The Doctor has been around since the ’60s, and his history goes back way further. He is a Time Lord, after all. The show is more sci-fi than fantasy, but its scope and quality make it a “GOT” peer. Kids will like all the action and perilous predicaments, though the main character always manages to escape his own demise (unlike many GOT characters).
How it’s like “GOT”: It’s got a nimble sense of gallows humor teens will appreciate and an epic catalog of threatening entities that must be defeated.
“Once Upon a Time,” ages 12 and older, ABC
Disney versions of classic fairy tale characters face challenges in Storybrooke, Maine, as well as in a parallel world filled with magic and mystery. While it’s a little too mature for young kids, teens should love seeing these alternate versions of their childhood heroes deal with all kinds of decidedly grown-up problems.
How it’s like “GOT”: Conflicts among characters are often solved by sword fights, death threats and murder — and much of the story is clouded in a sense of peril and shifting loyalties.
“Xena: Warrior Princess,” ages 12 and older, streaming
With a reboot coming up soon, kids can get to know this powerful, independent gal a little early. Like Arya Stark, she’s got sword skills and some serious inner strength. A fun mix of history and fantasy, this cult classic has stuck around for a reason.
How it’s like “GOT”: It’s set in a mythical world with lots of swordplay and its fair share of bare midriffs and sexual innuendo (think “Star Trek”-level, not “GOT”).
“Lost,” ages 14 and older, streaming
This drama set on a mysterious island should have teens on the edges of their seats with that “what the heck’s gonna happen next?” feeling (without surprising them with a gory beheading or mass murder). The cast’s quest to discover where their plane crashed, who the elusive Others are and why there’s a polar bear in the tropics remains riveting through many seasons.
How it’s like “GOT”: Ever-changing loyalties and realism countered with a heavy dose of mysticism, and the shocking deaths of some beloved characters.
“Shadowhunters,” ages 14 and older, Freeform
When you live in a world where werewolves, fairies and vampires are real, teen troubles are a little different. In this fantasy series based on the popular books, main character Clary learns how to navigate her new life dealing with various creatures, intriguing romances and universal teen drama.
How it’s like “GOT”: Lots of family secrets and their aftermath, supernatural battles and compelling characters.
“The Shannara Chronicles,” ages 14 and older, MTV
On a post-apocalyptic future Earth, humans have evolved into numerous races, including trolls, elves and gnomes. All live in harmony until an ancient demon brings magic back into the world and, along with it, trouble that only the young protagonists can stop.
How it’s like “GOT”: Also based on a series of fantasy novels, this show definitely isn’t violence-free, but it’s milder and the trio of heroes is always fighting for good.
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