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The Best Alien TV Shows, Ranked

Updated October 7, 2020 10.7k votes 1.6k voters 83.0k views78 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
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

    The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 2
    Falling Skies
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    Falling Skies

    Noah Wyle, Drew Roy

    Premiered2011

    Falling Skies (TNT, 2011) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction television series... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 3
    Stargate SG-1
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

    Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    The Expanse
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    63

    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

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  • 5
    Doctor Who
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    Doctor Who

    Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant

    Premiered1963

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  • 6
    Battlestar Galactica
    114
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered1978

    Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 7
    Lost in Space
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    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

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  • 8
    Roswell
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    Roswell

    Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr

    Premiered1999

    Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 9
    Futurama
    252
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    Futurama

    Billy West, John DiMaggio

    Premiered1999

    Futurama is an American adult animated science fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 10
    Colony
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    Colony

    Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies

    Premiered2016

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    V
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    V

    Elizabeth Mitchell, Morris Chestnut

    Premiered2009

    V is an American science fiction television series that ran for two seasons on ABC, from... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Star Trek: Voyager
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    167

    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran

    Premiered1995

    Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 13
    Smallville
    169
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    Smallville

    Tom Welling, Michael Rosenbaum

    Premiered2001

    Smallville is an American television series developed by writer-producers Alfred Gough and... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 14
    Torchwood
    157
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    Torchwood

    John Barrowman, Eve Myles

    Premiered2006

    Torchwood is a British science fiction television programme created by Russell T Davies. A... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 15
    The Outer Limits
    64
    41

    The Outer Limits

    Bob Johnson, Ben Wright

    Premiered1963

    The Outer Limits (ABC, 1963) is an American horror and speculative fiction anthology... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 16
    Babylon 5
    140
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    Babylon 5

    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

    Premiered1994

    Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 17
    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    27
    2

    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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  • 18
    Rick and Morty
    105
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    Rick and Morty

    Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell

    Premiered2013

    Rick and Morty (Adult Swim, 2013) is an American adult animated science-fiction sitcom created... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 19
    3rd Rock from the Sun
    150
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    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    Premiered1996

    3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • 20
    Stargate Universe
    68
    55

    Stargate Universe

    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered2009

    Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button

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  • 21
    Defiance
    66
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    Defiance

    Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas

    Premiered2013

    Defiance is an American science fiction television series developed by Rockne S. O'Bannon,... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Ancient Aliens
    102
    100

    Ancient Aliens

    Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos

    Premiered2010

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    Stargate Atlantis
    20
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    Stargate Atlantis

    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell

    Premiered2004

    Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
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    Another Life
    45
    37

    Another Life

    Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair

    Premiered2019

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    Taken
    42
    34

    Taken

    Dakota Fanning, Julie Benz

    Premiered2002

    Taken, also known as Steven Spielberg Presents Taken, is a science fiction miniseries which... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button