5 Reasons to Watch WGN's Salem

For Salem fans, you can either stop reading now (since you don’t need any convincing), or you can go ahead anyway and see if you agree with me or not.

For those of you whose initial reaction was “There’s a TV show called Salem?”, then I highly suggest you spare a bit of time to discover one of the best thrillers (maybe even horror) shows on TV today.

Created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, Salem first aired on April 20, 2014 on WGN America. As the name (more than) implies, the show is based (albeit loosely) on the Salem Witch Trials in the 17th century. For someone who has always been fascinated by “witch lore” and magic, giving Salem a go was no-brainer for me.

If you haven’t discovered this awesome series, then here are 5 reasons to watch Salem.

Opening sequence

Two words: Marilyn Manson.

Even if you don’t like him, the music matches the visuals perfectly, which in turn gives a build up to what you can expect from the series. It’s one of those that should be part of the Best TV Title Sequences I wrote some time ago.


Did I already mention I have this thing for witches? They may or may not exist in real life, but who’s to say what’s what?

Since Salem is inspired by history, there are some bits and pieces of truth thrown in the plot, but a word of warning: your expectations of witches may not be what you get.

Forget Charmed and the Power of 3 (Guilty pleasure. Don’t judge me.).  The witches of Salem can easily be described as “witches” with a “b”. And so much more.


This show doesn’t pull any punches, and it’s one of the main reasons to watch Salem.

There’s gore. A lot of it. Sometimes too much for my sensitive stomach. Let’s just say it’s not TV dinner watching.


There’s betrayal, the depth of which is nothing short of WTF moments.

There’s manipulation to the highest power, but hey, these are witches we’re talking about after all.

There are the moments which make you jump out of the sofa.

That’s not to say that there aren’t periods when the show slows down, but on average, Salem is one of those series that keeps you on your toes; so if you like clenching your jaws, tightening your gut, and sometimes cringing even before anything of note happens, you won’t be disappointed.

Glimpse into the past

Albeit with inaccurate details. The show is inspired by history, but the creators have done a wonderful job of exercising their literary freedom to weave a story that keeps historical enthusiasts interested all that while adding other captivating elements.

Lucy Lawless

I’ll just leave this here.


If that’s not enough to convince you, then you might want to have your head checked.

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