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The Best Fantasy Drama Series 

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Updated March 19, 2020 4.9k votes 467 voters 4.9k views 60 items

List Rules Vote up the best fantasy dramas that have aired on television.

The best fantasy drama shows pair the strange and wonderful elements of the fantastic with the heavy emotion of television dramas. The best fantasy drama series ever shown on television offers both awe of the world of the story and worry for the characters you’ve become invested in. If you’ve been looking for the best fantasy dramas to add some beauty and emotion to your TV nights, this list of the best fantasy drama series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

Many fantasy TV series are also dramas - swords and sorcery go hand in hand with plots to overthrow the kings and wizards that populate fantasy television. But, the best fantasy dramas get your emotions caught up in the fantastical worlds and characters. Both Supernatural and Game of Thrones offer drama and fantasy in equal measure. Other series, such as The Magicians and Carnivàle are less about the fantasy setting and setup than they are about how the characters interact and draw the viewers in.

Which shows balance being dramas and fantasies series the best? Vote up the best fantasy drama shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver the drama with their wonderful worldbuilding, and add any dramatic fantasy series that are missing.

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tom Ellis, Lauren German, Kevin Alejandro

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: Netflix, Fox

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series. It features a character created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, and Mike Dringenberg taken from the comic ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

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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A Discovery of Witches ... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Sky One

A Discovery of Witches (2018, Sky One) is a British TV Series based on the All Souls historical fantasy trilogy by Deborah Harkness. When Diana Bishop (Theresa Palmer), a historian and reluctant ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: SyFy

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Showtime

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror TV series created for Showtime and Sky by John Logan, who also acts as executive producer alongside Sam Mendes. The title refers to ...more
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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Network: Starz

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more
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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD

Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW Television Network

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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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB Television Network

Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: Showcase

Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. It follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she ...more
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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: The CW

Legacies (The CW, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Julie Plec, and a spinoff of The Originals. Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell), a tribrid daughter of a ...more
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Angel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

Angel is an American television series, a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The series was created by Buffy's creator, Joss Whedon, in collaboration with David ...more
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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

Premiered: 2013

Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day ...more
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 25

Network: MTV

Teen Wolf is an American television series developed by Jeff Davis for MTV. It is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name, and stars Tyler Posey as a teenager named Scott, who is bitten ...more
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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Will LaMorie added Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra

Premiered: 2019

Network: Netflix

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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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Network: HBO

American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more
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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 4

Network: SyFy

Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing. Vanessa "Van" Helsing (Kelly ...more
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Haven is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 3

Network: Syfy

Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in ...more
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Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley
Midnight, Texas (NBC, 2017) is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Monica Owusu-Breen, based on the book series by Charlaine Harris. On the run from his past, young ...more
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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 2003

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 29

Network: Showtime

This show is an American comedy-drama television series starring Ellen Muth and Mandy Patinkin as grim reapers who reside and work in Seattle, Washington. Filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, ...more
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The Librarians is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Rebecca Romijn, Christian Kane, Lindy Booth
The Librarians (TNT, 2014) is an American fantasy-adventure television series developed by John Rogers, and a spinoff of the film series. A group of librarians set off on adventures in an effort ...more
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Pushing Daisies is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Lee Pace, Anna Friel, Chi McBride

Premiered: 2007

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Pushing Daisies is an American fantasy comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller that aired on ABC from October 3, 2007, to June 13, 2009. The series stars Lee Pace as Ned, a ...more