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The Best Urban Fantasy Series 

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Updated July 1, 2020 1.7k votes 285 voters 2.8k views 45 items

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

Urban fantasies as a genre promise a lot of fun. Where else can you get witches, vampires, magic, and monsters, but in modern or urban settings! If you’ve been looking for the best urban fantasies, this list of the best urban fantasy series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

Just because a show has vampires and cellphones at the same time doesn't necessarily make it urban fantasy. There needs to be more drama and less horror than most vampire shows and if there are other supernatural characters or situations, that helps a lot. Lucifer, set in the City of Angels with demons and complicated romances, is definitely an urban fantasy - as is Once Upon a Time, which has just about every fantastical element sent in as dramatic a contemporary series as possible.

Which urban fantasy shows bring the drama? Vote up the best urban fantasies, then vote down the shows that are fantastical but not fantastic to watch, and add any fantasy series set in an urban or contemporary environment that are missing.

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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) 4 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural television series created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, based on the comic book series. Sabrina Spellman (Kiernan Shipka) ...more
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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Forever is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Urban 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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Premiered: 2009

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Joseph Hildebrandt added Ellen Muth, Callum Blue, Jasmine Guy

Premiered: 2003

Dead Like Me (Showtime, 2003) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Bryan Fuller. After being hit on the head by a toilet seat, Georgia "George" Lass (Ellen Muth), a ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Highlander: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Joseph Hildebrandt added 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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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
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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Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett

Premiered: 1994

Gargoyles is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series ...more
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Strowlers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Urban 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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Reaper is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez

Premiered: 2007

Reaper (The CW, 2007) is an American supernatural comedy television series created by Michele Fazekas and Tara Butters. Sam (Ben Harrison) discovers on his 21st birthday that his parents sold ...more
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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
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
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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring

Premiered: 2007

Moonlight is an American paranormal romance television drama created by Ron Koslow and Trevor Munson, who was also executive producer for all episodes with Joel Silver, Gerard Bocaccio, ...more