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
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Good Witch
Good Witch
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
Bitten
Bitten
Z Nation
Z Nation
The Other Kingdom
The Other Kingdom
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
Angels in America
Angels in America
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Angel
Angel
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Preacher
Preacher
Moonlight
Moonlight
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Potato Star
Potato Star
Roswell
Roswell
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Dominion
Dominion
Space 1999
Space 1999
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Erased
Erased
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Sense8
Sense8
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
Neverland
Neverland
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
I Hear Your Voice
I Hear Your Voice
The Quest
The Quest
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Pirate Islands: The Lost Treasure of Fiji
Karneval
Karneval
Luck & Logic
Luck & Logic
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Shakira
Shakira
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
The Land Before Time
The Land Before Time
Tin Man
Tin Man
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Chiller's Dare 2 Direct Short Film Festivals
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Vampire High
Vampire High
Earthsea
Earthsea
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Box Set
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Box Set
Ashes to Ashes
Ashes to Ashes
Dirk Gently
Dirk Gently
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Don't Blink
Don't Blink
God Eater
God Eater
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Tokyo Ravens
Tokyo Ravens
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Futurescape with James Woods
Futurescape with James Woods
49 Days
49 Days
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
Jason of Star Command
Jason of Star Command
Pretear
Pretear
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Second Doctor
Mighty Magiswords
Mighty Magiswords
SCI FI Wire
SCI FI Wire
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
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
Phoenix
Phoenix
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
Eureka: The Essentials Pack
Eureka: The Essentials Pack
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: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
Heroes: All-Stars
Heroes: All-Stars
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Timecop
Timecop
Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep
Doctor Who: Warriors of the Deep
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: The Sun Makers
Doctor Who: Underworld
Doctor Who: Underworld