Netflix’s new fantasy comedy series God’s Favorite Idiot is a brilliant mixture of realism and hopefulness with some great performances from its ensemble cast. The series follows Clark Thompson, a meek and mild-mannered man who is deeply in love with his co-worker Amily Luck, but he hasn’t been able to do anything about it yet. But one random day, he gets mysterious powers from God and is tasked with uniting the world and the people living in it. So, if you also like the new Netflix series here are some shows like God’s Favorite Idiot you could watch.
Synopsis: 21 year-old slacker Sam Oliver learns that his parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born, and now Sam has to repay the debt by becoming the Devil’s bounty hunter, retrieving souls that have somehow escaped from Hell.
Pushing Daisies (HBO Max)
Synopsis: This forensic fairytale follows Ned, a young man with a very special gift. As a boy, Ned discovered that he could return the dead briefly back to life with just one touch. Now a pie maker, Ned puts his ability to good use, not only touching dead fruit and making it ripe with everlasting flavor, but working with a private investigator to crack murder cases by raising the dead and getting them to name their killers. But the tale gets complicated when Ned brings his childhood sweetheart, Chuck, back from the dead–and keeps her alive. Chuck becomes the third partner in Ned and Emerson’s private-investigation enterprise, encouraging them to use Ned’s skills for good, not just for profit. Life would be perfect for Ned and Chuck, except for one cruel twist: If he ever touches her again, she’ll go back to being dead, this time for good.
Ted Lasso (Apple TV+)
Synopsis: In this new comedy from executive producers Jason Sudeikis and Bill Lawrence (Scrubs, Whiskey Cavalier, Cougar Town), Sudeikis (Saturday Night Live, We’re the Millers, Horrible Bosses films) stars as Ted Lasso, an idealistic all-American football coach hired to manage an English football club – despite having no soccer coaching experience at all. Based on the beloved character Sudeikis made famous online, Ted Lasso is the first television series that Sudeikis has signed on to star as a series regular since Saturday Night Live. Produced by Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, the comedy series is also executive produced by Jeff Ingold.
The Pentaverate (Netflix)
Synopsis: What if a secret society of five men has been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347? As this new series begins, one unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself embroiled in a mission to uncover the truth and just possibly save the world himself. Remember, the Pentaverate must never be exposed!
Kevin (Probably) Saves the World (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: Kevin Finn is not a good person. He’s not terrible, but he’s selfish, and clueless, and values material wealth and status over all else. And he’s beginning to realize that those things aren’t making him happy – in fact, he’s fairly miserable. Just when things seem to be at their worst, he finds himself tasked wtih an unbbelievable mission… saving the world. Kevin needs to “power up” his soul through acts of kindness and selflessness, so that he can eventually find and anoint a new generation of righteous.
Good Omens (Prime Video)
Synopsis: Good Omens is based on the beloved book by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman which follows an unlikely duo, a fussy Angel (Michael Sheen, Masters of Sex) and a loose-living Demon (David Tennant, Doctor Who) who’ve become overly fond of life on Earth are forced to form an unlikely alliance to stop Armageddon. But they have lost the Antichrist, an 11-year-old boy unaware he’s meant to bring upon the end of days, forcing them to embark on an adventure to find him and save the world before it’s too late.
After Life (Netflix)
Synopsis: Set in the small fictitious town of Tambury, the show follows Tony, a writer for the local newspaper whose life is upended after his wife dies from cancer. Whilst still struggling with immense grief for his wife, Tony starts to realise that making other people feel good is what can give him hope and a reason to live. After all, every end is a new beginning.
Miracle Workers (HBO Max)
Synopsis: Miracle Workers stars Steve Buscemi as God, who is ready to move on to his next project. To prevent Earth’s destruction, low-level angels Craig (Daniel Radcliffe) and Eliza (Geraldine Viswanathan) must answer a seemingly impossible prayer: help two humans fall in love.
Upload (Prime Video)
Synopsis: From Emmy-Award winning writer Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks and Recreation) comes Upload, a new sci-fi comedy series set in a technologically advanced future where hologram phones, 3D food printers and automated grocery stores are the norm. Most uniquely, humans can choose to be “uploaded” into a virtual afterlife. The series follows a young app developer, Nathan Brown (Robbie Amell), who winds up in the hospital following a self-driving car accident, needing to quickly decide his fate. After a rushed deliberation with his shallow girlfriend Ingrid (Allegra Edwards), he chooses to be uploaded to her family’s luxurious virtual afterlife, the Horizen company’s “Lakeview.” Once uploaded in Lakeview, Nathan meets his customer service “Angel” Nora Anthony (Andy Allo), who at first is his charismatic concierge and guide, but quickly becomes his friend and confidante, helping him navigate this new digital extension of life.
God Friended Me (Rent on Prime Video)
Synopsis: If God wanted to reach a modern prophet in 2018, would he send a burning bush? Not likely. In this age of social media, with everyone seeking an emotional connection, what if God reached out on Facebook? Questions of faith, existence and science are explored in this comedic, uplifting drama about an outspoken atheist whose life is turned upside down when he is “friended” by God. Unwittingly, he becomes an agent of change in the lives and destinies of others around him. The son of an Episcopalian minister, Miles Finer (Brandon Micheal Hall) is intelligent, hopeful and optimistic. But he doesn’t believe in God, which puts him at odds with his father, Reverend Arthur (Joe Morton), a pillar in the Harlem community for his faith and his followers. Searching for his purpose in life, Miles feels he might have found it in his podcast, which is just starting to take off. But all that changes when he’s mysteriously “friended” by “God.” Following repeated, insistent friend suggestions, Miles soon encounters Cara Bloom (Violett Beane), an online journalist undergoing something of a life crisis (if not a crisis of faith). Brought together by the “God Account,” the two soon find themselves on a journey with no real roadmap, investigating God’s friend suggestions and inadvertently helping others in need. Also pulled into these unexpected encounters are Miles’s sister, Ali, a bartender/doctoral psych student, as well as Miles’s best friend, Rakesh, who works alongside him. An aspirational series about faith, family and humanity, God Friended Me is a lighthearted story about hope, connection and a celebration of all our differences.