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
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Z Nation
Z Nation
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Dead of Summer
Dead of Summer
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Good Witch
Good Witch
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Angel
Angel
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Bitten
Bitten
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Preacher
Preacher
Roswell
Roswell
Moonlight
Moonlight
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Space 1999
Space 1999
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Dominion
Dominion
God Eater
God Eater
Dharmakshetra
Dharmakshetra
Tin Man
Tin Man
Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (Original Japanese Version)
Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (Original Japanese Version)
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
B-Daman Crossfire
B-Daman Crossfire
Luke Cage
Luke Cage
Shakira
Shakira
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do
Blazing Team: Masters of Yo Kwon Do
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Erased
Erased
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
Big
Big
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Potato Star
Potato Star
Supernova
Supernova
Sense8
Sense8
The Other Kingdom
The Other Kingdom
HarmonQuest
HarmonQuest
Phoenix
Phoenix
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Neverland
Neverland
Heroes: All-Stars
Heroes: All-Stars
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Randall and Hopkirk
Randall and Hopkirk
In the Spider's Web
In the Spider's Web
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Relic Hunter
Relic Hunter
Demons
Demons
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Vampire High
Vampire High
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Dr. Jin
Dr. Jin
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Don't Blink
Don't Blink
Norn9
Norn9
SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Tegami Bachi: Letter Bee
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Aquarian Age - Sign for Evolution
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
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: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
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: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight