Based on the animated original Winx Club series, Fate: The Winx Saga, takes our favourite cartoon fairies and turns them into real live teens living in the fairy world as they battle with the dark side to save the magical and human realms.
Taking an existing comic, book, or cartoon and transforming it into a live-action tv show is not a new concept.
We've had the Bratz movie, Scooby-Doo, almost every Roald Dahl book, and of course the entire catalogue of Marvel and DC.
And now, added to that collection is Fate: The Winx Saga. The Netflix live action adaptation series takes all of the cartoon characters and drops them straight into the real world, or in this case, a magical realm with a barrier to the real world.
Hugely popular with young kids, the cartoon explores a fairy world where each has her/his own special power. So one fairy may be an empath, another controls fire or water. You get the idea.
In the case of Fate: The Winx Saga they are now teenagers, living in a magical boarding school.
The series focuses on the new first years – Bloom (Abigail Cowen), Musa, Beatrix and Aisha – as well as the second-year students – Terra, Stella, Sky, and Dane. They are led by the headmistress, Farah Dowling, and fighting teacher Silva.
Set in the UK, Bloom is a 16-year-old fire fairy who only became aware of her gifts a few months earlier.
Hailing from California, it turns out Bloom is a changling. That means she is a full fairy who was swapped at birth so her human parents have no clue.
As she comes to grips with her dangerous magical powers, a darker side of the story emerges and we soon realise that our teen fairies are in deep trouble.
The re-emergence of ‘the burnt ones' puts them all in danger and so the group must work together, like it or not, to save the fairy and human world.
Fate Winx Saga Official Trailer
Is Fate Winx Saga Worth Watching?
Similar to The Order, Fate: The Winx Saga is about teens and magic. It's not a bad story and the six episode first season moves at a really good pace.
The characters are a little cliche and can be found in every teen show ever made – pretty bitchy girl, good looking nice guy, bad boy, the athlete, the shy one, the devious one.
They all have their role but then again they are based on an existing show.
The only problem with Fate: The Winx Saga is that while its original fan base was made up largely of little kids, this is Rated 15 and so they won't be able to watch it!
It's a darker story with some jumps and scares, the odd dead body, suspenseful music, and a bit of swearing so it's not definitely suitable for younger viewers.
It's a shame really because they could have watered it down just enough to get a 12 rating which would have opened up to more fans.
Fate Winx Saga Season 2
The first season of Fate Winx Saga was a huge hit for Netflix and they wasted no time in renewing the show.
In fact, there's so much to talk about that we had to create a whole new article just to cover everything fans want to know.
So if you want more info on how Bloom's story continues in Fate Winx Saga season 2, then check it out here!
Fate Winx Saga Cast Members
Based on the Nickelodeon's Winx Club, Fate: The Winx Saga was developed by showrunner Brian Young, who worked on seven seasons of The Vampire Diaries.
The directing duties for Winx Saga season 1 were split between three directors, Lisa James Larsson, Hannah Quinn, and Stephen Woolfenden.
But as we all know, you can create and direct a great show but without a talented cast, it doesn't work.
Thankfully, this Netflix series has a fantastic cast that brings the incredibly rich world of magic to life.
Abigail Cowen as Bloom, a 16-year-old fire fairy who was raised on Earth by human parents.
Hannah van der Westhuysen as Stella, a fashionable light fairy and the princess of Solaria.
Precious Mustapha as Aisha, an athletic water fairy.
Eliot Salt as Terra Harvey, an earth fairy who is Sam's sister and Flora's cousin.
Elisha Applebaum as Musa, a mind fairy who feels other people's emotions.
Danny Griffin as Sky, Stella's ex-boyfriend and son of the late Andreas of Eraklyon.
Sadie Soverall as Beatrix, an air fairy who can manipulate electricity.
Freddie Thorp as Riven, a second-year Specialist student who is Sky's best friend.
Eva Birthistle as Vanessa Peters, Bloom's adoptive mother.
Rob James-Collier as Saul Silva, the Fencing instructor at Alfea and Sky's guardian.
Eve Best as Farah Dowling, the stern Headmistress of Alfea.
Lesley Sharp as Rosalind, a previous headmistress of the magical school, Alfea College.
Theo Graham as Dane, a first-year Specialist student who befriends Terra, Riven and Beatrix.
Josh Cowdery as Mike Peters, Bloom's adoptive father.
Alex Macqueen as Professor Harvey, Terra and Samuel's father.
Harry Michell as Callum, Dowling's assistant
Jacob Dudman as Sam Harvey, an earth fairy and Terra's brother, who has the ability to phase through walls and objects. He starts dating Musa.
Kate Fleetwood as Queen Luna, Stella's icy mother and Solaria's queen
Ken Duken as King Andreas, celebrated war hero, Prince Sky's father and Beatrix's adoptive father
Brandon Grace as Grey (season 2)
Éanna Hardwicke as Sebastian (season 2)
Jayden Revri as Devin (season 2)