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6 Shows like Wizards of Waverly Place: Magic Mayhem

Laura Light itcherLooking for more of the three WWWs? I mean witches, wizards and werewolves, of course! So for more witchy trouble and muggle struggles then you can shake your wand at, have a look at ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’, ‘That’s so Raven’ and ‘Every Witch Way’, all cackling good shows like ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’. ~ Laura Light

Which Witch?

Witches have always held a certain place in popular culture, from the sweet nose-twitching in ‘Bewitched’ to the family-friendly Madame Mim in ‘The Sword and the Stone’, oh and let’s not forget the daunting 3 witches in Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ or in ‘Charmed’ for that matter!

So for more teenage antics with a pinch of magic, check out these other TV series like ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’. They’re spellbinding! (Sorry!)


Shows Similar to ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’…

‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ (Nickelodeon, 1996-2003)

What’s the matter? I have to be a witch, I have to be a mortal, I have to be a teenager and I have to be a girl all at the same time. That’s what’s the matter…

Ever since the days of ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ I have loved Melissa Joan Hart! She may have been in her 20s when she played Sabrina, but that doesn’t take the appeal of this show away at all. Based on the comic strip, Sabrina Spellman is, yep you’ve got it, a teenage witch who attempts to balance her witchcraft antics with the demands of everyday teenage life. She is aided in her endeavors by her two aunts and a wise-cracking black cat as she goes from high school, to college, and finally to her career in journalism. Look out for Caroline Rhea as Hilda, she’s a blast!

Similarity Match: 95%
Both ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ and ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch’ feature young teens with magic; though the former shows a dark side to having powers whereas the latter just shows spellbinding fun!

‘That’s so Raven’ (Disney Channel, 2003-2007)

No, I see things that are actually *going* to happen…

So, a friend of mine, who caught me watching this show, condemned me for watching it by saying: “Isn’t this show for kids?”, “No, it’s a comic show!” I replied moodily! And truly it is!  Raven Baxter (Raven Symone) an average American teen has just one secret, she’s psychic. Only her friends and family know and with the help of her visions of the future, Raven gets into weird, funny and challenging situations to set things right. I’ll be honest, there are only two Disney channel shows that really make me and my husband laugh out loud, and this is one of them!

Similarity Match: 90%
Both shows involve simple plots and evolving characters, though while one deals with being psychic, the other deals with witchcraft in modern day New York.

‘Every Witch Way’ (Nickelodeon, 2014-2015)

I’m a witch…

So I stumbled across this show while my niece was watching it and discovered it’s pretty good!! It features witches (but of course), but good witches; not the scary kind (as observed by said niece). The show constantly keeps you on your toes, therefore making all the characters lovable. If you like ‘Drake and Josh’ or ‘Zoey 101’ then this is a sure thing for you! Side note: don’t let the reviews put you off, stick with it! It’s worth it!

Similarity Match: 80%
Both feature characters that have uncontrollable magic and use clever plots to get the heroes in trouble, but while one is set at a magic school, the other is based around family life.


If You Like ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’, You Will Like…

So as you can tell, witches are my thing. If you wanna dive deeper into the magical realm then have a look at ‘The Secret Circle’, it’s aimed at a more mature teen audience, but it’s fab for all things witchy! If you’re bored of the witch theme but like family dynamics and sassy banter, then check out these other series similar to ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’.

‘Good Luck Charlie’ (Disney Channel, 2010-2014)

Mom and Dad have been talking like that ever since you arrived, and if it’s not over soon, I’m gonna go cwazy-wazy…

This show is basically about Teddy (Bridget Mendler) who decides to make a video diary for Charlie, her younger sister, to recount the daily events and offer advice. Although the title is ‘Good Luck Charlie’, it revolves mostly around the older kids. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a little cheesy and unrealistic at times, but you have to take into account it is a kids show. There are no rich kids, wizards, talking dogs, or anything else like that in this show, just a family that goes through hilarious misadventures. Sounds like my household at the minute…..

Though one deals with a magical family and the other with a crazy one, ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ and ‘Good Luck Charlie’ both have similar twists and turns to keep the viewer enthralled with their innovative plots.

‘Jessie’ (Disney Channel, 2011 – )

I want her to be our new nanny…

As a 30ish year old woman, I actually love this show! Debby Ryan is so funny as ‘Jessie’. What seems like a simple task results in far more complications than she anticipated as Jessie learns to balance the kids’ sibling rivalry, their individual needs, and the fallout from their jet-setting parents. As if this isn’t chaos enough, she’s also learning the ropes of her newfound independence and attempting to carve out a career in the competitive New York atmosphere. But at the end of the day, it’s the relationships with her new “family” that smooth out the rough edges of her transition.

Sure, it is a bit naive at times, but hey, what kids show isn’t? It won’t be winning any Emmy’s, but it’s a funny, feel-good show, (and not a wizard in sight!)

As with ‘Wizards of Waverly Place’, the protagonist of ‘Jessie’ is dealing with personal problems while trying to juggle family life, resulting in an array of funny scenarios.

‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ (ABC Family, 2008 – 2013)

Because… she’ll either die or have a baby…

So I’m throwing a curveball in here, bear with me….

After an unplanned pregnancy, teenager Amy Juergens’s (Shailene Woodley) life will never be the same, as she deals with other teenagers around her.

If your goal in watching TV is to see a mirror image of your family, you’ll be very disappointed in this series. It’s got enough plot for several hundred lifetimes. In fact, the plot is like something out of ‘Jeremy Kyle’ at times, without the sleaze though… Overall, the script has good pacing, is funny in parts and lays the teenage angst on thick, and the beautiful Molly Ringwald is in it! What more could a teen soap opera fan ask for?

You really have to pay close attention to both shows to keep up with the relationships, although there is still no guarantee that you’ll have a clue what’s going on…


Not a Magic Wand in Sight… What?!

Nothing suits me better than a good vampire or witch TV show, something with a hot cast and meaty storylines to sink my teeth into. So if you’re like me and prefer a good hocus pocus to family frolics, then check out ‘The Originals’ the spinoff to ‘The Vampire Diaries’, just a warning though, it’s certainly not for the younger audience! Or how about a blast from the past, have a look at ‘The Worst Witch’ based on Jill Murphy’s popular books! I can still hear the words “Mildred” being shouted around Cackles Academy now….

What’s Your Favourite Witchy or Wizard TV Show?

Let Me Know In The Comments Below!

Hi ya, I’m Laura, a BA Creative Writing and Film graduate. A self-confessed geek, you’re normally find me tucked away in the back row at the cinema, with vast amounts of chocolate and surfing the net on my phone. A freelance writer specialising in digital marketing and audio, when I’m not creating new blogs, I’m trying to dream up my next big idea!
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