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The Best Syfy Original Shows

Updated February 5, 2021 17.1k votes 2.2k voters 48.4k views82 items

List RulesTV 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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  • Eureka1
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    Eureka

    Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield

    Premiered2006-2007

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

    Eureka (Syfy, 2006) is an American science fiction television series created by Andrew Cosby...  more

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  • Battlestar Galactica2
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004-2009

    Genres (Tv)Space opera, Military science fiction

    Battlestar Galactica (Sc-Fi, 2004) is an American military science fiction television series...  more

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  • Stargate SG-13
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997-2007

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

    Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of...  more

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  • Stargate Atlantis4
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    Stargate Atlantis

    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell

    Premiered2004-2009

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

    Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television...  more

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  • The Expanse5
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    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Mystery, Sci-Fi

    The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark...  more

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  • Dark Matter6
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    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

    Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and...  more

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  • Warehouse 137
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    Warehouse 13

    Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly

    Premiered2009-2012

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

    Warehouse 13 is a U.S. television science fiction series that premiered on July 7, 2009, on...  more

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  • Terra Nova8
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    Terra Nova

    Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn

    Premiered2011

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

    Terra Nova (Fox, 2011) is an American science fiction drama television series created by Kelly...  more

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  • Killjoys9
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    Killjoys

    Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Sci-Fi

    Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta....  more

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  • The Magicians10
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    The Magicians

    Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy

    The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and...  more

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  • Haven11
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    Haven

    Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant

    Premiered2010 – present

    Haven is an American/Canadian supernatural drama television series loosely based on the...  more

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  • Farscape12
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    Farscape

    Ben Browder, Claudia Black

    Premiered1999-2003

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction, Puppet

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

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  • Defiance13
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    Defiance

    Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas

    Premiered2013 – present

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Defiance is an American science fiction television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon,...  more

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  • Continuum14
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    Continuum

    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo

    Premiered2012– 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...  more

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  • 12 Monkeys15
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    12 Monkeys

    Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull

    Premiered2015

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Drama, Mystery

    12 Monkeys (SyFy, 2015) is an American television series on Syfy created by Terry Matalas and...  more

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  • Andromeda16
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    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder

    Premiered2000

    Genres (Tv)Science Fiction

    Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material...  more

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  • Sanctuary17
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    Sanctuary

    Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne

    Premiered2007-2011

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

    Sanctuary was a Canadian science fiction-fantasy television series, created by Damian Kindler...  more

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  • Stargate Universe18
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    Stargate Universe

    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered2009- 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...  more

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  • Dominion19
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    Dominion

    Christopher Egan, Tom Wisdom

    Premiered2014

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Fantasy, Horror

    Dominion (Syfy, 2014) is an American apocalyptic supernatural action television series created...  more
  • Lost Girl20
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    Lost Girl

    Anna Silk, Kris Holden-Ried

    Premiered2010 – present

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural drama, Drama, Fantasy

    Lost Girl is a Canadian supernatural drama television series that premiered on Showcase on...  more
  • Deadly Class21
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    Deadly Class

    Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth

    Genres (Tv)Action, Thriller, Drama

    Deadly Class (Syfy, 2019) is an American television action-thriller series created by Anthony...  more
  • Alphas22
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    Alphas

    David Strathairn, Ryan Cartwright

    Premiered2011-2012

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

    Alphas is an American science fiction dramatic television series created by Zak Penn and...  more
  • Being Human23
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    Being Human

    Lenora Crichlow, Russell Tovey

    Premiered2008-2013

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Drama, Horror comedy

    Being Human (BBC Three, 2008) is a British supernatural comedy-drama television series created...  more

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  • The Outer Limits24
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    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1995 – 2002

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

    The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology...  more

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  • Van Helsing25
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    Van Helsing

    Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe

    Premiered2016

    Genres (Tv)Fantasy, Horror, Drama

    Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired...  more