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The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made 

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Updated June 29, 2020 2.7k votes 230 voters 3.5k views 55 items

List Rules Vote up the best action fantasy shows that have aired on television. No anime.

The best action fantasy shows are a rush, perfectly pairing the excitement of an action series with the fun and imagination of fantasy. The best action fantasy series ever shown on television add swords, sorcery and maybe even demons and dragons into the action. If you’ve been looking for the best action fantasy shows to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best action fantasy series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

A good action fantasy basically takes a fantastical, magical world and puts fights, chases and adrenaline-pumping action into it. Not only do you have magical and out-of-this-world elements of a fantasy, but what’s next is probably an intense fight or chase scene - maybe one where they're on a flying horse. Both modern and older action fantasy series range from sword battles in shows like Game of Thrones or Highlander to fantastical comic book elements such as The Umbrella Academy or Spawn. Whatever decade they're from, they're some of the best fantasy series of all time.

Which shows balance being a fantasy and an action series the best? Vote up the best action fantasy shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver imaginary beasts and worlds with their adrenaline rush, and add any fantastical action series that are missing.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf, and David Greenwalt, inspired by stories from The Brothers Grimm. ...more
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (The WB, 1997) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Joss Whedon, based on the 1992 film. Destined to slay vampires, a young woman (Sarah ...more
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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Premiered: 2015

Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more
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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger

Premiered: 2015

Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more
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Justice League is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Carl Lumbly, George Newbern, Phil LaMarr

Premiered: 2001

Justice League is an American animated television series which ran from 2001 to 2004 on Cartoon Network. It is part of the DC animated universe. The show was produced by Warner Bros. Animation. ...more
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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Premiered: 2019

The Witcher (Netflix, 2019) is a fantasy action-adventure series based on the series of short stories and novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill), a solitary monster hunter, ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1998

Charmed (The WB, 1998) is an American fantasy drama television series created by Constance M. Burge. Sisters Prue (Shannen Doherty), Piper (Holly Marie Combs) and Phoebe (Alyssa Milano) discover ...more
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Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft

Premiered: 2018

Titans (DC Universe, 2018) is an American web television series developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by ...more
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the Arthurian legends. Merlin (Colin Morgan), a young and powerful wizard, sets out to fulfill his destiny: ...more
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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo

Premiered: 2015

Ash vs Evil Dead (Starz, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series developed by Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi, and Tom Spezialy. Thirty years after saving the world, Ash Williams (Bruce ...more
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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Ashley Goodner added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more
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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor

Premiered: 2015

Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more
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Scooby-Doo! Mystery Inco... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Frank Welker, Mindy Cohn, Grey Griffin

Premiered: 2010

Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated (Cartoon Network, 2010) is an American animated mystery comedy-drama television series and the eleventh incarnation of the Scooby-Doo mystery franchise created ...more
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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: 2019

The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Taking place after the events in Return of the Jedi, but ...more
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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish

Premiered: 2017

Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont ...more
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Highlander: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes

Premiered: 1992

Highlander: The Series is a fantasy science fiction action-adventure television series featuring Duncan MacLeod of the Scottish Clan MacLeod, as the eponymous "Highlander". A slight ...more
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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli

Premiered: 2015

iZombie (The CW, 2015) is an American television series developed by Rob Thomas and Diane Ruggiero-Wright, loosely based on the comic books by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred. A medical ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Action Fantasy Series Ever Made
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga

Premiered: 2016

Preacher (AMC, 2016) is an American television series developed by Sam Catlin, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book series created by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon. After a ...more