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The Best Fantasy Drama Series 

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Updated July 17, 2020 5.6k votes 592 voters 6.2k views 63 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

Lucifer (Fox, 2016) is an American fantasy police procedural comedy-drama television series developed by Tom Kapinos. The series revolves around Lucifer Morningstar (Tom Ellis), the Devil, who ...more
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A Discovery of Witches ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel

Premiered: 2018

A Discovery of Witches (2018, Sky One) is a British fantasy drama series based on the All Souls historical fantasy trilogy by Deborah Harkness. When Diana Bishop (Theresa Palmer), a historian ...more
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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
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) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

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

Penny Dreadful (Showtime, 2014) is a British-American horror drama television series created by John Logan. Explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), American gunslinger Ethan Chandler (Josh ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more
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The Witcher is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Will LaMorie added 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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Legacies is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant

Premiered: 2018

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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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Angel (The WB, 1999) is an American supernatural television series created by Joss Whedon and David Greenwalt, and a spin-off from the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Angel (David ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

Premiered: 2010

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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely based on the 1985 film of the same name. A teenager named Scott (Tyler Posey), is bitten by a ...more
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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

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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Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley

Premiered: 2017

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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Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2016

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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

Premiered: 2013

Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Phillip Iscove, and Len Wiseman, and loosely based on the short story by ...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
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
22
American Gods is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover

Premiered: 2017

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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Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon

Premiered: 2016

Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series created by Emily Andras, based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. With her unique abilities, ...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

Premiered: 2014

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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Bitten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy Drama Series
Laura Vandervoort, Greyston Holt, Greg Bryk

Premiered: 2014

Bitten (Syfy, 2014) is a Canadian television series created by Daegan Fryklind, based on the Women of the Otherworld novel series by Kelley Armstrong. A female werewolf (Laura Vandervoort) is ...more