20 series that will make you believe in magic and sorcery

In everyday life, miracles are sometimes so lacking that even adults secretly dream of receiving a letter from Hogwarts instead of tax notices. It is unlikely that anyone will be able to go to the famous school of sorcery, but you can watch excellent series about magic and sorcery from our next selection in order to be briefly transported to the fantasy worlds of witches and sorcerers, spells and rituals.

Shadow and Bone (2021)

The sensational novelty of the cinema is the film adaptation of the youth fantasy of the modern writer Leigh Bardugo. The once powerful country is divided into two parts by the Shady Canyon inhabited by monsters. Only the chosen magicians – the Grisha – are able to resist the monsters. The girl-cartographer, making her way through the Canyon with darkness, discovers incredible magical abilities in herself. Are the authorities using the amazing gift of Alina Starkova to call on the light to unite the country?

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Shadow and Bone

Actors:
Jessie May Lee, Archie Reno, Freddie Carter …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Fate: Winx Club Saga (2021)

The plot of the new series about magic is based on the famous cartoons about girls from the school of sorceresses. Five students improve their superpowers at a fairy boarding school. When a powerful evil appears outside the walls of the school, the friends will have to use all their skills to defeat the ruthless enemy. In a fight with the forces of darkness, young fairies will discover ancient secrets that completely change their understanding of the structure of the magical world.

Original title:
Fate: The Winx Saga

Actors:
Abigail F. Cowan, Hannah van der Westhuizen, Precious Mustafa …

Country:
Italy, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.9

Age Limits :
18+


Birthplace: Fort Salem (2020)

In an alternate universe, centuries ago, witches made an agreement with humans. In exchange for an end to the persecution, the sorceresses promised to fight for the United States, using all their capabilities. In our time, three heroines – young recruits – enter the army in order to ensure the security of the country with their charms. Recruits take a course of a young fighter and prepare to face terrible threats.

Original title:
Motherland: Fort Salem

Actors:
Taylor Hickson, Amalia Holm, Demetria McKinney…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Witcher (2019)

A foreign series with a high rating about magic and wizards is worth watching for all fans of the cycle of works of the same name by the Polish writer Andrzej Sapkowski. The witcher Geralt travels across the continent and, for a minted coin, deals with the monsters that haunt the locals. Fate brings the killer of monsters with two women – a powerful sorceress and the ruler of a defeated kingdom.

Original title:
The Witcher

Actors:
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Joey Batey …

Country:
Poland, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 8.2

Age restrictions:
18+


Dark Beginnings (2019 – 2020)

In a theocratic world where witchcraft, science and religion are bizarrely intertwined, young Lyra goes in search of a friend kidnapped by villains. The girl’s path lies first to London, and then to the far North. Many dangers and adventures await the heroine, but witches, gypsies and even an armored bear will help to cope with all the difficulties. The exciting multi-part story is based on the books of the British writer Philip Pullman.

Original title:
His Dark Materials

Actors:
Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Ruth Wilson …

Country:
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.3, IMDb – 7.9

Age Limits :
12+


Secret Order (2019 – 2020)

A college freshman is getting used to a new student life. The guy attends lectures and diligently does his homework until he learns about the existence of a secret order associated with the other world. In the series about magicians, a fierce war unfolds between black and white sorcerers. The main character is destined to play a significant role in this irreconcilable confrontation.

Original title:
The Order

Actors:
Sarah Grey, Jake Manley, Adam DiMarco

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.8


Legacy (2018 – 2021)

A spin-off of The Originals, an offshoot of the iconic The Vampire Diaries. At the Salvatore School, young witches, werewolves and vampires, under the supervision of wise mentors, develop their superpowers. Supernatural beings grow up like normal teenagers, going through crises, falling in love, making a choice between good and evil. When the secrets of the school become known to ordinary people, a threat looms over the usual way.

Original title:
Legacies

Actors:
Daniel Rose Russell, Matthew Davis, Kylie Bryant …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Bureau of Magical Affairs (2018)

Touching the witch’s book turned an ordinary girl into a trilinga – a creature that combines the properties of elves, fairies and people. The girl learns about the existence of a secret world and becomes a student at the school of magic. There is no understanding between people and supernatural beings, but the heroine will reveal a secret that can unite the opposite sides. A light teenage series with magic and magic will not do without a love line.

Original title:
The Bureau of Magical Things

Actors:
Kimie Tsukakoshi, Elizabeth Cullen, Mia Milns…

Country:
Australia, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7


Chronicles of Shannara (2016 – 2017)

Many hundreds of years ago, the demons lost the war and were driven out of the Four Lands. As the centuries passed, the spell began to dry up, the sacred tree withered and the forces of evil are ready to take revenge. An elven princess and her loyal assistants travel to the ends of the earth to find a way to stop the invasion. The show, closed after two seasons, is based on Terry Brooks’ fantasy series The Shannara Trilogy.

Original title:
The Shannara Chronicles

Actors:
Austin Butler, Ivan Baquero, Manu Bennett …

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Emerald City (2016 – 2017)

An interesting series about magic and magic in a modern way reimagines the classic story of Frank Baum. A hurricane takes a young Puerto Rican woman, along with a police shepherd, to fairyland. To return to Kansas, the girl in the company of the Tin Woodman and the Scarecrow who has lost his memory goes in search of a powerful wizard, and at the same time fulfills an ancient prophecy.

