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
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Good Witch
Good Witch
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Preacher
Preacher
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
Z Nation
Z Nation
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
The Other Kingdom
The Other Kingdom
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Bitten
Bitten
Angel
Angel
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Erased
Erased
Space 1999
Space 1999
Neverland
Neverland
Roswell
Roswell
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Dominion
Dominion
Moonlight
Moonlight
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
The 10th Kingdom
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Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
The Quest
The Quest
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
God Eater
God Eater
Vampire High
Vampire High
Tin Man
Tin Man
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Sense8
Sense8
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Angels in America
Angels in America
Potato Star
Potato Star
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Shakira
Shakira
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Earthsea
Earthsea
MythQuest
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Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, The Companions
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do
Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Hero
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Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Insane or Inspired
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Doctor Who: The Snowmen
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Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Demons
Demons
Karneval
Karneval
Jason of Star Command
Jason of Star Command
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Creature from the Pit
Doctor Who: Creature from the Pit
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Big
Big
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Pretear
Pretear
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Norn9
Norn9
SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Phoenix
Phoenix
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Eureka: The Essentials Pack
Eureka: The Essentials Pack
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
49 Days
49 Days
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
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
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal