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The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked 

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Updated January 23, 2020 7.7k votes 1.5k voters 47.1k views 41 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite TV series that are set in outer space or on space vessels.

The outer galaxy has fascinated television viewers for decades. The best space TV shows feature out-of-this-world storylines, extraterrestrial beings, and scientific humanoids. This is a list of the greatest TV shows about outer space including everything from Star Trek: The Original Series to Battlestar Galactica to Firefly.

What programs will you find on this list of the best TV shows set in space? Since it first premiered in 1963, Doctor Who has become a staple of British - and global - television. The regenerating Time Lord explores space and time from his distinctive blue ship, the TARDIS. The lead characters of Mystery Science Theatre 3000 are trapped in a spaceship and forced to watch B movies as their captor attempts to take over the world. Other good TV shows about space include Babylon 5, Lost in Space, and Farscape.

Which space TV show do you think is the best? Give the most entertaining series a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and add any great shows that are missing.

 

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 14

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: CBS

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Syfy

Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more

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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke

Premiered: 2015

Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, based on their comic book. Onboard a starship called the Raza, six people awaken in ...more

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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 79

Network: NBC

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes
The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Syfy, Nine Network

Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more

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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 98

Network: UPN

Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 176

Network: UPN

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: UPN

Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The show takes place during the 2370s, and begins on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy, 75,000 ...more

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: Prime Time Entertainment Network, TNT

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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: CBS All Access

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Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: Global Television Network, Syfy

Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and produced by ...more

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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt

Premiered: 2014

Ascension (Syfy, 2014) is a Canadian/American science fiction mystery drama television miniseries created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. A young woman's murder causes the subjects of a ...more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Dave

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: SyFy

Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as ...more

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Star Wars: The Clone War... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter

Premiered: 2008

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 121

Network: Disney XD, Netflix, Cartoon Network

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Guy Williams, June Lockhart, Mark Goddard

Premiered: 1965

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 83

Network: CBS

Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin Allen, filmed by 20th Century Fox Television, and broadcast on CBS. The show ran for three seasons, ...more

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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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Premiered: 2006

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 33

Network: Syfy, Sky1

Eureka was an American science fiction television series that premiered on Syfy on July 18, 2006. The fifth and final season ended on July 16, 2012. The show was set in a fictional town in ...more

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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: 2019

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Disney+

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