Original title:
Emerald City

Actors:
Adria Arjona, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Ana Ularu…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 7.2

Age limits :
16+


Belovodie. Mystery of the Lost Country (2016)

Continuation of the popular Russian television series “While the fern is blooming.” The failure of the earth in a dilapidated monastery unleashes a powerful evil. Former journalist Kirill has already saved our world from dark spells and bloodthirsty monsters in the past. To find out how to cope with a new threat, the hero goes to the magical land of Belovodie, but even there an irreconcilable struggle for power is in full swing.

Actors:
Alexander Petrov, Svetlana Sukhanova, Tatyana Orlova …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Wizards (2015 – 2020)

The list of the best TV series about magic and witchcraft continues the adaptation of the novels of the American writer Lev Grossman. A group of friends are studying at a magical academy. Heroes discover the other world, fight demons, save each other, and confront terrible villains. The television show with black humor was perceived by many viewers as a parody of fantasy clichés for an adult audience.

Original title:
The Magicians

Actors:
Stella Maeve, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.6

Age Limits :
16+


Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (2015)

The art of witchcraft in Britain was almost completely forgotten. Only the elderly recluse Mr. Norrell is able to work miracles. Having gone to London, the magician meets a young guy on the way, dreaming about the glory of the great sorcerer. A prim gentleman and an energetic newcomer will have to unite in order to revive faith in magic in the country and prevent tragic events.

Original title:
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell

Actors:
Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Mark Warren…

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Just Add Magic (2015 – 2019)

A captivating plot and good humor will ensure this children’s story a high place in any top series about magic. Three girlfriends find an old grandmother’s cookbook in the attic. Dishes prepared according to recipes from there, you can not only have a delicious lunch, but also have an amazing effect on people. With the help of a book, you can bring a lot of good to the world, but in the hands of a villain, the publication can lead to disastrous consequences.

Original Title :
Just Add Magic

Actors:
Olivia Sanabia, Abby Donnelly, Aubrey K. Miller…

Country:
USA

Rating:
IMDb – 8.3


Camelot (2011)

After the death of a powerful ruler, the country was in danger of being plunged into chaos. The empty throne is going to be taken by the powerful sorceress Morgana. The enchantress is confronted by the valiant and brave Arthur, the son of the deceased king. A mere mortal cannot compete with a real sorceress, but the wizard Merlin, worried about gloomy prophetic visions, is on the side of a brave young man.

Original title:
Camelot

Actors:
Joseph Fiennes, Jamie Campbell Bower, Tamzin Egerton …

Country:
Ireland, USA, UK, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Tower of Knowledge (2010)

After falling asleep playing a computer game, the protagonist wakes up in a mysterious school where teenagers are taught to use superpowers. None of the guys know how they got here, and have no idea how to get out of here. An unsuccessful escape attempt brings the guy together with a group of nonconformists. Together, the guys are trying to unravel all the secrets of a strange educational institution and return to their usual lives.

Original title:
Tower Prep

Actors:
Drew Van Ecker, Ryan Pinkston, Elise Gatien…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.8


Eastwick (2009)

A magical fantasy series based on the novel The Witches of Eastwick by John Updike. Three girls are languishing from the boredom of a provincial town. A meeting with a mysterious stranger reveals incredible powers in each of the heroines. The ability to create real magic will radically change the fate of her friends and completely turn the way of life of the dreary Eastwick.

Original title:
Eastwick

Actors:
Jamie Ray Newman, Lindsay Price, Rebecca Romijn …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 6.4


Merlin (2008 – 2012)

The backstory of a powerful wizard from the legends of the Middle Ages, which collected the most enthusiastic reviews from the audience. Young Merlin arrives in the kingdom of Camelot, where a strict ban on the use of magic has been imposed. According to the prediction of the Great Dragon, the hero must protect Prince Arthur. However, in order to protect the future legendary king from all threats, it is necessary to violate the prohibitions and turn to magic.

Original title:
Merlin

Actors:
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James…

Country:
Great Britain

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 7.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Legend of the Seeker (2008 – 2010)

Series about sorcerers based on the series of novels by Terry Goodkind. The forest guide is suddenly forced to change his occupation and turn into a Seeker of Truth. The hero will have to fight with a powerful black magician who despises humanity. Defeating an evil sorcerer is incredibly difficult, but in the fight for a just cause, the Seeker of Truth will be supported by a reliable team of people with unusual abilities.

Original title:
Legend of the Seeker

Actors:
Craig Horner, Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence…

Country:
USA, New Zealand

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Detective Dresden: X-Files (2007 – 2008)

An eccentric wizard with a dark past, Dresden uses magic to make money by investigating supernatural incidents. The omniscient spirit of an ancient sorcerer helps the sorcerer in a difficult task. Policewoman Connie often turns to the hero for help. During the joint work, the magician secretly falls in love with the guardian of the law, although she is rather skeptical about magic.

Original title:
The Dresden Files

Actors:
Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann…

Country:
Canada, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.2, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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