From Doctor Who in the 1960s, to the more recent Heroes and Lost a select group of television series with strong elements of fantasy has achieved cult status. Focusing on eight such series, this work analyzes what makes these programs unique, and what they have in common. Examination of the interaction between the series' creators, studios and fans provides further insight into the series' lasting impact. Included are assessments of the strategies used to promote the series' appeal; an explanation of transmedia storytelling and its influence on the television fantasy genre; evaluations of how viewers have shaped cult texts and how greater audience acceptance encouraged creators to develop challengingly complex long-form dramas; and descriptions of changes within broadcasting that have enabled telefantasy to transcend niche status and enjoy prominence and popularity.
Sue Short lectures in film and media at Birkbeck College, University of London, and has contributed articles to numerous media journals. Cult Telefantasy Series is her third book. Donald E. Palumbo is a professor of English at East Carolina University. He lives in Greenville, North Carolina. C.W. Sullivan III is Distinguished Professor of arts and sciences at East Carolina University and a full member of the Welsh Academy. He is the author of numerous books and the on-line journal Celtic Cultural Studies.