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The Best Syfy Original Shows 

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Updated June 18, 2020 18.3k votes 2k voters 43.1k views 76 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

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

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Military science fiction

Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series developed by Ronald D Moore, and a re-imagining of the 1978 series of the same name. After a ...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

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Comedy-drama, Police procedural

Eureka (Syfy, 2006) is an American science fiction television series created by Andrew Cosby and Jaime Paglia. A U.S. Marshall (Colin Ferguson) becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Oregon ...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

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

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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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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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Umberhaven added Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane

Premiered: 2015

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
ur2qt added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

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

Premiered: 1999-2003

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

Premiered: 2012– present

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

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

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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Lost Girl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
LanaYoshii added Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried, Zoie Palmer

Premiered: 2010 – present

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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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

Premiered: 2009- 2011

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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 17 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) 18 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Duane Wirdel added Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

Premiered: 2011

Genres (Tv): Drama, Mystery, Action, Science Fiction

Terra Nova (Fox, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly Marcel and Craig Silverstein. The Shannon family living in the year 2149 are transported back to ...more

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Being Human is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
RobynGiezentannerJones added Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey, Aidan Turner

Premiered: 2008-2013

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Drama, Horror comedy

Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural comedy-drama television series created and written by Toby Whithouse. The series centers around various types of supernatural beings who ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Syfy Original Shows
Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas

Premiered: 1995 – 2002

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

The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology television series. The series is often compared to The Twilight Zone, but with a greater emphasis on science ...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

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

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

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

The Dresden Files (Sci Fi Channel, 2007) is a Canadian and American television series created by Hans Beimler and Robert Hewitt Wolfe, based on the book series of the same name by Jim Butcher. A ...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

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

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