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The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked

Updated August 7, 2020 18.1k votes 2.2k voters 53.7k views46 items

List RulesVote 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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    Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

    Premiered1988

    Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

    Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Stargate Atlantis

    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell

    Premiered2004

    Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    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

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    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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
  • 6
    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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

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    Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    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
  • 8
    The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    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
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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered1978

    Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    The Mandalorian

    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

    Premiered2019

    The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    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

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  • 12
    The Orville is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    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

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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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
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    Farscape is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Farscape

    Ben Browder, Claudia Black

    Premiered1999

    Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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
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    Space1999 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Space1999

    Martin Landau, Barbara Bain

    Premiered1975

    Space: 1999 is a British-Italian science-fiction television series that ran for two seasons... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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

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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Lost in Space

    Guy Williams, June Lockhart

    Premiered1965

    Lost in Space is an American science fiction television series created and produced by Irwin... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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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    Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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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    Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek:... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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    Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    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

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    The Jetsons is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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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

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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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    Eureka

    Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Premiered2006

    Eureka (Syfy, 2006) is an American science fiction television series created by Andrew Cosby... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    The 100 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Shows Set in Space, Ranked
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    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Premiered2013

    The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button

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