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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future

Updated October 6, 2020 3.5k votes 299 voters 11.4k views99 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 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    28

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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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
  • 4
    The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    24

    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
  • 5
    Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    36

    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
  • 6
    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

    Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    34

    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

    Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    31

    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley

    Premiered2001

    Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    34

    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
  • 10
    Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    20

    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
  • 11
    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    38

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    The Orville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    44

    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

    The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran

    Premiered1995

    Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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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
  • 16
    Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder

    Premiered2000

    Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Astro Boy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Astro Boy

    Billie Lou Watt, Ray Owens

    Premiered1963

    Astro Boy, known in Japan by its original name Mighty Atom, is a Japanese manga series written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    4

    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

    Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Cleopatra 2525 is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Cleopatra 2525

    Gina Torres, Victoria Pratt

    Premiered2000

    Cleopatra 2525 is an American science fiction television series that aired in syndication for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois

    Premiered1993

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

    Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Batman Beyond is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Batman Beyond

    Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy

    Premiered1999

    Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Starzinger is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
    Starzinger is an anime series that aired in Japan from 1978 to 1979. In the United States, it... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 24
    Another Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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    Another Life

    Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair

    Premiered2019

    Another Life (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Aaron Martin.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future
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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
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