If you’re a fantasy-genre stan or, as I fondly call it, hot-people-in-robes entertainment, you’ve definitely seen Shadow and Bone. Netflix’s latest book-to-screen adaptation, the fantasy series follows a teen orphan named Alina (Jessie Mei Li) who discovers she has a powerful ability that could save her country.
I watched the whole thing in less than 24 hours.
Are you also feeling pangs of emptiness after your binge watch? Dreaming about The Darkling? I can relate—so I’ve rounded up some hot nerd porn to keep
me you going. And if you’re thinking, Ugh, I bet she’s just going to tell me to watch Game of Thrones…WRONG! There’s zero mention of GoT in this roundup. Everything that’s needed to be said about the adventures in Westeros has been said.
Plus, there are so many more options in the streaming universe that dabble in witches, werewolves, and everything in between. Below, find nine movies and TV shows like Shadow and Bone to keep you going while you wait for a season-two announcement. Grab those steampunk goggles—the shows are about to start.
Henry Cavill has long, flowing hair and plays Geralt of Rivia, a mercenary for hire who kills monsters. What more do you need to know? This show hits all the markers for good fantasy TV. Princesses in danger, mythical beasts, sexy witches, epic battle scenes…you’ll have a taste of all of that and more. You’ll also be pleasantly satisfied with the chemistry between Geralt and Yennefer (Anya Chalotra). Steamy is an understatement.
We needed more feminist stories in the fantasy genre, so I’m grateful for this new HBO series set in Victorian England. After a supernatural event, many of London’s citizens (and mostly women) find themselves with powers. So, of course, a bunch of old, stuffy white men decided that these abilities should be frowned upon and call this new group of people “the touched.” The classification leads to essentially a witch hunt, which forces many of the Touched women to land at The Orphanage. Think of it as this universe’s version of Xavier’s School for the Gifted, and its Professor X is Amalia True (Laura Donnelly). The show is currently airing, but my favorite character so far is Penance (Ann Skelly), who uses her powers to invent all kinds of steampunk-looking gizmos. If you’re down for badass ladies fighting “the man” while also fighting criminal underlings, come right this way.