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A still from "Wynonna Earp" | Source: SEVEN24 Films
A still from "Wynonna Earp" | Source: SEVEN24 Films

10 Shows Like 'Shadowhunters' Worth Checking Out If You're in a Mood for Some Demon Slaying

Milla Sigaba
Sep 19, 2023
11:15 A.M.

The mystical allure of supernatural shows like "Shadowhunters" have held a special place in audiences' hearts for years. So if escaping to a world of vampires, demons, werewolves, and warlocks sounds like your cup of tea, continue reading for 10 of the best shows like "Shadowhunters."

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After three years on air, and three seasons later, supernatural fanatics had to wave goodbye to "Shadowhunters," also known as "Shadowhunters: The Mortal Instruments."

The American fantasy drama television series was based on the novel "The Mortal Instruments" by Cassandra Clare. It also succeeded the film adaption of the book, "The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," in 2013, co-starring Lily Collins and Jamie Campbell Bower.

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Brought to the small screen by Freeform, "Shadowunters" told the story of a secret organization of demon hunters who were half-angel, half-human, and the descendants of Angel Raziel.

With Angel Raziel's blood, these demon hunters possessed magical powers such as invisibility and strength, allowing them to fight demons of all shapes and sizes — from vampires and werewolves to faeries and warlocks.

However, your passion for demon slaying does not have to end at "Shadowhunters," as many great shows just like it came before and after the series. So, without further ado, here are ten shows like "Shadowhunters."

'Supernatural'

Starring Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as brothers, "Supernatural" follows the lives of two siblings as they follow in their father's footsteps as demon hunters.

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After their father goes missing, the Winchester brothers do everything they can to bring him back, including finding themselves in the middle of a supernatural world as they pick up where their father left off in the fight against the evils lurking in the dark.

'The Originals'

A spinoff of "The Vampire Diaries," a series that revolutionized television shows about vampires, "The Originals" dives deep into the world of old vampire bloodlines and is heavily centered around the underworld.

Joseph Morgan stars as Klaus Mikaelson, a power-hungry villain who is joined by his brother to take back the city their family built. However, upon their arrival, the brothers quickly learn they are not welcomed back to the place they once called home.

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'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer," starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, and Nicholas Brendon, was one the most popular fantasy series of its time and has earned the status of a classic in modern television.

When Buffy is chosen by fate to be the next demon hunter, she is gifted with superpowers like enhanced strength and endurance that help her slay demons, vampires, and other evil forces. However, with the help of her friends, Buffy must learn to manage her new-found abilities while balancing having a normal life and protecting the world.

'Wynonna Earp'

Instead of inheriting money or land like other kids her age, Wynonna Earp's world is momentarily turned upside down when she is thrown into the underworld after inheriting a demon-killing gun from her great-grandfather.

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However, with a sense of humor and the help of others, Wynonna embraces her destiny in this 2016 series and stops at nothing to take down the monsters and demons walking amongst humans.

'Teen Wolf'

Scott McCall (Tyler Posey), an average high school student, has his life changed seemingly overnight after suffering a werewolf bite from an alpha werewolf while walking in the woods one night.

Scott must now learn to tame his new abilities but, fortunately, does not have to do so alone. And throughout the show's many seasons, his friends band together to form a team of demon-killing vigilantes.

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'Van Helsing'

After experiencing a dream where the world as she knew it ceased to exist after vampires took over, Vanessa Helsing, a distant relative of famous vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, realizes she was not dreaming.

Soon, she learns the responsibility to protect the world has been placed on her shoulders, and "Van Helsing" follows as Vanessa teams up with other vampire-slaying characters to save the day.

'Charmed'

In 2018, the CW brought us "Charmed," a reimagination of the 1998 show of a trio of sisters/ witches. In the modern version, the Vera sisters accept their destiny as witches who defeat evil.

However, the sisters — who are guided by Harry, a white lighter — must also deal with the trials and tribulations of their day-to-day lives, including relationships, careers, and college.

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'The Magicians'

In "The Magicians," Quentin Coldwater enrolls at Brakebills College to study magic after he learns of its existence. There, he is joined by a group of friends with their own unique talents.

However, the time arrives when the college students learn that the fantasy world is real. Quentin and his friends are met with hope and horror as they set out to save their world from an evil monster.

'Grimm'

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In "Grimm," David Giuntoli plays Nick Burkhardt, a homicide detective. However, his journey into the supernatural begins when Nick starts seeing strange things he cannot explain, such as shape-shifting demons who have taken the form of humans.

He is then told that he comes from a long line of hunters fighting supernatural forces known as Grimms. Nick is the next person expected to step up and slay demons while maintaining peace on Earth with the help of his partner.

'Vampire Academy'

"Vampire Academy" concludes this list of shows like "Shadowhunters" and is another supernatural-themed series with a twist. "Vampire Academy" tells the tale of Rose Hathaway and Lissa Dragomir, two best friends who must fight to keep their friendship intact in a world of the supernatural.

Lissa is a royal princess, while Rose undergoes training to serve as her best friend's protector. However, as darkness emerges from the shadows and takes over, Rose faces an impossible decision: her fate as a demon fighter or her friendship with Lissa.

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