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Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now 

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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 2019 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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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright
Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more

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#30 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #55 of 259 The Greatest TV Dramas of All Timefeaturing The Best Characters on Westworld, Ranked

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes
The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more

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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear
Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more

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#102 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #30 of 127 The Best Current Dramatic TV Showsfeaturing All The Technology From Black Mirror, Ranked From Terrifying To Useful

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy
Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more

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#474 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #86 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Timefeaturing The Best Episodes of 'Altered Carbon'

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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell
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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Legion is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #11
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza
Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more

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#522 of 779 The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch #72 of 78 The Best Teen Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Seriesfeaturing The Best Characters on Legion, Ranked

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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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#117 of 310 The Best Sci Fi Television Series of All Time #1,519 of 2,296 The Greatest TV Shows Of All Time

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #6 NickKing added
Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper
Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker
The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton
Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more

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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy
Castle Rock (Hulu, 2018) is an American psychological horror web television series created by J. J. Abrams. Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series will intertwine characters and themes ...more

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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Makoto Furukawa, Kaito Ishikawa
One-Punch Man (TV Tokyo, 2015) is a Japanese anime series based on the webcomic by ONE. The story of Saitama, a hero that does it just for fun & can defeat his enemies with a single punch.

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The Haunting of Hill Hou... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Michiel Huisman, Carla Gugino, Henry Thomas
The Haunting of Hill House (Netflix, 2018) is an American supernatural horror television series created by Mike Flanagan, based on the novel by Shirley Jackson. The first season, The Haunting of ...more

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added The OA
Brit Marling, Emory Cohen, Scott Wilson
The OA (Netflix, 2016) is an American mystery drama web television series, with science fiction, supernatural and fantasy elements. Creator Brit Marling stars as a young woman named Prairie ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp
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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill
DC's Legends of Tomorrow (The CW, 2016) is an American superhero action-adventure television series spin-off from Arrow and The Flash, existing in the same fictional universe. Intending to stop ...more

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley
The Magicians (Syfy, 2015) is an American fantasy television series created by Sera Gamble and John McNamara, based on the novel by Lev Grossman. Training to be a magician at Brakebills ...more

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Titans is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft
Titans (2018) is an American web television series developed by Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter, based on the DC Comics superhero team. Led by Batman's former ...more

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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish
Castlevania (Netflix, 2017) is an American adult animated web television series based on the 1989 video game Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse by Konami. The series follows Trevor Belmont ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #22 Rob Burchfield added
Jon Bernthal, Ben Barnes, Ebon Moss-Bachrach
Marvel's The Punisher (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Steve Lightfoot. Former Force Recon officer Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), known throughout New ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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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3% is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Bianca Comparato, João Miguel, Michel Gomes
3% (Netflix, 2016) is a Brazilian dystopian thriller series created by Pedro Aguilera. The show is set in a future wherein people are given a chance to go to the "better side" of a ...more

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