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152 – Fantasy TV Shows

The Mythcreant Podcast
This week we’re talking about TV shows that take place on worlds other than Earth or on an Earth that’s radically different from our own. This includes sword and sorcery stories like Xena and high fantasy stories like Game of Thrones. Ari returns for a second time to help us answer hard questions about this genre. Namely, why is it so bad?

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Opening and closing theme: The Princess Who Saved Herself by Jonathan Coulton. Used with permission.

Show Notes:

Game of Thrones

Xena

Merlin

Amazon’s Lord of the Rings TV Show

Sword of Truth

Legend of the Seeker

Sword of Shannara

The Shannara Chronicles

Ice Fantasy

Wolf Warrior 2

Adventure Time

My Little Pony

Attack on Titan

Avatar: The Last Airbender

The Silmarillion

Shadow of Mordor

We mentioned that someone was sued over the bizarre Wheel of Time trailer, but it turns out the suit was against Harriet McDougal (Jordan’s Widow) for saying she didn’t know anything about it. The suit was withdrawn. 

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Comments

  1. JackbeThimble

    Fullmetal Alchemist is another example of a really excellent second world fantasy tv-series (though also Japanese)

  2. Julia

    The Chronicles of Shannara was based off the second book in the series, Elfstones of Shannara, which was actually a decent book for its time (fantasy options at book stores were sparse back in the day.) The show could have been much better but like you said, they spent their money on computer effects and not enough on anything else. Then they changed the story into “Arborlon 90210,” some silly fantasy soap opera. Also regarding the stakes, it didn’t help that the princess was questioning whether she wanted to save the world or not. Geez, lady: if you can’t get worked up enough to care whether everyone lives or dies, why should the audience?

  3. David

    Other fantasy animations I really enjoyed are ‘The 7 Deadly Sins’ on Netflix and ‘Is it Wrong to Pickup Girls in a Dungeon’.

  4. Quinte

    You don’t give the sword of truth enough credit; where else can you find an evil satanic chicken pooping on the main character 😂.
    You should consider doing a follow on fantasy games and their stories you think are good.
    Have you watched mr strange and dr norrell bbc adaptation?
    Fantasy is personally my favourite genre.

    • Oren Ashkenazi

      I really liked the BBC adaptation, even though I couldn’t stand the book. I was really impressed with how much care they put into preserving nearly everything from the book while also making it way better.

      The reason we didn’t include that here is that Strange and Norell is historical fantasy, meaning it takes place in what’s clearly our own world, while Xena takes place in a fantasy world that uses a handful of recognizable Greek names.

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