As we wake up to a brave new world in light of the Coronavirus outbreak, more lockdown restrictions have essentially led to more consumption of media such as films and TV shows. So, with that in mind we’re recommending some of the best Netflix fantasy series that you should be watching during this trying time. There have been a few excellent all-round shows on Netflix but these Netflix fantasy series in 2020 have raised the bar in terms of fantasy drama series on Netflix for a while now. Fantasy has always been a niche genre but in the past few years, there has been an explosion of shows and films that dive head-first into the whole fantasy trope. The Lord of the Rings franchise is largely responsible for the resurgence in popularity of the genre and the series’ influence can be felt to this day.
Fantasy shows are not just limited to Netflix series’ with supernatural powers but come with a different variety of stories and even different languages. We will be sure to include some of the most watched fantasy shows on Netflix but a few shows we’ve recommended aren’t as popular but are just as exciting and action-packed as the top fantasy series shows on Netflix. And not to disappoint the horror hounds, this list will contain a few supernatural shows on Netflix as well. We hope you all stay home, stay safe and are sitting on your couches watching some of these awesome shows. .
Based on the cult film of the same name, From Dusk till Dawn is a darker fantasy show that tells the story of brothers Seth and Gordon Gekko as they find themselves in the fight of their lives against vicious vampires and creatures from Aztec mythology. It’s a bit darker and more violent than most fantasy shows but it does feature some great characters including a tough-as-nails sheriff on the trail of the Gekko brothers and a bevy of charming but dangerous vampire lords. A must-watch if you’re into horror/fantasy.
Based on the acclaimed comic book series, Lucifer is one of the wittier TV fantasy shows on Netflix and Tom Ellis plays a mean Devil. The show follows Lucifer as he renounces his position as ruler of Hell and now runs a nightclub in Los Angeles called Lux. He also helps out the LAPD in solving a number of mystical crimes and also battles wayward forces from both Heaven and hell as they attempt to drag him down to once again take over the reigns as the ruler of hell.
Werewolves and vampires together in a single show? Say it ain’t so. The Order looks to take the mythology of these two famous monsters and throws them into a modern-day setting. The show follows John Morton as he joins a society of magic users and finds out that the world he knew was a lie and that darker forces are at play. Cue the werewolves and some excellent special and visual effects. It’s hard to actually get a werewolf right on screen but this show does it better than most.
If you like the melding of martial arts mysticism and fantasy then Wu Assassins is just the right show for you. Featuring some excellent fight choreography, the show stars Iko Uwais of The Raid fame and his journey to recover 5 magical powers from various gang lords who threated to destroy the world, given the opportunity. As usual, Iko Uwais kicks some serious butt with the help of some special effects but more often than not, it showcases just how good these fight choreographers are. Do not miss this show if you like a bit of martial arts in your fantasy shows.
One of the newer shows on the block. The Letter for the King tells the story of a knight and his journey to deliver a letter to the most powerful man in the kingdom, the king. I mean, yes it does sound a bit generic but let us assure you that it is anything but generic. The show looks great, basically, Netflix spent some money on the show and it’s got a compelling story to carry the action forward. Also, it’s just a season long so it’s a quick watch as well.
A true supernatural show on Netflix, Vampires tells the coming of age tale of a half-human/vampire hybrid Parisian girl. The show does follow the vampire mythology rather closely and has some of the better cinematography we’ve seen on a TV show. It’s bloody, violent and portrays vampires as the true monsters of ancient folklore.
Based on the series of best-selling books that inspired the even better selling video game, The Witcher might not be the best fantasy tv show on Netflix but it does have its moments. The story follows the titular Witcher named Geralt as he navigates the political and social powder keg of ‘The Continent’. It takes a little while before the show truly hits its stride but Henry Cavill totally kills it as Geralt of Rivia and his performance really makes the show. Read our review here.
Based on the best-selling series of Dark Horse comic books, the Umbrella Academy is truly one of the most unique Netflix shows out there. There’s a lot of weirdness going on with the show such as a talking chimpanzee and a man with the body of a gorilla, just to name a few. The Umbrella Academy tells the tale of a set of super powered individuals with an absentee adopted father and a robot mother. Trust us, it all makes sense when you watch the show.
Another show that’s based on a comic book, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina has some of the best practical effects in a Netflix fantasy web series. The story follows the titular Sabrina as she comes to terms with her status as one of the most powerful witches in the world and her role as the protector of mankind. It’s funny, cool and has an edge to it that most other shows don’t have. Plus, did we mention the amazing practical effects?
As dystopian futures go, it doesn’t get any better than Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror. More an anthology of short films than a full length TV show, the only thing that really connects the episodes together is the fact that everyone in the show lives in the same, dark future. This is probably what we’d call the thinking man’s science fiction/ fantasy and it could even be a precursor of things to come in our own reality. Smart, topical and full of energy, Black Mirror is one of the best Netflix sci-fi series on platform. Read our review here
The Protector is one of the best shows on Netflix, period. It’s got action, supernatural fights and more. The story follows Hakan, a young shopkeeper whose world is torn apart down when he finds that he is connected to a secret ancient order that is tasked with protecting Istanbul from an immortal enemy. Sounds good, right. Trust us, it’s a pretty kickass show.
This show defines the word fantasy. The Dark Crystal was one of the defining films of the 80’s and this Netflix fantasy web series sets out to be the same for this generation. All told through the art of puppetry, the show gives us a look at the amazing worlds and creations of Jim Henson. Perfect for the whole family, The Dark Crystal is one of the more unique fantasy shows on Netflix.
After languishing in development hell for quite some time, Locke and Key finally made its way to Netflix and we can thank the streaming service for that. Based on a series of comic books by Joe Hill, the show has a slightly lighter tone than the comic but it does not distract from the fact that it’s one of the better shows on the platform. The story follows the lives of the Locke family and their adventures with a bunch of reality bending keys. Saying any more would spoil the fun. Do check it out.
One of the better fantasy TV shows in 2020, Ragnarok is a norwegian show that retells the story of Ragnarok. It’s very low-key in its fantasy but does make up for it with excellent performances and an even better soundtrack. Do not let the subtitles fool you, Ragnarok is really good.
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