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 extraterrestrials 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 1 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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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 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

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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 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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Futurama is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 7 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

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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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Torchwood is listed (or ranked) 9 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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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Colony is listed (or ranked) 11 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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Smallville is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Mork & Mindy is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh Supergirl (The CW, 2015) is an American superhero action-adventure television series developed by Ali Adler, Greg Berlanti, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. The adventures ...more

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 17 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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People of Earth is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Wyatt Cenac, Luka Jones, Alice Wetterlund People of Earth (TBS, 2016) is an American comedy television series created by David Jenkins about a support group for alien abductees. City journalist Ozzie (Wyatt Cenac) travels to Beacon, NY, ...more

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Invader Zim is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Andy Berman, Richard Steven Horvitz, Rosearik Rikki Simons Invader Zim is an American animated television series created by Jhonen Vasquez for Nickelodeon. The series centers on an extraterrestrial named Zim from the planet Irk, and his mission to ...more

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My Favorite Martian is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Bill Bixby, Ray Walston, J. Pat O'Malley My Favorite Martian is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from September 29, 1963, to May 1, 1966, for 107 episodes. The show starred Ray Walston as Uncle Martin and Bill Bixby as ...more

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Dark Skies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Jeri Ryan, J. T. Walsh, Eric Close Dark Skies is an American UFO conspiracy theory-based sci-fi television series that aired from the 1996 to 1997 season for 18 episodes, plus a two-hour pilot episode. The success of The X-Files ...more

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Invasion is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
lalispeter added William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett Invasion is an American science fiction television series that aired on ABC for one season beginning in September 21, 2005. Somewhat similar to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, the show told the ...more

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Lilo & Stitch: The Series is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Daveigh Chase, Chris Sanders, David Ogden Stiers Lilo & Stitch: The Series is the animated television spinoff of the feature film, Lilo & Stitch and the follow-up to Stitch! The Movie. It was aired on Disney Channel worldwide, but has ...more

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The Invaders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Mark Russell The Invaders is an American science fiction television program created by Larry Cohen that aired on ABC for two seasons, from January 10, 1967 to March 26, 1968. Dominic Frontiere, who had ...more

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First Wave is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Traci Lords, Roger Cross, Rob LaBelle First Wave is a Canadian science fiction television series, filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that aired from 1998 to 2001 on the Sci-Fi Channel and Space in Canada. The show was ...more

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The Neighbors is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Jami Gertz, Lenny Venito, Simon Templeman The Neighbors is an American television science fiction sitcom that aired from September 26, 2012, to April 11, 2014, on ABC. The story line revolves around a family of humans living in a ...more

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Out of This World is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked
Burt Reynolds, Doug McClure, Steve Burton Out Of This World is an American fantasy sitcom about a teenage girl who is half alien, which gives her unique superhuman powers. It first aired in syndication from September 17, 1987 and ended ...more