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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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Z Nation
Z Nation
Potato Star
Potato Star
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Dominion
Dominion
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Roswell
Roswell
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
49 Days
49 Days
Space 1999
Space 1999
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
Angel
Angel
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Karneval
Karneval
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Big
Big
Bitten
Bitten
Moonlight
Moonlight
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Angels in America
Angels in America
Vampire High
Vampire High
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Shakira
Shakira
Neverland
Neverland
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Insane or Inspired
Insane or Inspired
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
MythQuest
MythQuest
Inside: Secret America
Inside: Secret America
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Phoenix
Phoenix
Heroes: All-Stars
Heroes: All-Stars
SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Tin Man
Tin Man
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Boogiepop Phantom
Boogiepop Phantom
K-9
K-9
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
The Happenings
The Happenings
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fifth Doctor
Earthsea
Earthsea
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Voyage of the Unicorn
Voyage of the Unicorn
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Outbreak Company
Outbreak Company
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fourth Doctor
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Night Sisters
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Night Sisters
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Doctor Who, Monsters: Davros
Doctor Who, Monsters: Davros
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who: The Best of The First Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The First Doctor
Momo Kyun Sword
Momo Kyun Sword
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Darklight
Darklight
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Black Forest
Black Forest
Kyousougiga
Kyousougiga
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Exploding Sun
Exploding Sun