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The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows

Updated November 5, 2019 4.2k votes 617 voters 18.6k views36 items

List RulesVote up your favorite Science Fiction series that aired in the '70s

These are the best 1970s Sci Fi shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some good 70s sci fi series were set centuries in the future, while other great 1970s sci fi programs were about time traveling Doctors with phone booths. A few of the most popular 1970s sci fi shows have been reimagined in films and modern TV series.

What programs are featured on this best 1970s sci fi shows list? Battlestar Galactica has to appear near the top of the heap. First premiering in 1978, this space-age franchise was later revisited as novels, comic books, video games and brand new TV episodes in the 2000s. Logan's Run is another popular science fiction TV show that aired in the 1970s.

Comedian Robin Williams became a breakout star after appearing on Mork & Mindy in the 1970s. Other great series that appear on this top 1970s sci fi shows list include Doctor Who, The Six Million Dollar Man and Night Gallery.

Do you have a favorite science fiction TV series from the 1970s? Take a look at this list, vote up your favorites to the top and share some of your favorite episodes in the comments section.
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Maren Jensen, Tony Swartz
    Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A....  more

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    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Gil Gerard, Erin Gray
    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series...  more

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    The Six Million Dollar Man

    Richard Anderson, Lee Majors
    The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with...  more

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    Planet of the Apes

    Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper
    Planet of the Apes is an American science fiction television series that aired on CBS in 1974....  more

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    Space: 1999

    Nick Tate, Martin Landau
    Space: 1999 is a British-Italian science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons...  more

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    The Bionic Woman

    Jennifer Darling, Ford Rainey
    The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three...  more

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    Kolchak: The Night Stalker

    Jack Grinnage, Ruth McDevitt
    Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the...  more

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    The Incredible Hulk

    Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin
    The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The...  more

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    Logan's Run

    Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat
    Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of...  more
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    UFO

    Michael Billington, Ed Bishop
    UFO is a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth,...  more
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant
    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more

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    Night Gallery

    Rod Serling, Gary Collins
    Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring...  more
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    Man from Atlantis

    Patrick Duffy, Victor Buono
    Man from Atlantis is a short-lived American science fiction television series that ran for 13...  more

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    The Secrets of Isis

    Joanna Cameron, Albert Reed
    The Secrets of Isis, originally broadcast as Isis, is an American live-action superhero...  more
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    Land of the Lost

    Wesley Eure, Spencer Milligan
    Land of the Lost is a children's adventure television series created by David Gerrold and...  more

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    Mork & Mindy

    Jim Staahl, Foster Brooks
    Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams...  more

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    Blake's 7

    Glynis Barber, Jacqueline Pearce
    Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC for broadcast on...  more
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    Thunderbirds

    Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett
    Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia...  more

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    Ark II

    Helen Hunt, Lou Scheimer
    Ark II is an American live-action science fiction series, aimed at children, that aired on...  more
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    Star Blazers

    Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini
    Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series...  more

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    Jason of Star Command

    Julie Newmar, James Doohan
    Jason of Star Command is a live action television series by Filmation which ran between 1978...  more
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    The Tomorrow People

    Naomie Harris, Peter Davison
    The Tomorrow People is a British children's science fiction television series, created by...  more
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    Sapphire & Steel

    David McCallum, Joanna Lumley
    Sapphire & Steel is a British television science-fiction fantasy series starring David...  more
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    The Omega Factor

    Louise Jameson, Cyril Luckham
    The Omega Factor is a British television series produced by BBC Scotland in 1979. It was...  more

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    Survivors

    Ian McCulloch, Lucy Fleming
    Survivors (BBC One, 1975) is a British post-apocalyptic fiction drama television series...  more

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