The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time TV Programs

The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time

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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.

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

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  1. 1
    Up 4006
    Down 1404

    most listed
    Firefly

    2002 More
    94
  2. 2
    Up 3572
    Down 1433
    2004 More
    87
  3. 3
    Up 2647
    Down 1435

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Doctor Who

    1963 More
    86
  4. 4
    Up 2497
    Down 1049

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    1987 More
    85
  5. 5
    Up 2187
    Down 1063

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Star Trek: The Original Series

    1966 More
    85
  6. 6
    Up 2619
    Down 1205
    1993 More
    84
  7. 7
    Up 2655
    Down 1027

    ranked low on reranks
    Stargate SG-1

    1997 More
    82
  8. 8
    Up 1811
    Down 940
    1959 More
    76
  9. 9
    Up 2553
    Down 2246

    the people's #1 &often listed
    Babylon 5

    1994 More
    75
  10. 10
    Up 2202
    Down 1137

    ranked low on reranks
    Fringe

    2008 More
    74
  11. 11
    Up 1739
    Down 1113

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Farscape

    1999 More
    71
  12. 12
    Up 1489
    Down 965

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    1993 More
    70
  13. 13
    Up 1698
    Down 1041

    ranked low on reranks
    Futurama

    1999 More
    66
  14. 14
    Up 1468
    Down 848

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Trek: Voyager

    1995 More
    66
  15. 15
    Up 1238
    Down 849

    often listed
    Quantum Leap

    1989 More
    65
  16. 16
    Up 1134
    Down 669

    ranked low on reranks
    Stargate Atlantis

    2004 More
    65
  17. 17
    Up 1067
    Down 905

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Torchwood

    2006 More
    64
  18. 18
    Up 1569
    Down 1483

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Lost

    2004 More
    64
  19. 19
    Up 1212
    Down 876
    2006 More
    63
  20. 20
    Up 1346
    Down 1104

    often listed
    Heroes

    2006 More
    63
  21. 21
    Up 1178
    Down 722

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Trek: Enterprise

    2001 More
    62
  22. 22
    Up 895
    Down 690
    2009 More
    59
  23. 23
    Up 890
    Down 731

    ranked high on reranks
    Red Dwarf

    1988 More
    57
  24. 24
    Up 952
    Down 776

    often listed
    V

    1983 More
    57
  25. 25
    Up 809
    Down 729

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    The Outer Limits

    1995-03-26 More
    56
  26. 26
    Up 1113
    Down 853
    2008 More
    56
  27. 27
    Up 643
    Down 480

    ranked low on reranks
    Stargate Universe

    2009 More
    54
  28. 28
    Up 787
    Down 613
    1978 More
    54
  29. 29
    Up 596
    Down 430

    ranked low on reranks
    Falling Skies

    2011 More
    54
    added by: dustman025
  30. 30
    Up 326
    Down 247
    1981 More
    52
  31. 31
    Up 787
    Down 696
    1995 More
    51
  32. 32
    Up 336
    Down 280
    2000 More
    51
  33. 33
    Up 597
    Down 602

    often listed
    Sanctuary

    2007 More
    51
  34. 34
    Up 572
    Down 515
    2007 More
    51
  35. 35
    Up 618
    Down 704

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Andromeda

    2000 More
    51
  36. 36
    Up 640
    Down 752

    often listed &controversial
    Dollhouse

    2009 More
    51
  37. 37
    Up 676
    Down 702

    ranked low on reranks
    Dark Angel

    2000 More
    49
  38. 38
    Up 536
    Down 582

    ranked high on reranks
    Mystery Science Theater 3000

    1988 More
    49
  39. 39
    Up 597
    Down 583

    ranked low on reranks
    Xena: Warrior Princess

    1995 More
    48
  40. 40
    Up 365
    Down 478

    ranked high on reranks
    Crusade

    1999 More
    48
  41. 41
    Up 374
    Down 451

    often listed
    Alien Nation

    1989 More
    48
  42. 42
    Up 323
    Down 335
    2012 More
    47
    added by: toddrh
  43. 43
    Up 524
    Down 584

    ranked low on reranks
    Caprica

    2010 More
    47
  44. 44
    Up 405
    Down 589

    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Space: 1999

    1975 More
    46
  45. 45
    Up 322
    Down 414
    1995 More
    46
  46. 46
    Up 510
    Down 681

    often listed &controversial
    The 4400

    2004 More
    46
  47. 47
    Up 238
    Down 253
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    niche appeal
    The Twilight Zone

    2002 More
    46
  48. 48
    Up 464
    Down 551
    1974 More
    45
  49. 49
    Up 228
    Down 204

    niche appeal
    Lost Girl

    2010 More
    45
    added by: shealynnakins
  50. 50
    Up 540
    Down 598

    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    3rd Rock from the Sun

    1996 More
    45
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