Fantasy TV Shows

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.

Siren
Siren
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Legacies
Legacies
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
Lucifer
Lucifer
Supergirl
Supergirl
Batwoman
Batwoman
Dark
Dark
Diabolik Lovers
Diabolik Lovers
The Witcher
The Witcher
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba
Good Witch
Good Witch
Motherland: Fort Salem
Motherland: Fort Salem
Black Mirror
Black Mirror
Westworld
Westworld
The Seven Deadly Sins
The Seven Deadly Sins
True Blood
True Blood
Black Clover
Black Clover
Shadowhunters
Shadowhunters
The Originals
The Originals
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Attack on Titan
Attack on Titan
The Secret Circle
The Secret Circle
Gotham
Gotham
Penny Dreadful
Penny Dreadful
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels
Tangled: The Series
Tangled: The Series
Once Upon a Time
Once Upon a Time
Sense8
Sense8
The Strain
The Strain
Charmed
Charmed
Dharmakshetra
Dharmakshetra
Good Omens
Good Omens
Van Helsing
Van Helsing
Trollhunters
Trollhunters
Angel
Angel
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
American Gods
American Gods
Castlevania
Castlevania
El Clon
El Clon
Infinity Train
Infinity Train
Star Trek: Discovery
Star Trek: Discovery
Locke & Key
Locke & Key
Descendants
Descendants
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
WITS Academy
WITS Academy
Spider-Man (1994)
Spider-Man (1994)
The Shannara Chronicles
The Shannara Chronicles
The Magic School Bus
The Magic School Bus
HarmonQuest
HarmonQuest
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Elena of Avalor
Elena of Avalor
Mob Psycho 100
Mob Psycho 100
Erased
Erased
Arthdal Chronicles
Arthdal Chronicles
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow
Long Island Medium
Long Island Medium
Ashes of Love
Ashes of Love
Plunderer
Plunderer
Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (Original Japanese Version)
Valkyrie Drive -Mermaid- (Original Japanese Version)
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
Scooby-Doo and Guess Who?
Escape the Night
Escape the Night
Disenchantment
Disenchantment
Z Nation
Z Nation
Fire Force
Fire Force
Lego Nexo Knights
Lego Nexo Knights
Daybreak
Daybreak
iZombie
iZombie
Roswell
Roswell
The Incredible Hulk
The Incredible Hulk
The Bureau of Magical Things
The Bureau of Magical Things
Dracula
Dracula
Knight Squad
Knight Squad
Fate/stay night
Fate/stay night
Preacher
Preacher
In Another World with My Smartphone
In Another World with My Smartphone
Shugo Chara!
Shugo Chara!
Dominion
Dominion
Moonlight
Moonlight
Ben 10
Ben 10
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
Magi: The Kingdom of Magic
The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy
Typewriter
Typewriter
Constantine
Constantine
Dark Shadows
Dark Shadows
Miracle Workers
Miracle Workers
Abby Hatcher
Abby Hatcher
Bitten
Bitten
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle
Devilman Crybaby
Devilman Crybaby
Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart
Mao Mao: Heroes of Pure Heart
Tower of God
Tower of God
A Korean Odyssey
A Korean Odyssey
Creeped Out
Creeped Out
UQ Holder!
UQ Holder!
Wise Man's Grandchild
Wise Man's Grandchild
Mira, Royal Detective
Mira, Royal Detective
Hi Bye, Mama!
Hi Bye, Mama!
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials