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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Penny Dreadful
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Attack on Titan
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Bitten
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The Elephant Princess
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Kill la Kill
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Angel
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The Magic School Bus
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Star Trek: Voyager
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Dominion
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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
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Roswell
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I Hear Your Voice
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Z Nation
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Battlestar Galactica Classic
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Moonlight
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The Secret Circle
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Space 1999
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Log Horizon
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Karneval
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Good Witch
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Dinotopia
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Hellsing Ultimate
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The 10th Kingdom
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Angels in America
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The Land Before Time
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Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
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Neverland
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Wizards vs. Aliens
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Potato Star
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seaQuest DSV
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Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
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Doctor Who: The Hand of Fear
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Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
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Doctor Who Christmas Specials
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Earthsea
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Merlin's Apprentice
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Minutemen
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Pretear
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Randall and Hopkirk
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Shakira
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Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Jedi Masters
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Doctor Who: The Snowmen
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A Call to Arms
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Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
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B-Daman Crossfire
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SCI FI Wire
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Seirei no Moribito
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Phoenix
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Best of The Outer Limits
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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
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Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
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Eureka: The Essentials Pack
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49 Days
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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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Doctor Who: Time-Flight
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Heroes: All-Stars
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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
Doctor Who: Frontios
Doctor Who: Creature from the Pit
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Doctor Who: Kinda
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Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Hero (2012)
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The Atomic County
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Torchwood Motion Comic: Web of Lies
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The Doctor, the Widow and the Wardrobe
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Dex Hamilton: Alien Entomologist
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