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List Rules Vote up your favorite series that heavily feature fantastical elements, including magic, supernatural, or other worlds.

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
IrinaGinger79 added 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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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
BobEqualityGreen added Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the Arthurian legends. Merlin (Colin Morgan), a young and powerful wizard, sets out to fulfill his destiny: ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Jdoggy added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Becky Gant added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

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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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
kabilah1 added 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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A Discovery of Witches ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel

Premiered: 2018

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
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Penny Dreadful is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Tricia Psarreas-Murray added 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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Shadowhunters is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Kelly Evarts (Amigma) added Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, Alberto Rosende

Premiered: 2016

Shadowhunters (Freeform, 2016) is an American fantasy television series based on The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. Clary Fray (Katherine McNamara) has just enrolled at Brooklyn Academy ...more

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Charmed is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
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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Vikings is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
CheAlexander added Travis Fimmel, Katheryn Winnick, Clive Standen

Premiered: 2013

Vikings (History, 2013) is a historical drama television series created by Michael Hirst. A farmer (Travis Fimmel) rises to fame by successful raids into England, and eventually becomes a ...more

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The Shannara Chronicles ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Becky Gant added Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero
The Shannara Chronicles (MTV, 2016) is an American fantasy drama television series adapted from the fantasy novels by Terry Brooks, primarily The Elfstones of Shannara. As the series opens, ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
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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Legend of the Seeker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
JordanSteinberg added Craig Horner, Bridget Regan, Bruce Spence

Premiered: 2008

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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
DiaOnicel added 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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Teen Wolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien, Holland Roden

Premiered: 2011

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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
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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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
cjoprey added Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke

Premiered: 2011

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

Premiered: 2014

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more

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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
DiaOnicel added 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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more

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Angel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, Alexis Denisof

Premiered: 1999

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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
JordanSteinberg added 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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Fantasy TV Shows
jadee14 added 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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