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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

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 73

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Medieval fantasy, Drama, Adventure film, Epic, Action, + more

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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Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 318

Network: The WB Television Network, The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, + more

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

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

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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Once Upon a Time is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Fairy tale, Comedy-drama, Fantasy

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) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 44

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Fantasy

Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by Stephen Carpenter, Jim Kouf, and David Greenwalt, inspired by stories from The Brothers Grimm. ...more

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The Walking Dead is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: AMC

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama, Horror Film, Thriller, + more

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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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
SnipahShot added Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan, Nina Lisandrello

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction

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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more

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Dracula is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 10

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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Sleepy Hollow is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Lyndie Greenwood

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Action, Procedural

Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series loosely based on the short story by Washington Irving. Upon awakening in modern times, Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) ...more

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Haven is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Network: Syfy

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

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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The Vampire Diaries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 89

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series developed by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec, based on the book series by L. J. Smith. In the ...more

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True Blood is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Sam Trammell

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 63

Network: HBO

Genres (Tv): Fantasy, Horror, Drama

True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan Ball, based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries, a series of novels by Charlaine Harris. Telepathic ...more

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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
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Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: Showcase

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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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The Originals is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Supernatural drama, Teen drama, Suspense, Drama, + more

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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Almost Human is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Karl Urban, Michael Ealy, Minka Kelly

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Science Fiction

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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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

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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Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 10

Network: TNT

Genres (Tv): Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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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Under the Dome is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Alexander Koch

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 2

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror Film, Mystery, Thriller, Science Fiction

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) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: Syfy

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: BBC HD, BBC Three

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Horror Film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

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

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Misfits is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 21

Network: E4

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Black comedy, Drama, Comedy, Science Fiction, + more

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) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013
Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 103

Network: FX

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

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