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The Best Time Travel TV Shows, Ranked

Updated July 13, 2020 5.2k votes 1.1k voters 20.6k views40 items

List RulesVote 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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    Premiered1963

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    Rachel Nichols, Stephen Lobo

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    Premiered2008

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    Premiered2008

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