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
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Angel
Angel
Roswell
Roswell
Attack on Titan
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Penny Dreadful
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Bitten
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Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Tokyo Ravens
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Jeremiah
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Log Horizon
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Z Nation
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The Land Before Time
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Moonlight
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Dominion
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Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
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The Magic School Bus
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Hellsing Ultimate
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The Secret Circle
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Ashes to Ashes
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Angels in America
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Momo Kyun Sword
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The Elephant Princess
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Seirei no Moribito
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Space 1999
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Battlestar Galactica Classic
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Good Witch
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Rooftop Prince
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Potato Star
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Dinotopia
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Karneval
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49 Days
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Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
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Neverland
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Toy Hunters
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Ultra Seven
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Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
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Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
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Doctor Who: Time-Flight
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Doctor Who Christmas Specials
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Vampire High
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Big
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Pretear
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Outbreak Company
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Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
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Black Forest
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Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
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SCI FI Wire
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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 Green Death
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Doctor Who: The Deadly Assassin
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Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
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Doctor Who: The Time Monster
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Timecop
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Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep
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Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
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Doctor Who: Underworld
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Doctor Who: The Two Doctors
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Doctor Who: Nightmare of Eden
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Doctor Who: Frontios
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Doctor Who: Creature from the Pit
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Doctor Who: Kinda
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The Atomic County
Torchwood Motion Comic: Web of Lies
Torchwood Motion Comic: Web of Lies
Jason of Star Command
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