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
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Dominion
Dominion
Z Nation
Z Nation
Space 1999
Space 1999
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Roswell
Roswell
Potato Star
Potato Star
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Vampire High
Vampire High
Bitten
Bitten
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
Moonlight
Moonlight
Angel
Angel
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Neverland
Neverland
Karneval
Karneval
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Boogiepop Phantom
Boogiepop Phantom
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Earthsea
Earthsea
Tin Man
Tin Man
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Momo Kyun Sword
Momo Kyun Sword
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Outbreak Company
Outbreak Company
Big
Big
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Inside: Secret America
Inside: Secret America
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
49 Days
49 Days
Doctor Who Sampler, The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler, The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Angels in America
Angels in America
Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, The Companions
Shakira
Shakira
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Minutemen
Minutemen
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Voyage of the Unicorn
Voyage of the Unicorn
Terminal Invasion
Terminal Invasion
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Doctor Who, Monsters: Davros
Doctor Who, Monsters: Davros
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Night Sisters
Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Night Sisters
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fourth Doctor
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
The Happenings
The Happenings
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
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
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor