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.

About This Genre
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Dominion
Dominion
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Z Nation
Z Nation
Bitten
Bitten
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Roswell
Roswell
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
Space 1999
Space 1999
Potato Star
Potato Star
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Good Witch
Good Witch
Angel
Angel
Moonlight
Moonlight
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Tin Man
Tin Man
49 Days
49 Days
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
Sense8
Sense8
Vampire High
Vampire High
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Phoenix
Phoenix
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
B-Daman Crossfire
B-Daman Crossfire
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Big
Big
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Karneval
Karneval
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
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
Neverland
Neverland
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Timecop
Timecop
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Torchwood Motion Comic: Web of Lies
Torchwood Motion Comic: Web of Lies
Jason of Star Command
Jason of Star Command
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Insane or Inspired
Insane or Inspired
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Earthsea
Earthsea
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Minutemen
Minutemen
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Pretear
Pretear
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Shakira
Shakira
Angels in America
Angels in America
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jedi Masters
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jedi Masters
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
A Call to Arms
A Call to Arms
Inside: Secret America
Inside: Secret America
Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
Black Forest
Black Forest
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Momo Kyun Sword
Momo Kyun Sword
Relic Hunter
Relic Hunter
Shannara
Shannara
SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog