Best Fantasy Shows on Netflix Of All Time

February 7, 2023 (Last updated: last month)
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Keep this page handy as we celebrate and list what is deemed to be the Best and Highest Rated Fantasy Shows on Netflix Of All Time.

There’s no better way to indulge in shameless escapism than by tuning into a fantasy show. Set in alternate worlds where characters get to fly on dragons, travel through time and use magic to defeat evil beings, this genre’s only limited to the creator’s imagination (and budget, of course). Luckily for those who love to step outside of the mundane, Netflix is home to many series befitting the genre. 

Using Rotten Tomatoes scores as a starting point, we’ve compiled a list of the best fantasy shows the streaming giant produced up until now. As Netflix doesn’t shy away from releasing a steady stream of content, we’ll update our list over time to ensure you’re getting the most up-to-date recommendations. 

Best and Highest Rated Best Fantasy Shows on Netflix Of All Time

20. Fate: The Winx Saga (2021 – 2022)

During the course of its two-season run, this show didn’t exactly impress the critics. Audiences, however, did enjoy this fantastical tale set in a magical fairy school. 

Official Premise: Fairies attend a magical boarding school in the Otherworld, where they must learn to master their magical powers while navigating love, rivalries, and the monsters that threaten their very existence.

Cast: Abigail F. Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, Elisha Applebaum

Rotten Tomatoes: 45.00%

19. Cursed (2020)

Based on a graphic novel by Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler, Cursed first came out in the summer of 2020 to mostly positive feedback. Sadly, Netflix didn’t renew the show for a second installment. 

Official Premise: In a retelling of the Arthurian legend, teenage sorceress Nimue joins forces with a young and charming mercenary named Arthur on a mission to save her people.

Cast: Katherine Langford, Devon Terrell, Gustaf Skarsgård, Peter Mullan, Lily Newmark

Rotten Tomatoes: 65.00%

18. Disenchantment (2018 – )

This animated series for adults was created by Matt Groening and Josh Weinstein, the same people responsible for hit series like The Simpsons and Futurama. There are four seasons available to stream right now, with a fifth potentially on the way. 

Official Premise: The animated fantasy series geared toward adults takes place in the crumbling medieval kingdom of Dreamland. It follows the misadventures of hard-drinking young princess Bean, her feisty elf companion Elfo and personal demon Luci. The oddball trio encounters the likes of ogres, sprites, imps, trolls, and human fools along the way. 

Cast: Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric André, John DiMaggio, Billy West

Rotten Tomatoes: 65.00%

17. Tidelands (2018)

Tidelands is an Australian award-winning series featuring unsolved mysteries and mermaids. While it was pretty well received, the show only got one season. 

Official Premise: Cal McTeer is a young woman who has returned home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after 10 years in juvenile detention. Upon returning to her hometown, she discovers that it is shrouded in mysteries — the biggest of which is the commune of outcasts who live in a hidden pocket of the bay, the Tidelanders. She hopes to blow the lid off a generations-long conspiracy of silence around murder, drugs, and Sirens.

Cast: Charlotte Best, Dustin Clare, Mattias Inwood, Aaron Jakubenko, Finn Little

Rotten Tomatoes: 77.00%

16. The Irregulars (2021)

Set in 19th Century London, this show tells Sherlock Holmes stories from the perspective of the Baker Street Irregulars, a group of children Holmes recruits to help him solve mysteries. 

Official Premise: Misfits investigate a series of supernatural crimes in Victorian London for Dr. Watson and his shadowy associate, Sherlock Holmes.

Cast: McKell David, Thaddea Graham, Jojo Macari, Harrison Osterfield, Darci Shaw

Rotten Tomatoes: 80.00%

15. The Witcher (2020 – 2022)

This highly popular adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s book ran for three seasons and earned several accolades, including three Emmy nominations. Henry Cavill stars in the title role. 

Official Premise: The witcher Geralt, a mutated monster hunter, struggles to find his place in a world in which people often prove more wicked than beasts.

