ByMatthew Bailey, writer at
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So there's really no denying that HBO's latest epic adventure Westworld is an absolute hit. Drawing 3.3 million viewers on last Sunday's premiere episode across digital and cable providers Westworld has shown the world a possible future and we love it. Now, technically Westworld is a far cry from the numbers that Game of Thrones reaches (7+ million), but for being a first season and not being developed out of a beloved source material - it's basically an original concept - Westworld has far exceeded the expectations, and looks to continue well into the future.

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So, if you're like me then you're probably itching for the next episode to release so that you can continue delving into the magnificent story that Jonathan & Lisa Joy Nolan have crafted. But while you wait, you could be watching something else that feels eerily similar and that's where this list comes in. Here are the 7 shows that you need in your lives between Westworld episodes.

7. 11.22.63

Available: Season 1 (Hulu, Amazon Prime, Lifetime, DVD), Season 2 (possible)

Cast: James Franco, Chris Cooper, George MacKay, Sarah Gadon

11.22.63 is the story of a high school teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of JFK. The story followsEven though it doesn't automatically scream Westworld similarities. When you look at the show as a whole and the elements that the show grapples with: What is really happening? - Is this real? - That's when you start to see the comparison, and ultimately these two shows are both dramatic and engaging.

6. And Then There Were None

Available: 3-Episode Miniseries (BBC One, Amazon Prime, DVD)

Cast: Maeve Dermody, Toby Stephens, Aidan Turner, Burn Gorman, Charles Dance

And Then There Were None is a brilliant adaptation of one of Agatha Christie's masterpieces. The miniseries follows 10 strangers as they are invited to a mysterious, isolated island just as Europe is on the brink of war. The strangers slowly turn on each other as they are all accused of a crime, and one by one they start to die. The surviving members realize that there is a killer among them and start to turn on each other. The chilling drama of this show has direct correlation to the ambiance of Westworld.

5. Falling Water

Available: Season 1 premieres October 13 (USA, Amazon Prime)

Cast: David Ajala, Will Yun Lee, Lizzie Brochere, Zak Orth

Technically while I'm writing this Falling Water hasn't premiered yet, but it looks incredible. Falling Water is the story of three unrelated people who start to realize that they are dreaming separate parts of a singular common dream. Each one on their own personal quest learns that through the dreams they can find their answers with the help of the others, and that their experience is a part of a much bigger story. The bigger story feel is totally in line with what we see in Westworld, and both shows carry the science fiction genre to new heights.

4. Revolution

Available: Season 1-2 (Amazon Prime, Netflix, DVD)

Cast: Billy Burke, Giancarlo Esposito, Tracy Spiradakos, Zak Orth, David Lyons

Imagine living in a world where suddenly all electricity stopped; planes fell from the sky, hospitals shut down and technology failed and the world is sent back to the days of the industrial revolution. Then your world is dramatically changed when you realize that you hold the answer to what happened to the power and it's the one thing that could save the future. Westworld and Revolution carry some similar themes throughout because they deal with technology and how it impacts our lives. The two shows also carry the idea of there's more to the story than what we see.

3. Under The Dome

Available: Season 1-3 (Amazon Prime, DVD)

Cast: Mike Vogel, Dean Norris, Rachelle Lefevre, Mackenzie Lintz, Alexander Koch

After a mysterious force field drops down around a small town in Maine, the residents are cut off from the rest of civilization. The trapped townspeople slowly discover that there is a purpose for the dome, and through that purpose they will learn secrets about themselves and the world as they know it. Under The Dome and Westworld share a similarity in how the story is revealed to be much bigger than the people think. There's more to both of these worlds than we understand.

2. Timeless

Available: Season 1 (NBC, Hulu, Amazon Prime)

Cast: Chad Rock, Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Goran Visnjic, Malcolm Barrett

Timeless is a story about a trio of characters who are tasked with stopping criminals who intend to alter the known history. The characters must uncover why these unique events and being targeted and what the ultimate goal is of the criminals. Timeless looks at the idea of past, present and future and what it means for the world to change because of one action. While Westworld doesn't really delve into time travel, there are quite a few underlying similarities especially with the idea of how one action can change the entire outcome of a situation.

1. The Leftovers

Available: Season 1-2 (HBO Go, Amazon Prime, DVD), Season 3 (exp. Jan 2017)

Cast: Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman

Three years have passed since 2% of the population simultaneously disappeared, and the residents of a small town face more questions than answers. The townspeople have to face their own demons and the dangers that lurk in the shadows after much of the mainstream religions have declined and numerous cults have emerged. The Leftovers is a dramatic story about survival, and that compares directly with the struggle we see in Westworld.

What other shows should we watch between Westworld episodes? - Comment Below!

[Source | Collider]


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