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
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Space 1999
Space 1999
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Bitten
Bitten
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
49 Days
49 Days
Potato Star
Potato Star
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Karneval
Karneval
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Angel
Angel
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Angels in America
Angels in America
Roswell
Roswell
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Vampire High
Vampire High
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
Moonlight
Moonlight
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Neverland
Neverland
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The First Doctor
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Minutemen
Minutemen
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
Big
Big
Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist
Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
Doctor Who: The Best of The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Sixth Doctor
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler, The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler, The Sixth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The First Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The First Doctor
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
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
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who, Monsters: Silurians
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
The Atomic County
The Atomic County
K-9
K-9
Inside: Secret America
Inside: Secret America
Boogiepop Phantom
Boogiepop Phantom
A Call to Arms
A Call to Arms
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Supernova
Supernova
In the Spider's Web
In the Spider's Web
Hybrid
Hybrid
Exploding Sun
Exploding Sun
Doctor Who, Monsters: Davros
Doctor Who, Monsters: Davros
Outbreak Company
Outbreak Company
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Thor: Hammer of the Gods
Terminal Invasion
Terminal Invasion
Black Forest
Black Forest
Kyousougiga
Kyousougiga
Cat.8
Cat.8
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: Underworld
Doctor Who: Underworld
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden
Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden
Doctor Who: Frontios
Doctor Who: Frontios
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Creature from the Pit
Doctor Who: Creature from the Pit
Doctor Who: Kinda
Doctor Who: Kinda