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The Best Sci-Fi Thriller Series Ever Made

Updated November 11, 2020 4.8k votes 494 voters 8.8k views75 items

List RulesVote up your favorite sci-fi thriller shows that have ever aired on television.

The best science fiction thriller shows are a perfect storm of futuristic imagination and out-of-this-world tension. The best sci-fi thriller series ever shown on television gets you excited for the possibilities of the future while also worrying about the future of the characters you’ve become invested in. If you’ve been looking for the best sci-fi thrillers to add some excitement to your TV nights, this list of the best science fiction thriller series of all time will help you figure out what needs to go into your queue.

The really good sci-fi thrillers, built on a history of satirical anthology series, basically never let you rest. Not only do you get the cool tech and new worlds of science fiction, but what’s next is probably a nerve-wracking twist that involves an alien or the worst monster - man. If you’re streaming your shows, their non-stop pace may make you miss commercial breaks. Although more modern science fiction thrillers include a fresh brand of cynism, as in The Purge and Black Mirror, older shows such as Under The Dome and Fringe also provide both sci-fi situations and thrills.

Which shows balance being thrillers and sci-fi series the best? Vote up the best science fiction thriller shows and vote down the shows that don't deliver thrills with their technological dreams.

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  • 1
    Salvation
    190
    80

    Salvation

    Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers

    Premiered2017

  • 2
    The X-Files
    129
    41

    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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  • 3
    The Expanse
    117
    46

    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

  • 4
    Fringe
    108
    41

    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

  • 5
    Stranger Things
    124
    59

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Premiered2016

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  • 6
    The Twilight Zone
    94
    36

    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

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  • 7
    Warehouse 13
    82
    38

    Warehouse 13

    Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly

    Premiered2009

  • 8
    Dark Matter
    75
    35

    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

  • 9
    Continuum
    68
    29

    Continuum

    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo

    Premiered2012

  • 10
    Altered Carbon
    88
    48

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

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  • 11
    Torchwood
    61
    26

    Torchwood

    John Barrowman, Eve Myles

    Premiered2006

  • 12
    Dark
    63
    30

    Dark

    Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci

    Premiered2017

  • 13
    Falling Skies
    70
    38

    Falling Skies

    Noah Wyle, Drew Roy

    Premiered2011

  • 14
    V
    70
    38

    V

    Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut

    Premiered2009

  • 15
    The Outer Limits
    65
    34

    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

  • 16
    Person of Interest
    59
    32

    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

  • 17
    Heroes
    63
    40

    Heroes

    Hayden Panettiere, Jack Coleman

    Premiered2006

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  • 18
    The Walking Dead
    70
    49

    The Walking Dead

    Andrew Lincoln, Jon Bernthal

    Premiered2010

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  • 19
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
    57
    36

    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

    Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2008

  • 20
    Black Mirror
    52
    33

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

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  • 21
    Haven
    47
    29

    Haven

    Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant

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  • 22
    The Twilight Zone
    46
    29

    The Twilight Zone

    Bruce Willis, Charles Aidman

    Premiered1985

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  • 23
    Dollhouse
    48
    32

    Dollhouse

    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix

    Premiered2009

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  • 24
    The Man in the High Castle
    47
    31

    The Man in the High Castle

    Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans

    Premiered2015

  • 25
    Travelers
    44
    33

    Travelers

    Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter

    Premiered2016

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