Psychological thriller fans have been obsessed with HBO’s Sharp Objects ever since it premiered. Many factors make it an incredibly compelling show, especially its trippy visuals and breathtaking cast. And, of course, we would be remiss to not mention its wonderfully rich female characters and insatiable whodunit plot.
While already attracting a devoted fan base, the show will remain a limited series. Breaking our hearts, showrunner Marti Noxon recently confirmed that there will only be one season of Sharp Objects. Luckily, there are many excellent dark thriller shows that can fill the Wind Gap-shaped holes in our hearts once the miniseries concludes.
Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies and Sharp Objects both feature nonlinear storytelling and lush cinematography thanks to their shared director Jean-Marc Vallée. Both book-based series center around strong female characters who people often underestimate. While Sharp Objects is a limited series, Big Little Lies will continue its run into a second season, which stars none other than Meryl Streep.
Scandal is a dark and twisty Shondaland staple that’ll have you on the edge of the seat. In it, Kerry Washington plays a powerhouse political consultant who rules the White House along with her team of “Gladiators.” While she might be able to spin the misdeeds of high-profile politicians, she, like Sharp Object’s Camille Preaker, struggles with dysfunctional relationships.
Can’t peel your eyes off of gruesome murder mysteries? Watch Killing Eve. After stealing our hearts in Grey’s Anatomy, Sandra Oh returns to the small screen with this exciting cat and mouse series. She stars as an eccentric, but talented British intelligence agent named Eve Polastri. While working on a case, Eve becomes the target of the serial killer that she’s tracking down.
Krysten Ritter plays the snarky, hard-drinking titular character who works as a private investigator and reluctant superheroine. Like Sharp Object’s complicated lead, Jessica Jones works through her trauma as she pieces together what local villains are doing.
David Lynch’s surreal series is a cult favorite that has received the reboot treatment recently. The show begins with the mysterious death of a teenage girl named Laura Palmer in a small town called Twin Peaks that’s reminiscent of Wind Gap. Its fever dream visual style and unfolding mystery will give you déjà vu as you watch it with Sharp Objects in mind. Twin Peaks, however, has more of a quirky flair thanks to the antics of offbeat FBI agent Dale Cooper.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The creator of Sharp Objects, Marti Noxon, is best known for her work as an executive producer and writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The classic show centers around the adventures and relationships of a teenage girl who balances high school with fighting monsters. Noxon never shies away from creating layered women in her work. Buffy the Vampire Slayer definitely occupies a different genre than Sharp Objects, but viewers will appreciate how Noxon develops the complex relationships that women share in the teen fantasy series.
Riverdale is a completely inside-out adaptation of the wholesome Archie comics. It revolves around a murder plus various scandals that plague the town of Riverdale. It’s up to Archie Andrews and his gang to figure out what’s happening. The popular show is steamier and more teen-oriented than Sharp Objects, but you’ll find shared themes of family secrets, betrayal, and deception. Plus, while Archie’s the protagonist, Betty, Veronica, and Cheryl are compelling female characters who drive the plot forward.
Sharp Objects might have a definitive end in sight, but the flame of gritty female characters and dark thrillers lives on.
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