Total Nerd The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked  

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

The 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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
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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420 148
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
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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312 104
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
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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207 79
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett
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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236 107
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
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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225 102
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
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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232 110
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
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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163 67
The Orville is listed (or ranked) 8 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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159 69
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
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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171 88
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
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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141 67
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
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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151 75
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
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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148 85
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
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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159 98
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
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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91 50
Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
GregSzarama added Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp
Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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135 88
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
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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149 106
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
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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87 58
Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram
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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86 58
Ascension is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt
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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76 55
Star Wars: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Tom Kane, Dee Bradley Baker, Matt Lanter
This show is an American 3D CGI animated television series created by George Lucas and produced by Lucasfilm Animation with the division Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm and CGCG Inc. ...more
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66 50
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules
Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more
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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
DavidWalker added Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane
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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61 49
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
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
LukeTgm added Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra
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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Star Wars: Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Mat Lucas, James Arnold Taylor, André Sogliuzzo
Star Wars: Clone Wars is an American animated microseries created by Genndy Tartakovsky, set in the Star Wars universe. Chronologically, the series takes place during the three-year time period ...more