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How would we have made it through this year without the pure escapism of supernatural television shows? While the world around us burns down, we can take a little virtual vacation doing some police work with Lucifer, taking on the Upside-Down with the kids of Stranger Things, or roaming the French forests in Black Spot. The supernatural offers the perfect escape for tired minds, injecting a little fantasy into the real world. 

There’s a chance you’ve seen a few of the shows on this list already, because they’re popular — we don’t discriminate against shows that are well liked! — but there’s also a good chance you’ll find a few new ones too, as we’ve attempted to include some international gems and newer programs that you might not have gotten around to watching yet. You’ll also find a variety of supernatural elements, aka there’s more to the supernatural genre than just vampires and werewolves, which means there’s a nice selection to choose from. So check out the list below and get to streaming!

Looking for more recommendations of what to watch next? We have a ton of them! And if you’re looking for more hand-picked recommendations based on shows you love, we have those too.

The Magicians

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Hale Appleman and Summer Bishil, The Magicians

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For a show about young adults with special powers who go to an actual academy to hone their skills, wave your magic wand (remote control) and make The Magicians appear out of thin air (turn on Netflix). The Syfy series, based on the book series some describe as “Harry Potter for adults” and adapted for television by You‘s Sera Gamble, is set in a world where magic is real and those with an aptitude for it are invited to attend the mystical college Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy. But don’t expect these kids to pull never-ending handkerchiefs out of their sleeves or turn your ears into change dispensers. These students get involved in some really dark, apocalyptic arts, and the series features one of the most shocking deaths in television in the last several years. 


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