Fantasy TV Shows

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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Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Preacher
Preacher
Good Witch
Good Witch
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Z Nation
Z Nation
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Bitten
Bitten
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Dominion
Dominion
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Angel
Angel
Roswell
Roswell
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Space 1999
Space 1999
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Erased
Erased
Moonlight
Moonlight
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Dharmakshetra
Dharmakshetra
God Eater
God Eater
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins
Momo Kyun Sword
Momo Kyun Sword
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Angels in America
Angels in America
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Neverland
Neverland
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
Potato Star
Potato Star
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Shakira
Shakira
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
The Other Kingdom
The Other Kingdom
Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do
Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
B-Daman Crossfire
B-Daman Crossfire
Phoenix
Phoenix
Vampire High
Vampire High
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Cat.8
Cat.8
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Exploding Sun
Exploding Sun
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Supernova
Supernova
The Quest
The Quest
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
Sense8
Sense8
Demons
Demons
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Tin Man
Tin Man
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
Karneval
Karneval
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
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Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
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Mighty Magiswords
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SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
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Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Eureka: The Essentials Pack
Eureka: The Essentials Pack
49 Days
49 Days
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who: The Green Death
Doctor Who: The Green Death
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
Heroes: All-Stars
Heroes: All-Stars