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The Best Syfy Original Shows 

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Updated March 27, 2020 17.8k votes 1.9k voters 41k views 75 items

List Rules TV shows that were created by and originally aired on the Syfy channel. Vote up the best Syfy original series.

The Syfy channel (originally called the Sci-Fi Channel) is a cable and satellite TV station that is owned by NBCUniversal Cable, a division of Comcast. The Syfy channel has produced tons of well-known original series and miniseries, all in the science fiction genre. What are the best Syfy original shows of all time?

The science fiction genre has produced some of the absolute best movies, books, and television series of all time. The combination of imaginative elements, space, futuristic tones, the concept of time travel, life on other planets, and advanced technology have made science fiction an extremely successful genre.

This list features the best Syfy original shows, ranked by the community as the best, including The Magicians, Space: Above and Beyond, Battlestar Gallactaca, Channel Zero, Warehouse 13, and Stargate Universe. Vote up the best Syfy original shows below and see how the science fiction programs you love on this network rank!

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997-2007

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction, + more

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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004-2009

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction, Political drama, Drama, Psychological thriller, + more

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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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

Premiered: 2006-2007

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 33

Genres (Tv): Police procedural, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Science Fiction

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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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

Premiered: 2004-2009

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction, + more

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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Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

Premiered: 2009-2012

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 52

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on the Syfy network. Executive-produced by Jack Kenny and David Simkins, the dramatic comedy from ...more

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#164 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #23 of 314 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time The Best Seasons of Warehouse 13

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
LanaYoshii added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

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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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Umberhaven added Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
ur2qt added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Fantasy

The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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#66 of 314 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #26 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series The Magicians' Jade Tailor Teases Kady Becoming More Of A Leader, Life After Quentin In Season 5

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Umberhaven added Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi

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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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999-2003

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction, Puppet

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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#346 of 802 The Best TV Shows To Binge Watch #55 of 571 TV Shows Canceled Before Their Time The Best Farscape Characters

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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

Premiered: 2012– present

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 18

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

Continuum is a Canadian science fiction series created by Simon Barry and produced by Reunion Pictures Inc., Boy Meets Girl Film Company, and GK-TV. The series centers on the conflict between a ...more

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Haven is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
LanaYoshii added Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour

Premiered: 2010 – present

Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the Stephen King novel The Colorado Kid. The show, which deals with strange events in a fictional town in ...more

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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz

Premiered: 2013 – present

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 8

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

Defiance is an American science fiction television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon, Kevin Murphy, and Michael Taylor. The series is produced by Universal Cable Productions, in transmedia ...more

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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2007-2011

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 6

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Steampunk, Adventure film, + more

Sanctuary was a Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series, created by Damian Kindler and funded largely by the Beedie Development Group. The show is an expansion of an eight-webisode ...more

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

Premiered: 2009- 2011

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 20

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration ...more

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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
LanaYoshii added Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

Premiered: 2010 – present

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 48

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Fantasy

Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on September 12, 2010. It follows the life of a bisexual succubus named Bo, played by Anna Silk, as she ...more

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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
RobynGiezentannerJones added Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner

Premiered: 2008-2013

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 18

Genres (Tv): Supernatural drama, Drama, Horror Film, Comedy-drama, Comedy, + more

Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural drama television series. It was created and written by Toby Whithouse for broadcast on BBC Three. The show blends elements of flatshare ...more

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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
LanaYoshii added Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): Adventure, Drama, Mystery

12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and Travis Fickett, and loosely based on the 1995 film. In the year 2043, scavenger James Cole (Aaron ...more

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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Duane Wirdel added Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Family saga, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Terra Nova is an American science fiction drama television series. It premiered on September 26, 2011 with a two-hour premiere, and concluded on December 19, 2011 with a two-hour, two-episode ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual

Premiered: 1995 – 2002

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 154

Genres (Tv): Anthology, Anthology series, Drama, Horror Film, Science Fiction

The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more

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Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

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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Alphas is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright, Warren Christie

Premiered: 2011-2012

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 24

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction, + more

Alphas is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Zak Penn and Michael Karnow. It follows a group of people with superhuman abilities, known as "Alphas", as ...more

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The Dresden Files is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Paul Blackthorne, Valerie Cruz, Terrence Mann

Premiered: 2007

Number of Episodes: 12

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, + more

The Dresden Files is a Canadian/American television series based on the fantasy book series of the same name by Jim Butcher. It premiered January 21, 2007 on the Sci Fi Channel in the United ...more

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Helix is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
thinkyt added Billy Campbell, Kyra Zagorsky, Mark Ghanimé

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction

Helix is an American science fiction thriller-drama television series that premiered on Syfy on January 10, 2014. The series follows a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and ...more

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Deadly Class is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth, Lana Condor

Genres (Tv): Action, Thriller, Drama

Deadly Class (Syfy, 2019) is an American television action-thriller series created by Anthony and Joe Russo, based on the Image comic book series. A coming-of-age story set against the backdrop ...more