7 Fantasy Shows That Will Sweep You *Away* to Another World

by Renee Isabella Aguila   |  May 9, 2023
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In the genre of fantasy, people are immersed in *imaginative* worlds that may seem far from reality but have themes that hit close to home. You may often meet beings that have supernatural powers or walk past structures that you could never believe you were seeing. Today, there are several fantasy shows that have captivated audiences with such engaging storylines and vibrant settings that would make you you would want to live in another world too. 

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From stories of reimagined gods to knowing more about heaven and hell, we’ve prepared a list of seven fantasy shows that will sweep you away to another world right below: 

1. Shadow and Bone

Based on two series of books by Leigh Bardugo, which are the Shadow and Bone trilogy and Six of Crows duology, this TV show follows the story of Alina Starkov, an orphan and cartographer of the Ravka nation’s First Army. Alina discovers she’s a Grisha, a being with special gifts. However, Alina must come to terms with her identity and powers as she tries to decide who she can trust and find a way to save her world from falling into darkness. 

This series has been praised for its impressive world-building, diverse cast, and breathtaking visual effects. You’ll appreciate how the show explores themes of prejudice and faith. Plus, you’ll be entertained by the action and adventure that comes with its story. If you’re a fan of the books, this fantasy series adaptation is one that you will definitely come to enjoy.  


2. The Sandman

Another adaptation, The Sandman is based on a comic book series written by renowned author, Neil Gaiman. You’ll be introduced to the story of Dream, the titular Sandman as he’s captured by occultists and his absence wreaks chaos in the world of the Dreaming and the human world. As he breaks free from his captors after several years, Dream journeys across the two realms to recover his powers and set things right for both humanity and the Dreaming.

You’ll definitely enjoy Tom Sturridge’s ~spell-binding~ performance as Dream. Furthermore, you’ll be entertained by the exploration of otherworldly deities such as some of Dream’s siblings, Death, and Desire. Additionally, The Sandman’s worldbuilding has been adapted quite well from the comics to easily transport audiences into the Dreaming too.

3. Locke & Key

In Locke & Key, the story revolves around the three Locke siblings and their mother who move into their ancestral home, Keyhouse, after their father is murdered under mysterious circumstances. The siblings then discover that the house is full of magical keys that are possibly linked to their father’s death. As the family discovers what powers each of the magical keys lead to, a dark force starts to awaken and will stop at nothing to steal the house’s magical keys. 

A more family-driven fantasy show, Locke & Key’s storyline explores mystery, horror, and drama alongside its magic. If you have siblings, you could all enjoy this thrilling fantasy and mystery series. Plus, you can appreciate how each Locke sibling grows throughout the show, also making the series a good coming-of-age story. 

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4. Sweet Tooth

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where a virus has killed off most of humanity’s population comes the emergence of hybrid babies that are born part-human and part-animal. We’re taken through the eyes of Gus, a half-human and half-deer boy who sets out on a journey with a lone traveler named Jepperd. On their travels, Gus and Jepperd meet other hybrids and humans with some friendly and others dangerous. 

Sweet Tooth uses some horror genre elements alongside its core fantasy theme so be prepared to be on the edge of your seat. Overall, you’ll love the show’s comedy, drama, and surprising twists that come for Gus and his friends. With the show having three seasons already, you’re sure to be satisfied with the adventures Gus will have. 

5. Rings of Power

Serving as a prequel series to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, Rings of Power is set thousands of years before the events of the movies most people are familiar with. The show covers how the rings were forged, the Dark Lord Sauron’s rise, and the last alliance of Elves and Men. You’ll get to know more about the history of Middle-Earth and witness the beautiful Dwarven kingdoms before their fall into ruins. 

Just like its predecessors, Rings of Power has become a hit among viewers for its *stunning visuals* and expansive world-building. It explores the history of Middle-Earth and the origin of the Rings quite well. You’ll even come to love the mythology that comes with the series in this epic adventure. 


6. The Good Place

What happens after you die? In The Good Place you find out just that as you tag along Eleanor Shellstrop as she arrives in the Good Place, a ~heaven-like utopia~ in the afterlife. However, Eleanor realizes that she was sent to the Good Place by mistake and she must hide her morally imperfect behavior while trying to become a better person. She seeks help from an ethics professor to help her earn her *rightful* spot in the Good Place. 

People have come to love this show because of its originality, writing, and comedy. The Good Place explores and creatively uses ethics and philosophy to tell its stories in an entertaining way. Additionally, you’ll love the unusual set of characters this show has because of their unique personalities that make navigating the Good Place more wacky and fun. 

7. Shadowhunters

Last on this list is Shadowhunters. If you’re familiar with The Mortal Instruments book series and have seen its movie adaptation, Shadowhunters also follows Clary Fray’s journey as she discovers she’s a Shadowhunter, a human-angel hybrid tasked to hunt down demons. With Clary’s mother kidnapped, she must team up with Shadowhunters Jace, Alec, and Isabelle to find her mother and recover her own past. 

This series adaptation has great visuals and is rich in its story. You’ll love each character because of their likable personalities and humor. Moreover, you’ll be entertained by the battles between angels and demons that are seen throughout the series. Despite the action that’s consistently seen in this series, there are still moments wherein you get to know more about the different character relationships the show has. 

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