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Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now 

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List Rules Sci-fi shows currently airing new episodes.

Few TV genres are as tricky to get right as the science-fiction series. However, this also allows for there to be an unlimited number of sci-fi shows with different tones, scopes, and stories depending on the platform they're coming from - be it a big-budget network smash hit, or a smaller and more intimate cable series. There are some excellent current sci-fi shows on television - but which do you think are the best?

It's time to pick the best sci-fi shows on television right now - those you think everyone should be watching. These are sci fi TV shows or sci fi series that voters have agreed are the best of the genre - at least for the current crop (we all know Battlestar Galactica would outrank them all!). However, new sci-fi shows like Timeless and Lost In Space might quickly climb up the list. 

Check out this list of the best 2020 sci-fi shows on television right now and vote up the good current science fiction shows you think deserve the top spots. Whether you prefer an epic story of sister clones fighting to survive, or an anthology series for the ages, if it's a great sci-fi airing now, you'll find it below.

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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My Hero Academia is a 2016 anime series based on the superhero manga series Boku no Hīrō Akademia, written by Kōhei Horikoshi. Izuku Midoriya is a regular middle school student in a world where ...more

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Seraph of the End is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Seraph of the End (Owari no Serafu, AKA Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign) is a Japanese dark fantasy manga series and 2015 anime series. After a manmade virus kills everyone over age 13, ...more

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Impulse is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Maddie Hasson, Missi Pyle, Sarah Desjardins

Premiered: 2018

A young woman discovers she has the extraordinary power of teleportation.

Impulse (YouTube Premium, 2018) is an American drama web television series based on the novel by Steven Gould. With a major chip on her shoulder and no friends, outsider 16-year-old Henrietta ...more

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

Premiered: 2013

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more

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A Discovery of Witches ... is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
UncleBubba added Teresa Palmer, Matthew Goode, Edward Bluemel

Premiered: 2018

A Discovery of Witches (2018, Sky One) is a British fantasy drama series based on the All Souls historical fantasy trilogy by Deborah Harkness. When Diana Bishop (Theresa Palmer), a historian ...more
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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more

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Manifest is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, Athena Karkanis

Premiered: 2018

Manifest (NBC, 2018) is an American drama television series created by Jeff Rake and Matthew Fernandes. When Montego Air Flight 828 lands safely after a turbulent but routine flight, the crew ...more

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Ancient Aliens is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Ancient Aliens Robert Clotworthy, Giorgio Tsoukalos, David Childress

Premiered: 2010

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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Love, Death & Robots... is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler, Stefan Kapicic

Premiered: 2019

Love, Death & Robots (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television anthology series. A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, ...more

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Disenchantment is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, Eric Andre

Premiered: 2018

Disenchantment (Netflix, 2018) is an adult animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. The series follows the story of Bean (Abby Jacobson), an alcoholic princess, her elf companion Elfo (Nat ...more

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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: 2019

The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Taking place after the events in Return of the Jedi, but ...more

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B: the Beginning is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Hiroaki Hirata, Yūki Kaji, Asai Seto
B: the Beginning (Netflix, 2018) is an anime series directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Yoshiki Yamakawa. In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic ...more

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Red vs. Blue is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Red vs. Blue Elijah Wood, Geoff Ramsey, Burnie Burns

Premiered: 2003

Red vs. Blue, often abbreviated as RvB, is an American comic science fiction video web series created by Rooster Teeth Productions and distributed through the Internet, as well as on DVD and ...more
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Mob Psycho 100 is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Tatsuomi Hamada, Kazuki Namioka, Yûki Yoda
Mob Psycho 100 (Netflix, 2018) is a live-action television series adaptation of the Japanese franchise, directed by Kōichi Sakamoto. Average middle school boy Shigeo Kageyama (Tatsuomi Hamada) ...more

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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Kari Castanza added Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Premiered: 2019

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more

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Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Felicia Day, Patton Oswalt, Jonah Ray

Premiered: 2017

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (Netflix, 2017) is a science fiction comedy television series created by Joel Hodgson. Set in the not-too-distant future, a Gizmonic Institute employee ...more
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Medinah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Medinah Hana Chamoun, Hemwant Tiwari, Mohammed Al Hamadi

Premiered: 2016

Medinah (2016) is a Qatari science fiction television series created by Ahmed Al Baker. When a rocket launch goes awry, a group of strangers are holed up in a cave in the desert trying to ...more
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Devilman Crybaby is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Griffin Burns, Kyle McCarley, Cristina Vee
Devilman Crybaby (Netflix, 2018) is a Japanese anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa, based on the manga by Go Nagai. When an ancient race of demons invades the world, Akira Fudo transform into ...more

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The Twilight Zone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Simon Kinberg, Jordan Peele, Sanaa Lathan

Premiered: 2019

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Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Premiered: 2020

Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise. ...more

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Roswell, New Mexico is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
David Vancoughnett added Roswell, New Mexico Jeanine Mason, Nathan Parsons, Tyler Blackburn

Premiered: 2019

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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The Purge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Gabriel Chavarria, Lili Simmons, Lee Tergesen
The Purge (Syfy, 2018) is an American horror television series based on the film franchise. Set in an altered United States, several unrelated people discover how far they will go to survive a ...more

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Another Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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BattleBots is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
UncleBubba added Alison Haislip, Jessica Chobot, Fon Davis

Premiered: 2000

BattleBots is an American competition reality television series. Competitors designed and operated remote-controlled armed and armored machines designed to fight in an arena combat elimination ...more