Friday, April 26, 2019

Witchy TV Shows to Stream for Walpurgisnacht

In past years, I've shared witch films to get you in the spirit of Witches' Night (check out those recommendations HERE and HERE), but this year I decided to turn my focus to the small screen. With the success of the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina series as well as all things witchy gaining in popularity, I'm sure we all could use some bewitching shows to watch (or re-watch) in honor of Walpurgisnacht on April 30th (if you want to familiarize yourself with this celebratory witch holiday, read this post).

Below, I've rounded up witch-themed or witch-adjacent shows that you can stream on platforms like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and Shudder (I've also added links to Amazon if you want to own the shows on Blu-ray or DVD), check them out:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix) - If you are one of the few people who hasn't seen this series yet, get on it! It is a dark spin on the Sabrina Spellman story and based on the dark horror comic of the same name. The aesthetic is gloriously dark, as is the storyline.

Salem (Hulu / Amazon Prime) - While not historically accurate whatsoever, I became enchanted by this darker take on witches of Salem. It is gory (for TV), has sumptuous costumes, and tons of intrigue, all set during the time of the Puritans in Massachusetts.

Diablero (Netflix) - This Mexican series is about a demon-hunter in Mexico City, but also features lots of brujeria (witchcraft). This series is such fun rollercoaster and I think more people should check it out! It is like a high-octane version of Supernatural. Read more of my thoughts on this show HERE.

American Horror Story: Coven (Netflix / Hulu / Amazon Prime) - This witchy season is many AHS fans' favorite, and it features some bewitching characters that I loved. In my opinion, the storyline falls apart after the first few episodes and doesn't live up to its potential, but I still enjoy this season for the characters and the fantastic location of New Orleans. I also appreciate that it has both magic and voodoo represented.

Lost Girl (Netflix) - If you haven't seen this Canadian series yet, you simply must! It is all about the fae and magic and has kick-ass heroines and fun, sexy storylines (the main character is a succubus) with lots of familiar mythical creatures. Of course, witches and magic feature prominently into the series.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (Hulu) - This is still one of my favorite shows, and witches and magic play a large part alongside the vampires, demons, and other beasties that Buffy fights against. Buffy's BFF Willow plays a powerful witch, Buffy battles against witches, and even her Watchers and other members of the Scooby Gang perform spells to fight against evil.

The Magicians (Netflix) - This is kinda like an adult version of Harry Potter; it's a lot darker and features less likable characters. The first season was ok, but it kinda lost me after veering into more fantasy-type territory in subsequent seasons. Still, it's something different to check out and this show has garnered quite the cult following!

A Discovery of Witches (Shudder) - This new series recently premiered on Shudder, and while I haven't checked it out yet it sounds like a promising storyline dealing with the intersection of witch and vampire worlds, all set in gorgeous locations like London and Venice.

Supernatural (Netflix) - This long-running television show about two brothers battling supernatural forces isn't specifically about witches, but it does have several episodes dealing with witches and prominently features some witch characters (my favorite is Rowena, shown above). I know some people don't like this show, but I really enjoy it!

Light as a Feather (Hulu) - This teen series about a game of "Light as a feather, stiff as a board" that goes wrong due to witchcraft was actually fairly enjoyable and a breeze to get through!

Charmed (Netflix) - I watched this on and off when it was in TV (who else wanted to live in that house?!), and though I was never really into this show, I'm kinda interested to re-watch it to relive some of that nostalgia. There is also a recent remake of the show (which I have not yet watched yet).

Penny Dreadful (Netflix) - Swoon, this show is everything! I love how it delved into the arcane and Vanessa Ives' training with a witch, not to mention the classic horror monsters it adapted to its story. It only made it three seasons, but what glorious seasons they were!

Sabrina The Teenage Witch (Hulu) - Many of us grew up on this '90s sitcom based on the Sabrina Spellman character from the Archie comics. This series is still like comfort food for me - I love re-watching it when I'm sick or need a fun, light-hearted pick-me-up with some nostalgic '90s vibes!

The Order (Netflix) - Ok, this show is a bit ridiculous, and I can't figure out if I like it or loathe it, but it deals with secret societies of witches and secret societies of werewolves basically at war with one another and has Katharine Isabelle playing a badass witch/headmistress, which is what has actually kept me watching, haha.

Witches of East End (Hulu) - This series about a family of witches seems a bit cheesy and melodramatic, but sometimes you want brainless fluff. It only lasted two seasons, which will make it easy to breeze through.

The Worst Witch (Netflix) - This remake of the original series is charming and adorable, and features the little girl from Game of Thrones in a less formidable role as the bumbling witch-in-training Mildred Hubble.

Once Upon a Time (Netflix) - This popular fairy-tale/Disney based television shows features several wicked witches (as well as some good ones). Some of the stories are quite clever and I love swooning over the gorgeous costumes featured in the series.

True Blood (Amazon Prime) - Though focused mainly on vampires, this show does feature some witchy characters, including some that dabble in voodoo and Santeria, as well as a whole storyline in season four that focused on a coven of witches.

The Vampire Diaries / The Originals / Legacies (Netflix) - I'm lumping these three soapy series together since they share the same universe, characters, and history. While The Vampire Diaries and The Originals are focused on vampires, they also feature plenty of witchcraft, spellcasting, and witch characters. The most recent spin-off series, Legacies, follows a new generation of witches, vampires, and werewolves as they discover their own powers while surviving high school at the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted in Mystic Falls.

Always a Witch (Siempre Bruja) (Netflix) - I haven't watched this Columbian series yet, but it's about a 17th century witch who time travels to the present for her long-lost love, and that premise sounds intriguing enough to give it a look!

Midnight, Texas (Hulu) - This series is about a small town that acts as a safe haven for supernatural forces like vampires, witches, psychics, hit men, and others with extraordinary backgrounds. I haven't watched this show, but it did garner a cult following before it was cancelled after two seasons.

Grimm (Amazon Prime) - Though this series doesn't have what you might call traditional witches, it features a spice shop owner (who is also a Wesen, or supernatural creature) who is handy at mixing up potions, supernatural Hexenbiests that are adept at witchcraft, and other supernatural creatures that our lead "Grimm" either battles against or is allied with. I really enjoyed this show, it's a shame it was cancelled.

That's most of the witch-themed television shows that are streaming now on Netflix, Hulu, Shudder, and Amazon Prime, or available on Blu-ray or DVD on Amazon. Will you be watching any of these in honor of Walpurgisnacht?

Stay witchy, my spookies!

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