She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (2018-20)
By the 2010s, the rights to He-Man and She-Ra had split and the result was Netflix’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, a reboot of Adora’s storyline that cut ties with her brother and his lore. The result was surprisingly the most acclaimed series in the franchise to date, with She-Ra praised for its complexity, mix of drama and humour and diversity. The premise is very similar to the original cartoon, though its characterisations are much changed – see Catra, reimagined from femme fatale into multifaceted frenemy. 52 episodes were made.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation (2021-)
Following the conclusion of She-Ra, Netflix released Revelation, a follow-up to the original 80s cartoon that ignores New Adventures and also delivers a much more mature storyline. It’s hard to discuss its bold concepts without spoilers, but suffice it to say Teela is given much more focus and the level of violence and death is much greater. Also, for the first time in the franchise (excepting a few famous voices in She-Ra), a He-Man show has an all-star cast, including Sarah Michelle Gellar, Mark Hamill and Lena Headey. 6 episodes are currently available.
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2021-)
Just a couple of months after Revelation, Netflix launched a totally different He-Man show. The first CG-animated series in the canon, this one is a reboot of the continuity and is aimed at more of a family audience again. The big twist to the premise – that Adam shares his powers with his friends – is wholly original, the show also owes much to the 2002 series in some concepts – such as casting Skeletor as Adam’s evil uncle. 10 episodes are currently available.
Live-Action She-Ra Series
Hot on the heels of Netflix’s She-Ra animated series, Amazon Prime has announced it is moving forward with a live-action reimagining of Princess Adora. This will be completely disconnected from the recent animation and offer yet another update on the original She-Ra cartoon. Fans are apprehensive about this one as it will be hard to top the Netflix show.