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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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 2 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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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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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 4 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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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 6 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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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 7 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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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 8 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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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 11 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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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 16 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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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 18 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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Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 19 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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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 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) 21 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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 22 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) 23 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: The Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 24 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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Space: Above and Beyond is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
James Morrison, Joel de la Fuente, Kristen Cloke Space: Above and Beyond is a short-lived mid-1990s American science fiction television show on the FOX Network, created and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. Originally planned for five ...more

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The First is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton The First (Hulu, 2018) is an American-British drama web television series created by Beau Willimon. A team of astronauts become the first humans to visit Mars.

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Crusade is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim Crusade is an American spin-off TV show from J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5. Its plot is set in AD 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms. ...more

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The Starlost is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Keir Dullea, Robin Ward, Gay Rowan The Starlost is a Canadian-produced science fiction television series created by writer Harlan Ellison and broadcast in 1973 on CTV in Canada and syndicated to local stations in the United ...more

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Star Wars: Clone Wars is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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Blake's 7 is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Glynis Barber, Jacqueline Pearce, David Jackson Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC for broadcast on BBC1. Four 13-episode series of Blake's 7 were broadcast between 1978 and 1981. It was created by ...more

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Space Rangers is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Space Rangers Linda Hunt, Clint Howard, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Space Rangers is an American futuristic science fiction drama. The short lived series aired on CBS in 1993. The show was created by Pen Densham and Trilogy Entertainment Group.

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Quark is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Richard Benjamin, Tim Thomerson, Conrad Janis Quark is an American science fiction situation comedy starring Richard Benjamin broadcast on NBC. The pilot first aired on May 7, 1977, and the series followed as a mid-season replacement in ...more

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Lexx is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Yahtz Altemeier added Eva Habermann, Xenia Seeberg, Nigel Bennett Lexx is a science fiction television series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the organic space craft Lexx. They travel through two universes and encounter ...more

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The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
George O'Hanlon, Janet Waldo, Mel Blanc The Jetsons is an American animated sitcom produced by Hanna-Barbera, originally airing in primetime from September 23, 1962 to March 17, 1963, then later in syndication, with new episodes in ...more

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Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe following the events of Star Trek: The Original Series of the 1960s. The animated ...more

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Earth 2 is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Debrah Farentino, Clancy Brown, Sullivan Walker Earth 2 is an American science fiction television series which aired on NBC from November 6, 1994 to June 4, 1995. The show was canceled after one season of 22 episodes. It follows the journey ...more

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more

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Space Patrol is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
Marvin Miller, Paul Cavanagh, Dick Vosburgh Space Patrol is a science-fiction television series featuring marionettes that was produced in the United Kingdom in 1962 and broadcast beginning in 1963. It was written and produced by Roberta ...more