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Of course ‘The X-Files’ is a comfort watch for a sign this weird and wonderful.

 A man with long hair stands in a field with a light shining from his chest in this image from Irish Cowboy Productions.
If you were an early aughts emo kid, you might have been drawn to “Umbrella Academy” thanks to writer Gerard Way (yes, that Gerard Way). (Image: Irish Cowboy)

Known for their progressive, philosophical, and humanitarian mindsets, people born under the Aquarius sun sign are innovative, clever, and intellectual. These traits make them incredible conversationalists, friends, and partners, but they can pose a challenge when it comes to finding a series or movie that can keep up with their sharp, curious minds.

Ruled by Uranus, the planet associated with invention, novelty, and newness, Aquarius placements like to keep tabs on upcoming hits and soon-to-be trends — but that doesn’t mean that they don’t appreciate revisiting an older classic. As long as they can walk away with an idea to blow up your phone with texts or voice memos, they’ll be happy. On that note, here are eight shows and movies that are Aquarius-approved.

TV Shows for Aquarians

‘The X-Files’ (1993 to 2018)

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Aquarians may also love this series’ inspirations: “Twin Peaks,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “Night Gallery.” (Image: X-F Productions)

As the sign that’s most likely to bring aliens or government conspiracies into any given conversation, it’s no surprise that “The X-Files” is one of the best shows for an Aquarius to watch on Hulu. We’re willing to bet the theme song has been their ringtone at some point!

Follow agents Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) on their episodic investigations into the weird, extraterrestrial, and unexplained in this classic, long-running series full of culture-defining moments.

‘You’re the Worst’ (2014 to 2019)

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If your favorite way of dealing with trauma is making jokes about it, this is the show for you. (Image: FX Productions)

Aquarians aren’t ones for mushy-gushy sentimentality, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate a realistic love story. In “You’re the Worst” (available on Hulu), the audience watches two self-destructive, toxic people attempt a relationship and fall in love — but not in the traditional, storybook sense.

This free-spirited zodiac sign doesn’t show or give up their softer side very easily, but they still strongly value personal connections — making this series perfectly on brand for an Aquarius watchlist.

‘The Good Place’ (2016 to 2020)

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Keep an eye out for the number 322 throughout the series — it’s a nod to a certain real-life secret society. (Image: Fremulon)

After an untimely death, a woman who isn’t exactly a model citizen is taken to a seemingly perfect town in the afterlife called the Good Place. As events unfold, however, she and a few other residents begin to realize the Good Place might be too good to be true.

As a sign that’s as philanthropic as it is philosophical, Aquarians won’t mind going on the twisted, wild ride this satirical Netflix series takes its audience on.

‘The Umbrella Academy’ (2019 to 2023)

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Aside from being My Chemical Romance-adjacent, millennials will also love seeing Mary J. Blige doing most of her own stunts. (Image: Irish Cowboy Productions)

Family is an important part of any Aquarius’ life. They’d do anything for their family, but that doesn’t mean they’ll abandon their own opinions and beliefs.

If you’re an Aquarius looking for an unusual spin on family drama, add “The Umbrella Academy,” which follows a family of former child superheroes, to your Netflix queue. It’s dark, smart, and satirical, and it presents surprising twists that’ll keep you on your toes.

Movies for Aquarians

‘Harold and Maude’ (1971)

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Did anyone else’s English teacher show this movie as an example of existentialism? (Image: Paramount Pictures)

Speaking to Aquarians’ nature to go against the grain and reject societal norms, “Harold and Maude” (available on Amazon Prime Video) is an ideal watch for people with this zodiac sign.

As one of the first films credited with mixing dark humor and existentialism, this movie about an unlikely romance between a 19-year-old man and a 79-year-old woman will pique Aquarians’ philosophical interests and give them plenty to think about after the credits roll.

‘American Beauty’ (1999)

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Screenwriter Alan Ball was inspired to write the script after seeing a paper bag blowing in the wind (iykyk). (Image: Dreamworks Pictures)

For an iconic ’90s watch about a middle-class man going through a midlife crisis and a group of teens drumming up chaos and turmoil, Aquarians should stream “American Beauty” on Amazon Prime Video.

The plot is deeply twisted and serves as a social commentary on satirizing suburban America’s perceptions of personal satisfaction and beauty. It’s definitely a topic that’ll keep our Aquarian friends’ minds busy the next time they pass some rose bushes or a white picket fence.

‘Arrival’ (2016)

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The movie was adapted from Ted Chiang’s novella, “Story of Your Life.” (Image: Lava Bear Films)

A beautiful, soulful mix of sci-fi, mystery, and drama, “Arrival” is sure to make it onto any Aquarian’s Hulu watchlist. After 12 mysterious spacecraft land around the world, a linguist must help the American military learn to communicate with alien Heptapods to discover the reason for their visit.

This dreamy yet intense film will spark the Aquarius sun sign’s curiosity and imagination while feeding their desire to solve puzzles and traverse into the great unknown.

‘Soul’ (2020)

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22’s name is no accident — before “Soul,” Pixar’s library consisted of 22 films. (Image: Pixar Animation Studios)

Speaking of traversing into the great unknown, is there any greater unknown than the afterlife — or, in the case of “Soul” (available on Disney Plus), the before-and-after lives?

Aquarians will love joining a New York jazz musician and a conflicted new soul as they venture into the curious space between Earth and the afterlife. As an air sign, Aquarians will feel at home moving through the ether of space and time, and will strongly relate to the main characters’ well-meaning, rebellious spirits.

Add More Aquarians to Your Watchlist

Famous Aquarians

  • Elizabeth Olsen
  • Harry Styles
  • Michael B. Jordan
  • Alicia Keys
  • Yara Shahidi
  • Kerry Washington
  • Jennifer Aniston
  • Laura Dern
  • Evan Peters
  • Chris Rock

Fictional Aquarians

  • Phoebe Buffay, “Friends”
  • Dwight Schrute, “The Office” (U.S.)
  • Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Cady Heron, “Mean Girls”
  • Hannibal Lecter, “Silence of the Lambs”
  • Luna Lovegood, “Harry Potter”
  • Dexter Morgan, “Dexter”
  • Jessica Day, “New Girl”
  • Bonnie Bennett, “The Vampire Diaries”
  • Andy Bernard, “The Office” (U.S.)

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