The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix)
(Photo by Netflix)

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]

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: Sisters Macy, Mel and Maggie discover they possess magical powers after the death of their mother.... [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)
76%

#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: A woman's destiny unfolds when she arrives in a modern-day town populated by fairy-tale characters.... [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)
85%

#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: 84.318%
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)
86%

#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: This `ghoul comedy' is based on Charles Addams' cartoons, which appeared in the New Yorker and featured such characters as... [More]

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


Like this? Subscribe to our newsletter and get more features, news, and guides in your inbox every week.

Tag Cloud

robots game of thrones aliens Mystery Summer sequel spanish language versus zombies MCU space Warner Bros. OneApp toy story Disney 21st Century Fox Sci-Fi child's play directors Star Wars Avengers VH1 Reality Competition cancelled TV shows cooking what to watch war Netflix Christmas movies Chilling Adventures of Sabrina disaster comic LGBT Tumblr facebook thriller Mudbound FX diversity Bravo Red Carpet History DC Universe Women's History Month Opinion Television Academy Awards Tour Teen comedies The Witch Nat Geo Lucasfilm blockbuster Peacock name the review spider-man streaming TV TBS Polls and Games Acorn TV BET Spectrum Originals HBO PBS criterion Apple TV+ Trophy Talk 71st Emmy Awards movie MTV mutant 45 hist serial killer adaptation NYCC Song of Ice and Fire Premiere Dates television Hallmark Christmas movies TV Land Binge Guide Quiz Sneak Peek Fall TV X-Men Drama San Diego Comic-Con Best and Worst Nickelodeon Discovery Channel reviews The Purge New York Comic Con Shudder TCM WarnerMedia quibi Christmas canceled TV shows Food Network finale Epix based on movie VICE Pirates President doctor who Box Office DC streaming service dogs Cannes Valentine's Day Disney+ Disney Plus Amazon Prime Video mockumentary casting Amazon Marathons American Society of Cinematographers children's TV justice league Nominations latino CW Seed CBS SXSW Tarantino Mary Poppins Returns Musicals 20th Century Fox 24 frames Kids & Family ABC Family Elton John singing competition Disney Plus docudrama natural history sports anime SDCC Watching Series A24 Film theme song Adult Swim Crunchyroll GoT ABC Marvel Studios Comics on TV Podcast FX on Hulu Ellie Kemper Britbox Baby Yoda Pop elevated horror Mary poppins renewed TV shows YouTube Premium foreign Certified Fresh YA GIFs MSNBC Paramount Network chucky 2017 harry potter Heroines Ghostbusters 2018 kids Schedule TCA 2017 Country dramedy dc transformers Lifetime Christmas movies Marvel NBC Vudu adventure Spring TV best free movies Netflix composers Election AMC First Reviews universal monsters Tubi 2015 Stephen King Rocketman cancelled TV series Cosplay Creative Arts Emmys Awards cats Western dark Logo USA Infographic parents Sundance YouTube The CW teaser Cartoon Network die hard book Lionsgate Fox News Trivia Sony Pictures DC Comics TV renewals Classic Film police drama PaleyFest Reality APB First Look binge a nightmare on elm street Comedy Spike stand-up comedy Showtime Writers Guild of America discovery blaxploitation Marvel Television Photos Freeform video Horror DGA crossover Mindy Kaling Sundance Now Sundance TV politics Disney Channel Comic Book HBO Max slashers 4/20 Travel Channel Funimation El Rey Syfy Interview YouTube Red screen actors guild ESPN werewolf Star Trek Anna Paquin Turner cults biography Trailer DirecTV Film Festival miniseries 2016 E! Ovation cancelled television Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Comedy Central rotten movies we love crime award winner Oscars Superheroes Amazon Prime mission: impossible Fantasy Disney streaming service strong female leads psycho supernatural CMT Pet Sematary joker Animation zombie Paramount cartoon Arrowverse Pixar USA Network golden globes TCA christmas movies Hallmark Amazon Studios dceu anthology A&E spy thriller cops witnail Toys Biopics canceled Apple reboot nature Esquire breaking bad spinoff Columbia Pictures Superheroe game show Hear Us Out dragons Chernobyl indie period drama Music cinemax Walt Disney Pictures Thanksgiving Rock scary movies TIFF tv talk ghosts jamie lee curtis Super Bowl Hulu WGN TruTV unscripted Tomatazos movies Shondaland franchise Emmys comiccon Action vampires Captain marvel IFC medical drama BBC America OWN zero dark thirty Martial Arts Turner Classic Movies Lifetime National Geographic series See It Skip It romantic comedy political drama asian-american Masterpiece concert independent science fiction festivals social media Pop TV FOX Pride Month 2020 TCA Winter 2020 E3 travel Extras Endgame stoner The Walking Dead ITV sitcom Dark Horse Comics FXX Starz TLC talk show Family Holiday LGBTQ Video Games Winners Crackle cancelled Apple TV Plus Universal Rom-Com BBC animated hispanic RT21 sag awards 007 Holidays richard e. Grant Year in Review Mary Tyler Moore documentary GLAAD batman south america Emmy Nominations Countdown ratings boxoffice Grammys Rocky crime drama SundanceTV screenings Set visit Character Guide 2019 psychological thriller halloween technology Winter TV revenge IFC Films CNN Black History Month RT History The Arrangement Academy Awards green book true crime Black Mirror Calendar comics CBS All Access TNT romance Musical Brie Larson cars crime thriller historical drama spain