Total Nerd The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made  

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List Rules Vote up the best sci-fi shows for or starring kids that have aired on television.

Many kids dread going to science class at school. Plenty of us had teachers who were content with lecturing instead of letting us actually do experiments, and all any kid wants to do is set something on fire. However, those same kids will immediately rush home to watch their favorite science fiction TV series. Plenty of cartoons and live-action series have aired over the years, and these are some of the best kids science fiction shows ever made. 

Plenty of shows feature a genius child who makes whimsical gadgets and inventions. Dexter from Dexter's Laboratory and Jimmy Neutron always saved the day even though more times than not, they were the ones causing problems in the first place. Other science fiction shows, such as Star Wars Rebels, simply take place in a fantastical world where the characters use futuristic tools to defeat the bad guys. 

Kids sci-fi shows do so much more than entertain children for a few hours. They can also inspire kids to pursue a career in the sciences and spark a passion that will be with them for the rest of their lives. This list has the greatest science fiction shows for kids of all time, and you can vote for your favorites. 

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The Adventures of Jimmy Neutro... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Debi Derryberry, Jeffrey Garcia, Rob Paulsen
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius, often shortened to just Jimmy Neutron, is an American computer animated television series created by John A. Davis. It is the first spin-off to the ...more
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Dexter's Laboratory is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Kath Soucie, Jeff Bennett, Christine Cavanaugh
Dexter's Laboratory is an American comic science fiction animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network, and the first of the network's Cartoon Cartoons. The series ...more
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6 1
Jem is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Samantha Newark, Patricia Alice Albrecht, Cathianne Blore
Jem, also known as Jem and the Holograms, is an American animated television series that ran from 1985 to 1988 in U.S. first-run syndication. The series is about music company owner Jerrica ...more
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8 3
The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc
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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5 1
Marvel's Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Robbie Daymond, Laura Bailey, Nadji Jeter
Marvel's Spider-Man (Disney XD, 2017) is an American animated television series based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. It is a replacement for the previous series, Ultimate ...more
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5 1
Ocean Girl is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Marzena Godecki, David Hoflin, Jeffrey Walker
Ocean Girl is an Australian science fiction TV series aimed for family audiences and starring Marzena Godecki as the lead character. The show is set in the near future, and focuses on an unusual ...more
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4 0
The Spectacular Spider-Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Josh Keaton, Lacey Chabert, Joshua LeBar
The Spectacular Spider-Man is an American animated television series based on the superhero character published by Marvel Comics and developed for television by Greg Weisman and Victor Cook. In ...more
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4 0
Phil of the Future is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Raviv Ullman, Amy Bruckner, Craig Anton
Phil of the Future is an American science fiction sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel from June 18, 2004 to August 19, 2006 for a total of two seasons. The series was created by Tim ...more
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6 3
Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy, Lauren Tom
Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in collaboration with DC Comics as a continuation of the Batman legacy. Depicting a teenaged Batman in a ...more
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5 2
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Yuri Lowenthal, Ashley Johnson, Dee Bradley Baker
Ben 10: Ultimate Alien is an American animated television series – the third entry in Cartoon Network's Ben 10 franchise created by team Man of Action, and produced by Cartoon Network Studios. ...more
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5 2
Max Headroom is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Chris Young
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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5 2
Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons
Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to ...more
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4 1
Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson
Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Jack, a time-displaced samurai warrior prince, in his singular quest ...more
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5 3
Big Hero 6: The Series is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Ryan Potter, Scott Adsit, Jamie Chung
Big Hero 6: The Series (Disney Channel, 2018) is an American superhero comedy animated television series developed by Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley and Disney's 2014 film Big Hero 6, which ...more
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5 3
ALF is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
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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5 3
Jonny Quest is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Mike Road, Tim Matheson, Don Messick
Jonny Quest is an American animated science fiction adventure television series about a boy who accompanies his scientist father on extraordinary adventures. It was produced by Hanna-Barbera ...more
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4 2
Space Cases is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Walter Jones, Kristian Ayre, Rahi Azizi
Space Cases is a science fiction television series that aired on Nickelodeon for two seasons. Created by Peter David and Bill Mumy, it premiered on March 2, 1996 and ended on January 27, 1997 ...more
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4 2
Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe following the events of Star Trek: The Original Series of the 1960s. The animated ...more
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4 2
Thunderbirds is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Sylvia Anderson, Ray Barrett, Peter Dyneley
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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3 1
Sealab 2020 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Ross Martin, Josh Albee, Pamelyn Ferdin
Sealab 2020 is an American animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera. The show premiered on NBC on September 9, 1972. The series aired its 13th and final episode on December 2, 1972, ...more
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Iron Man: Armored Adventures is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Anna Cummer, Daniel Bacon, Adrian Petriw
Iron Man: Armored Adventures is a 3D CGI cartoon series based on the Marvel Comics superhero Iron Man. It debuted in the USA on the Nicktoons on April 24, 2009, and has already begun airing on ...more
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Animorphs is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Shawn Ashmore, Brooke Nevin, Boris Cabrera
Animorphs is a 26-episode television adaptation made by Nickelodeon of the Scholastic book series of the same name. The series was broadcast from September 1998 to March 2000 in the United ...more
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4 3
Star Wars Rebels is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall
Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. Set fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and five ...more
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4 3
ReBoot is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Michael Donovan, Kathleen Barr, Garry Chalk
ReBoot is a Canadian CGI-animated action-adventure computer animated television series that originally aired from 1994 to 2001. It was produced by Vancouver-based production company Mainframe ...more
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4 3
Earthworm Jim is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Kids Shows Ever Made
Dan Castellaneta, Jeff Bennett, Jim Cummings
Earthworm Jim is an American animated television series based on the video game with the same name which appeared on Kids' WB for two seasons from September 9, 1995 through December 13, 1996. ...more