Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Television

The omission of an entry on television will be corrected in future editions. There was no intent to slight the medium and its importance to fantasy, but there was a sense that there was little to say about fantasy on television collectively. That is, until recently, fantasy tv series almost universally fell into a few distinct, and highly disparate, categories: situation comedies which added a being with magical powers to an otherwise conventional domestic setting (Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, The Girl with Something Extra, Mr Ed); anthology series which blended, to varying extents, fantasy, science fiction, and horror (Rod Serling's Night Gallery, The Twilight Zone); innumerable animated series, and occasional live-action series with puppet figures, designed exclusively for children; and, rarely, series which strikingly and surrealistically blended fantasy and realism (The Avengers, Twin Peaks). Only recently have there emerged series that seem related to genre fantasy, beginning with Hercules: The Legendary Journeys and now including Xena, Warrior Princess, Sinbad, Conan and Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, which will have separate entries in future editions. [GW]

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This entry is taken from the Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997) edited by John Clute and John Grant. It is provided as a reference and resource for users of the SF Encyclopedia, but apart from possible small corrections has not been updated.