In what had once been a rare treat is now almost commonplace and for good reason. Female-led fantasy series’ have become popular as the characters have grown in strength, stature, and depth.
Today, women are well-represented in the genre as they possess skills, some with supernatural abilities, to take out bad guys even twice their size. Netflix has a number of great fantasy series that feature female leads. Let’s take a look at a few of them.
Best Netflix Fantasy Series with Female Leads
Outlander is an impressive Netflix fantasy series based on the Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. The series follows female lead Caitríona Balfe who plays Claire Randall, a WWII British military nurse who finds herself transported back in time to 1743 Scotland.
There she meets and falls for the Highland warrior rogue Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) with the two eventually marrying.
Claire’s strength is shown during the first season as she, along with Jamie’s clansmen, completes the rescue of Jamie after he was captured by the evil “Black Jack” Randall.
Outlander was created and developed by Ronald Moore, who is also known for his time with Star Trek and the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica.
Watch Outlander on Netflix.
Although there were doubts about a series that focused on Wednesday Adams versus the entire Adams Family, Wednesday has been a very effective and fun Netflix series.
The fantasy series stars Jenna Ortega as the title character, and Ortega perfectly embodies the sarcastic, yet smart, daughter of Charles and Morticia Adams.
The series follows Wednesday at the Nevermore Academy where she finds herself investigating a murder spree. Trying to make new friends has never been an easy task for Wednesday, but maybe a little bit of murder will help.
Tim Burton directed the first four episodes of the eight-episode first season. Catharine Zeta-Jones also stars as Morticia while Luis Guzman plays Charles.
Watch Wednesday on Netflix.
For the first three seasons of the hit fantasy series, Manifest, it was an NBC show. But when Peacock announced the series cancellation, Netflix picked it up at the end of season 3 and renewed it for a fourth and final season 4.
The series tells the story of passengers on a flight from Jamaica to New York who upon landing find out that they have been missing for five years and were presumed dead. They then try to figure out what exactly happened to them and why they continue to have visions of things that have yet to take place.
Melissa Roxburgh, Athena Karkanis, Parveen Kaur, and Luna Blaise lead a strong female cast that also includes Josh Dallas, J. R. Ramirez, and Matt Long.
Watch Manifest on Netflix.
Warrior Nun is a Netflix original fantasy series that is based on the Ben Dunn comic book, Warrior Nun Areala. The series tells the story of quadriplegic teenager Ava Silva, who wakes up one day in a morgue.
She discovers a new lease on life as she has been given supernatural powers that allow her to fight demons on Earth. Ava is now a part of the ancient Order of the Cruciform Sword.
She is also wanted by forces representing both heaven and hell, all of which want her for their own nefarious deeds. Portuguese actress Alba Baptista stars as Ava in her very first English-language role.
Watch Warrior Nun on Netflix.
Legacies got its start on The CW and is a part of The Vampire Diaries Universe and a direct spinoff from The Originals. Now a part of Netflix, this female-led fantasy teen series tells the story of Hope Mikaelson, a descendant of the most powerful witch, vampire, and werewolf bloodlines.
The story picks up two years after the conclusion of The Originals and finds Hope going to the Salvatore School for the Young and Gifted. There Hope hopes to use the school for the gifted to help her learn about her abilities while also helping to control her violent impulses.
Matt Davis returns as Alaric Saltzman from The Vampire Diaries, the human headmaster of the school.
Watch Legacies on Netflix.