Amazon finally released the 1st 2 episodes of the long-awaited series The Lord of the Rings Rings of Power. But now the platform is facing massive review-bombing, mostly from viewers who are angry that there are black cast members in the show. The show’s current rating on IMDb is 6.7, rated by more than 120k people. More than 24% of these ratings are 1 out of 10, evidence of the disappointing review bombing. The same happened in the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, where the show’s current audience score is 39%. This looks laughable when it is seen that the critics’ score for the same series is 85%, rated by 257 critics.
Let’s sweep negative reviews aside and focus on the great series in front of us: The Lord of the Rings Rings of Power. We know that as much as those who hated it, there are people who are grateful to be alive at this time, being able to watch Rings of Power and House of the Dragon at the same time. But since these shows are released weekly, fans still have time left over to stream other shows like Lord of the Rings to make the wait less excruciating. So, here is a list of 6 shows like Rings of Power you can watch while waiting for the series’ upcoming episodes.
1. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
The 1st show on our list is The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019), a fantasy adventure series that works as a prequel to the 1982 film The Dark Crystal. The original movie explores the world of Thra, a planet. The series focuses on 3 Gelflings, elvish humanoids from Thra. They are Rian, Deet, and Brea, trying to unite the different Gelfling clans to rise against the evil Skeksis, part reptile, part bird, part dragon species that threaten the existence of the planet. If you are interested in exploring different worlds, this series might be best for you.
2. The Wheel of Time
On our list of shows like Rings of Power, we have another Amazon series, The Wheel of Time (2021- ), a fantasy show based on a novel of the same name. The series follows Moiraine, a member of a powerful organization of women who can channel a force called One Power. The series is the journey of Moiraine as she is looking for the reincarnation of the Dragon, who broke the world once. Now its reincarnation can either save the world or break it once more.
3. The Witcher
Maybe the most popular suggestion on the list is The Witcher (2019), another fantasy show based on a book series of the same name. The series follows 3 protagonists, Geralt of Rivia, a magically enhanced monster known as a witcher; Ciri, princess of Cintra; and Yennefer of Vengerberg, an elf sorceress. At 1st, the 3 characters are shown in different timelines with different stories. But they eventually merge into the same timeline, and their paths finally cross.
Another show Lord of the Rings Rings of Power fans might like is Cursed (2020), a fantasy drama based on an illustrated novel of the same name. The show reimagines the Arthurian legend and follows a young heroine named Nimue, who has a mysterious gift. In her journey to become Lady of the Lake, Nimue has to find Merlin and is partnered with Arthur, a young mercenary.
5. Vikings: Valhalla
Although Vikings: Valhalla is a historical drama, it still deserves a place among shows like Lord of the Rings since it has lots of action and adventure like the latter. The show takes place 100 years after the event of Vikings (2013-2020) and focuses on the end of the Viking Age, marked by the Battle of Stamford Bridge (1066), in which tensions between the Vikings and the English royals reached a bloody point.
6. Carnival Row
The last series on our list of shows like Rings of Power is Carnival Row (2019- ), a fantasy/crime drama centered around magical creatures fleeing from war-torn homelands and mixing with humans. As the tensions between humans and immigrants grow, a string of murders destroys the peace even more. A fairy and a human detective rekindle their former love in between all this.