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The Best Witch TV Shows (And the Worst)

It’s October, so the fires are burning and cauldrons are bubbling — but it doesn’t have to be autumn to embrace all things witchy. (Of course it helps, but every season is a good season for magic.)

We’ve gathered our favorite television series where the occult takes center stage: Think your Sabrina the Teenage Witch(es), your Charmed sisters, even your nose-twitching suburban housewives. Not every show here is specifically about witches, but they all contain major characters of the bruja persuasion. Think: the powerful wife of time-traveling Ichabod Crane in Sleepy Hollow, Red Priestess Melisandre in Game of Thrones, and Nightcomer leader Evelyn Poole on Penny Dreadful. And yeah, The Vampire Diaries was mainly about blood-sucking supernatural creatures, but witches played a major role on the series (and an even bigger one on spinoff The Originals).

This isn’t a ranking of the witches themselves — though you can rank your favorites here if you want! — but rather a ranking of the series on which they appear by their series-level Tomatometer score. For those shows without series scores, they’re listed them alphabetically Z-A ahead of the scored shows listed below.

#32
Synopsis: The misadventures of students at Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches.... [More]
Directed By: Lindy Heymann, Brian Grant

Synopsis: A half-mortal, half-witch teen copes with high school and her newfound powers in this charmer, for a time the crown... [More]

Hex (2004)

#30
Synopsis: A shy student with supernatural powers deals with terrifying links to her past while trying to fit in like a... [More]
Directed By: Brian Grant

Good Witch (2015)

#29
Synopsis: The adventures of a mysteriously enchanting woman, who peaks the curiosity of her neighbours. Based on the "Good Witch" series... [More]

Synopsis: Ghosts, witches and werewolves populated this creepy daytime serial about Maine's Collins family, which included Barnabas, a nearly 200-year-old vampire... [More]

Charmed (1998)

#27
Synopsis: Popular Aaron Spelling-produced fantasy about three sexy sisters who happen to be witches living in the eerie San Francisco house... [More]

Bitten (2014)

#26
Synopsis: A supernatural thriller about the lone female werewolf in existence whose perfect life as a photographer is disrupted when a... [More]

Bewitched (1964)

#25
Synopsis: An enchanting sitcom about beautiful, nose-twitching witch Samantha Stevens, who moves to the suburbs to be with her strait-laced mortal... [More]

Eastwick (2009)
35%

#24
Synopsis: A mysterious man arrives in a New England town and helps three women discover their unknown powers. Based on the... [More]

Emerald City (2017)
38%

#23
Synopsis: A dark, modern reimagining of "The Wizard of Oz."... [More]

The Secret Circle (2011)
47%

#22
Synopsis: THE SECRET CIRCLE, a drama full of mystery, chronicles the story of a young girl who discovers not only that... [More]

Midnight, Texas (2017)
61%

#21
Synopsis: A haven for vampires, psychics and other strange folk, Midnight gives outsiders a place to belong. Viewed as outcasts, the... [More]

Witches of East End (2013)
65%

#20
Synopsis: Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's New York Times best-selling novel, "Witches of East End" centers on the mysterious Beauchamp... [More]

True Blood (2008)
70%

#19
Synopsis: HBO's hit drama series created by Alan Ball ('Six Feet Under') and based on the best-selling Sookie Stackhouse novels by... [More]

Charmed (2004)
71%

#18
Synopsis: This rebooted series revolves around three sisters Macy, Mel and Maggie who discover that they possess magical powers after the... [More]

Shadowhunters (2016)
76%

#17
Synopsis: On her 18th birthday, a woman discovers that she's an angel-human hybrid who hunts demons. Based on the book series... [More]

Sleepy Hollow (2013)
77%

#16
Synopsis: An update of Washington Irving's classic tale about Ichabod Crane, who wakes up in the 21st century but finds his... [More]

Once Upon a Time (2011)
80%

#15
Synopsis: This drama series revolves around a woman with a troubled past. Her destiny unfolds when she arrives in a mysterious... [More]

#14
Synopsis: A cheerleader is chosen to battle the forces of evil as she weathers the storms of young adulthood in an... [More]

Salem (2014)
82%

#13
Synopsis: The world of the Salem witch trials is explored in this drama set in 17th-century Massachusetts.... [More]

Merlin (2009)
82%

#12
Synopsis: A retelling of the Arthurian legend that centers on Merlin, a young wizard new to Camelot, a kingdom ruled by... [More]

Synopsis: Imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the... [More]

Adjusted Score: 84.232%
Critics Consensus: A noteworthy ensemble cast combined with creepy storytelling and campy, outrageous thrills make American Horror Story: Coven a potently structured fright-fest.
Synopsis: The third season of this horror anthology series is set primarily at a secret school for witches in New Orleans.... [More]

The Originals (2013)
84%

#9
Synopsis: A spin-off of "The Vampire Diaries" focuses on the original vampire family who return to New Orleans to reclaim the... [More]

The Vampire Diaries (2009)
85%

#8
Synopsis: It's Elena's first day back at Mystic Falls High School since the tragic death of her parents. Along with her... [More]

Angel (1999)
88%

#7
Synopsis: The enlightened vampire risks his soul to battle dark forces in the City of Angels in this noirish 'Buffy the... [More]

Grimm (2011)
89%

#6
Synopsis: From executive producers David Greenwalt (Angel, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Jim Kouf (Angel, National Treasure) comes a new world... [More]

Game of Thrones (2011)
89%

#5
Synopsis: An adaptation of author George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" medieval fantasies about power struggles among the... [More]

Penny Dreadful (2014)
91%

#4
Synopsis: Some of literature's most terrifying characters, including Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray, and iconic figures from the novel Dracula are lurking... [More]

Ash vs Evil Dead (2015)
99%

#3
Synopsis: When a plague threatens mankind, a chainsaw-handed hero reluctantly re-ups to save the world in this sort-of sequel to the... [More]

The Addams Family (1964)
100%

#2
Synopsis: Comedy about a ghoulish household, created by the cartoonist Charles Addams.... [More]

#1
Synopsis: A contemporary love story that begins against the backdrop of Oxford academic life, in a world where small numbers of... [More]


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