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Faerie Tale Theatre
27 episodes (1982-87) 60m


Superb series of visually appealing children's fantasies packed with star-power and originality. The occasional famous director (e.g. Francis Ford Coppola) also had a hand in things - working with talent the likes of Christopher Reeve, Malcolm McDowell, Jeff Goldblum, Liza Minnelli, Billy Crystal and Vanessa Redgrave.





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Beauty & the Beast
56 episodes (1987-90) 60m


Intensely romantic drama only loosely based on the original fairy tale. Linda Hamilton plays the upper-crust lawyer who is rescued by a subterranean man-beast - thus beginning one of TV's all-time greatest romances. The end was nigh when she called it quits in the third season and the writers had her character brutally murdered.





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The Storyteller
9 episodes (1988) 30m


This Jim Henson effort is a true gem of fantasy anthology series. Each episode features the storyteller and his dog as they present superb versions of European folk tales. The real stars, however, are Henson's muppets and costumed characters that bring the stories to life. Followed by a four episode series of Greek myths.





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Grim Tales
22 episodes (1989-91) 15m


UK filler series with Rick Mayall (The Young Ones) recounting off-the-wall versions of bedtime fairy tales, all with the aid of the occasional puppet/cartoon segue. As one might expect with Mayall involved, things got a little bizarre at times - but it was all in good fun. Irregular programming meant not nearly enough got to see it.





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The 10th Kingdom
9 episodes (2000) 60m


Despite being a ratings flop this epic fantasy miniseries is well worth the time and effort. A NYC waitress and her father are transported into a dimension that is made up of fairy tale kingdoms. They team up with a dog, who is really a prince, and take on the Troll King and the evil Queen. The mesmerising special effects rank with the best.





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Tales From the Neverending Story
13 episodes (2001-02) 60m


Anyone expecting something approaching the quality of the wonderful 1984 feature film will be sadly disappointed. Following the death of his mother a 12 year old boy retreats into a fantasy world after coming across a magical book. His real life experiences are projected into the world of dragons, knights and dark forces.





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Once Upon a Time
In production (2011-present) 60m


Cursed by the Evil Queen Regina, characters from fairy tales are transported to the "real world" town of Storybrooke, Maine - with no memory of their true selves. Even after 28 years, nobody seems to notice that no-one is getting older. Emma Swan - the daughter of Snow White and Prince Charming - and her son Henry set out to break the curse and restore the lost memories.





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Grimm
In production (2011-present) 60m


Detective Nick Burkhardt discovers his destiny as a Grimm guardian and sets out to maintain the balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the Wesen. Many of the show's characters are drawn from Grimms' Fairy Tales, while others are original creations. Dubbed a "police procedural fantasy", the show mixes horror and humour as it continues to attract a growing audience.


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