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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Legacies
Legacies
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Manifest
Manifest
Z Nation
Z Nation
Siren
Siren
Charmed
Charmed
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Castlevania
Castlevania
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
American Gods
American Gods
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Westworld
Westworld
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
Knight Squad
Knight Squad
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
Good Witch
Good Witch
Mighty Magiswords
Mighty Magiswords
Black Clover
Black Clover
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Preacher
Preacher
Disenchantment
Disenchantment
Tangled: The Series
Tangled: The Series
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
Angels in America
Angels in America
Legion
Legion
Moonlight
Moonlight
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Escape the Night
Escape the Night
The Bureau of Magical Things
The Bureau of Magical Things
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
Trollhunters
Trollhunters
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Roswell
Roswell
Angel
Angel
Creeped Out
Creeped Out
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100
Dark
Dark
Bitten
Bitten
Hellsing Ultimate
Hellsing Ultimate
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Mythical Beasts
Mythical Beasts
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
How Not to Summon a Demon Lord
Dominion
Dominion
En Otra Piel
En Otra Piel
Rooftop Prince
Rooftop Prince
The Elephant Princess
The Elephant Princess
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash
The Mist
The Mist
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
The Scholar Who Walks the Night
Fate/stay night
Fate/stay night
Space 1999
Space 1999
Supernatural: The Animation
Supernatural: The Animation
Arabian Nights
Arabian Nights
Erased
Erased
The Lost Room
The Lost Room
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Happy!
Happy!
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
The Curse of King Tut's Tomb
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Kill la Kill
Kill la Kill
The 10th Kingdom
The 10th Kingdom
Merlin's Apprentice
Merlin's Apprentice
Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (Original Japanese Version)
Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (Original Japanese Version)
Norn9
Norn9
Dharmakshetra
Dharmakshetra
Seirei no Moribito
Seirei no Moribito
Relic Hunter
Relic Hunter
Toy Hunters
Toy Hunters
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Sense8
Sense8
Log Horizon
Log Horizon
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, The Companions
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters
Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters
Earthsea
Earthsea
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
Fate/EXTRA Last Encore
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
El Clon
El Clon
The Outpost
The Outpost
HarmonQuest
HarmonQuest
The Rain
The Rain
Descendants
Descendants
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
Big
Big
Summer Camp Island
Summer Camp Island
Record of Grancrest War
Record of Grancrest War
Ice Fantasy
Ice Fantasy
Vampire High
Vampire High
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
49 Days
49 Days
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials