Fantasy TV Shows

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About Fantasy

As a genre that encompasses just about any kind of story that contains supernatural elements, fantasy has been well represented on television for many decades. Suspense stories, which had been popular on radio before the advent of television, made the transition to TV early on, and shows such as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits brought the spooky and the uncanny to broad audiences in the 1950s and 1960s.

Programs revolving around the occult were not as prevalent in the 1970s and 80s, but science fiction, a genre closely related to fantasy, took up the slack, with American shows like Battlestar Galactica and imports such as Dr. Who keeping the fantastic on the airwaves. In the 1990s, a few fantasy-based programs, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess among them, gained sizable cult followings, setting the stage for a new fantasy invasion after the turn of the century.

The abundance of fantasy and adventure programs in the first decade of the 21st century was driven in large part by popular literature and film, as movie adaptations of The Lord of the Rings and Twilight became box-office blockbusters. Television schedules were suddenly full of the wizards, warriors, vampires, demons and other unnatural creatures, and the fantasy genre mingled with drama, romance, action and other genres in shows that tried to inject fantastic components into common plot formulas.

Reality television also flirted with fantasy, combining unscripted production with strange and unexplained subjects. Teams of paranormal investigators searched haunted houses for evidence of ghosts, and teams of adventurers scoured remote locales looking for legendary creatures thus far unknown to science. In the game show category, fantasy was represented by competitions in which designers and artists tried to outdo one another in creating film sets and special makeup effects.

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Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
49 Days
49 Days
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Space 1999
Space 1999
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Roswell
Roswell
Moonlight
Moonlight
Potato Star
Potato Star
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
Angel
Angel
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Bitten
Bitten
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
Shakira
Shakira
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Earthsea
Earthsea
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Vampire High
Vampire High
Neverland
Neverland
Jason of Star Command
Jason of Star Command
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Karneval
Karneval
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Insane or Inspired
Insane or Inspired
Angels in America
Angels in America
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
MythQuest
MythQuest
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Big
Big
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Black Forest
Black Forest
Doctor Who: The Best of The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
K-9
K-9
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
In the Spider's Web
In the Spider's Web
Outbreak Company
Outbreak Company
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, The Companions
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Phoenix
Phoenix
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Tin Man
Tin Man
Heroes: All-Stars
Heroes: All-Stars
Timecop
Timecop
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
Doctor Who Sampler, The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler, The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Green Death
Doctor Who: The Green Death
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Night Sisters
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Night Sisters
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Voyage of the Unicorn
Voyage of the Unicorn
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
The Happenings
The Happenings
Supernova
Supernova
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials