After the wild ending of Locke and Key’s first season, you probably had an increased urge to continue on to the second season. But, as you might know by now, Season 2 has yet to come out; though it’s on the way. Fortunately, there are plenty of other great TV shows on Netflix that are pretty similar to Locke and Key and should hold you over until Locke and Key Season 2 comes around. So, let’s dive in!
The Umbrella Academy
Based on the Dark Horse comic books of the same name, The Umbrella Academy is a dark comedy about a group of children adopted by a billionaire in an attempt to turn them into superheroes. Years later, they reunite to solve their father’s mysterious death and to also save the world from the apocalypse. This TV show is a bit more quirky and silly than Locke and Key, but it has some of the same themes of family, powers, and mystery that bring the characters together. Perhaps the two most notable actors in the show are Juno’s Ellen Page and Black Sail’s Tom Hopper. But, it features an ensemble cast of actors playing eccentric, comedic, and heroic characters as one big dysfunctional family. It has received warm reviews from critics and audiences. Season 2 just released this July, so there’s never been a better time than now to jump in and catch up.
Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based on the Archie comic of the same name. Developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and starring Kiernan Shipka as the titular lead, it follows Sabrina as she turns sixteen and lives a dual life of human and witch, having to reconcile the two and fight the forces of darkness in the process. While Chilling Adventures of Sabrina leans more heavily on horror and witchcraft than Locke and Key, the two still have a lot in common, including compelling coming-of-age narratives, mystery, magic, and strong characters. It’s likely if you’re a Locke and Key fan, you’ll find something to like here, too. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina currently has three seasons and a fourth season is on the way. So, if you’re looking for a show to sink your teeth into, this will give you plenty to devour.
The Haunting of Hill House
Loosely based on Shirley Jackson’s novel, The Haunting of Hill House is a TV series developed by Doctor Sleep director Mike Flanagan. It’s about the Crain family moving into Hill House to renovate and quickly flip it to build their own house, but they’re forced to stay because of unexpected issues with the house. During their stay, they experience scary paranormal activity that leads to a disastrous end. Each episode flips between past and present, telling parallel stories of the young children dealing with the terrors of Hill House and the adults they have become as a result. The Haunting of Hill House deals with much more mature content, scary themes, and horror, but the unraveling mystery with their family, the kids’ struggle with their father, and some of the coming-of-age story may intrigue Locke and Key fans. It also has a large ensemble cast of mostly unknowns, but you might recognize Gerald’s Game’s Carla Gugino and Game of Throne’s Michiel Huisman. Right now, it only has one season in the bank, but Mike Flanagan is working on a Season 2, of sorts, in The Haunting of Bly Manor.
If you liked Locke and Key but haven’t seen Stranger Things yet, then you need to put it at the top of your list, post haste. Stranger Things is another coming-of-age story set in the 80s about three boys that discover their fourth friend, Will Byers, has disappeared. In a panic to find him, they discover something dark lurks underneath the town of Hawkins, Indiana. Stranger Things has a lot of what Locke and Key has, including paranormal activity, supernatural powers, scary and horror themes with callbacks to Steven Spielberg and Stephen King stories, and so much more. And just like Locke and Key, it has a gripping story that doesn’t let go. As of now, Stranger Things has three seasons on Netflix. But, it has been renewed for a fourth season, but it just might take a bit longer for it to premiere.