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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
Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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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
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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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...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
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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#13 of 219 The TV Shows with the Best Writingfeaturing Fan Theories About The X-Fileslisted on Longest Running Sci-Fi TV Shows

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
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) 6 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Dark Angel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
susannevincent2016 added Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn
Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James Cameron and Charles H. Eglee and starring Jessica Alba in her breakthrough role. The show premiered ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
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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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
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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Dollhouse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
susannevincent2016 added Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix, Fran Kranz
Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon under Mutant Enemy Productions. It premiered on February 13, 2009, on the Fox network and ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
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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Lost is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia
Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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Person of Interest is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson, Kevin Chapman
Person of Interest is an American science fiction drama television series created by Jonathan Nolan that premiered on September 22, 2011, on CBS. The series revolves around John Reese, a former ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
26jensotterness added Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams
Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a two-hour premiere, and concluded on December 19, 2011 with a two-hour, two-episode ...more

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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl
Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual
The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Umberhaven added Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith
Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration ...more

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Terminator: The Sarah Co... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an American science fiction television series that aired on Fox. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Bros. Television, and C2 ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper
Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Umberhaven added Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton
Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Umberhaven added Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more

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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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Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more

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Into the Badlands is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic
Luke Albright added Daniel Wu, Orla Brady, Sarah Bolger
Into the Badlands (AMC, 2015) is an American TV series set in a post-apocalyptic world approximately 500 years after an event that left civilization in ruins. Regent Sunny (Daniel Wu), a ...more

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