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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 Trek Franchise is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
The Star Trek film series is the cinematic branch of the Star Trek media franchise, which began in 1966 as a weekly television series on NBC, running for three seasons until it was canceled in ...more

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Star Wars Franchise is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series created by George Lucas. The film series, consisting of two trilogies, has spawned an extensive media ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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Back to the Future Franchise is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
The Back to the Future franchise is an American science fiction–comedy film series written and directed by Robert Zemeckis, produced by Bob Gale and Neil Canton for Steven Spielberg's Amblin ...more

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The Terminator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
The Terminator series is a science-fiction franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne Hurd. It encompasses a series of films, comics, novels, and additional media concerning battles ...more

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Alien Franchise is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Alien is a science-fiction action horror franchise centered on a film series that depicts Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and her battles with an extraterrestrial lifeform, ...more

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Avengers Franchise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Trend231 added Marvel's The Avengers(classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the United Kingdom and Ireland), or simply The Avengers, is a 2012 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics ...more

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The Matrix Franchise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
The Matrix is a science fiction action media franchise created by The Wachowskis and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. The series began with the feature film The Matrix (1999), and continued ...more

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Stargate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Carolco Pictures. Created by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, the film is the first ...more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
midnightq2 added The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
midnightq2 added The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Jurassic Park Franchise is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg. The first installment of the Jurassic Park franchise, it is based on the 1990 novel of the same name ...more

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Tomahawkchop added Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more

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Men in Black Franchise is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Men in Black is a series of American comic science fiction action spy films directed by Barry Sonnenfeld, and based on Malibu / Marvel comic book series The Men in Black by Lowell Cunningham. ...more

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
GyroxOpex added Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Predator Franchise is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
The Predator film series is a science fiction horror film franchise based on a race of fictional extraterrestrials created by Jim Thomas and John Thomas. Produced by 20th Century Fox, the series ...more

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy comedy science fiction "trilogy" by Douglas Adams. The novel is an adaptation of ...more

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222 160
Dune is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Dune is a 1965 epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and the inaugural Nebula Award for Best Novel. Dune is the world's best-selling science fiction novel ...more

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Mass Effect is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Mass Effect is a 2007 science fiction action role-playing third person shooter video game developed by BioWare for the Xbox 360 and ported to Microsoft Windows by Demiurge Studios. The Xbox 360 ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Iron Man Franchise is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time
Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Paramount Pictures.It is the first film in the ...more