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The Best Urban Fantasy TV Series

Updated November 11, 2020 2.6k votes 331 voters 3.6k 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 fantasy series set in an urban or contemporary environment, then vote down the shows that are fantastical but not fantastic to watch.

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    Lucifer
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    31

    Lucifer

    Tom Ellis, Lauren German

    Premiered2015

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  • 2
    Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    80
    50

    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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  • 3
    Supernatural
    79
    58

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

    Premiered2005

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  • 4
    Penny Dreadful
    38
    29

    Penny Dreadful

    Josh Hartnett, Timothy Dalton

    Premiered2014

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  • 5
    Forever
    17
    4

    Forever

    Ioan Gruffudd, Alana De La Garza

    Premiered2014

  • 6
    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
    54
    50

    Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

    Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair

    Premiered2018

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  • 7
    Grimm
    49
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

    Premiered2011

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  • 8
    Teen Wolf
    38
    34

    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

  • 9
    True Blood
    45
    43

    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Premiered2008

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  • 10
    Lost Girl
    36
    32

    Lost Girl

    Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried

    Premiered2010

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    Once Upon a Time
    45
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    Premiered2011

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  • 12
    The Originals
    42
    40

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

    Premiered2013

  • 13
    The Vampire Diaries
    42
    42

    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Premiered2009

  • 14
    Angel
    36
    37

    Angel

    David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter

    Premiered1999

  • 15
    iZombie
    29
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    iZombie

    Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin

    Premiered2015

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  • 16
    Dead Like Me
    22
    22

    Dead Like Me

    Ellen Muth, Callum Blue

    Premiered2003

  • 17
    Warrior Nun
    7
    2

    Warrior Nun

    Alba Baptista, Toya Turner

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  • 18
    Highlander: The Series
    20
    23

    Highlander: The Series

    Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch

    Premiered1992

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  • 19
    Charmed
    31
    39

    Charmed

    Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs

    Premiered1998

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  • 20
    Sleepy Hollow
    24
    31

    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

    Premiered2013

  • 21
    Hemlock Grove
    20
    27

    Hemlock Grove

    Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård

    Premiered2013

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  • 22
    Strowlers
    2
    1

    Strowlers

    Trin Miller, G. Valmont Thomas

    Premiered2018

  • 23
    Preacher
    22
    31

    Preacher

    Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun

    Premiered2016

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  • 24
    Ash vs Evil Dead
    22
    33

    Ash vs Evil Dead

    Bruce Campbell, Ray Santiago

    Premiered2015

  • 25
    The Dresden Files
    21
    32

    The Dresden Files

    Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz

    Premiered2007

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