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The Greatest TV Shows Set in the Future

Updated February 19, 2021 3.8k votes 348 voters 13.5k views100 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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  • Futurama1
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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
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  • Altered Carbon2
    71
    32

    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,...  more
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  • The Expanse3
    64
    28

    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

    The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark...  more
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  • Firefly4
    77
    46

    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

    Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer...  more
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  • Terra Nova5
    49
    21

    Terra Nova

    Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn

    Premiered2011

    Terra Nova (Fox, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly...  more
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  • Star Trek: The Original Series6
    56
    31

    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
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  • Black Mirror7
    65
    41

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Premiered2011

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie...  more
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  • Battlestar Galactica8
    59
    34

    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series...  more
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  • Star Trek: Enterprise9
    57
    33

    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
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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation10
    58
    36

    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
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  • Lost in Space11
    57
    41

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by...  more
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  • The Jetsons12
    48
    37

    The Jetsons

    George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo

    Premiered1962

    The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in...  more
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  • Doctor Who13
    55
    48

    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

    Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman,...  more
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  • The Orville14
    58
    52

    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

    The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane....  more
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  • Upload15
    15
    2

    Upload

    Robbie Amell, Andy Allo

    Premiered2020

    Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series...  more
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  • Star Trek: Voyager16
    46
    40

    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
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  • Andromeda17
    35
    27

    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder

    Premiered2000

    Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material...  more
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  • Return to the Planet of the Apes18
    30
    22

    Return to the Planet of the Apes

    Henry Corden, Austin Stoker

    Premiered1975

    Return to the Planet of the Apes is a short-lived animated series, by DePatie-Freleng...  more
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  • Star Trek: Picard19
    17
    7

    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

    Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star...  more
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  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine20
    35
    29

    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
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  • Dark Matter21
    33
    29

    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

    Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and...  more
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  • Earth: Final Conflict22
    23
    19

    Earth: Final Conflict

    Von Flores, Leni Parker

    Premiered1997

    Earth: Final Conflict is a Canadian science fiction television series based on ideas developed...  more
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  • Colony23
    23
    21

    Colony

    Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies

    Premiered2016

    Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by...  more
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  • Batman Beyond24
    24
    23

    Batman Beyond

    Will Friedle, Kevin Conroy

    Premiered1999

    Batman Beyond is an American animated television series created by Warner Bros. Animation in...  more
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  • Another Life25
    17
    15

    Another Life

    Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair

    Premiered2019

    Another Life (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Aaron Martin....  more
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