This Wild New Drama Series Just Hit #1 on Netflix—& It’s Giving Us Total ‘Riverdale’ Vibes

If you live for teen dramas like Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, then we've got just the series for you.

Introducing Fate: The Winx Saga, the addictive new series that reached the number one spot on Netflix's top ten list within three days of its premiere. Based on the Italian-American animated series, Winx Club, the supernatural teen drama is gaining loads of attention on social media. (It also bumped ahead of popular titles like Bridgerton, Night Stalker, Henry Danger and Bling Empire on Netflix.)

Fate: The Winx Saga is a coming-of-age story about five teen fairies who attend Alfea, a magical boarding school in the Otherworld. While there, these girls must learn to master their magic as they navigate the ups and downs of teen life, from romance to rivalries.

The new series stars Abigail Cowen, Hannah van der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt, Elisha Applebaum and Danny Griffin. It was created by Brian Young, who's known for his work on The Vampire Diaries, and produced by Jon Finn, Macdara Kelleher and John Keville. Brian Young, Judy Counihan, Kris Thykier, Cristiana Buzzelli and Joanne Lee served as executive producers.

While the live-action remake is based on a children's show, it's worth noting that the series has a darker edge and a more mature cast, making it feel more like a mix of Winx Club and Riverdale. Petrana Radulovic wrote in Polygon that the show has a "compelling, nuanced plot." She added, "The world-building is exciting, offering a spin on the animated series’ world of fairies and non-magical, sword-wielding specialists."

Movie critic Tessa Smith also wrote, "This short season is a great set up for what could happen in future seasons, should it be picked up. Drama, action, and magic -- it does exactly what it sets out to do."

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