One of the most anticipated Netflix TV shows this January is a Turkish adventure drama fantasy, Shahmaran. It is a story about a girl called Sahsu who travels to Adana for a lecture and decides to use this time to visit her estranged grandfather. What she didn’t expect is to find herself in the middle of a legend. The series’ first season comes on January 20th and before we learn more about it, let’s take a look at the 10 best shows like Shahmaran every fan needs to watch. This is a subjective list with various fantasy stories from all around the world.
Legend of the Blue Sea (2016 – 2017)
What it’s about: This is a drama inspired by a classic Joseon legend from Korean unofficial historical tales about a fisherman and a mermaid he captured and kidnapped. This is a story set in present-day Seoul where she meets a swindler who seems to be connected to someone from her past.
Why you should watch it: If you love legends and want to learn something about the interesting world of mermaids, this beautiful romantic story is just what you need. It is full of intrigue, humor, and wonderful scenery.
Legend of the Seeker (2008 – 2010)
What it’s about: Richard Cypher is a woodsman who has just found out that he has magical powers and embarks on a journey to stop a powerful and ruthless tyrant who plans to unleash an ancient evil upon the world. Richard needs help so he is accompanied by a wizard named Zedd and the mysterious Kahlan.
Why you should watch it: This is a truly amazing show, interesting, with a lot of action and intrigue, and a big recommendation for everyone who is in need of some magic.
The Mists of Avalon (2001)
What it’s about: This is the story of one of our favorite legends, the one about King Arthur but told from a completely different perspective than we are used to. We meet the women behind King Arthur, his mother Igraine, his half-sister Morgaine, his aunt Viviane and his wife Gwenwyar.
Why you should watch it: If you want to find out more about the women from King Arthur’s days and learn how they lived and perceived what was going on around them, this is a great way to find out more about the legend.
Merlin (2008 – 2012)
What it’s about: One of the best stories about the legend of Merlin and King Arthur, this interesting tv show brings us new Merlin’s adventures. He was just a young sorcerer when he arrived at Arthur’s court where he began as his servant and ended as his best friend, and advisor and helped him become a great king and a legend.
Why you should watch it: Funny, witty, intriguing, and full of adrenaline and mysteries, this is a brilliant fantasy show that will interest everyone, not only fans of Arthur and Merlin stories. The cast is excellent, the setting and the storyline great and the overall atmosphere and pace perfectly match the show’s story.
Uyanis: Büyük Selcuklu (2020 – 2022)
What it’s about: This TV show brings the story of the rise of the Seljuks under Sultan MelikShah and his son. We follow their struggle and battle against the leader of the Deadly Shia Assassins who wants to restore the Fatimid Empire.
Why you should watch it: You will like this tv show if you are not only interested only in battles and political intrigues but also want to see what happened in courts and how women lived there and spent their days plotting against each other.
Barbaroslar: Akdeniz’in Kilici (2021 – )
What it’s about: This historical drama is based on the life of Barbaros Hayreddin Pasha and his brothers. It tells the story of the adventures of Ishak, Oruc, Hizir, and Ilyas who are traveling the great seas in pursuit of the holy secret.
Why you should watch it: History, adventure and adrenaline, and a great story make for a good time while watching this excellent tv show. It is action-packed, with a good atmosphere, acting and directing, and a big recommendation for everyone.
Supernatural (2005 – 2020)
What it’s about: One of the most iconic fantasy series of all time is this excellent drama about Dean and Sam Winchester, two brothers who decide to follow in their father’s footsteps as hunters. But they are no regular hunters since they fight evil supernatural forces, such as demons, monsters, and different types of gods.
Why you should watch it: This is a true masterpiece, a combination of family drama with a brilliant portrayal of a brotherly bond and an intense and exciting fantasy story full of twists, mystery, and intriguing stories.
The Legend (2007)
What it’s about: This tv show starts in the prehistoric era when the god Hwan-woong had to hide and seal the powers of the “Four Gods” and leave them in the care of certain people. They will awaken with the birth of the king of Jyushin. When, many centuries later, Damdeok, the reincarnation of Hwan-woong is born, the artifacts of these four kings appear.
Why you should watch it: This is something a bit different. It is a strange magical tale fairytale with a beautiful soundtrack, a great story, and very good casting, even though it is at times a bit unusual watching older actors playing young characters but you soon get used to it.
Atiye (The Gift, 2019 – 2021)
What it’s about: Atiye leads a simple and nice life with her family and lover Ozan in Istanbul. When the world’s oldest temple is discovered in Göbeklitepe, her life changes completely. The archaeologist in charge of the excavations discovers a symbol that connects Atiye with Göbeklitepe which will lead her to various mysteries, connected to her past and her future.
Why you should watch it: This is a very interesting show full of history, mystery, and intrigue. It will constantly make you want to know more and won’t leave you in peace until you are completely finished with it.
Arabian Nights (2000)
What it’s about: This family adventure fantasy mini-series retells some of the most famous stories belonging to the Arab world. Beautiful Scheherezade decides to tell a Prince a series of wondrous stories, in order to cure his murderous madness.
Why you should watch it: Interesting, intriguing, and brilliantly played. The cast is excellent, with the unforgettable John Leguizamo and always reliable Dougray Scott. This is a modern outtake on the well-known mysterious stories from the thousand and one nights.