Drama The Best Fantasy Drama Series  

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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
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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44 20
A Discovery of Witches is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel
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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59 34
Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
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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45 28
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
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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33 24
The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley
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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31 23
Grimm is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
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 Originals is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
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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22 15
Merlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James
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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25 19
Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton, Eva Green
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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21 15
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi
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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer
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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19 13
Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood
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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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause
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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23 18
Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof
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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23 18
Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden
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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
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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15 12
Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy
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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17 15
The Librarians is listed (or ranked) 18 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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17 15
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover
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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17 15
Preacher is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun, Ruth Negga
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
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14 12
Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 21 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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Haven is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
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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Salem is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Janet Montgomery, Shane West, Seth Gabel
Salem is an American supernatural fiction drama television series created by Brannon Braga and Adam Simon, airing on WGN America starting April 20, 2014. It is the first original-scripted series ...more
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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant
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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14 13
The Secret Circle is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Britt Robertson, Thomas Dekker, Phoebe Tonkin
The Secret Circle is an American supernatural teen drama that aired on The CW from September 15, 2011, to May 10, 2012. It is based on the book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more