Total Nerd The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever  

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List Rules Vote up the best science fiction action shows that have aired on television.

The best science fiction action shows are a perfect storm of futuristic imagination and out-of-this-world excitement. The best sci-fi action series ever shown on television pull you to the edge of your seat like a UFO's tractor beam. If you’ve been looking for the best sci-fi action to add some fun to your TV nights, this list of the best science fiction action series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

The really good sci-fi action shows have our heroes battling aliens, space ships and - of course - each other. All that cool tech and cooler space ships are the perfect props for a great fight scene. And, on shows where they're on a new world every episode, like Stargate? That is a fresh setting for action and adventure. From more traditional sci-fi like Battlestar Galactica (either of them) to science fiction-styled superheroes as Legends of Tomorrow, action science fiction shows are unstoppable.

Which shows balance action and sci-fi the best? Vote up the best science fiction action shows, vote down the shows that don't deliver cool fights and a breakneck pace with their technological dreams, and add any sci-fi series that are missing.

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more
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26 5
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett
Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more
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27 8
Continuum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster
Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series created by Simon Barry and produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., Boy Meets Girl Film Company, and GK-TV. The series centers on the conflict between a ...more
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25 7
Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn
Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee and starring Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. The show premiered ...more
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26 8
Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock
Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more
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22 5
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
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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20 4
UFO is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Ed Bishop, Dolores Mantez, Michael Billington
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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23 8
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart
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
9
24 9
Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram
Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and produced by ...more
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25 10
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt
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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15 5
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
KaKha KaKhidze added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more
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14 7
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more
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14 8
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more
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10 5
Jericho is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Hans Matheson, Clarke Peters, Jessica Raine
Jericho is an American post-apocalyptic action-drama series that centers on the residents of the fictionalized post-apocalyptic town of Jericho, Kansas, in the aftermath of a limited nuclear ...more
15
26 22
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
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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13 9
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio
Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more
17
23 20
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more
18
16 13
Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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9 6
Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight
Falling Skies is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom ...more
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9 7
Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen
Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired ...more
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6 4
Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane
Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as ...more
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6 4
Defiance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz
Defiance is an American science fiction television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions, in transmedia ...more
23
11 10
Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy
Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
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9 8
Colony is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson
Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more
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9 8
Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Action Series Ever
Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris
Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more