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

Here is 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 canceled 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.

Thanks to networks like SyFy, FX, and The CW, new sci-fi TV shows premiere every year. Sci-fi series like The Expanse, Orphan Black, and The 100 continue to raise viewership ratings and grow fan bases. Netflix has also contributed to the science fiction genre with their original series Stranger Things, which was met with rave reviews. 

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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1
12,611 5,734
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Firefly Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

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2
8,918 4,848
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Star Trek: The Next Generation Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

3
9,235 5,562
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith

4
10,548 4,737
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

5
7,558 3,839
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Star Trek: The Original Series William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

6
7,704 4,136
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
The X-Files David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

7
8,242 3,692
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Stargate SG-1 Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

8
5,691 3,509
The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

9
7,668 5,746
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Babylon 5 Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

10
5,891 3,692
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Farscape Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

11
5,619 3,669
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

12
6,172 3,982
Fringe is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Fringe Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole

13
4,522 3,174
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

14
5,161 3,387
Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Star Trek: Voyager Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

15
5,444 3,498
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Futurama Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

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16
4,800 2,970
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Stargate Atlantis Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

17
4,547 3,095
Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Star Trek: Enterprise Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

18
4,049 3,398
Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Torchwood John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

19
4,366 3,175
Eureka is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Eureka Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

20
4,377 4,789
Lost is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia

21
3,937 3,868
Heroes is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Heroes Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman, Milo Ventimiglia

22
3,784 2,833
Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Warehouse 13 Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

23
3,230 1,591
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
JimmyPaton added Battlestar Galactica Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

24
2,922 2,670
The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Richard777 added The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

25
3,438 2,841
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Red Dwarf Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

26
3,278 3,080
V is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
V Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

27
3,046 2,616
Sliders is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Sliders Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies

28
3,247 2,984
Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

29
2,658 1,109
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
The Expanse Shohreh Aghdashloo, Cas Anvar, Wes Chatham

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30
2,338 1,908
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Stephen Moore, Simon Jones, David Dixon

31
1,798 1,151
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
nymless added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

32
2,962 2,684
Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Stargate Universe Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

33
2,504 2,783
Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Dollhouse Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz

34
2,269 2,253
Continuum is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
toddrh added Continuum Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

35
2,254 2,613
Space: 1999 is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Space: 1999 Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate

36
2,633 2,370
Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
dustman025 added Falling Skies Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

37
2,595 2,415
Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Xena: Warrior Princess Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

38
2,168 1,877
Buck Rogers in the 25th Centur... is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
huggums537 added Buck Rogers in the 25th Century Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

39
2,167 2,269
The Six Million Dollar Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
The Six Million Dollar Man Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

40
2,411 2,401
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Dark Angel Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn

41
1,077 687
Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Dark Matter Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke

42
2,278 2,391
Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Andromeda Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram

43
1,998 1,862
Dune is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Dune William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini

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44
1,633 1,212
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
The Flash Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

45
1,056 897
Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Anna Åhlin added Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton

46
2,028 1,723
Highlander: The Series is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
wiabux added Highlander: The Series Adrian Paul, Stan Kirsch, Jim Byrnes

47
1,150 665
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
nymless added Daredevil Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll

48
1,114 692
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
nymless added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville

49
1,947 2,052
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Lost in Space Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard

50
1,968 2,203
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time
Mystery Science Theater 3000 Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu