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The Best Urban Fantasy Series  

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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
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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...more
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more
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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
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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Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo
This show (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 Campbell) ...more
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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez
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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Angel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Moonlight is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Alex O'Loughlin, Sophia Myles, Jason Dohring
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
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Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett
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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iZombie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli
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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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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American Horror Story: Coven is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Sarah Paulson, Taissa Farmiga, Frances Conroy
American Horror Story: Coven is the third season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story. It premiered on October 9, 2013, and concluded on January 29, 2014. The ...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
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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Preacher is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron
Hemlock Grove is an American Netflix original horror thriller television series. Executive produced by Eli Roth, developed by Brian McGreevy and Lee Shipman, and a production of Gaumont ...more
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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner
Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more
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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Constantine: City of Demons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Matt Ryan, Damian O'hare, Laura Bailey
Constantine: City of Demons (CW Seed, 2018) is an American animated web series based on the DC Comics character. John Constantine (Matt Ryan) uses his skills as a demon hunter and master of the ...more
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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy 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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Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy Series
Joseph Hildebrandt added Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes
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