goth-friendly TV shows

Goth-Friendly TV Shows

August 24, 2013Saskia C.

The weather seems to have decided that we've had enough summer for this year and that it was about time to skip the last few weeks and head straight to autumn. Luckily, autumn is not all bad. It's the perfect time to snuggle up in a couch with your favourite hot beverage and a book... Or a good TV series.
I have made this list because I know how hard it is to find a show that properly connects to your list of interests; I hope this post will help you in your quest for interesting, thrilling, funny, creepy and above all, goth-friendly TV series.

The Addams Family
Who doesn't know this fantastic family? The most weird and at the same time most accepting group of people you've ever seen. The goth elements in the series (and all of its remakes) are all too obvious: their preference for black clothing, creepy surroundings and odd hobbies makes them stand out from their all-American environment.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Another classic! Kickass girl slays and/or befriends vampires and other supernatural beings, helped by a nerdy witch and a British librarian with a fantastic sense of humour. What more can you ask for? Okay, the fashion back then was not exactly stunning (with some exceptions), but at least the nineties TV series were not quite that intensive, so Buffy is a show you can watch very casually.

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The Crow: Stairway to Heaven
Yes, there is a TV series based on The Crow, in which Mark Dacascos plays Eric Draven. For those who never had a babybat phase and are not familiar with the story, Eric and his fiancée Shelly were brutally murdered the night before their wedding. In Stairway to Heaven, Eric comes back to Earth exactly one year after in order to set things right and seek revenge in the hopes of being somehow reunited with Shelly. Not exactly the most goth show in existence, but it is still sort of a guilty pleasure and a great reminder of your babybat years.

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The Hunger
Not to be confused with the film of the same name, although it also has David Bowie in it. The episodes of this series are always separate stories, so you can watch and understand each on its own. Every episode starts with an introduction by the host (Terence Stamp in season one, David Bowie in season two) before the actual plot starts; most of the stories focus on dark aspects of the human mind; lust, power, the urge for more. The plots are generally extremely dark and explicit, and the entire show has an eerie atmosphere about it.

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The IT Crowd
If you're a goth and also a bit geeky, you will enjoy this show a lot. The story revolves around two men and a woman working at the IT department of a company called Reynholm Industries. These three get into the whackiest situations and attempt to get out in one piece. The goth-friendly aspect of this show is a supporting character named Richmond, played by Noel Fielding; he is a goth who lives in a dark room in the IT department. He only appears in six of the twenty-four episodes, but his parts are always brilliant and extremely funny.

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The Mighty Boosh
This show is a very absurd comedy series revolving around the characters Vince Noir and Howard Moon, played by Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt. Beside the fact that this TV series is absolutely hilarious, it is also extremely goth friendly for too many reasons to list. To give a general idea: Vince is absolutely obsessed with Gary Numan and mentions him whenever he gets the chance; Chris Corner from IAMX appears on several magazine covers throughout the show; there are several guest roles played by Sue Denim and Dee Plume from Robots in Disguise; at one point, Vince joins the Horrors; there is an episode in which Vince and Howard turn goth in order to impress two girls... The list goes on and on. This memorable quote says enough: "Goth juice. The most powerful hairspray known to man. Made from the tears of Robert Smith."

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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time switches between the real world and a fairytale universe. If you'd imagine this fantasy world as beautiful and magical, you wouldn't be wrong entirely, but it is so much darker than in the fairytales you hear as a child. This fairytale universe includes all of your favourite characters, so yes, that includes the villains and their impeccable taste in fashion. The most goth friendly element is, without a doubt, the evil queen, who has outfits for which many a goth would commit a murder.

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Orphan Black
Orphan Black is unlike any other show you've ever seen. The story revolves around a rebel girl named Sarah Manning who discovers that there are several other people who look exactly like her. Soon she discovers that they are, in fact, clones and together with her new-found doppelgangers, she tries to unravel the mysteries surrounding them. 
Sarah herself is a rather goth-friendly character; I wouldn't go as far as saying that she is goth, but she does dress in black often and wears her make-up heavy and her hair all over the place. Her best friend is the flamboyant Felix, who also has some very gothy aspects about him.  

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I hope this (limited) list has helped you find some new TV shows to watch, I can warmly recommend any of the ones above, they are all fantastic. Do let me know if you want more of these kinds of lists, I might make a series of 'goth-friendly' posts.

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15 comments

  1. I've watched Buffy, The Crow and the Addams Family during my teenage years. I didn't get really hooked on Once upon a time, but thanks to your recommendation, I will try to grasp some episodes of The hunger and Orphan black. Some good series never make it to German television...

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    1. I know, Belgian television usually picks up series years after they were popular somewhere else... If they pick them up at all.

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  2. Do you know if it is possible to find the original Addams family series without the laugh track. I watched an episode and enjoyed the acting but I found the inane audience laughter a bit annoying. It reminded me of people who just don't get it laughing at those who are different. Sigh.

    There was a SERIES Of The Hunger with David Bowie in it! How did I not know! Dies!

    OMG I LOVE Richmond so much! I want to steal his clothes!

    I like Regina's fairytale world outfits, but I hate her power suits in the 'real' world. Why do people like boring grey suits! Sigh. I hate workwear!

    I am making a list of some of my favourite Gothic movies on my blog too, should be up in a week or so, I have some other posts I want to do including one on Steamgoth.

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    1. I'm not sure, I haven't found any episodes without a laugh track, though. If you should find any, be sure to let me know, I *despise* laugh tracks. They're so distracting, too.
      And I agree completely, Regina's work outfits are extremely boring.
      I'm looking forward to reading that list!

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  3. Oh, there are some I haven't seen. I also recommend "Lost Girl" It has a Goth character in it and all series are about super natural beings that are called Fei. Really interesting one. Plus the Goth girl has amazing outfit every time :D Of course she is made to look more attractive for common people but still is quite cool :)

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    1. I actually wanted to include Lost Girl, but since I haven't seen any episode yet, I decided against it. I'm planning to watch it, though!

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  4. You're missing the "The Young Ones". It's British and from the 80s, but it's got a goth and a punk in it. The show is amazing and The Damned even guest starred in an episode about a vampire.

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    1. Ah, of course! I know it but haven't actually seen it. I'll have to watch it sometime soon.

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  5. "who has outfits for which many a goth would commit a murder."
    Ain't that the truth XD

    Supernatural is another nice series to watch.

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  6. I had to go and watch some episodes of the Addams family after reading your post! I'm happy I was able to relive some of its humor.

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  7. Thank you for this list! I'm pinning it for later.

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  8. I'm watching Once Upon A Time and I've seen almost all episodes of The It Crowd :-) Funny!

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  9. Thank you so much for the list :)

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  10. Orphan Black: this is good television!

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