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9 Fantastical TV Shows That Feature Mythical Creatures

Salva Mubarak
Senior Features Writer

Dragons, witches, vampires, werewolves, and men in flowing blonde wigs, there’s something about the presence of a mythical creature that makes any story more fascinating and watchable. Imagine how kick*ss F.R.I.E.N.D.S would have been if Rachel could just curse Ross into transforming into a toad every time he thought about saying “We were on a break!”.

While we couldn’t have had that, there are plenty of other shows where witches, wizards, and other fantastical creatures exist and make you wish that you could be transported to another world.

From House of the Dragon, the recently-released prequel to Game of Thrones, to shows that have gained cult status on the Internet, like The Vampire Diaries and Supernatural, here are some of our favourite shows that feature mythical creatures…

House of the Dragon

In an unofficial bid to redeem the legacy of Game of Thrones, the makers of the global phenomenon have created a prequel series featuring the fascinating history of the Targaryens, set 200 years before the events of the original show. There’s enough deceit, blood, plot twists, and disturbing incest in the show for it to be instantly recognisable as a spinoff of GoT but with the addition of more dragons.

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The Vampire Diaries

The show represented everything that was good about the time when vampires had an unholy grip on pop culture around the world, thanks to the Twilight series. The story of Elena, Stefan and Damon, started from your average human-vampire conflict-ridden love triangle to something that involved everything from witches to werewolves to doppelgangers. It’s easily one of the most entertaining shows from the mid-2000s.

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Supernatural

One of the longest-running TV shows in TV history, Supernatural followed two brothers who take on the task of hunting supernatural creatures because of their traumatic past. The show had every mythical creature you can think of, from werewolves and demons to angels and even ghosts.

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True Blood

While it starts out with vampires, the show went on to introduce a series of supernatural creatures including werewolves, faeries, shapeshifters, and witches. The iconic award-winning show followed Sookie, a telepathic waitress, whose world turns upside down when vampires in her town come out of hiding.

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The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Lord of the Rings fans were in for a treat when it was announced that a prequel set thousands of years before the time we met the characters we know and love is going to be made into a TV show. The Rings of Power is based on a part of Tolkien’s history of the Middle Earth and focuses on major events, including the forging of the titular rings and the rise of the dark lord Sauron.

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Merlin

Want to know a neat trick? If you know a Merlin fan, or spot one in the wild, just say “Merlin season five finale” and watch them melt into a puddle of tears and anguish. If you want to get in on the secret, watch the British fantastical drama based on the story of King Arthur and his warlock Merlin. You will not regret it.

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The Witcher

The Witcher has Henry Cavill (in a blonde wig) as the mutated monster hunter who often finds himself conflicted while figuring out who are the real monsters, the humans or the other humanoid races that inhabit the Continent.

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Sweet Tooth

The Netflix show is based on a comic book series of the same name. It is set in a world in the distant future where society has collapsed due to a pandemic (yikes!) of a disease known as Sick. It has led to almost half the human population being wiped out from the planet and the emergence of a new species that’s a hybrid of humans and animals. One such hybrid, our protagonist Gus, has to go on a journey to look for his mother while avoiding human hunters who hate his kind.

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Elves

This Danish horror-fantasy series take elves from being the adorable creatures we know and love from Disney movies of our childhood and turn them into carnivorous monsters who are, definitely, not the sweet creatures we’re used to. The show follows a family who finds themselves in the middle of a remote island on Christmas that is inhabited by the aforementioned man-eating elves. It’s not a jolly Christmas for them, after all.

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