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The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows 

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Updated November 5, 2019 3k votes 504 voters 13.3k views 36 items

List Rules Vote 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk ...more

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Space: 1999 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Nick Tate

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 48

Network: ITV, RAI

Space: 1999 is a British-Italian science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons and originally aired from 1975 to 1977. In the opening episode, set in September 1999, nuclear waste ...more

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The Six Million Dollar M... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Martin E. Brooks

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: American Broadcasting Company

The Six Million Dollar Man is an American television series about a former astronaut with bionic implants working for a fictional government office known as OSI. The series is based on the ...more

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Buck Rogers in the 25th ... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Gil Gerard, Erin Gray, Felix Silla

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 37

Network: NBC

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century is an American science fiction adventure television series produced by Universal Studios. The series ran for two seasons between 1979–1981, and the feature-length ...more

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The Bionic Woman is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Lindsay Wagner, Richard Anderson, Christopher Stone

Premiered: 1976

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: American Broadcasting Company, NBC

The Bionic Woman is an American television series starring Lindsay Wagner that aired for three seasons between 1976 and 1978 as a spin-off from The Six Million Dollar Man. Wagner stars as tennis ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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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Planet of the Apes is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton

Premiered: 1974

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: CBS

Planet of the Apes is an American science fiction television series that aired on CBS in 1974. The series stars Roddy McDowall, Ron Harper, James Naughton, Mark Lenard and Booth Colman. It is ...more

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UFO is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington

Premiered: 1970

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: Associated Television

UFO is a 1970 British television science fiction series about an alien invasion of Earth, created by Gerry Anderson and Sylvia Anderson with Reg Hill, and produced by the Andersons and Lew ...more
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Logan's Run is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Gregory Harrison, Heather Menzies-Urich, Donald Moffat

Premiered: 1977

Network: CBS

Logan's Run is a 1977–1978 American CBS-TV mini series and a spin-off from the 1976 film of the same name. In the UK, it was shown on the ITV networks on Sunday afternoons.
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Night Gallery is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Rod Serling, Gary Collins

Premiered: 1970

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: NBC

Night Gallery is an American anthology series that aired on NBC from 1970 to 1973, featuring stories of horror and the macabre. Rod Serling, who had gained fame from an earlier series, The ...more

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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Bill Bixby, Lou Ferrigno, Jack Colvin

Premiered: 1977

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 82

Network: CBS, NBC

The Incredible Hulk is an American television series based on the Marvel Comics character The Hulk. The series aired on the CBS television network and starred Bill Bixby as Dr. David Bruce ...more

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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 91

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more

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Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley

Premiered: 1965

Network: Associated Television, ITV

Thunderbirds is a British science-fiction television series created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson, made by their production company AP Films, and distributed by ITC Entertainment. Filmed between ...more

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Kolchak: The Night Stalk... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Darren McGavin, Simon Oakland, Jack Grinnage

Premiered: 1974

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an American television series that aired on ABC during the 1974–1975 season. It featured a fictional Chicago newspaper reporter—Carl Kolchak, played by Darren ...more

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Star Blazers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini, Amy Howard Wilson

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: NBC

Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato I, II and III. Star Blazers was first broadcast in the United States in ...more
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Man from Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Darrell Andrews added Patrick Duffy, Victor Buono, Alan Fudge

Premiered: 1977

Network: NBC

Man from Atlantis is a short-lived American science fiction television series that ran for 13 episodes on the NBC network during the 1977–1978 season, following four successful television films ...more

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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley

Premiered: 1974

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 43

Network: NBC

Land of the Lost is a children's adventure television series created by David Gerrold and produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, who co-developed the series with Allan Foshko. During its original ...more

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The Secrets of Isis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Joanna Cameron, Albert Reed, Jr.

Premiered: 1975

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: CBS

The Secrets of Isis, originally broadcast as Isis, is an American live-action superhero television series produced by Filmation from 1975 to 1977 for CBS's Saturday morning lineup. The series ...more
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Blake's 7 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Darrell Andrews added Glynis Barber, Jacqueline Pearce, David Jackson

Premiered: 1978

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC One

Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC for broadcast on BBC1. Four 13-episode series of Blake's 7 were broadcast between 1978 and 1981. It was created by ...more
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Jason of Star Command is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Julie Newmar, James Doohan, Tamara Dobson

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 28

Network: CBS

Jason of Star Command is a live action television series by Filmation which ran between 1978 and 1981. The show revolved around the exploits of space adventurer Jason and his colleagues, ...more
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Ark II is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Helen Hunt, Lou Scheimer, Terry Lester

Premiered: 1976

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 15

Network: CBS

Ark II is an American live-action science fiction series, aimed at children, that aired on CBS, beginning on September 11, 1976 and ending on December 18, 1976, as part of its weekend line-up. ...more
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The Omega Factor is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Darrell Andrews added The Omega Factor Louise Jameson, Cyril Luckham, James Hazeldine

Premiered: 1979

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: BBC One

The Omega Factor is a British television series produced by BBC Scotland in 1979. It was created by Jack Gerson and produced by George Gallaccio, and transmitted in ten weekly episodes between ...more
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The Tomorrow People is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Naomie Harris, Peter Davison, Francis de Wolff

Premiered: 1973

Number of Episodes: 68

Network: ITV

The Tomorrow People is a British children's science fiction television series, created by Roger Price. Produced by Thames Television for the ITV Network, the series first ran from 1973 to 1979. ...more
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Far Out Space Nuts is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
Bob Denver, Chuck McCann, Patty Maloney

Premiered: 1975

Number of Episodes: 16

Network: CBS

Far Out Space Nuts is a Sid and Marty Krofft children's television series that aired in 1975 for one season, and produced 15 episodes. It was one of only two Krofft series produced exclusively ...more
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Sapphire & Steel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1970s Sci-Fi Shows
David McCallum, Joanna Lumley, David Collings

Premiered: 1979

Number of Episodes: 34

Network: ITV

Sapphire & Steel is a British television science-fiction fantasy series starring David McCallum as Steel and Joanna Lumley as Sapphire. Produced by ATV, it ran from 1979 to 1982 on the ITV ...more