Fantasy is my favorite genre in books, movies, and tv shows. It allows you to see so many things and go on amazing adventures. The tv industry is definitely breaking grounds in the past 10-15 years and producing more fantasy shows than ever before. In this article, I will go over four fantasy shows that I believe made history in the genre, created multiple fandoms and are overall great shows with interesting storylines and creator’s approach.
The first is one I believe to be the first of its kind and the one that inspired so many to follow. Buffy the Vampire Slayer follows a controversial for the time storyline – a blond high school girl who hunts monsters. Buffy is a troubled young teenager who can’t get away from her mythical duties – to kill vampires.
The show included many other funny and interesting characters, which made this originally horror based story into funny and relatable tv series. As you can imagine things get very complicated when she falls in love with Angel – a hundred-year-old vampire with a soul. Another thing that wasn’t so huge back in the days is a show that featured musicians and Buffy outlined itself with that as well. A lot of talented musicians appeared in the show performing at The Bronze, Blink 182 being just one of many. The show had 8 seasons and a very successful spin-off – Angel.
Both shows are circling around the topic of monsters and many moral conflicts that go along with them. They are based in the same time period and are often linked by interesting crossovers. Joss Whedon, now known for The Avengers’ moves, created and worked for years on both of the shows. If you want to see how the genre of monster shows was created, definitely watch these two amazing and hilarious shows.
And while we’re on the subject of vampires, I cannot miss the infamous The Vampire Diaries and its spin-off The Originals. Julie Pleck who created both of them has said numerous times how inspired she was by Buffy and you can see that in the meticulous way she enriched the vampire mythology. Granted The Vampire Diaries was based on a series of books by L. J. Smith but the show took so many liberties and drove away from the original material that the two series stand alone. Here we have the story of another school girl who falls in love with a vampire. She is not a hunter like Buffy but she turns out to be supernatural in a very different way.
The show ended in the spring of 2017 with 8 seasons under his belt and a successful spin-off. The Originals follows the story of the first ever created vampires – The Michaelson, who are trying to take back the city of New Orleans that was once their home and kingdom. Klaus Michaelson is an incredibly powerful creature – a hybrid between a vampire and a werewolf. He gets a second chance in the face of his unborn baby, a mythical child that every supernatural power on the planet wants. The show will air its final 5th season in the beginning of next year.
Charmed is another groundbreaking show that aired at the same time as Buffy. It followed the story of three sisters, who possess magical abilities and fight monsters. The Halliwell sisters are witches, who were prophesied a long time ago to be the great power that’s going to determine the battle between Good and Evil. Despite the grim storyline, the show is actually funny and family oriented. Like Buffy, it also featured a lot of talented musicians and it was a pivotal trampoline for fantasy shows that use a lot of special effects.
A show that combined all of the three mentioned above. Supernatural is the most
successful still airing fantasy show. It’s the longest-running American fantasy show with his 13th season starting in the fall of this year. The show follows Dean and Sam Winchester, two brothers who hunt monsters for a living. They’re trying to find their father, who vanished after a hunt. Monsters, ghosts, demons, vampires, witches, werewolves – it has it all. It’s a monster-of-the-week horror series that at times is the most heart-breaking and hilarious show on television. As the first four shows, this one also changed its niche – the way monster shows are made, and created its own mythology that is the working monster mythology right now.
These four or should I say six shows are one of my favorite ones and even though 90% of them are in the past, I think they’ll still be watched and discussed in the years to come.
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