15 Enchanting TV Shows About Witches
From magic tricks to spell books, we’ve been enchanted by the supernatural for quite some time. However, it’s not just vampires and werewolves that have stood out in some of our favorite TV series, witches, in particular, have captured our imaginations throughout the decades on shows like Bewitched, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and even True Blood. From reluctant witches who have just discovered their heritage, to dark witches who used their powers for evil, every bewitching character on TV has put their spin on what it means to be a witch.
As we gear up to watch all of the latest enchanting TV shows on witches, including a Charmed reboot The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and check out 15 TV shows that center on some legendary sorcerers.
We’ve been watching the Winchester brothers, Sam, and Dean for 14 seasons on Supernatural. They’ve hunted demonic creatures and other sinister supernatural forces. Though witches are not central to the series, they have certainly popped up over the years including, Max Banes and his mother Tasha, Rowena, Clea, and Astaroth. It’s also worth noting that not all of these witches are good.
Next: A Netflix special with teen witches at the center
14. The Worst Witch
The Netflix television series The Worst Witch is based on Jill Murphy’s book series of the same name. The series follows Mildred Hubble, an ordinary girl (or muggle) from a world outside of magic. Mildred just happens to find herself at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches.
The series is modern, sophisticated and glorious especially for a show aimed at young teens.
Next: An ABC show with more magical people than we could handle
13. Once Upon A Time
For seven seasons, ABC gave us a Disney free-for-all with Once Upon A Time. The series followed the residents in the fictitious seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine. The characters were robbed of their original memories by the Evil Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla) who used a powerful curse obtained from Rumplestiltskin (Robert Carlyle).
Once Upon A Time has a slew of witches including Regina who was a powerful magic user, the Wicked Witch of the West, and Glinda the Good Witch. The rest of your fairytale favs were also present.
Next: A show where vampires didn’t get all the shine.
12. The Originals
There are few excellent television spin-offs, but The Vampire Diaries’ spin-off, The Originals was pretty legendary. Set in New Orleans, which if you know anything about witchcraft is iconic, The Originals followed vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson as he and his family become embroiled in the supernatural politics of New Orleans.
Witches also stood at the center of the series, including Freya Michaelson, Davina Claire, and Sophie Deveraux. The vamps don’t always get all of the glory.
Next: A teen witch with an iconic cat.
11. Sabrina the Teenage Witch
If you grew up living for ABC’s TGIF lineup, then we’re sure you were a fan of Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Melissa Joan Hart starred as the quirky Sabrina Spellman who lived with her witchy aunts and came from a long line of magical ladies. Much lighter than many of the other shows featuring witches on TV, Sabrina was trying to figure out how to use her powers wisely and get through high school.
Next: A series with warlocks which are pretty much the same as witches.
Freeform hit the nail on the head with Shadowhunters. The series follows human-angel hybrids, called Shadowhunters, who hunt demons. Katherine McNarma plays Clary Fray who finds out she comes from a long line of Shadowhunters. After her mother is kidnapped, Clary is thrust into a dark world full of vampires and warlocks.
There are technically no witches on the show, but warlocks are essentially the same thing. Harry Shum Jr. stars as Magnus, a warlock who just happens to be one of the only bisexual men of color on TV.
Next: An HBO show that gave an entire season to the witches.
9. True Blood
Long before Game of Thrones, True Blood reigned supreme on HBO. The series follows Louisiana waitress Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) who falls for Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a 173-year-old vampire in a world where vampires are just going public. Though vampires were clearly the main focus during the seven seasons of the series, witches made quite an appearance in Season 4.
During the fourth season of True Blood, we are introduced to Marnie (Fiona Shaw) and her coven. The entire season was about magical possession, witchcraft, and being burned at stake. Quite witchy if you ask us.
Next: A series that puts a quirky witch at the center.
8. Midnight, Texas
Charlaine Harris’ book series has come to life with the supernatural drama, Midnight, Texas. The series follows young psychic Manfred Bernardo (François Arnaud), who seeks refuge in Midnight, Texas. In Midnight he finds a community that includes a vampire, a witch, a fallen angel, a demon and a shapeshifter.
