Total Nerd The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked  

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Whether you call them extraterrestrials or Martians, TV shows about aliens are always entertaining. The best TV shows about aliens feature otherworldly beings learning all they can about life on Earth - or possibly invading. This is a list of the greatest alien TV shows including everything from Futurama to Doctor Who to Battlestar Galactica.

What programs will you find on this list of top TV shows about aliens? The popular sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun centered around four extraterrestrial characters who were sent to Earth to observe human behavior. John Lithgow, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt starred in the hit NBC series. ALF is another good TV show about an alien living on Earth, this time in puppet form. The X-Files followed FBI Agents Mulder and Scully as they investigated supernatural occurrences and debated the existence of extraterrestrial life. Other good shows about aliens featured here include Smallville, Star Trek: Voyager, and Invader Zim.

Which show about aliens is the best? Give your favorites series a thumbs up to move them to the top of the list, and add any great shows that are missing.

 

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
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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247 134
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
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
3
258 147
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien 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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204 125
Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight
Falling Skies is an American science fiction post-apocalyptic dramatic television series created by Robert Rodat and executive produced by Steven Spielberg. The series stars Noah Wyle as Tom ...more
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145 102
Roswell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl
Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third ...more
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163 126
Futurama is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal
Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and developed by Groening and David X. Cohen for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series follows the ...more
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46 19
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar
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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137 109
V is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch
V is an American science fiction television series that ran for two seasons on ABC, from November 3, 2009 to March 15, 2011. A remake of the 1983 miniseries created by Kenneth Johnson, the new ...more
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147 120
Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson
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
10
42 23
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio
Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more
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40 21
Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk ...more
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114 103
Colony is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson
Colony (USA Network, 2016) is an American science-fiction drama television series created by Carlton Cuse and Ryan J. Condal. In the wake of a mysterious alien invasion, a family fights to stay ...more
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46 33
Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
AmanPrakhar added Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress
Ancient Aliens (History, 2010) is an American television series that presents hypotheses of ancient astronauts and proposes that historical texts, archaeology, and legends contain evidence of ...more
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112 109
Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen
Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A spin-off from the 2005 revival of long-running science fiction programme Doctor Who, Torchwood aired ...more
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108 109
Smallville is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack
Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and Miles Millar, based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. The ...more
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23 12
The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
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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94 96
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs
Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more
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110 116
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston
3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very ...more
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23 21
Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith
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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28 31
Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer
Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon. Cynical mad scientist Rick Sanchez and his fretful, easily ...more
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82 103
ALF is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more
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20 21
Defiance is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz
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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83 105
Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James
Mork & Mindy is an American sitcom broadcast from 1978 to 1982 on ABC. It stars Robin Williams as Mork, an extraterrestrial who comes to Earth from the planet Ork in a small, one-man ...more
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16 17
Roswell, New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn
Roswell, New Mexico (The CW, 2019) is an American television drama series developed by Carina Adly Mackenzie. After returning to her hometown of Roswell, New Mexico, the daughter (Jeanine Mason) ...more
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11 11
Men in Black: The Series is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Keith Diamond, Charles Napier, Patrick Pinney
Men in Black: The Series, also known as MIB: The Series and Men in Black: The Animated Series, is an American animated television series that originally aired on The WB's Kids' WB programming ...more