As we step into the enchanting realms of the new year, the world of fantasy continues to captivate our imagination, transporting us to mystical lands and magical adventures. If you’re a fan of dragons, wizards, and epic quests, then Netflix has a treasure trove of fantastical series awaiting your discovery. As we dive into January 2024, let’s unveil the Top 5 Best Fantasy Series that will undoubtedly cast a spell on your streaming experience. From mythical creatures to parallel universes, these shows promise an exhilarating escape into worlds where the extraordinary becomes the norm. Get ready to be mesmerized as we embark on a journey through the realms of imagination and magic!
“Shadow and Bone,” based on Leigh Bardugo’s popular novels, unfolds in Ravka, an imaginary realm resembling 19th-century Russia. In this world, magic practitioners known as Grisha are enlisted to participate in a prolonged and brutal war. The story centers around Alina Starkov, a young orphan (played by Jessie Mei Li), who discovers she possesses a rare power capable of eliminating the Shadow Fold—an ominous, monster-filled darkness dividing Ravka. As Alina grapples with her newfound abilities, she becomes embroiled in court politics and the machinations of a determined gang leader. Season 2 introduces more excitement, romance, and heartbreak, along with new characters, as Alina persists in her mission to confront the formidable General Kirigan (played by Ben Barnes) and eradicate the Shadow Fold.
This acclaimed drama, nominated for an Emmy, brings to life the dark fantasy novels by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski, which also served as the inspiration for a highly successful video game series. The series revolves around Geralt of Rivia (played by Henry Cavill), a mutated monster hunter available for hire, whose fate becomes intertwined with that of an orphaned princess possessing mysterious magical abilities. While Geralt is skilled in dispatching dangerous creatures, he finds it challenging to avoid getting caught up in the political intrigues of rival monarchs and sorcerers. Season 3 is set to premiere this year, following the release of a prequel titled “The Witcher: Blood Origin” in 2022. Notably, in Season 4, Liam Hemsworth will take on the role of Geralt, succeeding Henry Cavill.
“The Sandman” faithfully brings to life Neil Gaiman’s DC Comics series, providing an immersive experience for both longtime fans and newcomers. The story revolves around Morpheus (played by Tom Sturridge), the lord of dreams, who embarks on a journey to regain his power and correct past mistakes after enduring imprisonment for over a century. The series is intricate, delving into a rich cosmology that includes occultists, living nightmares, demons, and even Death herself. With lavish costumes, intense battles of will, stunning special effects, and genuinely unsettling horror elements, the show captures the complexity and depth of Gaiman’s storytelling.
Adapted from Jeff Lemire’s beloved comic series, this fantasy adventure unfolds in a world grappling with the aftermath of a devastating pandemic that has decimated much of the population. Simultaneously, the emergence of human-animal hybrids sparks a divisive debate over whether they are a consequence or a cause of the deadly sickness. The story centers on Gus (played by Christian Convery), a half-human, half-deer child, who, following the death of his father (Will Forte), leaves his secluded life in the wilderness in search of his mother. What ensues is a perilous and action-packed journey, as Gus forms an unlikely alliance with a reluctant protector (Nonso Anozie), while a determined doctor (Adeel Akhtar) races against time to find a cure for the disease in a bid to save his infected wife. If you haven’t experienced the first season yet, now is the perfect time to delve into it before Season 2 arrives.
The Nickelodeon show cleverly caters to a young audience with its youthful protagonists and adorable, comedic animals. However, its success extends to adults due to its intricate world-building, impressive fight sequences, well-developed characters, and deeply gratifying plot arcs. The narrative unfolds in a world where certain individuals can manipulate the powers of one of the four elements. It follows a young boy on a journey to fulfill his destiny, mastering all four elements to bring an end to a genocidal war. If you appreciate the show’s three seasons, you’ll be delighted to explore its spinoff, “The Legend of Korra.” Additionally, fans can anticipate the upcoming live-action version, currently in the filming stages.