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
Dominion
Dominion
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Z Nation
Z Nation
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
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Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Magic School Bus
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Kill la Kill
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Potato Star
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Bitten
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Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
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Good Witch
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Roswell
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The Secret Circle
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Space 1999
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I Hear Your Voice
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Moonlight
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
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The Greatest American Hero
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Angel
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Hellsing Ultimate
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God Eater
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Dr. Jin
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The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
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49 Days
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Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The 10th Kingdom
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Sense8
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The Scholar Who Walks the Night
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Jeremiah
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Tin Man
Tin Man
Vampire High
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Shakira
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The Lost Room
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Relic Hunter
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seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Phoenix
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Neverland
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Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Big
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Ultra Seven
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Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
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Tokyo Ravens
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Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
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Earthsea
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Minutemen
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Angels in America
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Doctor Who: The Snowmen
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Karneval
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Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
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Wizards vs. Aliens
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Log Horizon
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Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
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Momo Kyun Sword
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Seirei no Moribito
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Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
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Best of The Outer Limits
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Supernatural: The Animation
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Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
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Doctor Who: Castrovalva
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Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
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Doctor Who: The Green Death
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Doctor Who: The Time Monster
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Timecop
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Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
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Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
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Torchwood Motion Comic: Web of Lies
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Jason of Star Command
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Doctor Who Christmas Specials
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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
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Insane or Inspired
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Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
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Toy Hunters
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MythQuest
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Pretear
Pretear
Randall and Hopkirk
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A Call to Arms
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Inside: Secret America
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Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
Outbreak Company
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Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Master
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Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
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Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
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