‘A Discovery of Witches’ is one of the most acclaimed shows in recent times. While on the surface it may seem like a generic fantasy show, the performances, setting and craft elevate it to a whole other level. Praise was mostly directed towards the performances of its two leads — Teresa Palmer and Matthew Goode. They set the tone for the series and play a huge role in lifting it well beyond the capabilities of its plot. Premiered in September last year, the first season consists of 8 episodes and Sky One has renewed the series for season 2 and 3. The story-line of the show may not seem particularly original but what the makers have done here is that they’ve kept things quite simple and used this simplicity to explore the thematic ambitions of the story.
Sometimes when you are in that haze of a great fantasy novel or movie, do you ever start wondering if witches, vampires, werewolves and other imaginary creatures actually exist in the world around us? Diana Bishop, the lead character of the show, lives in a world like that, but she fails to embrace the fact that she comes from a family of witches. Instead, she lives her life as a skeptic historian who has a deep interest in Alchemy. Driven by her curiosity to know more, she starts researching Elias Ashmole’s papers in the Oxford Library. Here, she finds Ashmole 782 and she is shocked to learn that it was missing for a very long time and is still desired by species of every known creature.
She soon realizes that Ashmole 782 has put her life is in grave danger and to save herself from all the threats around her, she must unravel the secrets that this scripture holds. When she encounters a vampire named Matthew Clairmont who offers to help her, she must take a leap of faith as it is well known to both of them that vampires and witches cannot trust each other. But she realizes that she’ll need all the help she can get and together, they dive into a world of conflict with other creatures of the world.
Fantasy novels, movies, and shows have become a common occurrence in a world where we all look for an escape of some sort and nothing does it better than entering a whole new magical world of mythical creatures. This is the reason why so many shows with similar themes and storylines are being made. With that said, here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘A Discovery of Witches’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘A Discovery of Witches’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
12. Supernatural (2005)
‘Supernatural‘ is one TV show that has been here for a long, long time. With close to 314 episodes by now, this show is something we just can’t enough of. A lot of fantasy based shows lose their charm after a while and become a bit too draggy, but this one manages to get better with time. One of the best out there in this genre, this one’s about two Winchester brothers who were raised to hunt and kill demonic creatures by their father. These creatures were responsible for their mother’s death when they were young. The brothers continue their father’s legacy even after his death and along the way, learn that their hunting profession is not just about hunting and killing these evil forces but also about dealing with some other powerful creatures like angels, gods, and reapers.