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The Best Sci-Fi & Fantasy Shows of 2013

Updated January 3, 2019 17.7k votes 1.8k voters 39.9k views38 items

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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    Haven
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    Haven

    Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant
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    Beauty and the Beast
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Kristin Kreuk, Jay Ryan

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

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    Defiance
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    Defiance

    Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Defiance is an American science fiction television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon,... more on Wikipedia
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    Supernatural
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    180

    Supernatural

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles

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

    Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric... more on Wikipedia

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    Being Human
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    Being Human

    Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror comedy

    Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural comedy-drama television series created... more on Wikipedia
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    Game of Thrones
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    Game of Thrones

    Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey

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

    Game of Thrones (HBO, 2011) is an American fantasy drama television series created by David... more on Wikipedia

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    Arrow
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    Arrow

    Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy

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

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    Doctor Who
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,... more on Wikipedia

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    Continuum
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    Continuum

    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    Once Upon a Time
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    Once Upon a Time

    Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison

    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... more on Wikipedia

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    The Walking Dead
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    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction, Suspense, Drama

    The Walking Dead (A&E, 2010) is an American post-apocalyptic horror television series... more on Wikipedia

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    American Horror Story: Coven
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    American Horror Story: Coven

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Horror, Supernatural

    American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    Grimm
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    Grimm

    David Giuntoli, Silas Weir Mitchell

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

    Grimm (NBC, 2011) is an American fantasy police procedural drama television series created by... more on Wikipedia

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    True Blood
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    True Blood

    Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    True Blood (HBO, 2008) is an American fantasy horror drama television series created by Alan... more on Wikipedia

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    Fringe
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Genres (Tv)Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,... more on Wikipedia

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    Battlestar Galactica
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    15

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Genres (Tv)Space opera, Military science fiction

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series... more on Wikipedia

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    The Vampire Diaries
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    The Vampire Diaries

    Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror, Fantasy

    The Vampire Diaries (The CW, 2009) is an American supernatural teen drama television series... more on Wikipedia
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    Revolution
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    150

    Revolution

    Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos

    Genres (Tv)Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery

    Revolution (NBC, 2012) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series... more on Wikipedia
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    Almost Human
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    Almost Human

    Karl Urban, Michael Ealy

    Genres (Tv)Crime Fiction, Science Fiction

    Almost Human is an American science fiction drama that aired from November 17, 2013, through... more on Wikipedia
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    The Originals
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    176

    The Originals

    Joseph Morgan, Daniel Gillies

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

    The Originals (The CW, 2013) is an American television series created by Julie Plec, and is a... more on Wikipedia

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    Falling Skies
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    Falling Skies

    Noah Wyle, Drew Roy

    Genres (Tv)Apocalyptic, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction

    Falling Skies (TNT, 2011) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series... more on Wikipedia
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    Warehouse 13
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    144

    Warehouse 13

    Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly

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

    Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on... more on Wikipedia
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    Dracula
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    Dracula

    Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw

    Genres (Tv)Drama

    Dracula is a British-American horror drama television series that premiered on NBC on October... more on Wikipedia
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    Under the Dome
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    Under the Dome

    Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction

    Under the Dome (CBS, 2013) is an American science-fiction drama television series developed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Sleepy Hollow
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    Sleepy Hollow

    Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Horror, Action, Procedural

    Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 2013) is an American supernatural drama television series created by Alex... more on Wikipedia