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The Best Syfy TV Shows 

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List Rules Shows that at one time aired on the SyFy channel, including shows that premiered on other networks.

Do you believe in aliens, ghosts, and the supernatural? Then the Syfy channel is for you! This list of the top current and cancelled Syfy TV series of all time include the most viewed shows on Syfy, as this list covers the entire history of the network. This list is sorted by popularity, so the shows with the most votes are at the top of the list. Examples include Battlestar Galactica and Stargate SG-1.   

What are the best TV shows on the Syfy channel? The X-Files might top your list. Following the adventures of rogue FBI Agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, this show is all about aliens, monsters, and creatures of the night. The government is hiding these supernatural beings from us, but don't freak out - Mulder and Scully are on the case! You might also want to check out Doctor Who, Face Off, and Star Trek

Vote up the best Syfy TV shows below, and be sure to let us know what you think in the comment section.  
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

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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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Umberhaven added Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

Premiered: 2004

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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Eureka is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Mabie1 added Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Erica Cerra

Premiered: 2006

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
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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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Mabie1 added Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

Premiered: 2012

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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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
tiber added Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk

Premiered: 2002

Genres (Tv): Space Western, Space opera, Drama, Comedy-drama, Science Fiction

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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...more

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Warehouse 13 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Eddie McClintock, Joanne Kelly, Saul Rubinek

Premiered: 2009

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Mabie1 added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure, Drama

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 Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
FeliciaRace added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

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

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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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Vadim Manevich 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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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

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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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
slaft added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

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

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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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Imani Henry 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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Haven is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
cheeseflannel added Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
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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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
FeliciaRace added Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

Premiered: 2001

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

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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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Umberhaven added Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz

Premiered: 2013

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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
LanaYoshii added Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean

Premiered: 2015

Genres (Tv): drama

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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Sliders is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies

Premiered: 1995

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

Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasy television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series ...more

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

Premiered: 2009

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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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
FeliciaRace added Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

Premiered: 1995

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

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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Sanctuary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Amanda Tapping, Robin Dunne, Christopher Heyerdahl

Premiered: 2007

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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Merlin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
Cornholio added Colin Morgan, Angel Coulby, Bradley James

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Historical drama, Sword and sorcery, Medieval fantasy, Adventure

Merlin (BBC One, 2008) is a British fantasy-adventure drama television series based on the Arthurian legends. Merlin (Colin Morgan), a young and powerful wizard, sets out to fulfill his destiny: ...more

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Fringe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Syfy TV Shows
tiber added Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble

Premiered: 2008

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Supernatural drama

Fringe (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by J. J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci. An F.B.I. agent (Anna Torv) is forced to work with an ...more

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