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The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked 

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Updated May 25, 2020 8.6k votes 1.4k voters 76.6k views 74 items

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

Premiered: 1993

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

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

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Alien 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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Falling Skies is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight

Premiered: 2011

Falling Skies (TNT, 2011) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series created by Robert Rodat. Six months after an alien attack on earth, a group of survivors band together ...more

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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Billy West, John DiMaggio, Katey Sagal

Premiered: 1999

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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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

Premiered: 1999

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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V is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut, Joel Gretsch

Premiered: 2009

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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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

Premiered: 1995

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

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Colony is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Peter Jacobson

Premiered: 2016

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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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Premiered: 2018

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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 1978

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

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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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Kai Owen

Premiered: 2006

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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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum, Allison Mack

Premiered: 2001

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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

Premiered: 1996

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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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

Premiered: 1994

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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer

Premiered: 2013

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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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
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Premiered: 2010

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien 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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ALF is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

Premiered: 2009

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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Robin Williams, Pam Dawber, Ralph James

Premiered: 1978

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Defiance is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz

Premiered: 2013

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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Another Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair, Tyler Hoechlin

Premiered: 2019

Another Life (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Aaron Martin. An astronaut, Niko Breckinridge-Wallace (Katee Sackhoff) commands a crew on a mission to explore the ...more
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Taken is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Dakota Fanning, Julie Benz, John Hawkes

Premiered: 2002

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