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
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
American Gods
American Gods
Westworld
Westworld
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Z Nation
Z Nation
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Dominion
Dominion
Good Witch
Good Witch
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
Preacher
Preacher
Legion
Legion
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Angel
Angel
The Mist
The Mist
The Magic School Bus
Ghost Wars
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Bitten
Moonlight
Lego Nexo Knights
Tangled: The Series
The Seven Deadly Sins
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Space 1999
The Secret Circle
Dinotopia
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Boogiepop Phantom
Black Clover
Angels in America
Star Wars Rebels
HarmonQuest
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Dirk Gently
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Jeremiah
Hellsing Ultimate
Speed Art
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
K-9
Fantasy Homes By The Sea
Relic Hunter
49 Days
In Another World with My Smartphone
seaQuest DSV
H2O: Just Add Water
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Log Horizon
Sense8
El Clon
Arabian Nights
The 10th Kingdom
Castlevania
He-Man and the Masters of the Universe
Randall and Hopkirk
Dharmakshetra
Tokyo Ravens
Tin Man
Rooftop Prince
Mighty Magiswords
WITS Academy
The LXD: Secrets of the Ra
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Ice Fantasy
The Great Martian War 1913 - 1917
Scarecrow
Flip Flappers
God Eater
Descendants
Toy Hunters
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Doctor Who: The Best of The Third Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Second Doctor
Elena of Avalor
Trollhunters
I Hear Your Voice
Big
Norn9
Aftermath (2016)
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Dies Irae
Erased
Voyage of the Unicorn
The Lost Room
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Ben 10 2016
The Elephant Princess
Skylanders Academy
Jason of Star Command
Karneval
A Call to Arms
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels