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The Best Fantasy TV Shows 

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Fantasy TV series.

The very best fantasy shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest fantasy shows of all time is so fantastical it hurts! Popular fantasy TV shows have been a staple of television for years because fantasy is popular... because it's pretend! The real world is too awful to deal with, so deal with princesses and witch hunters instead! Don't let your favorite fantasy television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. 

List includes Game of Thrones, Supernatural, and more top fantasy TV shows. If you're looking for good fantasy TV shows to watch as well as the latest fantasy TV series, this list is for you. 

This list answers the questions, "What is the best fantasy show of all time?" and "What are the greatest fantasy shows?" while sharing not only the best old fantasy shows but the best fantasy series of the past decade.

 

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
cjoprey added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
IrinaGinger79 added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Premiered: 2005

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

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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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
DiaOnicel added David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
DiaOnicel added Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Brian Krause

Premiered: 1998

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: The WB Television Network

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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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
BobEqualityGreen added John Hurt, Colin Morgan, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One, BBC HD

Merlin is a British fantasy-adventure television programme, created by Julian Jones, Jake Michie, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps and starring Colin Morgan in the title role. It was broadcast on ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: The WB Television Network

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Becky Gant added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley
The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Jdoggy added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
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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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Legend of the Seeker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
JordanSteinberg added Craig Horner, Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Legend of the Seeker is a television series based on novels in the series titled The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind. Distributed in U.S. by Disney-ABC Domestic Television, ABC Studios produced ...more

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
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Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Syfy, Nine Network

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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
BronChandy added Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Network: Starz

Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 156

Network: UPN, CBS

The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
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Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 4

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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
JordanSteinberg added Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

Premiered: 2010

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: Showcase

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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Hercules: The Legendary ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Kevin Sorbo, Michael Hurst, Kevin Smith

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 116

Network: USA Network

Hercules: The Legendary Journeys is an American/New Zealander television series filmed in New Zealand. It was produced from January 16, 1995 to November 22, 1999, and was very loosely based on ...more

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Highlander: The Series ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes

Premiered: 1992

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 119

Network: TF1

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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A Discovery of Witches ... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel

Premiered: 2018

Network: Sky One

A Discovery of Witches (2018, Sky One) is a British TV Series based on the All Souls historical fantasy trilogy by Deborah Harkness. When Diana Bishop (Theresa Palmer), a historian and reluctant ...more