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"Legacies": One of the Best CW Series
The concept of vampires, werewolves, and witches has grown popular thanks to the countless books and TV productions about these magical beings. One thing that’s common among all these individuals is their charming presence and undeniable superiority.
Hope is a tribrid (i.e. an amalgamation of vampire, werewolf, and a witch). She is the first of her kind and this naturally invites a number of problems. This confused young girl is also the daughter of a vampire/werewolf hybrid -- Klaus from The Originals.
So, there’s a lot of evil blood flowing through her veins and when that’s combined with intolerance from society, anyone can turn into a ticking time bomb. Moreover, she’s not the only one. There are a lot of other misplaced “protectors” dealing with similar obstacles.
Amidst this chaos, The Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted provides a safe house for these confused teens. There is an African proverb that goes, "The child who is not embraced by the village will burn it down to feel its warmth." If these next generations of wizards can’t be helped and understood, they’ll turn the world into something they believe to be ideal.
Legacies introduces the audience to lots of mythical creatures and world-building. It's also good to see a strong female character in the lead role. The show has officially confirmed a Season 2, so here are seven supernatural TV series to tide you over until Legacies returns.
1. The Vampire Diaries
Let’s start off with the show that gave birth to Legacies and turned Nina Dobrev into a household name. The Vampire Diaries is based on a series of novels by L.J. Smith and they revolve around three unknowingly connected individuals. Elena is living a normal school life until attractive vampire Stefan appears. That's when things start going crazy. What could possibly go wrong when a human falls in love with a vampire, right? The question may be rhetorical, but the answer leads you to some very fascinating places.
The Vampire Diaries ended in 2017 after eight seasons. The vampire/human love triangle might be an overused premise, but this American drama has a strong plot and fascinating characters. Besides, who wouldn’t want to watch three beautiful individuals fall in and out of love as they deal with problems in paranormal ways?
The Vampire Diaries: Season 1 Trailer
2. The Originals
The Originals is a spin-off of The Vampire Diaries, so that actually makes Legacies a spin-off of a spin-off. The show only made five seasons before passing the torch to the younger generation of mythical beings. Everyone’s interested in Klaus Mikaelson, the original vampire-werewolf hybrid, but this unseen power also introduces a lot of trouble. There are a lot of vampires, werewolves, and witches in this world, so our lead characters have to worry about creatures other than humans.
Klaus used to be a free soul, but after getting a werewolf pregnant, he's forced to follow instructions to save his unborn child. All Klaus ever wanted in life was family and this may be his only chance. Isn’t it strange that even mighty beings can be controlled using petty human emotions? Moreover, because this baby is actually Hope from Legacies, The Originals effectively functions as a prequel to the show.
The Originals: Season 1 Trailer
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As long as we’re talking about female leads with superhuman abilities, Supergirl needs to be near the top of that list. Everybody knows Superman, but his lesser-known cousin sister, Kara Zoe-El, has gone through similar hurdles, if not more. She is the protector of National City and tries her best to balance her heroic responsibilities with her personal life. CW has come out with a lot of comic-book-inspired shows, but Supergirl is one of the best.
What would people really do if they had superpowers? They would probably want to use it for personal gain because it takes a lot to think outside yourself and do things for others. When Kara is not being ostracized for being an alien, she faces the same problems as human women working in the media. Watch this show to learn how even seemingly invincible powers don’t exempt you from facing real-life obstacles.
Supergirl: Season 2 Trailer
4. The Walking Dead
On every list that mentions “shows people need to watch before they die and turn into zombies," The Walking Dead is always present. This show can be credited for making the zombie genre as famous as it is, with its nine highly rated seasons. We’re introduced to this post-apocalyptic world through the eyes of police officer, Rick Grimes, but as the cast keeps growing, we realize there isn’t just one lead character. Viewers see the evil lurking inside human souls, that when rules cease to exist moral values might be a luxury.
Can people work together for the sake of their own survival or is human selfishness going to lead to extinction? Would you be willing to fight for a species that does more harm than good? The Walking Dead brings together people of different philosophical backgrounds and unravels them to their most basic. You get to see men and women who have never had to struggle in life, fighting to the death just to survive. They live entirely in the moment because the future isn’t guaranteed.
The Walking Dead: Season 1 Trailer
5. Penny Dreadful
If there was one show I wish never had an ending, it would undoubtedly be Penny Dreadful. No show of a similar genre has been able to develop characters with this amount of world-building. Not only do you get vampires, werewolves, and witches, Penny Dreadful leaves room for classic literary characters like Dr. Frankenstein and Dorian Gray.
The central premise revolves around Vanessa Ives and Ethan Chandler helping Sir Malcolm rescue his daughter from mysterious creatures. At the same time, there are several other storylines running concurrently, but no scene seems forced, and every single dialogue fits the character.
The only thing wrong with Penny Dreadful is that it only lasted three seasons. Watch it right now if you want amazing storytelling in a horror/mystery that will someday be considered a future classic.
Penny Dreadful: Season 1 Trailer
What happens when the devil leaves hell to experience life in the city of Los Angeles? Lucifer tracks the fallen angel who saw the darkness inside human souls and rebelled against God, only to be stripped of his angelic wings. Having dealt with hell, the busy life on earth doesn’t bother him. But, after a murder occurs outside his nightclub, things drastically change for our anti-hero. Lucifer feels a need for justice, so he seeks the help of uptight detective Chloe Decker to catch the culprit.
Who would’ve thought a show could make us root for the devil??? Lucifer’s take on this biblical figure makes him appealing to the viewers, even if fundamentalists might not see the humor. The show has lasted for six seasons (as of 2022) and there's a good chance more are on the way. If you want to see the king of hell dealing with common people and developing compassion along the way, Lucifer is your best bet.
Lucifer: Season 1 Trailer
7. Van Helsing
We’ve talked about magical beings living amongst humans. Van Helsing offers quite the opposite scenario, looking at things from the human perspective.
Many people have heard of the legendary vampire hunter, Van Helsing, who stood between the two worlds to ensure humanity’s survival. This story focuses on his daughter, Vanessa Helsing, who finds herself trapped in a world where vampires have taken over, so she uses her unique blood to turn immortal creatures back into humans.
The show ran for five seasons, so if you haven't seen this re-telling of the classic Dracula story, now's the perfect time to binge watch.
Van Helsing: Season 1 Trailer
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