Total Nerd The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite Science Fiction series that aired in the '80s

These are the best 1980s Sci Fi shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. There were good '80s sci fi series that were set centuries in the future, and there were other great 1980s sci fi programs that took place in distant galaxies. A few of the most popular 1980s sci fi shows have been reimagined in films and modern TV series.

What programs are featured on this best 1980s sci fi shows list? Star Trek: The Next Generation is the gold standard when it comes to science fiction television from the 1980s. Throughout the series, Patrick Stewart commanded the USS Enterprise as the ship's captain, Jean-Luc Picard. Alf was one of the best 1980s sitcoms to incorporate sci fi story-lines into its ongoing series.

Mystery Science Theater 3000 was such a popular program in the 1980s that it successfully completed a 2015 Kickstarter campaign to return to television. Other great series featured on this top 1980s sci fi shows list include Doctor Who, Quantum Leap and Small Wonder.

Which 80s science fiction show do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them up to the top of this list and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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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V is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
V is a 1983 film directed by Kenneth Johnson.
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Buck Rogers in the 25th Centur... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more
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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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The Incredible Hulk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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 David Banner, Lou ...more
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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more
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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Alien Nation is a science fiction television series in the Alien Nation franchise. Adapted from the 1988 movie of the same name, it stars Gary Graham as Detective Matthew Sikes, a Los Angeles ...more
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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more
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Amazing Stories is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Amazing Stories is a fantasy, horror, and science fiction television anthology series created by Steven Spielberg. It ran on NBC from 1985 to 1987, and in 1992 was somewhat erratically screened ...more
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Airwolf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
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Airwolf is an American television series that ran from 1984 until 1987. The program centers on a high-tech military helicopter, code named Airwolf, and its crew as they undertake various ...more
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the ... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was a BBC television adaptation of Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy broadcast in January and February 1981 on UK television station BBC ...more
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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more
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Voyagers! is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Voyagers! is an American science fiction time travel-based television series that aired on NBC during the 1982–1983 season. The series stars Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce.
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Galactica 1980 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Galactica 1980 is a science fiction television series, and a spin-off from the original Battlestar Galactica television series. It was first broadcast on the ABC network in the United States ...more
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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more
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Max Headroom is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Max Headroom is a British-produced American satirical science fiction television series by Chrysalis Visual Programming and Lakeside Productions for Lorimar-Telepictures that aired in the United ...more
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Battle of the Planets is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Battle of the Planets is an American adaptation of the Japanese anime series Science Ninja Team Gatchaman. Of the 105 original Gatchaman episodes, 85 were used in the Battle of the Planets ...more
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Misfits of Science is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Misfits of Science is an American superhero fantasy television series that aired on NBC from October 1985 to February 1986. It features super-powered humans and their madcap adventures. A ...more
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Something Is Out There is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
Something Is Out There is the title of a 1988 American science fiction television miniseries that aired on NBC, and a short-lived weekly series that followed in the fall of 1988. The miniseries ...more
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The Hitchhiker is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1980s Sci-Fi Shows
The Hitchhiker is a mystery anthology series that aired from 1983 to 1987 on HBO and First Choice in Canada. The series later moved to the USA Network from 1989 to 1991. It was known as Le ...more