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The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series

Updated October 14, 2020 2.5k votes 323 voters 3.4k views45 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows that blend urban and fantastical elements for a supernaturally supreme subgenre.

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 TV Series
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    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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    Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

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    Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

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    Forever is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Forever

    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza

    Premiered2014

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    Grimm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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    Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

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    The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

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    Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

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    The Originals is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

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    True Blood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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    Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Lost Girl

    Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried

    Premiered2010

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    Warrior Nun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Warrior Nun

    Alba Baptista, Toya Turner

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    iZombie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    iZombie

    Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin

    Premiered2015

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    Dead Like Me is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Dead Like Me

    Ellen Muth, Callum Blue

    Premiered2003

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    Angel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

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    Charmed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

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    Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Highlander: The Series

    Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch

    Premiered1992

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    Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

    Premiered2013

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    Strowlers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Strowlers

    Trin Miller, G. Valmont Thomas

    Premiered2018

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    Preacher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Preacher

    Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun

    Premiered2016

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    Hemlock Grove is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Hemlock Grove

    Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård

    Premiered2013

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    Ash vs Evil Dead is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

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    Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series
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    Gargoyles

    Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Premiered1994

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