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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Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Z Nation
Z Nation
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Potato Star
Potato Star
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Dominion
Dominion
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Space 1999
Space 1999
Angel
Angel
Moonlight
Moonlight
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
Bitten
Bitten
Good Witch
Good Witch
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Neverland
Neverland
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins
Roswell
Roswell
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Tin Man
Tin Man
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Shakira
Shakira
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Phoenix
Phoenix
Big
Big
Earthsea
Earthsea
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Angels in America
Angels in America
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
God Eater
God Eater
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Jason of Star Command
Jason of Star Command
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
Sense8
Sense8
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
49 Days
49 Days
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Doctor Who: The Snowmen
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (2002)
Karneval
Karneval
Exploding Sun
Exploding Sun
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
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
Norn9
Norn9
Erased
Erased
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep
Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
Doctor Who: Kinda
Doctor Who: Kinda
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
Insane or Inspired
Insane or Inspired
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Pretear
Pretear
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fifth Doctor
Black Forest
Black Forest
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Supernova
Supernova
The Happenings
The Happenings
Voyage of the Unicorn
Voyage of the Unicorn
Momo Kyun Sword
Momo Kyun Sword
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
B-Daman Crossfire
B-Daman Crossfire
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Demons
Demons
Mighty Magiswords
Mighty Magiswords
Luck & Logic
Luck & Logic
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito