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The Greatest Sci Fi Shows That Are Totally Dramatic

Updated December 3, 2020 2.7k votes 279 voters 3.3k views70 items

List RulesVote 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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  • The X-Files1
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Battlestar Galactica2
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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

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  • The Twilight Zone3
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    The Twilight Zone

    Rod Serling, Robert McCord

    Premiered1959

    The Twilight Zone is a 1959 American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Black Mirror4
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    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Westworld5
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    Westworld

    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Premiered2016

    Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Sense86
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    Sense8

    Aml Ameen, Doona Bae

    Premiered2015

    Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Doctor Who7
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

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

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  • The 1008
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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Quantum Leap9
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    Quantum Leap

    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell

    Premiered1989

    Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Firefly10
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

    Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Babylon 511
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    Babylon 5

    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

    Premiered1994

    Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Lost12
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    Lost

    Naveen Andrews, Emilie de Ravin

    Premiered2004

    Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Expanse13
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    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

    The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Fringe14
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    Fringe

    Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson

    Premiered2008

    Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Person of Interest15
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    Person of Interest

    Jim Caviezel, Taraji P. Henson

    Premiered2011

    Person of Interest (CBS, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Roswell16
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    Roswell

    Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr

    Premiered1999

    Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Dark Angel17
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    Dark Angel

    Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly

    Premiered2000

    Dark Angel is an American biopunk/cyberpunk science fiction television series created by James... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Stargate Universe18
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    Stargate Universe

    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered2009

    Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • The Outer Limits19
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    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

    The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles20
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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

    Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker

    Premiered2008

    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Teen Wolf21
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    Teen Wolf

    Tyler Posey, Dylan O'Brien

    Premiered2011

    Teen Wolf (MTV, 2011) is an American teen drama series developed by Jeff Davis, and is loosely... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Wayward Pines22
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    Wayward Pines

    Matt Dillon, Carla Gugino

    Premiered2015

    Wayward Pines (Fox, 2015) is an American mystery, science fiction television series developed... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Dollhouse23
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    Dollhouse

    Eliza Dushku, Harry Lennix

    Premiered2009

    Dollhouse is an American science fiction television series created by writer and director Joss... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • Defying Gravity24
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    Defying Gravity

    Ron Livingston, Malik Yoba

    Premiered2009

    Defying Gravity is a multi-nationally produced space travel television science fiction drama... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Terra Nova25
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    Terra Nova

    Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn

    Premiered2011

    Terra Nova (Fox, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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