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A Revenge Honey Top Five "Witchy TV" Series' by Linnie

Witches on TV have been fairly common since as far back as 1964. Nary a witchy girl grew up without an intense love for Elizabeth Montgomery's Samantha Stephens and her trouble-making mother Endora, two women who made the life of Samantha's husband Darrin increasingly complicated with their magical antics on Bewitched. Shows such as Dark Shadows and Buffy the Vampire Slayer featured their share of witches, but there have been more than a few shows that focus solely on women with the ability to conjure and curse and hex. The following are five of my all-time favorite shows about witchy ladies (and lads), and while they're not always terribly dark, they are fun, creative, and never cast witches in an exclusively negative light.

So light your candles and call your familiar; it's time to get magical!

Charmed (1998-2006)

Charmed is one of the longest running shows about witches for a reason, and it has nothing to do with Aaron Spelling's money. Centered on the Halliwell sisters, (Prue, Piper, Phoebe, and later, Paige) Charmed brought us all of the soapy goodness of a typical Spelling show combined with all of the fairy tales, gothic monsters, and terrifying horror the genre had to offer. Even when the show got campy or ridiculous, which it did, you couldn't bring yourself to give up on it. Because there was always the possibility of another amazing storyline right around the corner. Charmed is the kind of show that doesn't age perfectly, but you will still find yourself delighting in the re-runs. 

Being a skilled witch comes equipped with bitchy resting face. Standard with all summoning spells.
The Secret Circle (2011-2012)

Based on a series of Young Adult novels by L.J. Smith, The Secret Circle only made it one season on the CW because, super heroes. But much like Charmed, The Secret Circle was the kind of show that once you admitted to yourself it was cheesy, it was worth leaning in to. When a group of teens discover that their parents have been hiding their magical lineage from them, they decide to pursue the craft themselves and form their own circle. But as hormones flair and danger lurks, things get... YA delicious. The Secret Circle is currently all on Netflix, so give it a binge!

90% of being a witch is using your powers to craft the perfect kiss.
Eastwick (2009-2010)

Eastwick aired on ABC for precisely three seconds, and the entire series didn't even make it to air, which pissed off your Revenge Honey royally. Based on the 80s classic (which was in turn based on a John Updike book), The Witches of Eastwick, was a spin-off show in which character Darryl Van Horne chose three new women to bless/curse with magical abilities. Eastwick was beautifully filmed, with the color palette of a Bryan Fuller show, and the lead actresses made likable small-town witches. While a vocal fan base tried to save the show, alas, it was not to be. And now, we are left with nothing but our memories. And a movie. And DVDs.

Okay, you were fiercer. But who the hell else can be Cher?
Salem (2014-)

Salem is the newest show on the list and is going strong in an age when superheroes are absolutely dominating network television. Dark, dirty, and unsettlingly historically accurate, Salem takes viewers through the abject human misery of the Salem Witch Trials in the 17th century. Unflinching, beautiful, and brutal, Salem is everything a modern horror television show should be.

And the sex. The sex helps.
Hex (2004-2005)

I'm not going to lie to you, darklings. I started watching BBC series Hex because it was one of the earliest on-screen performances of Michael Fassbender. As fallen angel Azrael, Fassbender played doomed love to Christina Cole's witch Cassie. Full of biblical and supernatural mythology, Hex is only two seasons long, but it's a fabulous two seasons. Plus... Fassbender.


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