The Greatest Fantasy TV Shows of All Time

Fantasy is considered a category for nerds and geeks, and people who dress for comic book conventions. When you think of this genre, you probably think of dragons and sorcery, but there’s so much more to it. Sure, these elements are prevalent in the genre, but above all, fantasy is the ultimate form of distraction. So here’s a look at some of the best fantasy shows of all time:

1. Game of Thrones

The cast of Game of Thrones.

I mean come on! Regardless of the finale, there was no way this wasn’t number one on this list. This show is the cultural phenomenon that popularized fantasy shows and forever transformed the face of pop media. It primarily follows members of the Stark family as they encounter challenges and mental upheaval in the wake of death, devastation, conflict, and the return of an old adversary. One of the most successful brands in history, Game of Thrones will continue to be a timeless classic at the forefront of fantasy programming.

2. Stranger

Outlander fantasy show
Claire and Jaime Fraser from Outlander.

Outlander, a British-American fantasy show, has proven to be one of television’s most innovative and adventurous dramas despite its relative obscurity. The first episode immediately transfers the lead, nurse Claire Randall, back in time to 1743. There she meets Jonathan Randall, her husband Frank’s malevolent ancestor. Despite the series sometimes straying from its subject, Outlander is still a fantastic show. Outlander is, in many ways, a softer version of Game of Thrones.

3. Stranger Things

Cast of the fantasy show Stranger Things
Cast of Stranger Things.

It seems like everyone is streaming Netflix’s Stranger Things, and it’s easy to see why. It contains everything you will need to create a fantasy action drama series. The show has a fantastic cast and a superb narrative. Will Byers disappears amid a government cover-up of secret experiments in this gripping drama. An investigation is launched, but Will’s closest friends and family are the ones who realize that finding him won’t be easy. Strange mystical powers are at work and the gang meets an exceptionally bright new girl, whom Will befriends. Watch the show and find out what happens in a world populated by demogorgons and The Upside Down.

4. The Witcher

Poster made by a fan of the fantasy show The Witcher.
Poster made by fans of The Witcher.

The Witcher chronicles Geralt of Rivia, a mutant and expert monster hunter, and the Witcher, as he engages in conflict and prophecy. The Witcher, another Netflix original, covers that High Fantasy void in your entertainment routine. This show was brilliantly shot, with sets and costumes that in no way spoiled the immersive experience. The program was well received by fans and critics alike, as it remained reasonably faithful to the series’ first novel, The Last Wish. The action scenes are well choreographed and Henry Cavill is an excellent choice for the role of the stoic and cynical monster hunter.

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