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Here’s why it’s #1 on Netflix right now

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In the Netflix series, Arthur (Devon Terrell) is nowhere near becoming king, still working to pay off the debts of his father and prove himself.

Netflix’s Cursed premiered on July 17 and quickly skyrocketed to the number one spot. The series, based on the novel by Tom Wheeler and Frank Miller, is a fresh reimagining on the legendary tale of the would-be King Arthur. With compelling twists and a detailed exploration of a familiar story, there are plenty of reasons why Cursed is so popular on Netflix right now.

Cursed upends everything we expect to see from the the story of King Arthur. In the Netflix series, Arthur (Devon Terrell) is nowhere near becoming king, still working to pay off the debts of his father and prove himself. Instead, the story focuses on Nimue (Katherine Langford), the Fey queen destined to become the mythical Lady of the Lake. Tasked with bringing the Sword of Power to Merlin, Nimue fights to free the Fey from being persecuted by the Red Paladins, Christian monks who harbor hatred for all magical beings.

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