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The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013  

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Science fiction television has thrived for decades. It’s partially due to the dedicated fans that create websites, go to conventions,write fan-fiction, and commit their lives to enjoying their favorite sci-fi shows. The best sci-fi shows last long past the air date of the last episode.Fans re-watch constantly and find new and interesting ways to keep their fandom alive. In 2013, plenty of science fiction shows, both new and continuing,managed to enthrall audiences from all over the world and create enthusiastic fans of all ages.

This list features the best science fiction shows that aired in the year 2013. What are the best sci-fi shows of 2013? TV shows like Doctor Who have continued to entertain viewers for decades, while newer shows like Almost Human and Sleepy Hollow are picking up new audiences after their 2013 premieres. Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead have helped the sci-fi genre grow to broader audiences, becoming two of the biggest shows on cable television. Other shows like Teen Wolf, Falling Skies, and Orphan Black have smaller audiences, but some of the most enthusiastic fans in the world.

The science fiction shows on this list feature other worldly creatures and badass characters we all want to be, but most of all they have captured the attention of dedicated audiences. Fantasy shows are always going to be popular, including the new fantasy series and sci-fi shows in 2019.

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Game of Thrones is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, based on the series of fantasy novels by George R. R. Martin. Nine noble ...more
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell
Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more
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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy
Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more
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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann
Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series that premiered on NBC on October 25, 2013. It was produced by London-based Carnival Films. The series was created by Cole Haddon, and ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla
Once Upon a Time is an American fairy tale drama series that premiered on October 23, 2011, on ABC. The show takes place in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, whose residents are ...more
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Grimm is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz
Grimm is an American police procedural fantasy television drama series. It debuted in the U.S. on NBC on October 28, 2011. The show has been described as "a cop drama—with a twist... a dark ...more
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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies
The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series developed by Frank Darabont, based on the comic book series by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore, and Charlie ...more
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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood
Sleepy Hollow is an American supernatural drama television series that premiered on Fox on September 16, 2013, that aired on Mondays at 9:00 pm ET. The series is considered a "modern-day ...more
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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole
Fringe is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. It premiered on the Fox Broadcasting network on September 9, 2008, and concluded ...more
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Haven is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in ...more
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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
The Vampire Diaries is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the popular book series of the same name written by L. J. Smith. ...more
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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
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
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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell
True Blood is an American television drama series produced and created by Alan Ball. It is based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries series of novels by Charlaine Harris, detailing the ...more
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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Umberhaven added 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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
SnipahShot added Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello
Beauty & the Beast is an American television series, very loosely inspired by the 1987 CBS series of the same name, created by Sherri Cooper-Landsman and Jennifer Levin that premiered ...more
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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt
The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a spinoff of The Vampire Diaries. Vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) and his ...more
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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito
A family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, ...more
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Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly
Almost Human is an American science fiction drama that aired from November 17, 2013, through March 3, 2014, on Fox. The series was created by J. H. Wyman for Frequency Films, Bad Robot ...more
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Under the Dome is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch
Under the Dome is an American science-fiction drama television series. It premiered on CBS on June 24, 2013. The series was developed by Brian K. Vaughan and based on the novel of the same name ...more
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Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek
Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on the Syfy network. Executive-produced by Jack Kenny and David Simkins, the dramatic comedy from ...more
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Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
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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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon
Misfits is a British science fiction comedy-drama television show, on E4, about a group of young offenders sentenced to work in a community service program, where they obtain supernatural powers ...more
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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters
American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more
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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner
Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare ...more