If the cold weather and impending stress of the holidays is already getting to you, head to Netflix for a wealth of series waiting to offer you an enchanting escape. The streaming service's catalog of fantasy titles for January are ready to sweep you away on an incredible adventure.
If you don't have time to immerse yourself in a feature-length saga in one sitting, Netflix also has an exciting collection of episodic fantasies this month. Filled with vampires, medieval settings, and plenty of supernatural elements, these series suggestions will satisfy your craving for magic for both adults and younger viewers.
These series are some of the best out there. So settle in, click play, and check out the 21 best fantasy shows available on Netflix in January.
All eight seasons of the original Charmed are currently available to stream on Netflix, as well as the first season of the 2018 reboot. The original stars Alyssa Milano as Phoebe, a New Yorker who moves back to San Francisco to live with her sisters Prue (Shannon Doherty) and Piper (Holly Marie Combs) in an extremely charming Victorian house.
When the sisters discover and accidentally activate an ancient text in their attic, they realize they each have different, and potentially dangerous, magical powers. Part of a line of witches destined to protect mortals from supernatural dangers, the sisters must quickly master their magical abilities to win the epic battle between good and evil.
The rebooted series is also full of witchy fun, and follows three sisters in Hilltowne, Michigan who learn of their powers after their mother passes away.
The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance
A prequel series to the 1982 dark fantasy movie The Dark Crystal from Jim Henson, Age of Resistance is so much more affecting and compelling than one might expect a literal puppet show to be.
Set on Thra, the same planet as the original film, the series follows a group of Gelflings — an elf-like, pacifist race — as they foment rebellion against the cruel, vulture-like Skeksis.
With complex world-building and truly stunning special effects, Age of Resistance is magical in a way no prior Netflix Original series has benn.
What if the Devil did actually have a heart? This fun, dark drama-comedy series focuses on the titular character after he becomes dissatisfied with his throne in Hell. When Satan retires to Los Angeles, he indulges in his greatest loves: wine and women. However, everything changes when someone is murdered outside of his club and Lucifer meets a detective named Chloe whose inherent kindness intrigues him.
As they spend more time together, Lucifer begins to question his evil nature. With each interaction he has with Chloe, Lucifer starts to believe that perhaps there is a chance for redemption. But will he be able to overcome his dark side?
The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
“Chilling” is an understatement for this horror-twisted adaptation of the original Archie Comic book series. The series follows Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch and half-mortal girl who constantly struggles with her two identities. While she loves her high school friends and mortal boyfriend, she also has a duty and obligation to her coven that compromises many of her own moral beliefs.
Sabrina is faced with a dilemma at the beginning of the series. If she signs her name in the Dark Lord's book, she has to renounce all ties to the mortal world. But the clever witch hatches a plan that will help her get the best of both worlds—a plan that will change not only her life, but the way the coven functions forever.
With heavy doses of occult imagery, some slight gore, and plenty of spooky magic spells, this show is definitely not for the faint of heart.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
Based on the acclaimed novel of the same name by Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a seven-part miniseries adaptation from BBC One. An alternative history fantasy set during the beginning of the Napoleonic Wars, the miniseries explores a version of England where magic was once very real and frequently practiced, but has since become obsolete.
Against the backdrop of international conflict, two very different burgeoning magicians — the titular Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell — begin to explore their magical talents. Like The Magicians mixed with Masterpiece Theatre, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is a sumptuous miniseries that fans of historical fiction and fantasy should stream.
The Vampire Diaries
Elena (Nina Dobrev) is dreading going back to school in her small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia.
Her parents died over the summer, and she's not prepared for the pitying, curious looks she'll get from her classmates. But when Elena meets and instantly connects with classmate Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley), she starts to believe there's a future for her in Mystic Falls after all.
Soon, Elena and Stefan are falling for each other — but Stefan has a dark secret. He and his chaotic brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) are both centuries-old vampires with ancient ties to Elena, and to Mystic Falls. Elena has difficult choices to make: between her old life and the new, darkness and light, and two powerful brothers from her long-forgotten past.
All eight seasons of this soapy supernatural show are waiting to slake your thirst on Netflix.
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Once Upon a Time
All seven seasons of this ABC show are currently streaming on Netflix. The fictional town of Storybrooke,Maine is populated by fairy tale characters unaware they're under a cruel enchantment.
The residents of the town have had their memories erased by the vengeful Evil Queen Regina (Lana Parrilla), who serves as Storybrooke's mayor. But Regina's rigid reign is threatened by the arrival of Emma Swan (Jennifer Morrison), daughter of Prince Charming and Snow White.
