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The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked 

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Updated July 13, 2020 4.2k votes 988 voters 18.8k views 40 items

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, Malcolm Barrett

Premiered: 2016

Timeless (NBC, 2016) follows 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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies

Premiered: 2014

Outlander (Starz, 2014) is a historical drama television series developed by Ronald D. Moore, based on the novel series by Diana Gabaldon. A married former WWII nurse (Caitriona Balfe) is ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

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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12 Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Kirk Acevedo

Premiered: 2015

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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11.22.63 is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo, Victor Webster

Premiered: 2012

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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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts

Premiered: 1959

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

Premiered: 2011

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, Emilie de Ravin, Matthew Fox Jorge Garcia

Premiered: 2004

Lost (ABC, 2004) is an American drama television series created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams, and Damon Lindelof. After a horrific plane crash, a group of strangers are forced to work ...more

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Bob Johnson, Ben Wright, William Douglas

Premiered: 1963

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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Life on Mars is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Jason O'Mara, Harvey Keitel, Jonathan Murphy

Premiered: 2008

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) 13 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau

Premiered: 2008

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television series created by Josh Friedman, and a spin-off from the Terminator movie franchise. Sarah Connor ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
SJSAlias added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

Premiered: 2016

Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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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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Premiered: 2002

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Dark is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
YashS added Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, J├Ârdis Triebel

Premiered: 2017

Dark (Netflix, 2017) is a German science fiction thriller web television series created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese. The disappearance of two young children in the German town of Winden ...more

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Terra Nova is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams

Premiered: 2011

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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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson
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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
nothirteen added Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

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Frequency is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
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Land of the Lost is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Wesley Eure, Kathy Coleman, Phillip Paley

Premiered: 1974

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Journeyman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Kevin McKidd, Gretchen Egolf, Moon Bloodgood

Premiered: 2007

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Samurai Jack is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson

Premiered: 2001

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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FlashForward is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
John Cho, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport

Premiered: 2009

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The Ministry of Time is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked
Aura Garrido, Rodolfo Sancho, Nacho Fresneda
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