New series called 'the best fantasy Netflix has ever made' just dropped today
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A new series that’s being hailed ‘the best fantasy Netflix has ever made’ has dropped on the streamer today (28 October). Watch the trailer here:
With the colder evenings drawing in, we are all DESPERATE for some great telly to curl up to, whether it’s Netflix’s latest romantic caper From Scratch or new true crime doc Vatican Girl: The Disappearance of Emanuela Orlandi.
But let’s be real... you’ve already finished those, haven’t you?
If that’s the case (don’t worry, we’re guilty too), thankfully we’ve found your new obsession in the form of Netflix’s new YA fantasy series – which reviewers are saying is the best the streamer has ever made.
Based on the Half Bad books by Sally Green, The B*stard Son and The Devil Himself is a brand new eight-part series that follows a 16-year-old boy who just so happens to have the most dangerous witch in the world for a mother.
He finds himself caught up in an ‘endless war’ between the rivalling ‘fairborn’ and ‘blood’ witches, each representing the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ sides of the witching spectrum.
A synopsis from Netflix says: “Sixteen-year-old Nathan (Jay Lycurgo) is the illegitimate son of the world’s most dangerous witch.
“Fearing he will follow in his father's footsteps, Nathan is closely monitored throughout his childhood.
“As the boundaries between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ fray, Nathan - along with mischievous Annalise and charismatic Gabriel - will soon discover who he truly is.”
Written by Joe Barton (The Lazarus Project, Giri/Haji), the series stars Jay Lycurgo (Titans, The Batman, I May Destroy You), Nadia Parkes (Domina, Starstruck) and Emilien Vekemans (Transferts), and singer Roísín Murphy – who makes her drama debut - along with the likes of Isobel Jesper Jones, Paul Ready, David Gyasi, Kerry Fox, Liz White, Karen Connell, Fehinti Balogun and Misia Butler.
There’s even a new score created by British pop group Let’s Eat Grandma.
The result has already proven to be a winning one, with critics and audiences alike expressing their praise for the programme.
In a review for Digital Spy, David Opie quoted Netflix as saying The B*stard Son and The Devil Himself is ‘a truly f**ked up ride’, adding: “But it's also the best YA fantasy Netflix has ever made, by a wide margin — and that's because it's not afraid to take risks.”
Jack Seale of the Guardian also wrote: “The beating heart of The B*stard Son, aside from all the actual beating hearts that get ripped out of their owners’ bodies, is Nathan and Annalise’s love story.
“The chemistry between Lycurgo and Parkes is immediate, her mix of playful forthrightness and fearful vulnerability coiling tightly around his combination of wild rage and growing inner strength.
“They give The B*stard Son & The Devil Himself a sweet humanity but, when its claws are out, its wickedness delivers on the promise of its name.”
Over on Twitter, many viewers are also saying the same thing after the show dropped on the streaming site earlier today.
"The first episode was so good," one fan wrote.
Someone else said: "Just finished ep 1 of The B*stard Son [and] The Devil Himself. It is so so GOOD."
A third added: "I blazed through The B*stard Son & The Devil Himself in a day. Funny, dark, and with just a collective of stellar young actors playing characters whom I love whole-heartedly. Give it a watch on @NetflixUK now!"
Watch The B*stard Son and The Devil Himself on Netflix now.