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The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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List Criteria: Sci-fi TV shows and series with science fiction elements

A list of the best sci-fi shows and best sci-fi series of all time, as ranked by hundreds of Ranker voters. This list includes long-running sci-fi TV shows like Doctor Who as well as some of the best cancelled shows of the genre. Science fiction TV shows have been around for decades, and some of the longest running shows have fallen into this category. Popular shows such as Star Trek have enjoyed several incarnations, and fan-favorite shows like Firefly and The X-Files have made the crossover from TV to the big screen.

Vote for your favorite science fiction shows to move them to the top of the list, or press re-rank to create your own list of your favorite science fiction series. Be sure to stop by to vote on the best British sitcoms and best current TV shows airing right now.
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    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

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  2. 2
    + 8,129
    - 3,496


    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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  3. 3
    + 7,269
    - 2,937


    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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  4. 4
    + 5,259
    - 2,217


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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  5. 5
    + 6,377
    - 3,561

    the people's #1 & most listed
    Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

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  6. 6
    + 5,465
    - 2,430


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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  7. 7
    + 5,569
    - 2,209


    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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  8. 8
    + 3,750
    - 2,030


    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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  9. 9
    + 4,382
    - 2,519


    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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  10. 10
    + 3,616
    - 2,161


    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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  11. 11
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    - 3,894

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

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  12. 12
    + 3,763
    - 2,370


    Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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  13. 13
    + 3,463
    - 2,027


    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

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  14. 14
    + 3,003
    - 1,954


    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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  15. 15
    + 3,133
    - 1,756


    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

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  16. 16
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    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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  17. 17
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    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  18. 18
    + 2,679
    - 2,139


    John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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  19. 19
    + 2,827
    - 2,002


    Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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  20. 20
    + 2,775
    - 2,415


    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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  21. 21
    + 3,129
    - 3,033


    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    - 602

    ranked low on reranks & added by JimmyPaton
    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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    added by Richard777
    Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

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    + 2,414
    - 1,771


    Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

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  25. 25
    + 2,383
    - 1,907


    Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

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  26. 26
    + 1,994
    - 1,765


    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

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  27. 27
    + 1,975
    - 1,597


    Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies

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    + 2,220
    - 1,923


    Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

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    + 1,933
    - 1,557


    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

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  30. 30
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    - 185

    ranked low on reranks & added by nymless
    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

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  31. 31
    + 1,332
    - 1,068

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Stephen Moore, Simon Jones, David Dixon

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    + 1,538
    - 1,386


    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    - 256

    ranked low on reranks
    Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham

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    - 253

    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Jones

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    + 1,460
    - 1,296

    added by toddrh
    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

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    + 1,632
    - 1,780


    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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    + 1,590
    - 1,745


    Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate

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  38. 38
    + 1,680
    - 1,416

    added by dustman025
    Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

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  39. 39
    + 1,318
    - 1,064

    added by huggums537
    Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

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  40. 40
    + 1,681
    - 1,519


    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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    + 1,595
    - 1,601


    Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

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  42. 42
    + 1,338
    - 1,278


    Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard

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  43. 43
    + 1,498
    - 1,600


    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram

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  44. 44
    + 654
    - 418

    ranked low on reranks
    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

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  45. 45
    + 1,187
    - 970

    added by wiabux
    Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes

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  46. 46
    + 1,142
    - 1,190


    Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

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  47. 47
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    - 868


    Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton

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  48. 48
    + 1,173
    - 1,129


    William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini

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    + 1,530
    - 1,454


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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  50. 50
    + 1,298
    - 1,451


    Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

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