Steamy, over-the-top, and possibly evil, FX’s new animated series Little Demon is the occult comedy many fans have been looking for. Another hit in FX’s long line of superb animated series was the exploits of the devil’s daughter and her unwitting mother trying to live a normal life.
Although the series is fiercely original, it follows a long line of other hilarious shows with occult themes. From family shows like Gravity Falls to dark comedies like Your Pretty Face is Going to Hell, there are plenty of hilarious shows to watch after finishing Little Demon.
Los Espookys (2018–present)
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After a years-long hiatus, HBO’s sleeper hit Los Espookys will soon air a second season. The series follows the exploits of a group of friends who put their love of horror movies into a business that allows them to provide fake paranormal experiences to those in need.
Although Little Demon is about the real occult, Los Espookys have fun being scary in the real world. The characters are all silly and over the top, and the show is full of Fred Armisen’s brand of quirky humor.
Ash vs Evil Dead (2015-2018)
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Expanding on the popular Evil Dead film franchise, Ash vs. Evil Dead leaned heavily into its horror-comedy roots. The series catches up with a middle-aged Ash Williams as he is once again tormented by the Necronomicon and his evil minions Deadite.
Ranked among the best installments in the Evil Dead franchise, the show has the same wicked and gruesome sense of humor as Little Demon. Add a touch of evil demonic forces and the two shows are actually quite similar. What made Ash vs Evil Dead so great was that it never missed a beat from the previous film, and Bruce Campbell proved why he will always be the master of comedy horror.
What We Do in the Shadows (2019–present)
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Based on one of the best horror comedies of all time, the What We Do in the Shadows series expands on the ideas of the film. The series is a mockumentary about the nightlife of four vampires who have lived together for a century on Staten Island in New York.
Like Little Demon, What We Do in the Shadows takes a horror classic and turns it into something silly. The vampire characters are all likable in their own way, and the issues they face are a perfect reflection of the struggles most people face. Rarely has a TV adaptation of a film been able to top its source material, but the series certainly comes close.
Ugly Americans (2010-2012)
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The Little Demon characters are weird people in a normal world, but the cult classic Adult Swim series Ugly Americans turns that script on its head. The series follows a normal man who lives in a version of New York populated by every type of sci-fi and horror monster imaginable.
Using the monsters to comment on the real world, the series had a biting wit despite its silly concept. Each episode pushed the boundaries of what monsters existed in the world, but at its heart it also had all the best aspects of a traditional workplace comedy.
Good Omens (2019–present)
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Little Demon isn’t the first show to make demons fun, and Good Omens brought Neil Gaiman’s novel to life perfectly. The show follows an angel and a demon who have long since become accustomed to life on Earth. The arrival of the Antichrist leads them to team up and stop the end of the world they love so much.
The witty banter between the show’s two leads alone is worth the price of admission, and the show’s cast is packed with incredible guest stars. Being based on a work by Gaiman naturally means that Good Omens has a lot to say about religion and society, and its biting satire makes it one of the smartest shows on television.
Gravity Falls (2012–2016)
Stream on Disney+
Right off the bat, Little Demon and Gravity Falls seem diametrically opposed due to the latter’s family tone. The show follows a young pair of siblings who go to stay with their strange uncle in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. There, they encounter all sorts of strange phenomena.
Despite their surface-level differences, both series showcase the weird and wacky world of the occult, and both do it with animation. Viewers of all ages have flocked to the series, and the hilarious main characters of Gravity Falls have become firmly entrenched in popular culture. What the show does best is make its weird ideas palatable to a wide audience.
Dead End: Paranormal Park (2022–present)
Stream on Netflix
Praised for being a kids’ show with strong LGBTQ+ representation, the animated series Dead End: Paranormal Park doesn’t pull any punches in the spooky department, either. The show follows two teenagers who work at a haunted theme park where they battle various monsters, demons, and ghosts.
Parents were somewhat shocked by Netflix’s new show, and while it’s not as raunchy as Little Demon, it’s still a spooky good time nonetheless. The show’s setting is unique and it does a great job of exploring its ideas to the fullest.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018-2020)
Stream on Netflix
Bringing the classic Archie Comics character to life with a modern twist, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was the darkest outing many fans had been hoping for. As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Sabrina Spellman must choose between the world of wizardry or the world of normal people.
Sabrina and Little Demon both share the theme of being forced into an occult situation against one’s will, though they diverge considerably in tone. Sabrina features a plethora of imagery pulled straight from horror history, and it’s often more scary than funny.
Your Pretty Face Goes to Hell (2013–present)
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If Little Demon shows the complexity and terror of demons, Your Pretty Face Is Going to Hell showed how mundane they can be. The series follows Gary Bunda, a schlubby associate demon who is constantly trying to climb the ranks of hell.
Lead actor Henry Zebrowski brings an appropriate amount of over-the-top energy to the show, and the show’s intentionally cheap look is a source of humor. Workplace comedies cost a dime by the dozen, but turning hell into a corporate office was a nifty twist.
Lucy, the Devil’s Daughter (2005-2007)
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If there was ever a companion show to Little Demon, Lucy the Devil’s Daughter comes closest. The series follows the titular offspring of Satan as they go about their life on earth as a typically rebellious 21-year-old college student.
With a cast of veteran voices including H. Jon Benjamin, the show was a short-lived curiosity piece since Adult Swim’s debut. It was made with computer generated graphics and is unlike any cartoon made before or since. Little Demon fans will enjoy the older show, though it’s much more subdued in its humor.