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The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic 

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List Rules Vote up your science fiction TV series that are oh so dramatic.

The greatest television dramas tend to break the mold - and adding a dose of scifi intrigue is a surefire way to get viewers hooked. The best dramatic sci fi shows feature supernatural elements complicating the day-to-day life of the lead characters. This is a list of the greatest science fiction drama shows including everything from Doctor Who to The Outer Limits to Wayward Pines.

What programs will you find on this list of top sci fi TV dramas? HBO's Westworld explores the chilling setting of a Wild West-inspired theme park, populated by highly realistic robots and their enigmatic creators. Evan Rachel Wood, Anthony Hopkins, and Ed Harris are among the talented actors in this all-star cast. The X-Files is another all-time classic TV series blending drama and science fiction. Black Mirror delivers a new emotional tale of technology in the not-so-distant future with each engaging episode. Other good programs featured here include The OA, Lost, and Teen Wolf.

It's up to you to decide which show deserves the top spot on this list. Give your favorites a thumbs up to vote them towards number one, and please add any great sci fi series that are missing.

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman

Premiered: 2011

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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Premiered: 2015

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Terminator: The Sarah Co... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

Premiered: 2008

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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

Premiered: 1999

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas

Premiered: 1963

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

Premiered: 2016

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