Magic and wizards have been a source of inspiration for television creators practically since the beginning of the medium. Throughout history, we’ve seen series about scary, dramatic, comical witches, and pretty much any genre we could possibly want. Although not all of them have been successful, we present here the best ones that have appeared on the small screen.
Bewitched (Creator Sol Saks, 1964)
This is a classic from the witch series. The story follows Samantha (Elizabeth Montgomery), a young witch who marries a mortal from whom she must hide her powers while dealing with her mother’s disapproval. Despite its success at the time, few could have predicted that nearly 60 years later, the show would still air reruns around the world. However, her combination of comedy, innocence, charming effects, and a cast with a lot of chemistry in all settings (Dick York, the original Darrin, was replaced by Dick Sargent for the last three seasons due to health concerns), have made her in a timeless classic. In 2005 there was a film version starring Nicole Kidman and Will Ferrell … which we could well pretend did not happen.
Charmed (Creator Constance M. Burge, 1998)
One of the must-see series, especially for witch fans. It consists of eight seasons and with the performances of Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs and, from the fourth season, Rose McGowan. The plot revolves around some sisters who, upon discovering the Book of Shadows, realize that they are the most powerful witches in the world and have the purpose of protecting the innocent from evil forces. The success of the original series caused a reboot to debut in 2018, which is already planning a fourth season in 2021.
Merlin (Creators Johnny Capps, Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy, 2008)
Although the series does not focus on a witch, we decided to include it because of its high magical content and the characters with powers that monopolize the plots chapter after chapter. The show is loosely based on the Arthurian legend and follows the adventures of a young Merlin (Colin Morgan), a sorcerer who sets out on a journey to confront the King after he banned magic from the kingdom. The series ran from 2008 to 2012 and despite never becoming a massive hit, it does have a very loyal fan base.
American Horror Story: Coven (Creators Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, 2013)
The third installment in the American Horror Story series is totally focused on witches. Although it is considered one of the darkest seasons, it actually has some touches of humor. The plot revolves around the power of magic, the confrontations between witches and some moments from the Salem trials. This season he received nominations for the Emmy Awards and the Golden Globe Awards. Actresses Sarah Paulson, Jessica Lange, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, and Kathy Bathes also received nominations that won in their respective categories.
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Salem (Creators Brannon Braga, Adam Simon, 2014)
The series is inspired by the Salem trials, dating from the 17th century, where several women were accused of being witches. It has a focus on horror and the true story behind the events that occurred in Salem. It has a total of three seasons, of which the third, released in 2017, marked the end of the series.
The Magicians (Creators Sera Gamble, John McNamara, 2015)
The series currently takes place in New York, at Brakebills University, where an exam is conducted so that each student, depending on their abilities, is assigned a house and a magical specialty. The problem occurs when a girl is not accepted and seeks to venture into the world of magic on her own. This series is very much in the style of Harry Potter, and yes, in fact the author of the novel that the series was inspired by, Lev Grosman, was based on the books of J. K. Rowling.
The hidden world of Sabrina (Creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, 2018)
Unrelated to the 90s series, Sabrina’s Hidden World, took its inspiration from the original comic book series and – like Riverdale, with whom it shares a television universe – gave it a dark and « adult » touch. Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) is a young, half-witch, half-human adolescent who has to decide between belonging to the world of magic or the world of mortals. The director Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was in charge of making a rather dark series, touching on topics such as female empowerment, the problems and limitations faced by adolescents and the dilemma of following a path or drawing one of their own.
Marianne (Creator Samuel Bodin, 2019)
This French series – very well received by critics and audiences – only has one season, full of blood, terror and gore. It is about a famous writer who, upon returning to her hometown, is tormented by a witch and other sinister creatures that she created with her writings. Famed writer Stephen King was fascinated by the series, describing it as « a series with a touch of comedy that gives it a Stranger Thing vibe and Stephen King vibe. »
Luna Nera (Creator Francesca Comencini, 2020)
This is an Italian production with only one season, but with a very entertaining plot. The story takes place in Italy in the 17th century, where a group of women are suspected of being witches. Ade, played by Antonia Fotaras, must decide whether to be part of the witch group or fight for her love Pietro, played by Giorgio Belli, who is the son of the chief witch hunter. The series, despite being short, has a lot of drama and fans are already wondering about a second season.
WandaVision (Creator Jac Schaeffer, 2021)
The most recent of the series about witches is in charge of Marvel Studios. It is about the Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen, who creates an alternate reality after the tragedy of Avengers: Infinity War. Each episode shows a different era and has come to quite confuse fans by the different events in each chapter. You can read our reviews every week here.
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Andrea Ramírez Lover of Disney, series of comedy, action, fiction and music. If I had to describe myself with a movie character, I would say that I am a Porg.