Not-So-Typical Fairy Tale Themed Movies and TV Shows You Must Watch!

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Happy October!ย 

I know, I know, I keep saying that, but seriously, isn’t October awesome? ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s probably my favorite month out of the year because it’s cold, but still pleasant to be outside and you can see the leaves change. PLUS it’s time for Halloween and TONS of awesome new fall TV shows!

If you’re like me and love all things fairy tales, then you’ll know there are quite a few fantastical fall shows to look forward to this fall. Aside from TV shows, there are some oldies but goodie films that every fairy tale fanatic MUST see as well. Here is my official list of not so typical fairy tale themed shows and films to watch this fall โ™ฅ

Not-So-Typical Fairy Tale Themed Movies and TV Shows You Must Watch!


NBC Grimm; Source:


One of the darker spins on classic Brother’s Grimm fairy tales that I’ve seen, this show is like a mix of CSI, Horror and fairy tale fantasy all rolled into one. The story is awesome and the action is really cool. Their take on creatures from the classic tales are really cool and creative. I highly recommend this if you’re into horror, fairy tales and the darker side of Grimm tales.

ABC Once Upon A Time Season 3; Source:

ABC Once Upon A Time Season 3; Source:


This show is a more conventional Disney-style (ABC is owned by Disney) take on fairy tales, but they give their own spin to each character and the story of how they end up in our world is weaved so cleverly. Plus, the way that they describe how magic works and their version of fairy tale land are certainly different than what you might think and a bit darker than the Disney animations of these tales.


Once Upon A Time In Wonderland; Source:


A spin off show of Once Upon A Time, this show explains what happened/ happens to Alice in her adventures in Wonderland, but not the typical Wonderland you read about; Once Upon A Time’s Wonderland.

10th Kingdom

10th Kingdom;


Another take on fairy tales, this is a 7 hour mini-series that NBC came out with around 2000 that had a fun play on each fairy tale character and told is as if it was actual history. The set design and locations in this film are fantastic and so are the actors, despite the somewhat cheesy and dated effects. Also, Ed O’Neil plays a troll king!

Syfy Alice

Syfy Alice; Source:

SyFy’s ALICE:ย 

This is a really clever spin on Alice in Wonderland. Some parts were kind of cheesy, but the acting was great and the special effects and sets were awesome as well. I was especially impressed by the re-imagination of Wonderland which was darker than most, but in a less obvious way.

Hook Movie

Hook Movie; Source :


This film was a favorite of mine growing up and it doesn’t really stray far from the original or re-imagine much of anything, but it’s just fun to watch. I mean, come on! RUF-I-O! No, but seriously, Julia Roberts plays Tinkerbell and Robin Williams plays Peter Pan. It’s a fun time.

ever After Film

Ever After Movie; Source: Tumblr


This is a fantastic period film re-telling the story of Cinderella. It’s one of my favorite Drew Barrymore films for sure and Anjelica Houston is brilliant as always as the evil stepmother. I love how they spun the story into history. If you’re a girl, you’ll enjoy this period chick flick.

Penelope movie

Penelope; Source:


This is a GREAT sort of modern type fairy tale about a girl who is cursed to live with a pig nose because her great great … grandfather messed with the wrong witch. Because of this she’s pretty much told she’s ugly her entire life and even believes it herself. It’s a fantastic story to show young girls.

Pan's Labyrinth

Pan’s Labyrinth; Source:


This was coined as a “fairy tale for adults” and that couldn’t be more true. They combine Fascist 1940’s Spain historical elements with a fictional tale of a girl who must prove she’s a princess by completing fantastical, yet horrifying tasks set to her by a scary-looking faun.


Enchanted; Source:


This somewhat satirical take on fairy tales and Disney type films is really funny and I think it can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike. Hilarious, fun and endearing.

Big Fish Movie

Big Fish; Source: MastersFilmReview


This is a unique fairy tale all it’s own, but it does have some fantasy elements in that the father, who is telling the story of his life to his son’s new wife recalls things in a very fantastical out-of-this-world way that his son doesn’t believe or agree with.


Stardust; Source:


This is another fairy tale all it’s own written by a great writer, Neil Gaiman (author of Coraline among others), where a young man falls in love with the village beauty. In order to prove his love, he promises to bring her a star after they both see a falling star cross the sky. The only problem is when he gets to where the star fell, what he finds is nothing he could have imagined.



The Secret Circle is all about witches! When Cassie’s mother dies suddenly, she is forced to move to her mother’s hometown, Chance Harbor, with her grandmother. Strange things begin to happen and the local kids claim that Cassie is a witch. You can watch the entire first season on Netflix.