Emma is the only person who can relieve the town of its enchantment — and as such, she becomes Regina's enemy number one.
A super-fun fantasy filled with romance and tongue-in-cheek references, Once Upon a Time is perfect for fantasy fans with a particular soft spot for Disney. From Peter Pan's Captain Hook to Elsa from Frozen or The Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland, Once Upon a Time is jam-packed with live-action interpretations of beloved animated Disney characters.
This cult hit Showtime series ran for only three seasons, but left a big imprint on fans of the supernatural—so much so that a spinoff series is set to premiere in 2019. The story centers around Vanessa (Eva Green) an enigmatic woman with a dark past. Vanessa's life in London is populated by characters inspired by iconic 19th century penny dreadful stories.
Everyone from Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney) to Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway) makes an appearance in this spooky, sexy series. All three seasons are streaming now on Netflix, just in time for you to be caught up by the release of Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
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The Shannara Chronicles
Based off The Sword of Shannara trilogy by Terry Brooks, this exciting fantasy series takes place in the Four Lands, a world plagued by demons. The army of demons pour in from a realm known as the Forbidding, leading to the collapse of humanity. When the conflict reaches a fever pitch, it’s up to the Elvin Princess Amberle, a human named Eretria, and a half-elf named Wil, and the last living druid Allanon to save the world.
Later on in their quest, the four adventurers are joined by a mysterious woman named Mareth. Not much is known about the figure, but it seems she too will play a role in the war with the demons. Join the party on an unforgettable journey filled with plenty of magic, magical creatures, intriguing lore, and a little bit of magic.
From Futurama and The Simpsons creator Matt Groenig comes this animated parody of typical fantasy shows. The series takes place in the kingdom of Dreamland, a deteriorating castle town ruled by a selfish and incompetent king.
The story focuses on Princess Bean, an alcoholic young woman who travels with her cheery yet slightly aggressive elf-partner Elfo, and a sarcastic demon named Luci.
The trio get themselves into all sorts of hilarious trouble as they explore their magical surroundings and cause chaos in Dreamland. Throughout their misadventures, the threesome accidentally cause a war, discover magical secrets, and unwrap Princess Bean's past. The series takes a while to hit its stride, but when the plot begins to unfold, it's definitely worth the ride.
Obsessed with fantasy books, Quentin Coldwater enrolls in Brakebills, a college which specializes in magic. As he begins to find his place within the school, he discovers that one his favorite fantasy series is actually fact. While this excites him at first, Quentin also realizes that the dangers in this book series are also very real as well.
In addition to this revelation, Quentin’s childhood friend Julia is devastated when she doesn’t get entry into the school, and she begins to find other ways of teaching herself magic.
Eventually their individual plot lines come together to form one incredible story that is truly—for lack of better words—magical. Julia and Quentin's storylines are sure to keep viewers engaged as they navigate the intriguing, exciting, and dramatic world of The Magicians.
This South Korean television series lands in Netflix’s catalog this June. The story takes place in the mythical land of Arthdal, an ancient kingdom in the Korean Peninsula. The series focuses on two heroes of legend: Eunseom, a warrior from the Wahan tribe, and Tagon, the son of the Saenyeok Tribe leader.
As the two soldiers clash with each other, surrounding regions in the area devise plans to try and snag entire kingdom. Regarded as "South Korea's answer to Game of Thrones," this series premieres on Netflix June 1st and is primed to become your next fantasy obsession.
This spin-off series of The Vampire Diaries centers around Klaus—the first half-vampire, half-wolf—and his vampire siblings Elijah and Rebekah. The trio are known as “the Originals” since they were the first ever vampires to walk the earth. When they return to their home in New Orleans, they learn of troubling news in the supernatural community.
As tensions rise, Klaus and his family gets caught up in the drama, forcing the family to navigate the whole mess with minimal bloodshed. The show's five seasons are all full of juicy drama. Fans of The Vampire Diaries are sure to enjoy this melodramatic fantasy series filled with romance, twists, and supernatural creatures.
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The Dragon Prince
This computer-animated series takes place on the magical continent of Xadia. According to this world’s history, humans were unable to use the magic that is prominent on Xadia, and instead harnessed dark magic via the life-force of magical creatures. When the other races discovered this, they drove the humans to the other side of the continent.
There, they founded their own kingdoms. But when the humans kill the dragon king and his only egg disappears, the stalemate in Xadia threatens to escalate into all-out war. It’s up to two human princes and an elven assassin to find the missing egg and prevent devastation on the continent.
