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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
    + 8,116
    - 3,494


    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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  3. 3
    + 7,258
    - 2,935


    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

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  4. 4
    + 5,253
    - 2,213


    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

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  5. 5
    + 6,370
    - 3,557

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

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  6. 6
    + 5,460
    - 2,426


    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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  7. 7
    + 5,563
    - 2,207


    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

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  8. 8
    + 3,746
    - 2,025


    Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

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  9. 9
    + 4,377
    - 2,515


    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

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  10. 10
    + 3,611
    - 2,157


    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

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  11. 11
    + 4,830
    - 3,891

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

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  12. 12
    + 3,759
    - 2,365


    Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

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  13. 13
    + 3,461
    - 2,022


    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

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  14. 14
    + 3,000
    - 1,949


    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

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  15. 15
    + 3,125
    - 1,753


    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

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  16. 16
    + 3,077
    - 1,791


    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

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  17. 17
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    - 2,204


    Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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  18. 18
    + 2,677
    - 2,137


    John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

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  19. 19
    + 2,824
    - 2,001


    Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

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  20. 20
    + 2,774
    - 2,410


    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

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  21. 21
    + 3,126
    - 3,030


    Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

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    + 1,381
    - 601

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

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    - 1,613

    added by Richard777
    Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

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    + 2,413
    - 1,769


    Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

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  25. 25
    + 2,383
    - 1,903


    Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

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  26. 26
    + 1,993
    - 1,763


    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

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  27. 27
    + 1,974
    - 1,595


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

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  28. 28
    + 2,218
    - 1,921


    Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

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    + 1,927
    - 1,555


    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

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  30. 30
    + 488
    - 184

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

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  31. 31
    + 1,330
    - 1,066


    Stephen Moore, Simon Jones, David Dixon

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    + 1,536
    - 1,385


    Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

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    + 935
    - 250

    ranked low on reranks
    Barry Jones

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  34. 34
    + 1,631
    - 1,778

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

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  35. 35
    + 1,460
    - 1,294

    added by toddrh
    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

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  36. 36
    + 1,589
    - 1,743

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate

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  37. 37
    + 1,680
    - 1,414

    added by dustman025
    Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

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  38. 38
    + 1,316
    - 1,062

    added by huggums537
    Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

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  39. 39
    + 991
    - 254

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

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  40. 40
    + 1,679
    - 1,518


    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

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    + 1,594
    - 1,600


    Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

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  42. 42
    + 1,497
    - 1,597


    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram

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  43. 43
    + 1,338
    - 1,276


    Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard

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  44. 44
    + 651
    - 416

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

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  45. 45
    + 1,185
    - 968

    added by wiabux
    Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes

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  46. 46
    + 1,139
    - 1,189


    Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

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  47. 47
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    - 866


    Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton

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  48. 48
    + 1,172
    - 1,127


    William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini

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    + 1,295
    - 1,450


    Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

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  50. 50
    + 1,528
    - 1,452


    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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