Lost Girl centers on Bo, a succubus, as she tries to uncover her past and solve strange mysteries along the way. I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s awesome and you can watch the first 4 seasons on Netflix!

What Are Your Favorite Fairy Tales or Spin-Offs?

โ™ฅ Tianna

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47 thoughts on “Not-So-Typical Fairy Tale Themed Movies and TV Shows You Must Watch!

  1. September 28, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    EL LABERINTHO DEL FAUNO is def not for children and teens should watch it with adults. It was an inportant movie to watch, i even went to the big theater here in town where you can watch it in the original language, so i watched it in spanish. The trailer was misleading, making it look more like fairytale than it really was. I was expecting a dark kind of Harry Potter, when in the end it was something completelly different.
    Not sure i would watch it again, even though it was a good movie. But maybe i’m personally just not into dark type of movies…f you watched it, how did you like it?
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  2. September 28, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I love all of these (except Grimm only because I’ve never seen it). Pans labyrinth was definitely one of those movies I watched once when I was younger and it stuck with me forever! It’s not a movie I care to watch often but it was still an amazing, imaginative movie. Utterly sad and depressing but a amazing nonetheless. I absolutely love 10th kingdom, ever after, and Penelope! I’ve rented Penelope countless times now lol such a cute twist on a movie! And I love the guy in the movie (forget his name at the moment). So thanks a lot for making me want to watch all of these again lol
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  3. October 1, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    I really enjoyed stardust, Michelle Pfeiffer was amazing as Lamia.
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  4. October 2, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Star dust and enchanted is one of my favorite! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  5. October 2, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    haha im a huge fan of Once Upon a Time! The storyline and the way they made each character a start per episode is perfect
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  6. October 2, 2013 at 3:47 AM

    love all these!
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  7. October 2, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    I’m seriously going to get NOTHING done this weekend because I’m sitting down and watching alllllll of these!

  8. October 2, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    ohhh wowo! I love alice in wonderland sooo I definitely have to see that one. I’m afraid it won’t be in Italy very soon…but I’ll look for it.
    thanks for the great tips.

  9. October 2, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    It’s odd to me how, as I have gotten older, I have become more obsessed with the fantasy and fairy tale genres. Chris and I were just talking about how we both want to check out Once Upon a Time. Ever After was one of my favorite movies back when I was in high school; thanks for reminding me of it! I really want to go back and watch it. ๐Ÿ™‚ This is a great compilation!

  10. Mich of Mich Eats and Shops
    October 2, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    I love these sort of series/films because I love fairy tales! I’ve just rewatched Enchanted the other day and it made me very happy. Would give Once Upon a Time a try ๐Ÿ™‚
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  11. Ileana
    October 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Great post!!! I love enchanted, penelope, stardust… I loved De Niro’s character as a hairdresser!
    And really cant wait for the new OUAT ๐Ÿ™‚



  12. October 3, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    Enchanted is my all time favorite <3
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  13. October 3, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Nice collection! I love enchanted and ever after!.. GRIMM sounds good too.. have to look into it..
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  14. October 3, 2013 at 7:21 PM

    Cinderella most definitely and Peter Pan. Of yours Enchanted, Ever After and Panยดs Labyrinth.
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  15. October 3, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    you make me want to grab some popcorns now ๐Ÿ˜‰
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  16. October 4, 2013 at 7:34 AM

    Gosh! I love Grimm a lot! ๐Ÿ˜€
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  17. October 4, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Thanks for this! I’ve been looking for something good to watch. ^^
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  18. October 4, 2013 at 4:53 PM

    I’m a fan of Once Upon a Time and Stardust

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  19. Ari
    October 4, 2013 at 6:24 PM

    Love your picks! You listed some of my favorite movies ever <3

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  21. October 5, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    enchanted is one of my fave movies!!! and i love watching grimm!!
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  22. October 6, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    I liked Enchanted and Ever After ๐Ÿ™‚ Never seen Pan’s Labyrinth before, but heard it’s a must-watch movie

  23. Beauty Blogette
    October 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    I only watched Pan’s Labyrinth. I guess I’m not really into fairy tale movies.
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  24. October 7, 2013 at 3:07 AM

    I LOVE Ever After. It’s such a magical story. I really love this film and when I started to read your post, I was hoping you had listed it!
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  25. Jessica @ Pink Cupcakes and Couture
    October 7, 2013 at 4:46 AM

    I thought once upon a time theme looked pretty interesting since there isn’t a prince in Wonderland but! We’ll see! reminds me of gearing up to watch Christmas movies, love this post! xx

