Total Nerd The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite TV series that feature time traveling as a major plot point.

Time travel shows tap into the viewer's wildest fantasies. Imagine if you could go back in time to undo a past tragedy, or jump into the future to deliver an important message to your eventual offspring. The best time travel shows play out those scenarios for laughter, tears, or gasps of shock. This is a list of the greatest time travel television shows including everything from Quantum Leap to Outlander to Terra Nova.

What programs will you find on this list of the best time travel TV shows? The intriguing drama Lost eventually introduced time travel to its heady blend of mystery and adventure. Doctor Who is another good TV show about time travel - the Doctor's TARDIS allows him to go anywhere in time and space. Many of the most popular episodes of The Twilight Zone find characters waking up in a time that is not their own. Other notable shows also listed here include Samurai Jack, Continuum, and Legends of Tomorrow.

Which TV show about time travel do you think is the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and please add any good series that are missing.

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Doctor Who Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Matt Smith Doctor Who is a 2005 TV series.

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Quantum Leap Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Lost Naveen Andrews, Matthew Fox, Jorge Garcia Lost is an American television drama series that originally aired on the American Broadcasting Company from September 22, 2004, to May 23, 2010, over six seasons, comprising a total of 121 ...more

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11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
11.22.63 James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay

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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Continuum Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster 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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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Terra Nova Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams 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 Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
The Twilight Zone Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts The Twilight Zone is an American television anthology series created by Rod Serling. It is a series of unrelated stories containing drama, psychological thriller, fantasy, science fiction, ...more

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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Samurai Jack Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson Samurai Jack is an American animated television series created by Genndy Tartakovsky for Cartoon Network. The series follows Jack, a time-displaced samurai warrior prince, in his singular quest ...more

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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Legends of Tomorrow Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

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Terminator: The Sarah Connor C... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is an American science fiction television series that aired on Fox. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television, Warner Bros. Television, and C2 ...more

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Time Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Peter Schuitemaker added Time Tunnel

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
The Outer Limits Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual 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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
12 Monkeys Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean

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Time Trax is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Time Trax Peter Donat, Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander Time Trax is an American/Australian co-produced science fiction television series that first aired in 1993. A police officer, sent through time into the past, has to track down and return ...more

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Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Journeyman Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood Journeyman is a 2007 American science fiction romance television series created by Kevin Falls for 20th Century Fox Television which aired on the NBC television network. It starred Kevin McKidd ...more

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Day Break is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Day Break Moon Bloodgood, Taye Diggs, Victoria Pratt Day Break is a television program for which one 13-episode season was produced. The series starred Taye Diggs as Detective Brett Hopper, who is framed for the murder of Assistant District ...more

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It's About Time is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
It's About Time Imogene Coca, Mike Mazurki, Joe E. Ross It's About Time is an American fantasy/science-fiction comedy TV series that aired on CBS for one season of 26 episodes in 1966–1967. The series was created by Sherwood Schwartz, and used sets, ...more

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Phil of the Future is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Phil of the Future Raviv Ullman, Amy Bruckner, Craig Anton Phil of the Future is an American science fiction sitcom that originally aired on Disney Channel from June 18, 2004 to August 19, 2006 for a total of two seasons. The series was created by Tim ...more

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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Life on Mars Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy Life on Mars is a science fiction crime drama television series which originally aired on ABC from October 9, 2008 to April 1, 2009. It is an adaptation of the BAFTA-winning original UK series ...more

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Voyagers! is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Voyagers! Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce, Stephen Liska Voyagers! is an American science fiction time travel-based television series that aired on NBC during the 1982–1983 season. The series stars Jon-Erik Hexum and Meeno Peluce.

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Ashes to Ashes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Ashes to Ashes Philip Glenister, Keeley Hawes, Dean Andrews Ashes to Ashes is a British science fiction and police procedural drama television series, serving as the sequel to Life on Mars. The series began airing on BBC One in February 2008. A second ...more

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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Land of the Lost Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley Land of the Lost is a children's adventure television series created by David Gerrold and produced by Sid and Marty Krofft, who co-developed the series with Allan Foshko. During its original ...more

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FlashForward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
FlashForward John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport FlashForward is a U.S. television series, adapted for television by Brannon Braga and David S. Goyer, which aired for one season on ABC between September 24, 2009, and May 27, 2010. It is based ...more