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List Rules Top sci-fi series in film, TV, gaming, and books

Science fiction is a very popular genre in books, films, video games, and television shows. Some of the biggest grossing movies at the box office are science fiction franchises. It is one of the few genres that can combine a rabid underground following with ultimately a mainstream. wider audience. If not for this delicate mix, franchises like Star Wars, Star Trek, and even Back to the Future and The Terminator wouldn't be as popular as they are.

When the first Star Wars movie was released in 1977, not many people expected it to become the worldwide smash that it has become as a sci-fi film franchise. The single film's popularity paved the way for five additional films and that doesn't include the reboot of the franchise that will include more episodes. The same goes for Star Trek, which has endured through many incarnations and different crews to be one of the most popular scifi franchises in all mediums. The recently rebooted Star Trek movies have been extremely popular with audiences and critics alike.

More than just the top 10 sci fi franchises, this list is your chance to vote on what is the best science fiction franchise. Remember to take all mediums into account, which includes comics, TV, film, books, and video games. These are vital elements into deciding what are the best science fiction franchises of all time.
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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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1,049 466
Star Trek is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Star Trek

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696 516
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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545 348
Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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536 261
Alien is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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492 312
The Terminator is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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391 281
The Matrix is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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490 239
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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332 234
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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399 289
Stargate is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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253 164
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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270 185
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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374 228
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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387 214
Jurassic Park is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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176 198
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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324 201
The Avengers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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231 112
Men in Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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150 231
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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263 180
Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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243 178
Predator is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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184 114
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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163 118
Dune is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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271 276
Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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165 155
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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116 36
The Fifth Element is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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154 97
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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136 112
Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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151 88
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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142 177
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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96 85
2001: A Space Odyssey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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139 171
Fallout is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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86 114
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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98 89
I, Robot is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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75 111
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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73 118
John Carter of Mars is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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82 83
The Time Machine is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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63 45
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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102 89
RoboCop is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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83 56
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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93 79
The Dark Knight is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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61 76
V is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
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137 210
Halo: Combat Evolved is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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81 199
Portal is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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101 152
Resident Evil is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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77 74
The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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65 80
Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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56 78
Ender's Game is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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52 94
Nineteen Eighty-Four is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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69 159
Half-Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

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77 106
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time