Witch and magic shop owner Fiji Cavanaugh (Parisa Fitz-Henley) is the standout on the series as the quirky free spirit who is struggling to come to terms with just how powerful she truly is.
Next: A mysterious series that certainly wasn’t as dreadful as its name.
7. Penny Dreadful
Showtime’s horror drama Penny Dreadful was quite a ride while it was on for three seasons. The show followed classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray. Timothy Dalton portrayed Sir Malcolm, an explorer who has lost his daughter to the city’s creatures and is committed to doing whatever is needed to get her back.
One of Penny Dreadful’s main characters was Evelyn Poole (Helen McCrory), a psychic medium who was also a secret witch coven leader.
Next: A teen drama with vampires and witches at the center.
6. The Vampire Diaries
A twisted love triangle about two vampire brothers and the human woman caught between them? What more could you want? The CW’s The Vampire Diaries ran for eight seasons and followed Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev), a teenage girl who falls in love with a 162-year-old vampire named Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley). She’s further intrigued when his bad boy older brother, Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) gets thrown into the mix.
However, as we quickly discover, the town of Mystic Falls doesn’t merely attract vampires. Elena’s best friend, Bonnie Bennett (Kat Graham) was a witch whose apprehension of vampires and stunning sorcery kept everyone from completely falling apart.
Next: A vampire slayer who had a bewitching BFF
5. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you were around in the ’90s, then you probably lived for Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, the teenage girl who was responsible for saving the world and making it to the first period on time. The series didn’t just focus on vampires, Buffy’s bestie Willow (Alyson Hannigan) was a witch, and she just happened to be in a relationship with another witch named Tara (Amber Benson).
As much as the series focused on Buffy, it also focused on Willow as she discovered her powers and just how dark they could become.
Next: A ’60s witch who was so much more than a housewife.
In the ’60s and ’70s, there was one show centered around witches that reigned supreme. Bewitched starred Elizabeth Montgomery as Samantha, a witch who falls in love with a New York executive named Darren (Dick York). However, Samantha has one secret, she’s one of the most powerful witches in society. When Darren learns new wife’s secret, he’s horrified and makes he promise to never use her powers.
As you can imagine, things don’t go according to Darren’s plan because living without magic is simply not something Sam can do.
Next: Some witches who never got to fully realize their powers.
3. Witches of East End
Based on Melissa de la Cruz books of the same name, Lifetime’s Witches of East End was absolutely iconic, and it was canceled way too soon. The series followed the Beauchamps, Joanna (Julia Ormond), her daughters Ingrid (Rachel Boston) and Freya (Jenna Dewan), and Joanna’s sister Wendy (Mädchen Amick) who live in the fictional town of East End.
The women were gifted with a magical birthright which they slowly begin to uncover. The series worked do well because it effectively balanced supernatural and family drama. It even took things a step further with its iconic cliffhangers. It was Charmed with better special effects.
Next: A series about the greatest coven.
2. American Horror Story: Coven
The third season of the American Horror Story was all about the witches; Coven follows a coven of witches who are descendants from some of those who escaped Salem and who reside within Miss Robichaux’s Academy in New Orleans. Not only did the series use the rich history of NOLA as a backdrop in its story, but it also unpacked the Seven Wonders of Witchcraft.
It was wickedly amusing.
Next: A thrilling original
There is perhaps no show about witches more legendary than Charmed. The series premiered on The WB and followed the Halliwell sisters, the oldest Prue (Shannen Dorety), who was responsible and trying to hold everyone together. Piper (Holly Marie Combs) was the frank and fair middle sister just trying to keep the peace. Pheobe (Alyssa Milano) on the other hand was carefree and fearless. The show lasted for eight seasons as the women tried to figure out their powers and themselves.
In Season 4, we were introduced to a new sister, Paige (Rose McGowen) who shook things up anymore. Feminist-minded and glorious, Th CW’s Charmed reboot has a lot to live up to. Let’s hope it does not disappoint.
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