Netflix’s ‘Dark’ Looks Like It Will Be The Next ‘Stranger Things’

‘Missing children’ is TV’s latest trend

Making a binge-worthy TV show isn’t hard. Set it in a small town where everyone knows one another, disappear some children, add supernatural elements, and let simmer. It worked for Stranger Things, and Netflix is betting it will work for their upcoming show Dark, too. Set in a German town, the show is, yes, about kids who vanish mysteriously from a small town called Winden. At first, a character posits that it “as if the earth swallowed him up,” but by the short trailer’s end—when a character asks, “The question isn’t who kidnapped the children, but when?”—it’s clear that Dark will be dealing with time travel too. In between, we get shots of a car crash, a character holding a dead bird, two dudes brawling in the rain, and finally the money shot—a field strewn with dead sheep.

Based on the teaser, the Stranger Things comparisons are apt, but on account of it being a European production, Dark looks more artfully made and well, a whole lot darker. The official synopsis for the show reads: “A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers. Their search for a culprit unearths a small town’s sins and secrets.” Dark marks Netflix’s first German production, and is part of the streaming service’s push to branch out into other markets on its quest for world domination. If you’re not allergic to subtitles, check out Dark when it premiers on Netflix this winter.