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The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series 

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Updated June 3, 2020 3.9k votes 451 voters 5.2k views 40 items

List Rules Vote up the best shows that have aired on television that blend sci-fi and fantasy.

The best science fiction fantasy shows are a magical mix of futuristic wonder and imagination. The best sci-fi fantasy series ever shown on television blend fantastic creatures and situations into the possibilities of the future or add technological wonder to a fantasy situation. If you’ve been looking for the best sci-fi fantasies to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best science fiction fantasy series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

Dragons and time travel, swords and sorcery and science, ghosts in the machine, or a sci-fi look at the supernatural, science fiction and fantasy can work together to make some of the most enjoyable worlds on television. Some shows sit in-between the possibilities of sci-fi and the wonders of fantasy, such as Lost, The OA, and Sanctuary. Others use a fantastical element to explain the powers of the characters, such as The Listener or Frequency. Whatever the blend of science fiction fantasy, the best shows are magically out of this world.

Which shows balance being fantasy and sci-fi series the best? Vote up the best science fiction fantasy shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver fantasy with their technological dreams, and add any fantastical sci-fi series that are missing.

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Troy Aldrich added Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more
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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more
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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Troy Aldrich added Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

Premiered: 2004

Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Troy Aldrich added Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more
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Sliders is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies

Premiered: 1995

Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasy television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series ...more
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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2007

Sanctuary was a Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series, created by Damian Kindler and funded largely by the Beedie Development Group. The show is an expansion of an eight-webisode ...more
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Highlander: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
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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Haven is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy 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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more
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The OA is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
The OA Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson

Premiered: 2016

The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series created by Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij. After missing for seven years, Prairie (Brit Marling) reappears with her ...more
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The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Bruce Brenkus added Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann

Premiered: 2007

The Dresden Files (Sci Fi Channel, 2007) is a Canadian and American television series created by Hans Beimler and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, based on the book series of the same name by Jim Butcher. A ...more
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Dirk Gently's Holistic D... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks

Premiered: 2016

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (BBC America, 2016) is a comic science fiction detective television series created by Max Landis, inspired by the novel series by Douglas Adams. An ...more
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Forever is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza, Joel David Moore

Premiered: 2014

Forever is an American drama television series about Dr. Henry Morgan, an immortal medical examiner in New York City. The series aired on ABC as part of the 2014–15 fall television season. The ...more
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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

Premiered: 2009

Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, on E4, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service program, where they obtain supernatural powers ...more
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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley

Premiered: 1974

Land of the Lost is a children's adventure television series created by David Gerrold and produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, who co-developed the series with Allan Foshko. During its original ...more
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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
SJSAlias added Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett

Premiered: 2016

Timeless (NBC, 2016) follows the adventures of an unusual trio; a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter); as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more
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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Julian Andres Uribe Toro added Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo

Premiered: 2015

12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more
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Dead Pixels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Alexa Davies, Will Merrick, Charlotte Ritchie

Premiered: 2019

Dead Pixels (The CW, 2020) is a fantasy science-fiction comedy television series created by Jon Brown. The series centers on three mates whose world revolves around their obsession for the ...more
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Relic Hunter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Tia Carrere, Christien Anholt, Lindy Booth

Premiered: 1999

Relic Hunter is an anglophone Canadian television series, starring Tia Carrere and Christien Anholt. Actress Lindy Booth starred for the first two seasons; Tanja Reichert replaced her for the ...more
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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker

Premiered: 1986

The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC ...more
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Strowlers is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Strowlers Trin Miller, G. Valmont Thomas, Tanesha Ross

Premiered: 2018

Strowlers (ZOE, 2018) is an American fantasy science fiction television series. Magic has returned to the modern world. In response, the U.S. Dept of Arcanology has tasked government magic users ...more
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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Frequency Peyton List, Riley Smith, Lenny Jacobson
Frequency (The CW, 2016) is a sci-fi drama series inspired by the 2000 film of the same name. In 2016, NYPD Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) discovers that she is able to speak to her ...more
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Highlander: The Raven is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Fantasy Series
Paul Johansson, Elizabeth Gracen, Patricia Gage

Premiered: 1998

Highlander: The Raven was a short-lived spin-off from the television series Highlander, continuing the saga of a female Immortal. The series followed the character of Amanda, an Immortal who had ...more