Cast: Henry Cavill, Anya Chalotra, Freya Allan, Joey Batey, Eamon Farren

Rotten Tomatoes: 81.00%

14. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (2018 – 2020)

A much darker adaptation of the Archie Comics than the 90s Sabrina The Teenage Witch, this series had a four-season run and it’s set in the same universe as CW’s Riverdale

Official Premise: This adaptation of the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” tale is a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror and the occult. In the reimagined origin story, Sabrina Spellman wrestles to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family — including aunts Hilda and Zelda — and the daylight world humans inhabit. Kiernan Shipka (“Mad Men”) leads the cast in the titular role of the show that is based on a comic series of the same name.

Cast: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Chance Perdomo, Michelle Gomez

Rotten Tomatoes: 82.00%

13. Warrior Nun (2020 – 2022)

Since it first premiered back in 2020, Warrior Nun attracted a large fan base thanks to its unique storyline, character development and action scenes. To say fans were upset when Netflix inexplicably canceled the show after its second season, would be an understatement

Official Premise: A young woman wakes up in a morgue with inexplicable powers and gets caught up in a battle between good and evil.

Cast: Alba Baptista, Toya Turner, Thekla Reuten, Lorena Andrea, Kristina Tonteri-Young

Rotten Tomatoes: 84.00%

12. The Umbrella Academy (2019 – 2023)

During the course of its four seasons, The Umbrella Academy gained a cult following, six Emmy nominations, and widespread critical acclaim. 

Official Premise: On one day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by billionaire industrialist Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who creates the Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. In their teenage years, though, the family fractures and the team disbands. Fast forward to the present time, when the six surviving members of the clan reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. They work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death, but divergent personalities and abilities again pull the estranged family apart, and a global apocalypse is another imminent threat.

Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan

Rotten Tomatoes: 85.00%

11. I Am Not OK With This (2020)

This sweet coming-of-age show that combines the nightmare of being a teenager with superpowers is based on a graphic novel by Charles Forsman. 

Official Premise: A teenager navigates the complexities of high school, family, and her sexuality while dealing with new superpowers; based on Charles Forsman’s graphic novel.

Cast: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant, Kathleen Rose Perkins

Rotten Tomatoes: 86.00%

10. The Sandman (2022 – )

Based on its namesake DC comic, The Sandman’s first season premiered last year to mostly positive reviews from critics and audiences alike. Our team at Ready Steady Cut has done extensive coverage of the dark yet fantastical series. 

Official Premise: When the Sandman, aka Dream, the cosmic being who controls all dreams, is captured and held prisoner for more than a century, he must journey across different worlds and timelines to fix the chaos his absence has caused.

Cast: Tom Sturridge, Gwendoline Christie, Vivienne Acheampong, Boyd Holbrook, Charles Dance

Rotten Tomatoes: 87.00%

9. Lucifer (2016 – 2021)

Lucifer is yet another adaptation of the Sandman DC Comic, but it’s a lot lighter and moves further away from the source material than the 2022 series. Originally produced by Fox, the series found a home on Netflix after being axed by its first network. 

Official Premise: Based on characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg, this series follows Lucifer, the original fallen angel, who has become dissatisfied with his life in hell. After abandoning his throne and retiring to Los Angeles, Lucifer indulges in his favorite things (women, wine, and song) — until a murder takes place outside of his upscale nightclub. For the first time in billions of years, the murder awakens something unfamiliar in Lucifer’s soul that is eerily similar to compassion and sympathy. Lucifer is faced with another surprise when he meets an intriguing homicide detective named Chloe, who appears to possess an inherent goodness — unlike the worst of humanity, to which he is accustomed. Suddenly, Lucifer starts to wonder if there is hope for his soul.

