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5 Shows like Xena, Warrior Princess: Fantasy Once a Week

Thanasis Karavasilis itcherOf course you liked ‘Xena’! An ancient Greek warrior bound in leather with a boomerang-type thingy called Chacram that defies mortals and gods as she travels around the land being awesome. You want more? You’re in the right place. ~ Thanasis Karavasilis

I Need a Hero

In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero. She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Every Saturday morning at about 11:50, I was parcouring my way to the living room in clear violation of the house rules set by my parents.

“It is almost time!” I would shout and take my place in front of the television. No arguments were elicited from mom and dad; they knew it was time for me to immerse myself in a fantasy world inhabited by warriors and gods: the world of ‘Xena the Warrior Princess’!

Since you’re here, I’ll take it for granted that you’re looking for more TV shows like ‘Xena’.

Keep on reading.

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Shows Similar to ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’…

‘Hercules: The Legendary Journeys’ (Christian Williams, 1995-1999)

No vicious beasts intent on taking over the world were harmed on the production of this film.

‘Hercules’ and ‘Xena’ are set in the same in-story universe: ancient Greece in a time when Gods are cruel and play with humans while monsters terrorize them and eat their children. That sounds to me like the perfect situation in need of a hero. And who’s better qualified than Hercules, son of Zeus and defender of all that is good?

The series is a must-see for fans of ‘Xena’.

Fan Trivia: If you decide to watch the series, stay for the credits of the episode “Unchained Heart”. In place of the ‘Humane Society’ disclaimer, you instead read this: “No vicious beasts intent on taking over the world were harmed on the production of this film”. Awesome.

Similarity Match: 95%
‘Xena’ and ‘Hercules’ live in the same world, but their adventures are far from similar. Xena’s darker side creates some interesting story arcs while Hercules’ kindness makes for the perfect stereotypical hero.

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‘The Adventures of Sinbad’ (Ed Naha, 1996-1998)

Just for once I’d like to break through a door and find a room on the other side.

This was quite an underrated effort. Sinbad, the famous character from The Arabian Nights stories, along with his elder brother and their team of trusted friends, sets sail from Baghdad in search of adventure and riches. On their way to fortune and fame, our heroes encounter strange tribes, evil wizards and giant sea monsters.

Everything you found positively ridiculous about ‘Xena’, you will find in ‘Sinbad’ as well: swashbuckling, action, humor, creatures, and historical inaccuracies.

Similarity Match: 90%
Both shows are action adventures with an episodic nature and a historical setting. Their differences lie on their historical setting. Other than that, they’re quite similar.

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‘Jack of All Trades’ (Eric Morris, 2000)

I would have knocked, but my fists had other plans.

I am surprised that a lot of people don’t know about this series. It may have had only two seasons, but it featured a magnificent Bruce Campbell (‘Evil Dead’) and it had one of the most awesome intros in the history of television shows (Nostalgia Critic agrees).

The story: Jack Stiles, an American spy stationed on a South Pacific island in the early 19th century, works against Napoleon’s colonizing efforts.

Similarity Match: 85%
Like ‘Xena’, this show is as silly as it sounds and is amazingly fun. Unlike ‘Xena’, it makes no effort hiding its silliness and is set in a very different time period without monsters and gods.

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‘Wonder Woman’ (William M. Marston and Stanley Ralph Ross, 1975-1979)

The adventures of the greatest of the female superheroes.

The TV series of Wonder Woman bear only a superficial resemblance to the comic book series of Wonder Woman. So, if you are a comic fan, do not expect a live-action version of your favorite stories.

But as far as superhero shows go, though, it’s a definite improvement over the Adam West’s incredibly nostalgic but undeniably cheesy Batman (if you are a fan of Big Bang Theory, check this), and plays on equal terms with the Incredible Hulk of Lou Ferrigno.

Last but not least: Lynda Carter as Diana Prince. You can’t beat that!

Similarity Match: 70%
A powerful female character is trying to put her unique talents to the service of justice. Do not expect the same visual effects and complicated storylines (as complicated as ‘Xena’ can get at least).

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If You Like ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’, You Will Like…

If you take a look at the list of shows created in the 90s, you will find a lot of series similar to ‘Xena’: over the top adventures with now-outdated-then-incredible visual effects and far-fetched plotlines.

No need for any more of that. How about this fantasy series with a strong female hero?

‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ (Joss Whedon, 1997-2003)

Billy ‘Ford’ Fordham: I thought you were slaying a vampire.
Buffy Summers: I was whatting a what?

I have the utmost respect for Joss Whedon: he was involved in the screenplay of ‘Toy Story’, created one of the most incredible TV series ever with ‘Firefly’, and is the creator of ‘Buffy’.

Entertainment Weekly magazine placed Buffy as the third best fictional character of all time, just behind Homer Simpson and Harry Potter (issue #1105/1106, June 4/11, 2010).

Whedon is a brilliant director and writer: the cast, as well as the characters, matures over time and become living, breathing people that you genuinely believe in and care for.

‘Buffy’, like ‘Xena’, is a strong female protagonist with a quest to complete, albeit in a radically different setting.

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Ayiyiiyiyiyiyi

I am really bad at onomatopoeia, but, hopefully, you got that I was trying to imitate Xena’s famous battle cry.

Do you have any more TV series like ‘Xena’ you would like to share? Drop it in the comments section below.

Keep watching, listening, reading, and playing!

Hey there! I′m Thanasis, a writer and lover of stories who was educated to be a teacher of English. I spend my time between worlds and inside pages; written or otherwise. I roam the endless void called The Internet in a constant quest to discover pieces of great storytelling in every artistic medium imaginable.
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