cool show, but I have only watched up to season three. I fell off when I had to wait for a new season. I might take it up again if I get time.

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The 100

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100 young convicts from a dying space station are sent back to earth 97 years after a nuclear apocalypse to see if it's habitable. In 97 years the world has bean dramatically altered by the nuclear fallout.

Are the humans from the space station truly the only survivors, as they believe, or are they wrong?

Is The 100 good?

I like this series, I hope very much that this series do not meet an early demise like Terra Nova did.

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Blinded as a young boy, Matt Murdock fights injustice by day as a lawyer and by night as the Super Hero Daredevil in Hell's Kitchen, New York City.

As a child Matt was blinded by a chemical spill, but instead of limiting him it supercharged his other senses and enabled him to see the world in a unique and powerful way. Now he uses these powers to deliver justice.

Is Daredevil good?

Much better than the movie. Netflix and Marvel is a match made in heaven.

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Titans follows a team of young superheroes that combats evil and other problems. Dick Grayson, one of Batman's Robin sidekicks, tries to help out Rachel Roth, a young girl possessed by some strange dark power. On their journey, they gather together with other powerful people like the hot-headed Starfire and lovable Beast Boy Gar Logan. Together they are dragged into a conspiracy that could bring Hell on Earth.

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Gotham is the story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival. This story starts out with the murder of Thomas and Martha Wayne right in front of their young son Bruce Wayne's eyes.

Although detectives James Gordon and his partner Harvey Bullock find the killer quickly, the case is not so simple. Gordon starts his lonely and dangerous road that will set him against both the deadly underworld and against some of his just as deadly comrades in the police department.

In the coming conflicts, some criminals will fall while others will raise to become supervillains. But for some people, the spark that sets them on the road to becoming superheroes is also ignited.

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Doom Patrol

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Doom Patrol is a group of superpowered outcasts living together under the house of one idealistic modern-day mad scientist Dr. Niles Caulder. The heroes are Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Girl, and Crazy Jane. They have superpowers, but they also got horrible scars, disfigurements, and traumas from it. They investigate weird phenomena and protect Earth from what they find if necessary. They are partly a support group and partly a Super Hero team. The Doom Patrol is a band of super-powered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.

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In an alternate history where masked vigilantes are treated as outlaws and police are masking their faces, Detective Angela Abar is tasked with investigating the attempted murder of a fellow officer. This takes her down paths that include brutal acts of racism, big corporations, people with superpowers, and old heroes.

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The Punisher

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After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as The Punisher. After revenging their death he uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than New York's criminal underworld.

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The Boys

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A group of vigilantes set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.

Superpowered people are heroes for the general public. Their images are carefully cultivated by a powerful corporation that owns them, Vought International. But power corrupts most people, and most of those superheroes are no different. Outside of their heroic personas, most are arrogant and corrupt. Hugh "Hughie" Campbel joins a group of vigilant hero killers after his girlfriend is killed by one of them in front of him. One of his heroes acted recklessly and she got killed, and it all got hidden away by those in power.

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A renegade spawn of an angel and a demon, a soul without a body, choose to inhabit the body of Texas preacher Jesse Custer. A preacher that has lost his faith and has a drinking problem. The offspring called Genesis bonds with Jesse giving him the word of God. When he uses it people obey. Jesse, his ex, and his vampire friend are forced into a battle between Heaven and Hell.

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Animes like The Umbrella Academy

Attack on Titan

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Eren Yeager decided to dedicate his life to combat Titans after he witnessed a horrific personal loss at the hands of one of those creatures.

Eren enlists in the Survey Corps. They are an elite military unit that combats the merciless Titans outside the protection of the walls.

The Walls surrounding the last remnants of humanity were built many generations back. It was the last desperate attempt by humanity to survive the Titaninvasion.

Before the Wall, Titans were eating humans to extinction. Nothing they did made a dent in the Titaninvasion.

But the Walls do not last forever, and now they are beginning to fail, and no one remembers how to build new ones.

Can Eren Yeager and the rest of the Survey Corps stand against the Titans?

Is Attack on Titan good?

Attack on Titan, or Shingeki no Kyojin is an excellent anime.

If you like Shounen then it is a must-watch, and it is good even if you usually do not watch this genre.

It's among the better animes, so it something that should be given an attempt. Just be warned, it's a Shounen, so it's on the longer side.

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Tokyo Ghoul

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Ken Kaneki is a shy and bookish college student. When he meets the beautiful and mysterious Rize Kamishiro he is instantly drawn toward her. She is a book reader just like him.

But Rize is not exactly who she seems, she is a Ghoul. And Kaneki is her pray.

Ghouls are creatures that can masquerade as humans and blend in with human society. But unlike humans, they thirst for human flesh.

Tokyo is infested with Ghouls living side by side with humans. They live in hiding and hunt in secret.