As they go on their journey, the trio discover that there is much more to the disappearance of the egg than what they had initially thought.
This series is an excellent retelling of the Arthurian legends. Merlin focuses on the iconic wizard during his earlier years as a youth with Prince Arthur. When the two meet they butt heads and make assumptions about each other’s personalities. But when Merlin saves Arthur’s life, the two become closer. Eventually, Merlin becomes Arthur's loyal servant and the two develop a lifelong friendship.
The series’ overarching narrative involves a prophecy that states the two characters have an important destiny to fulfill. As Merlin and Arthur go on adventures and quests throughout the series, the epic roles they will ultimately assume become more apparent.
Fans of the show love Merlin and Arthur's interactions, and their chemistry is one of the most endearing parts of this fun series.
Based on the video game series of the same name, this animated gothic horror series centers around the disgraced hunter Trevor Belmont and his quest to restore his family name and save the nation of Wallachia from the clutches of Dracula.
When his human wife Lisa Tepes is burned at the stake for witchcraft, a heartbroken Dracula declares war on humanity. Using powerful technology and alchemy, Dracula creates a moving castle from within which he strategizes village raids with other powerful vampire generals.
Overrun by creatures of the night, Wallachia’s civilians struggle to maintain ordinary lives while Dracula unleashes chaos on their lands. Thankfully, skilled hunters like Trevor exist to help fight against Dracula’s forces. Accompanied by a female magician named Sypha and Dracula’s vengeful son, Alucard, the trio vow to destroy Dracula and save all of humanity.
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If you're looking for a binge that will keep you busy for awhile, try Netflix's 14 seasons of Supernatural. The dark urban fantasy series follows the Winchester brothers as they travel across the country battling both literal demons and the figurative demons of their dysfunctional family.
Like The X-Files, Supernatural is a satisfying mix of both monster-of-the-week episodes and more long-running story arcs which flesh out the world's mythology. That makes it both a great have-on-in-the-background binge show and a series it's easy to become deeply invested in (as evidenced by the wealth of Supernatural fanfiction).
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The Returned / Les Revenants
This haunting, International Emmy-winning French series is totally worth putting up with subtitles for. The residents of a small town are by turns terrified and ecstatic when dead villagers suddenly return, alive and well.
Many returns, such as that of a young boy who was murdered by intruders, are met with rejoicing. Others, like that of a local serial killer, are much more complicated. And as the town adjusts to a total reconfiguring of how they perceive life and death, mysterious events continue to occur, including power outages and strange marks on the bodies of the alive and the recently-returned dead.
Fans of The Leftovers or The Society will quickly become addicted to this haunting story of a small, isolated town completely overturned by supernatural events.
Based on the book series of the same name by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander is the perfect show for when you need a respite from everyday life. The science-fantasy series combines incredible historical detail and unbelievable chemistry to tell the story of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan), lovers whose romance spans centuries.
After the close of World War I, British nurse Claire and her husband Frank Randall (Tobias Menzies) travel to Inverness for a long-delayed honeymoon. While visiting local ruins, Claire suddenly falls back in time to the 18th century, where she's suspected of being a British spy. Thankfully, Highlander Jamie Fraser trusts her intentions, and helps protect her against suspicion.
Soon, Claire finds herself torn between loyalty to her not-yet-born husband and her passion for Jamie.
A Netflix original series based on the video game of the same name (and its literary source material by Andrzej Sapowski), The Witcher stars Henry Cavill as monster-hunter Geralt of Rivia.
The titular witcher, Geralt has a lonely existence traveling across the Continent and slaying monsters. Filled with fascinating female characters and incredible swordplay, The Witcher has inevitably been compared to Game of Thrones — but in many ways, its world is so much for fun than Westeros.
Cancelled before its time after just two seasons, Galavant is a self-aware musical send-up of fantasy tropes. The plot follows the titular knight Sir Galavant (Joshua Sasse), who is determined to prove his valor by killing evil King Richard (Timothy Omundson) and saving damsel in distress Queen Madalena (Mallory Jansen).
Although Galavant is satirical, its music is sincerely great. Veteran Disney composer Alan Menken (The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, etc.) wrote Galavant's songs, which elevate the show into something truly memorable. The stellar cast also features musical legends such as Weird Al Yankovic.
Fun, funny, and genuinely moving, it's no wonder The Verge recently called Galavant the most-underrated show of the 2010s. Catch the two seasons of this cult series while they're still streaming on Netflix.
Featured still from "Galavant" via ABC.