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The Best Science Fiction Franchises of All Time

Updated June 25, 2020 29.0k votes 3.7k voters 50.8k views57 items

List RulesTop 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 Franchise1
    This films franchise is an American epic space opera franchise centered on a film series...  more
  • Star Trek2
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    Star Trek

    The Star Trek film series is the cinematic branch of the Star Trek media franchise, which...  more
  • Alien Franchise3
    Alien is a science-fiction action horror franchise centered on a film series that depicts...  more
  • The Terminator Franchise4
    The Terminator series is a science-fiction franchise created by James Cameron and Gale Anne...  more
  • Firefly5
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    Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer...  more
  • Avengers Franchise6
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    Avengers Franchise

    Marvel's The Avengers(classified under the name Marvel Avengers Assemble in the United Kingdom...  more
  • Back to the Future Franchise7
    The Back to the Future franchise is an American science fiction–comedy film series written and...  more
  • Jurassic Park Franchise8
    Jurassic Park is a 1993 American science-fiction adventure film directed by Steven Spielberg....  more
  • The Matrix Franchise9
    The Matrix is a science fiction action media franchise created by The Wachowskis and...  more
  • Battlestar Galactica10
    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series...  more
  • Stargate11
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    Stargate is a 1994 French-American adventure science fiction film released through...  more
  • Men in Black Franchise12
    Men in Black is a series of American comic science fiction action spy films directed by Barry...  more
  • Stargate SG-113
    Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of...  more
  • The X-Files14
    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris...  more
  • Blade Runner15
    Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley...  more
  • Doctor Who16
    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Franchise17
    Guardians of the Galaxy is a 2014 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero...  more
  • The Twilight Zone18
    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is...  more
  • Predator Franchise19
    The Predator film series is a science fiction horror film franchise based on a race of...  more
  • Dark Knight Trilogy20
    The Dark Knight Trilogy is a British-American superhero film trilogy based on the DC Comics...  more
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy21
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the first of five books in the Hitchhiker's Guide to...  more
  • Iron Man Franchise22
    Iron Man is a 2008 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character of the same...  more
  • Dune23
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    Dune is a 1965 epic science fiction novel by Frank Herbert. It won the Hugo Award in 1966, and...  more
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey24
    2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction novel by Arthur C. Clarke. It was developed...  more
  • The Expanse25
    The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark...  more