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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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
LukeIrwin added Timeless Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett
Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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
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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith
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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo
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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Continuum is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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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11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
11.22.63 James Franco, Sarah Gadon, George MacKay
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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts
The Twilight Zone is a 1959 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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Steins;Gate is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
AronFiechter added Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa
Steins;Gate is a 2011 anime series created by the animation studio White Fox, based on 5pb. and Nitroplus's video game of the same name. It is set in 2010, and follows Rintaro Okabe, who ...more

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Lost is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
crammaglight added Frequency Peyton List, Riley Smith, Lenny Jacobson
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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual
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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy
Life on Mars is a science fiction 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 of the ...more

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Terminator: The Sarah Co... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau
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Time Tunnel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley
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Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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Crime Traveller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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Crime Traveller is a 1997 science fiction detective television series produced by Carnival Films for the BBC based on the premise of using time travel for the purpose of solving crimes. Anthony ...more
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FlashForward is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport
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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson
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Being Erica is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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