Kaneki survives being attacked by Rize, but not without severe repercussions. Some of his organs were destroyed, and the surgeon uses some of Rize's organs to save Kaneki since she died during her attack. Having Ghoul organs in him changes Kaneki.

Kaneki is now half-ghoul and half-human.

Now Kaneki has to deal with his thirst for human flesh and hiding his true nature. Thus begins Kaneki's quest to integrate into both Ghoul and Human society.

Is Tokyo Ghoul good?

Tokyo Ghoul is a dark and gory anime. It has an interesting story and good animations.

I really like this anime.

It's not among the best, but it's still absolutely worth watching. But if you have read the manga then you might be disappointed, or so I have heard.

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Boku no Hero Academia

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Izuku Midoriya is powerless, he has no superpowers in a world where over 80% of the population has some kind of superpower. He is a fan of heroes and studies and takes notes on them.

Izuku has wished to become one himself since he was a small child, something that looks impossible to become when you have no power.

One day he meats his personal idol, and the strongest hero of them all, All Might. Another special thing about All Might that almost no other person knows is that his power can be inherited, and after observing Izuku he has chosen to give his power to him. This gives Izuku the chance, with some hard training, to join the Hero Academy and become a hero like his childhood dream.

Is Boku no Hero Academia good?

Boku no Hero Academia is a good anime that has taken inspiration from american comics and created a good superhero anime. It`s not an excellent anime, but it is still good. If you like animes and you also like superhero stuff, then you should give it a try.

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The eccentric mad scientist Okabe and his colleagues have banded together to form the "Future Gadget Research Laboratory". Their goal is to invent cool futuristic gadgets.

They discover that their Phone Microwave, which transforms bananas into an oozing green gel, can also send text messages to the past. And the words they send can affect the flow of time and have unforeseen and far-reaching consequences.

Is Steins;Gate good?

Steins;Gate is one of the better animes that is ever created.

It`s a must-watch anime for all anime fans out there, even people that generally do not like animes might like this one.

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Parasyte -the maxim-

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Parasitic aliens descend upon Earth. They quickly infiltrated humanity by burrowing into the brains of sleeping people.

The take control over the humans they burrow into. They can also shapeshift into horrendous shapes to fight and eat humans.

Shinichi Izumi is a sizteen-year-old highschool student, and he fell victim to one of these parasites. But it failed and it had to settle for taking his arm instead.

The parasite called Migi and its host Izumi has to learn to live together. They have to learn to go about daily life and to fight other parasites.

Is Parasyte -the maxim- good?

Parasyte -the maxim- is an excellent anime, one of the better ones. And if you like horror, especially of the body horror kind, then it is a must-watch.

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Kekkai Sensen

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Hellsalem's Lot, formerly known as New York City, is a city where the paranormal and ordinary co-exist. In this city, all sorts of supernatural monsters are living alongside humans. This is bound to create some problems, but the Libra organization is there to keep all strifes at a minimum.

This way of life started three years ago when a gateway between Earth and the Beyond opened. It trapped New Yorkers and creatures from the other dimension together in an impenetrable bubble. So for three years, they have been forced to learn to live together.

Leonardo Watch is living a normal life with his family when he suddenly obtains the All-seeing Eyes of the Gods. With this, he ends up joining the Libra organization.

But now someone is threatening Hellsalem's Lo. They are threatening to sever the bubble and unleash chaos across the dimensions, and it's up to a special group of superhumans in the Libra organization to stop this from happening.

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Devilman Crybaby

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Demons have reawakened and humanity knows about them. But demons cannot take form in the human world without a living host, and if the host has exceptionally strong will then they can overcome the demon and make its power their own. They become a Devilman.

Akira Fudou is asked by his childhood friend Ryou Asuka to help to investigate demons. During their investigation, they get in danger and Akira ends up merging with the demon Amon, and he becomes a Devilman.

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the Hole is a dark, dismal, decrepit, and disorderly place where the strong prey on the weak. It is a testing ground to the magic users, they have been taking people off the streets to use as test subjects for heinous experiments in the black arts.

Kaiman is more reptilian than man, and he is on a quest. With only his thrusted pair of bayonets and his immunity to magic, he is on a relentless hunt for answers, chasing down one magic-user after another until he finds what he searches for. But when the top magician gets news of his quest things get even more serious.

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Book like The Umbrella Academy

The Perfect Run by Maxime J. Durand

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Ryan Romano, alias Quicksave, is an eccentric superhuman with a strange power. He can both stop time for a short duration and as the name implies he can create a save point that he automatically loads whenever he dies.

He arrives in New Rome, the rebuilt capital sin in Europe, looking for a long-lost friend only to find himself in the ist of a crazy situation that will require his powers to solve. New Rome is torn between mega-corporations, sponsored heroes, super-powered criminals, and true monsters where some only threaten the city while others might threaten the whole world.

Ryan sees many different routes, and from Hero to Villain, he has to groundhog day them all with his savepoint power. Only then will he achieve his perfect ending. No matter how many loops it takes.

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