Good morning, and welcome to my first "Top 5s" list! In this list I'm discussing my top 5 fantasy TV shows. For this list I've chosen shows that have spectacular "worldbuilding", character design, and writing. These shows are certainly not for everyone, and sometimes the writing or acting can be a little iffy, but they have also made an impact on the fantasy world. Everyone ready? Let's get started!
Number 1: Beauty and the Beast, 1987
This is one of the shows that might not be the best in the world, but the worldbuilding was excellent. Vincent (played by Ron Perlman) a knightly mutant, lives below the streets of New York City, hidden from the eyes of those who would use and abuse him. His great physical power is only matched by his compassion and his love for valiant Catherine (Linda Hamilton), who defeats oppressors of the poor and disadvantaged with the law as an assistant DA. This show could be cheesy as all get-out, but the way the series was constructed and set in such a way as you could believe that Vincent was real. I have not yet seen a live-action adaptation of Beauty and the Beast that captures Madame Le Prince De Beaumont's vision as well as this one.
Number 2: Merlin, the BBC.
Merlin was produced in Britain around the same time as the later seasons of "Smallville" here in the US, but is about a million times better. Merlin tells the story of the young magician Merlin and the founding of the legendary kingdom of Camelot. Being only a young man in a place where magic is illegal, Merlin doesn't know exactly how to use his magic and this often gets him into trouble. This sumptuous series stars BBC veterans Richard Wilson, John Hurt, and Anthony Head (you Whovians will know them) in lead roles and Colin Morgan as Merlin.
Number 3: Aladdin the Series
An oldie but goodie from my childhood Aladdin the Series featured the continued adventures of Aladdin and company, along with a whole cast of strange and wonderful characters. This series may have its flaws, like some things not making a whole load of sense and being explained with "because Magic!" (That guy with the head... *shivers*). However writing and worldbuilding were generally great, and character design was phenomenal. It definitely inspired me when I was a kid!
Number 4: Gargoyles
Gargoyles was one I caught when I was older (to be fair: I did watch it when I was a little kid, but stopped) and while I think it's one of the weirdest things Disney has ever produced, the production values are insanely high. Writing and acting are some of the best in cartoons, and character designs are just beautiful. Fun fact: many members of the cast were also in various Star Trek series, some big names include Johnathan Frakes, Marina Sirtius, Micheal Dorn, and Brent Spinner. So basically the entire bridge crew of the Enterprise ;).
Number 5: Samurai Jack
Another series I watched when I was older, Samurai Jack tells the story of a young Prince of Japan, who, armed with his father's magic sword sets out though time to defeat the evil wizard Aku. This series was also well written and acted and the production values per episode were almost on par with an animated feature film. Starring a likable hero, and one of the most vile villains since Maleficent this show is one not to be missed by people who love Asia and adventure.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller
A miniseries that never really caught on in America, The Storyteller told unvarnished versions of such Grimm's stories as "The Giant Who Had No Heart In His Body" and "Hans, My Hedgehog" as well as Greek Myths like "Theseus and the Minotaur". This being Jim Henson, expect amazing puppetry and prosthetic makeup.
Guillermo del Toro's Trollhunters
This Netflix exclusive series tells the story of a boy gifted with magical armor and tasked with with defending trolls and humans against magical threats. The animation and writing is superb and the characters are lovable, I haven't watched too much of it, but I can say that it's recommended for older kids!
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