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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future

Updated March 4, 2021 3.7k votes 371 voters 14.6k views101 items

List RulesWhether they feature awesome futuristic sets or are just flat out funny, vote up your favorite shows set in the distant future (no anime).

Blast forward in time and help rank the best TV shows set in the future. Since the early days of television, futuristic themes and settings have always been a hot commodity. Whether it's a show from 1996 looking into the crazy future world of 2017 and 2019 or a hilarious cartoon set thousands of years from now, a broad range of TV shows have been set in the future—whenever that may be. From alien communication to flying cars and teleportation, nothing's off limits when it comes to the future—which is what makes these shows so great.

For whatever reason, there's a long list of animated shows set in the future, from the hit cartoon Futurama to the classic Duck Dodgers. Perhaps it's because drawing a futuristic world is easier than physically creating one. Whatever the reason, we'll take it. Of course, top sci-fi shows set in the future also include live-action—and they're often more entertaining. Just think of such titles like Planet of the Apes, Lost in Space, and Doctor Who. In short, there's a wide selection of both modern shows about the future and those made decades ago.

What's your favorite show set in the future? Check out the list of futuristic series below and vote up your choices. And if you'd like to take a trip to the past, check out some TV shows set in the 50s.

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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio
    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and...  more
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    79
    29

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry
    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,...  more
  • 3
    67
    25

    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait
    The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark...  more
  • 4
    79
    43

    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres
    Firefly (Fox, 2002) is an American space western science fiction drama television series...  more
  • 5
    71
    39

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell
    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
  • 6
    49
    19

    Terra Nova

    Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn
    Terra Nova (Fox, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly...  more
  • 7
    56
    29

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy
    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that...  more
  • 8
    59
    33

    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner
    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by...  more
  • 9
    56
    33

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell
    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series...  more
  • 10
    58
    37

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker
    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by...  more
  • 11
    51
    32

    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley
    Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek....  more
  • 12
    51
    33

    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo
    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in...  more
  • 13
    57
    44

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant
    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
  • 14
    60
    48

    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki
    The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane....  more
  • 15
    21
    4

    Upload

    Robbie Amell, Andy Allo
    Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series...  more
  • 16
    44
    38

    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran
    Star Trek: Voyager (UPN, 1995) is a science fiction television series created by Rick Berman,...  more
  • 17
    19
    8

    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera
    Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series created by Akiva...  more
  • 18
    33
    29

    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil
    Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and...  more
  • 19
    26
    20

    Batman Beyond

    Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy
    Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in...  more
  • 20
    33
    29

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek...  more
  • 21
    24
    17

    Stargate Infinity

    Mark Acheson, Kathleen Barr
    Stargate Infinity is an American animated science fiction television series and part of...  more
  • 22
    30
    27

    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder
    Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material...  more
  • 23
    29
    27

    Samurai Jack

    Phil LaMarr, Mako
    Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for...  more
  • 24
    22
    22

    Colony

    Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies
    Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by...  more
  • 25
    12
    9

    Pandora

    Priscilla Quintana, Ben Radcliffe
    Pandora (The CW, 2019) is an American science fiction action television series. Set in the...  more