Cast: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, DB Woodside, Kevin Alejandro, Lesley-Ann Brandt

Rotten Tomatoes: 88.00%

8. The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance (2019)

This newest addition to The Dark Crystal puppet saga actually serves as a prequel to the 1982 movie. Despite an Emmy win, the series got canceled after one (epic) season. 

Official Premise: When three Gelfling discover the horrifying secret behind the Skeksis’ power, they set out on an epic journey to ignite the fires of rebellion and try to save their world.

Cast: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Joy, Nathalie Emmanuel, Caitriona Balfe, Helena Bonham Carter

Rotten Tomatoes: 89.00%

7. Shadow and Bone (2021 – )

The first season of Shadow and Bone was very well received by critics and Netflix subscribers. Ready Steady Cut critic Daniel Hart concludes, “While it’s too early to signal whether Shadow and Bone will have the same impact on pop culture as Game of Thrones, it definitely has an opportunity to expand a wide-ranging universe. It has delivered the first objective, but longevity will be the next goal.”

Official Premise: Sinister forces plot against a young soldier after she reveals a magical power that may unite her world.

Cast: Jessie Mei Li, Archie Renaux, Ben Barnes, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman

Rotten Tomatoes: 89.00%

6. Masters of the Universe: Revelation (2021 – )

This sequel to the beloved 80s animated series earned widespread acclaim from critics and several accolades. 

Official Premise: The war for Eternia begins again in what may be the final battle between He-Man and Skeletor.

Cast: Chris Wood, Mark Hamill, Lena Headey, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Liam Cunningham

Rotten Tomatoes: 93.00%

5. The Bastard Son & The Devil Himself (2022)

Based on the YA novel Half Bad, this series found a loyal audience as soon as the first season dropped on Netflix. Unfortunately, there are no plans for a second installment. 

Official Premise: Caught between two warring clans, the son of a notorious witch responsible for a deadly massacre tries to find his place in the world, and his powers.

Cast: Jay Lycurgo, Nadia Parkes, Paul Ready, Isobel Jesper Jones, Karen Connell

Rotten Tomatoes: 93.00%

4. Sweet Tooth (2021 – )

This touching adaptation of a DC Comic received many accolades, including a BAFTA nomination. 

Official Premise: On a perilous adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, a boy who’s half-human and half-deer searches for a new beginning with a gruff protector.

Cast: Christian Convery, Nonso Anozie, Adeel Akhtar, Stefania LaVie Owen, Dania Ramirez

Rotten Tomatoes: 97.00%

3. The Sound of Magic (2022)

Captivating and alluring, this fantasy K-Drama series premiered last year to overwhelmingly positive feedback from both critics and Netflix subscribers. 

Official Premise: A magician living in an abandoned theme park makes troubles disappear for a disenchanted teenager enduring harsh realities.

Cast: Ji Chang-wook, Choi Seong-eun, Hwang In-youp, Nam Da-reum, Hong Seo-hui

Rotten Tomatoes: 100.00%

2. Blood of Zeus (2020 – )

Written by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, this animated series set among the mysticism of Ancient Greece was received warmly by critics. Netflix renewed the show for a second season, but a release date has yet to be announced. 

Official Premise: Chronicles the illegitimate son of Zeus, a young man tasked with saving heaven and earth despite the interference of a vengeful goddess and her monstrous forces.

Cast: Derek Phillips, Jason O’Mara, Mamie Gummer, Chris Diamantopoulos, Jessica Henwick

Rotten Tomatoes: 100.00%

1. Arcane: League of Legends (2021 – )

This outstanding animated series based on the popular video game earned tens of accolades including four Emmy awards and nine Annie Awards.

Official Premise: The origins of two iconic League champions, set in the utopian Piltover and the oppressed underground of Zaun.

Cast: Hailee Steinfeld, Katie Leung, Kevin Alejandro, Jason Spisak, Ella Purnell

Rotten Tomatoes: 100.00%

And that completes our Best and Highest Rated Fantasy Shows on Netflix Of All Time. What’s your favorite fantasy show on Netflix? Comment below.

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