It's no secret that the fantasy genre is having a moment right now, but you may not realize how many iconic titles you actually have access to. After the sensational first seasons of House of the Dragon and The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, many fans are looking for their next quest. Here are some great fantasy series that are available now on Netflix.
"Fantasy" is a broad category, and sometimes it can be hard to determine what it means especially when so many stories are listed under one sub-genre by the book publishing industry and another by Hollywood. Right now, the entertainment industry is still looking for its "next Game of Thrones," so we can use that as a measuring stick. Of course, some of these shows came before Game of Thrones, but the cultural flashpoint still stands. Since Netflix remains one of the most popular streamers in the U.S., it makes sense to pick out the best titles it has to offer for fans of the fantasy genre.
This list focuses mainly on secondary world fantasy – stories that take place in a completely fictional world like Westeros rather than a fantastical version of real life, like the Harry Potter series. However, if a primary world fantasy suits you better there are plenty of those on Netflix as well. Honorable mentions there include Locke & Key, Outlander and Archive 81, among others.
There are a lot of new fantasy productions on the horizon, including many Netflix original series. For now, here are the best fantasy shows available on Netflix.
The Witcher was the first up to the plate in the mad dash for the "next Game of Thrones," and for many fans, it scratched the itch. It has the same kind of sprawling, fleshed-out map with its own distinct cultures and political quirks, though it focuses more on magical mechanics. The first two seasons of the series are streaming now, along with an animated prequel movie. A third season is due out in the summer of 2023, and a live-action limited series prequel will premiere on Christmas.prevnext
'Shadow and Bone'
Shadow and Bone is another fantasy novel adaptation and Netflix original series. It is based on a series of novels by Leigh Bardugo, which are sometimes lumped into the young adult category, though that is debatable. Those interested in hard magic systems, romance and unique cultures will love this show.prevnext
Netflix currently hosts the cult classic BBC series Merlin, which follows a teenage version of the mythical magician alongside a teenage King Arthur. The show takes place in a mythical past with few references to the real world as we know it, making it practically a secondary world fantasy. This is an especially handy recommendation for fantasy fans who want to see a finished series rather than waiting for new seasons to come out.prevnext
'The Dragon Prince'
Netflix has a knack for producing children's content that adults can enjoy as well, and many parents have found common ground with The Dragon Prince. The series was created by Aaron Ehasz – a former head writer on Avatar: The Last Airbender. It tells compelling stories while constantly fleshing out its own spin on some classic fantasy tropes.prevnext
'Avatar: The Last Airbender,' 'The Legend of Korra'
Speaking of Avatar, the original series, as well as The Legend of Korra, are both streaming now on Netflix. These two shows are arguably as responsible for the interest in fantasy as Game of Thrones is. The franchise is about to get an influx of fresh content as well, including Netflix's live-action adaptation of the original series and new animated movies premiering on Paramount+.prevnext
If you're a fan of fantasy in general, Disenchantment is essential for a good laugh. The show remixes all the tropes from Lord of the Rings, Dungeons & Dragons and so on, with writing and animation by Matt Groening.prevnext
The Sandman is another exception to the secondary world rule established above. This adaptation of a comic book series often touches on the real world, but it spends more time in the kingdom of dreams and other fictional realms loosely tied to them. This show just premiered last month and is a huge hit.prevnext
'The Midnight Gospel'
Finally, one of the most unique projects Netflix ever undertook was The Midnight Gospel – a surreal animation journey about an interdimensional podcaster seeking truth in all the strangest places. The show's stellar visual spectacles are built around excerpts from The Duncan Trussell Family Hour – a real podcast hosted by comedian Duncan Trussell. Sadly, it was not renewed for a second season.prev