13 Best Fantasy TV Shows on HBO Max

HBO Max is home to George R.R. Martin’s enthralling Game of Thrones, which aired on HBO from 2011 to 2019. The show won a record-breaking 59 Primetime Emmy Awards, the most for a drama series in history.

However, if you’ve had your fill of Daenerys and her dragons, it might be time to switch to one of the many other fantasy TV shows available on HBO Max.

Here are some of our favorite fantasy shows now available on HBO Max. Are you looking for Westworld, Doctor Who, and other shows? We’ve also compiled a list of the finest science fiction and animation shows available on the service.

Game of Thrones

13 Best Fantasy TV Shows on HBO Max
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You don’t know anything until you’ve seen the entire 73-episode Game of Thrones series. You may not agree with the controversial ending, but the show itself is a fantasy masterpiece, complete with dragons, White Walkers, dire wolves, and more. Just remember not to get too connected to any of the characters because they don’t all have happy endings. Okay, that’s OK. You can cling to Tyrion if you want to (Peter Dinklage).

Rick and Morty

Rick and Morty
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Is Rick & Morty a science fiction show? fantasy? Is there anything else? The critically acclaimed adult cartoon series follows the adventures of mad scientist Rick, his grandkids Morty and Summer Smith, and their parents as they travel across time and space. Rick learns in one episode that he may have pregnant a planet, not a citizen of the planet, but the planet itself. To comprehend it, you’ll have to see it.

The Powerpuff Girls

The Powerpuff Girls
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Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup aren’t typical kindergarten students: They’re superhero sisters with a scientific father, Professor Utonium, who fight crime in their hometown of Townsville. They’re the prettiest and fiercest female superheroes ever created. The show aired on Cartoon Network from 1998 to 2005, and all six seasons are now available on HBO Max.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers
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The drama The Leftovers, based on Tom Perotta’s 2011 novel, depicts a society in which 2% of the population mysteriously vanishes in an event known as the Sudden Departure. It’s not so much the story of those who vanished as it is the story of those who were left behind, who must grapple with the inexplicable loss. HBO Max has all three seasons available.

Genndy Tartakovsky’s Primal

Genndy Tartakovsky's Primal
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Genndy Tartakovsky, known for such animated masterpieces as Samurai Jack and Dexter’s Laboratory, drew inspiration for Primal from pulp books and the like. It’s about a caveman and a Tyrannosaurus who are connected by tragedy and battle to survive as the odd pair of friends. While the series isn’t entirely silent, there is no conversation, so be prepared. The first 10-episode season is currently available on HBO Max.

Steven Universe

Steven Universe

Steven Universe’s magic isn’t revealed in a straightforward plot summary. Steven Universe enjoys adventures while accompanied and encouraged by his pals, the Crystal Gems, mystical humanoids who educate him about love, loss, and family in this dazzlingly profound cartoon show. (Steven is half-human and half-Gem himself.) On HBO Max, you can watch all five seasons of Steven Universe, as well as the Steven Universe Movie and an epilogue series called Steven Universe Future.

Lovecraft Country

Lovecraft Country

In Lovecraft Country, the acclaimed 2020 HBO series about a Black man journeying across the segregated South in the 1950s, there are horror, supernatural themes, and yes, fantasy elements. Atticus Freeman (Jonathan Majors) is on the lookout for his father, and he’s up against not only racism and prejudice but also terrifying nonhuman monsters straight out of an H.P. Lovecraft novel.

Adventure Time

Adventure Time
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Jake the Dog and Finn the Human dwell in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo, where they meet colorful characters like the Ice King (voiced by Tom Kenny, who also voices SpongeBob SquarePants), Princess Bubblegum, and others. Don’t be deceived by the fact that Adventure Time is a children’s show: adults enjoy it as well.

Samurai Jack

Samurai Jack
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A shapeshifting monster named Aku sent the hero of Samurai Jack ahead to a bleak future, and he now has to return back in time to prevent evil from triumphing. Traditional Japanese samurai battle is combined with robots, monsters, aliens, and more in this animated series. Genndy Tartakovsky was inspired by David Carradine’s 1970s show Kung Fu, which followed a Shaolin monk with martial-arts instruction as he traveled through the American Old West. HBO Max contains all five seasons, including the first four, which aired from 2001 to 2004, and the fifth revival season, which premiered in 2017 and is widely regarded as a darker, more mature take on the series.

Over the Garden Wall

Over the Garden Wall
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While trying to find their way home, half-brothers Wirt (Collin Dean) and Greg (Elijah Wood of Lord of the Rings/Hobbit fame) become trapped in a magical forest known as The Unknown. While a terrifying Beast tries to convert them into trees, they are accompanied by a friendly frog, talking bluebird, and enigmatic woodsman (voiced by Christopher Lloyd). You’ll feel like you’re in a modern-day Hansel and Gretel story. This show doesn’t demand a large time commitment because each episode is only 11 minutes long.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train
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Infinity Train is exactly what it sounds like: a program set on a seemingly unending railway, where each train car represents a different fanciful scenario, from a debutante ball to a train car that smells like farts. Each season, a new lead character takes on the train’s secrets, and as the episodes progress, it becomes clear that the train has a complicated background and that not everything about it is as it seems. HBO Max has all four seasons available.

Infinity Train

Infinity Train
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Dexter, a boy prodigy with a Peter Lorre accent, has oblivious parents and an older sister who is baffled by his scientific aptitude. He can create a cloning machine, a Beardatron that produces instant facial hair, and even teach animals to speak, but he can’t seem to get rid of his arch-enemy, fellow kid prodigy Mandark. This is Genndy Tartakovsky’s third animated series to reach the list, and like the others, it’s full of high-quality insane originality.

His Dark Materials

His Dark Materials
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His Dark Materials is based on the classic book series and follows scrappy orphan Lyra and her daemon (animal companion) Pan as she learns to read the alethiometer, a magical truth-telling instrument, and embarks on a crucial and deadly quest. The first two seasons are currently available on HBO Max, with a third season on the way.

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