  26. October 7, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    so many great choices…
    PANโ€™S LABYRINTH is awesome and it is even better on the 2nd watch
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  27. Somdyuti D. Ray
    October 7, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    Is it bad that I haven’t seen any of these, except for Enchanted LOL? I’m not sure which “Once Upon A Time” you’re talking about, but I used to watch a show by the same name starring Ginnifer Goodwin, Lana Parilla, Jennifer Morrison etc. I stopped watching it after a while because I found it pretty boring.. Great list though. I’ll try and watch Ever After and Penelope. they sound pretty interesting! ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. October 8, 2013 at 2:01 AM

    I just started watching Grimm and really like it! I’m so glad that OUAT is back on!! Can’t wait for OUATW to premier, I saw that Cora is on it, which makes sense because of who she was on OUAT, so I’m wondering if any of the other characters would make an appearance on it.
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    1. October 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      I’m glad you like it! It’s such an awesome show ๐Ÿ™‚ ME TOO! I can’t believe how creepy P.P is !! Super excited for OUATW as well!!! I keep wondering if Alice was Jefferson’s wife who is mentioned but never shown, but I guess she’s not. Bummed about that but I hope they show Jefferson!

  29. October 9, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    wow thanks for the list. i dont really rely on IMDB’s list any more… bookmarking your link ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the share xoxo
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    1. October 11, 2013 at 6:11 PM

      of course! I am glad you enjoyed the post! Yeah I agree – IMDB has gotten so generic in their movie lists. โ™ฅ

  30. October 26, 2013 at 5:08 PM

    Those are all WONDERFUL choices! I think Stardust the novel is as excellent as the movie, too (although it goes in a slightly different direction). I’ve been told that this Fall’s “Sleepy Hollow” is also awesome.
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    1. October 30, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      thank you! I haven’t read Stardust, but I love Neil Gaiman so I’m sure it was lovely. Sleepy Hollow is AWESOME! It’s pretty much overtaken OUAT and stuff as my fave fall show. Although AHS is coming in close second lol

  31. October 31, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    I *loved* The 10th Kingdom when it came out. I remember hanging up the phone on a friend of mine because I wanted to go watch it so badly. This was before DVR, mind you – I’m not a jerk for no reason. ๐Ÿ˜›
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    1. October 31, 2013 at 5:02 AM

      Lol!! That’s hilarious – I can be like that with shows and movies I love so don’t feel bad you’re not alone .

  32. November 4, 2013 at 7:59 AM

    Pan’s Labyrinth is one of my favourite movies ever. *w* But I don’t watch it very often, because it’s SO intense. o _O The soundtrack is amazing, but very haunting.

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  34. August 28, 2015 at 12:02 PM

    Hello! I have watched and loved many of these shows. My favorite on the list is Pan’s Labyrinth but O also loved Big Fish, Hook, and Enchanted. Great post! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€
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    1. August 28, 2015 at 4:49 PM

      yay! I love fantasy so much and I’m glad to share that love with others ๐Ÿ˜€ Glad you’ve enjoyed so many of these! thanks for visiting Vashti!

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  36. September 10, 2016 at 11:48 AM

    OMG this list is amazing! The 10th Kingdom is LITERALLY my most favorite movie (tied for #1 with Jim Henson’s LLabyrinth). Great round up of fairy tale movies. <3

    1. September 13, 2016 at 10:04 AM

      thanks Amber! I love 10th Kingdom too! It’s such a great story ๐Ÿ™‚ who’s your favorite character? Glad you enjoyed my picks!

  37. Jessica Windle
    October 26, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Oh my gosh…I LOVE the 10th Kingdom! I was so obsessed with it when it came out…I was in High School. I need to go back and watch it again!
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    1. October 28, 2016 at 8:20 AM

      me too! Glad I’m not the only one who loves it haha. If you want to watch it, I believe the entire thing is on Hulu ๐Ÿ˜‰ Have a great fall!

  38. January 30, 2017 at 4:30 PM

    ahh we have so many shows and movies in common! i loved ever after! which reminds me, i need to watch it again ASAP! and pan’s labrynth! what a great movie! and stardust! and penelope! penelope is prob one of my all time faves. it used to be my go to feel good movie. i’ve watched it so many times that edward will literally leave the room if i watch it now lol

    1. January 31, 2017 at 9:10 AM

      true! Ever After is a great one ๐Ÿ™‚ Pan’s Labyrinth is definitely a favorite for me too ๐Ÿ™‚ Stardust is so fun. I used to be so obsessed with it haha. Penelope is such a great film for young girls, IMO. I love the message of the film. It’s a good book, too. xx

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