27 Best TV Shows About Witches
27 Best TV Shows About Witches
Witches and television pretty much go hand-in-hand. Viewers love watching shows about witches and magic and everything occult. To celebrate this awesome trend throughout television history, we have gathered a list of the best TV shows about witches!
The trend continues with at least three upcoming shows all about witches! While the reboot of Charmed hasn't yet aired, it already proves to be more diverse than the original with the Charmed Ones three women of color. One of the sisters is also a lesbian. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a darker take on Sabrina Spellman than fans are used to. So far, the response to the show has been positive and we can't wait to see it for ourselves. A Discovery of Witches, based on the books by book series by Deborah Harkness is also coming out later this year.
This list is in no particular order and is only meant to be a fun guide to help you select your next magical TV marathon. Read on for the best witch shows!
Charmed, the show about three sisters living in San Francisco who kick butt and always look great while doing it! Each sister had their own unique set of magical powers that aided them in taking on whatever evil monster got thrown at them next. Starring Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Shannen Doherty, this show makes us nostalgic for the days we watched Charmed reruns on weekday mornings during summer vacation.
Salem was an inaccurate but oh, so entertaining show about the Salem Witch Trials. While it only ran for three wonderful seasons, the show was dark, moody, and perfect escapist television, begging the question what if there really were witches in Salem all along?
3. The Vampire Diaries
While The Vampire Diaries may not have exclusively been about witches, witches were always a prominent part of the show and the town of Mystic Falls' history. Bonnie Bennett, played by Kat Graham, may have been the main character's bestie, but the cold hard truth is that no one on the show would have gotten anywhere if it wasn't Bonnie and her witchcraft!
4. The Originals
The Originals is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries, but features its own cast of badass witches. Set in New Orleans, a town rich with the occult, The Originals has plenty of witchy characters like Freya Michaelson, Davina Claire, Sophie Deveraux, and so many more amazing witches.
5. Witches of East End
A show based on the books by Melissa de la Cruz and cancelled well before it's time, Witches of East End gave us everything it had while it aired. The show follows the Beauchamp family of witches, including matriarch Joanna, her daughters Ingrid and Freya, and Joanna's sister Wendy as they make their lives in the fictional town of East End.
As far as witchy television shows go, Bewitched is the classic. It first aired in 1964 and ran for eight seasons before it finally ended in 1972. Bewitched was a show about a witch named Samantha. She married a human named Darrin but forgot to mention that she was a witch before their wedding.
Like The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural isn't exclusively about witches, though they play a large part on the show depended on what season or episode you happen to be watching at the time. Characters like Max Banes and his mother Tasha, Rowena, Clea, and Astaroth have popped up throughout the show with varying degrees of morality.
8. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a show that has only grown more popular with age (and it was pretty popular in the late 90s and early 00s). Buffy featured two very prominent witches in its cast of characters, Willow and Tara, that happened to be in a relationship with each other.
*Hex was a British TV show about a witch named Cassie who discovers she's a witch and descended from witches executed long ago. Honestly, this show is pretty convoluted and has a plot all over the place, but it is all about witches so it earns a place on this list. Spoilers: every single LGBT character basically gets killed at some point, which isn't very cool.
10. American Horror Story: Coven
The third chapter in the American Horror Story anthology, Coven was a blast from beginning to end. Taking historical elements from the city of New Orleans and combining them with modern day plot and setting made for great television. We wished that Coven would get a second season or could have just been longer than 13 episodes. Oh well, that's what fan fiction is.
Billed as a "cop story--with a twist," Grimm is loosely based on Grimm's Fairy Tales, along with a boatload of supernatural mythology. The witches in Grimm aren't called witches, though they share many traits with them. Grimm is a great show if you're looking for some general supernatural-style entertainment.
Switch is a 6 episode British comedy about four witches living in London and trying to adjust to the modern world after being sheltered by their old-fashioned mothers their entire lives.
13. The Secret Circle
Is it just me or do most shows about witches get cancelled before they get a chance to find their footing? The Secret Circle was another one that was too soon. Based on the book series of the same name, The Secret Circle follows a coven of teen witches living in Washington.
Eastwick is based on the John Updike novel The Witches of Eastwick and follows three witchy friends living in Eastwick who all wish for more excitement in their lives. A mysterious man shows up and that's where the fun really begins. Don't forget to check out the movie version too! It's a classic.
15. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Believe it or not, Sabrina the Teenage Witch was originally a character in the Archie comics before being adapted into a TV show that spawned three made for TV movies and two animated series. Next, we will see Sabrina in the Netflix Original, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina out later this year.
16. Good Witch
Good Witch is another show that comes with its own massive franchise because it originally began as a series of 7 made for TV movies, all starring Catherine Bell as Cassandra Nightingale. Along with her equally witchy daughter, Grace, the small family attempts to cope after the loss for their husband/father.
An animated series based on an Italian comic book of the same name, W.I.T.C.H. is about five girls chosen to guard walls between parallel universes and are given elemental powers to aid them in doing so. W.I.T.C.H. only ran for two seasons, but was a lot of fun while it was on!
Bitten, based on the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong, follows a werewolf named Elena. However, season 2 brings forth Paige Winterbourne, along with a few other witches that are so much fun to watch. The show really took off with the introduction of witches in season 2 (not to mention female characters in general).
19. Penny Dreadful
How much fun was Penny Dreadful? Set in Victorian London, the show brought in a lot of gothic elements to make for a wonderfully horrific show, including Evelyn Poole, a psychic medium that is also a secret witch coven leader.
20. Midnight, Texas
Having just premiered last year, Midnight, Texas is one of the newest shows with elements of witchcraft! Witch and magic shop owner Fiji Cavanaugh is a stand out character within the series and her arc of learning to accept and use her powers is both entertaining and endearing.
21. The Worst Witch
The Worst Witch book series by Jill Murphy and a 1986 movie proceeded 1998 The Worst Witch television series. The series follows Mildred Hubble, a bumbling baby witch attending Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches. A new TV version of the series began last year.
22. Weirdsister College
Only around for one season, Weirdsister College is a spin-off of The Worst Witch and follows Mildred and friends while they attend Weirdsister College to further their magical educations.
23. True Blood
Before Game of Thrones came along, True Blood was HBO's biggest show. While most of True Blood doesn't have a huge presence of witches outside of brujo Jesus, season 4 is all about witches. Revolving around a coven lead by Aunt Petunia, I mean Marnie, season 4 is all about magical possession, necromancy, and being burned at the stake. Not necessarily in that order.
Grachi, a show that follows the titular teen witch, is one of the most successful shows that has ever aired on Nickelodeon Latin America. Grachi was the first Nickelodeon Latin America to be filmed outside of Latin America. It ran of three seasons and aired more than 200 episodes! Nickelodeon later released an English language adaption called Every Witch Way.
25. Wizards of Waverly Place
While the characters of Wizards of Waverly Place might not exactly be witches, their magical abilities are close enough to be added to the list. The show contains many different magical elements including a wizard world, along with supernatural beings like werewolves and vampires.
The magic users in Shadowhunters are called warlocks rather than witches, but they're pretty much the same thing. Magnus is the main warlock of Shadowhunters and one of the very few bisexual men of color on television.
27. Once Upon A Time
The Disney fairy tale free-for-all, Once Upon A Time, features many witches throughout its 7 seasons. Regina, once known as the Evil Queen, is a powerful magic user, along with Rumplestiltskin. The Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good Witch are also characters in the show.