Legend of the Seeker
If you ever ask me what's my favorite fantasy television series of all time, I'll most likely going to answer with Legend of the Seeker. The show only lasted two seasons before it was unjustly cancelled, but I still consider it perhaps one of the best fantasy shows I've watched and that deserved better. I remember when I got into the show, during the last portion of the second season, because I heard so many people praising it and I basically binge-watched to catch up only for the cancellation announcement to happen shortly thereafter. I was crushed, devastated, and heartbroken. However, it further strengthened my love for the show and the characters, and the small yet dedicated fanbase it had.
Legend of the Seeker is based off of The Seeker of Truth book series by Terry Goodkind, however unlike the books the show actually deviates immensely from the horrible misogynistic writing and heavy personal political commentary and instead moves into a more entertaining and lighthearted nature, including writing women as individuals with their own strengths and having an protagonist that is actually likable. So, essentially, the show is more of a loose adaptation of the books, and definitely for the better. It didn't take itself too seriously, it plays up the silliness and ridiculous plots in a believable manner for the world it's set in, it played with and even embraced particular tropes and added a certain likability to plenty of characters and added depth to relationships. For example, Richard Cypher could've been written as the stereotypical macho Chosen One kind of hero, but in the show he's basically a soft golden retriever who tries his best at fighting for what's right. His relationship with Kahlan is one made out of mutual love and respect and admiration, they are equals to one another. Furthermore, the show is incredibly bright; vivid colors, amazing landscapes and stunning visuals. And the costumes! Everything is so distinctive and magnificently crafted, from the Mord'Sith outfits to Kahlan's iconic white Confessor dress to the Sisters of the Dark flowing red outfits. It's just a really beautiful, amazing, heartwarming show that you can tell the people who worked on it poured their hearts and souls into creating it.
Basically, Legend of the Seeker is the kind of lighthearted fantasy that I feel we need more of a resurgence of in recent years. We need less grimdark nihilistic stories that tries so hard to focus on gritty realisim, and just more high fantasy about hope and it just plain fun, with their own rules that are just weird and strange, and that is what Legend of the Seeker was and why I still return to it from time to time. It's one of those shows I consider my comfort food, it brings me joy and makes me happy. Also, despite it being cancelled and they clearly had more planned for the story, the second season actually wrapped up nicely and ended on a satisfactory note.