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From Trese to Grimm: 8 series inspired from folktales

Counting down our picks for 8 shows inspired by fairy tales and folklore

Anukriti Chaturvedi
Jun 28, 2021
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We have all grown up listening to various fairy tales and folklore which had left an indelible impression on us. But who says you can’t stay in that bubble, especially when you are surrounded by these amazing series. 

Once Upon A Time | Disney+ Hotstar

This series follows the journey of Emma Swan, the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming. The series is influenced by a hoard of fairy tales which brought an ensemble of amazing characters throughout seven seasons. It puts an enticing and impressive twist on fairy tales, making for a compulsive watch. As characters change their colours like chameleons, Emma Swan is not sure whom to trust apart from her own son, who has been adopted by the Evil Queen.  

Trese | Netflix

Based on the popular Filipino ‘komiks’, Trese is a horror, thriller, fantasy series following detective Alexandra Trese. Tackling with crimes and exploring the underlying themes of corruption, abuse of power and human trafficking, the show has supernatural twists which have been influenced by Filipino folklore. 

Grimm | Amazon Prime Video

Detective Nick Burkhardt solves crimes but he possesses the sight which allows him to see supernatural entities, inspired from Grimm fairy tales and various other sources. He realises he is from a long line of huntsmen who hunt down these supernatural beings as they are mortal enemies. A great and thrilling watch, showcasing various political and social themes prevalent in our society. Be warned for some gore though. 

Grimm/ Facebook

Merlin | Netflix

From the legend of King Arthur and his wizard Merlin, the series is a treat for fans of medieval history, Arthur and magic, with plot twists abound. We also meet characters from the Legends of Camelot including Guinevere, Morgana and Lancelot. 

Merlin Official/ Twitter

A Discovery of Witches | SonyLIV

Witches and vampires do make for some interesting tales right? Based on the All Souls trilogy by Deborah Karkness, the series follows Teresa Palmers, a witch who comes into possession of the bewitched manuscript of Ashmole 782. Matthew Clairmont, a vampire, forms an unlikely alliance with Teresa in decoding the manuscript all the while fighting an incoming threat to the magical world.    

Lucifer | Netflix

Who knew the devil was a handsome owner of a nightclub, retired from his tedious job of torturing souls for all eternity. A charming crime drama, as Lucifer becomes a consultant for the LAPD, helping solve crimes with Detective Chloe Decker, we are introduced to a host of angels and demons along with Eve, God and the devil’s own mother. Romance and chaos ensues.

American Gods | Amazon Prime Video

Based on Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed book, American Gods follows Shadow Moon, an ex-convict, who is employed by Mr. Wednesday, a mysterious con man, as his bodyguard. What follows is magic and a battle between the old and the new Gods. New Gods include technology, media, drugs etc. while old Gods have been inspired from different cultures and mythology: Norse, Egyption, Irish, Ghanian, Hindu, German, Slavic and so much more.  

American Gods/ Facebook

Shadow and Bone | Netflix

Shadow and Bone has been adapted from the young adult book series, Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows. In the fictional land of Ravka, inspired by Russia, the land is divided by the Fold. As Alina Starkov, an orphan girl displays powers of great prowess, she is hailed as a Saint, who can maybe destroy the Fold once and for all. Magic, Ravkan folklore and an ensemble cast of badass charming characters, this series needs to be a must watch. 

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