Total Nerd 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 Legion might quickly climb up the list. 

Check out this list of the best 2018 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
The Expanse 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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Westworld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Westworld 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Stranger Things 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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The Frankenstein Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added The Frankenstein Chronicles Sean Bean, Tom Ward, Richie Campbell The Frankenstein Chronicles (A&E, 2015) is a British television period crime drama series created by Benjamin Ross and Barry Langford, and a re-imagining of Mary Shelley's 1818 novel. ...more

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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
NickKing added Travelers 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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Doctor Who 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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Channel Zero is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Channel Zero Paul Schneider, Fiona Shaw, Luisa D'Oliveira Channel Zero (Syfy, 2017) is an American horror anthology television series created by Nick Antosca, who serves as writer, showrunner, and executive producer. Storylines for the series are based ...more

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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Young Justice Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North Young Justice is an American animated television series created by Brandon Vietti and Greg Weisman for Cartoon Network. Despite its title, it is not a direct adaptation of Peter David, Todd ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Luke Albright added The Orville 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) 10 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Black Mirror 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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Lost in Space 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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Humans is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Humans Manpreet Bachu, Emily Berrington, Ruth Bradley Humans (AMC, 2015) is a science fiction television series created by Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley. In a parallel present where the latest must-have gadget for any busy family is a 'Synth' - ...more

The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years

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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added The Magicians 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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The 100 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The 100 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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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Altered Carbon Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy Altered Carbon (Netflix, 2018) 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 ...more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Red Dwarf Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more

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Sense8 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #17 Sense8 Aml Ameen, Doona Bae, Jamie Clayton Sense8 (Netflix, 2015) is an American science fiction drama web television series created by Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski. A group of people around the world are suddenly ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Legion 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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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Cloak & Dagger Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski, based on the Marvel Comics characters. Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey ...more

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Quantum Break is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Quantum Break Jessica Yoshimura

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Hunters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Hunters Nathan Phillips, Britne Oldford, Mark Coles Smith

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The Cul De Sac is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added The Cul De Sac

The Cul De Sac (meaning 'dead end') is a post-apocalyptic sci-fi drama from New Zealand about a group of teens trying to survive in a world where all of the adults have suddenly vanished along with the Internet and electricity.

Current Sci-Fi Shows You Wish You Were A Character On

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Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Todd and the Book of Pure Evil Alex House, Maggie Castle, Bill Turnbull Todd and the Book of Pure Evil is a Canadian comedy/horror television series that follows a group of high school students who confront the effects of a demonic book. The series premiered on ...more

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Seraph of the End is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Seraph of the End 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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Mister Tachyon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Mister Tachyon

Part real and part faux documentary about the mysterious Mister Tachyon who explores popular fringe science topics to find the cure for his invisibility.

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From Dusk till Dawn: The Serie... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added From Dusk till Dawn: The Series D. J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Jesse Garcia From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series (El Rey, 2014) is an American horror television series developed by Robert Rodriguez. Wanted by the FBI and Texas Ranger Freddie Gonzalez (Jesse Garcia), bank ...more

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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added The Punisher 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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3% is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added 3% 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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Justice League Action is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Justice League Action Kevin Conroy, Mark Hamill, Gilbert Gottfried Justice League Action (Cartoon Network, 2016) is an upcoming American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name. It features the adventures of Superman, ...more

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Hard Sun is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Hard Sun Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess Hard Sun (Hulu, 2018) is a pre-apocalyptic British television drama series created by Neil Cross. While investigating a death of a hacker in London, two police officers stumble upon proof that ...more

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Overlord is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Overlord Satoshi Hino, Yumi Hara, Manami Numakura

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The Venture Bros. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added The Venture Bros. Christopher McCulloch, Michael Sinterniklaas, James Urbaniak The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim, 2004) is an American adult animated television series created by Christopher McCulloch. The bizarre animated escapades of pseudo-heroic scientist Dr. Rusty ...more

The Best Fantasy TV Shows Since 2015

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Lifeline is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Lifeline Zach Gilford, Sydney Park, Eden Estrella Lifeline (YouTube Red, 2017) is an American science fiction drama series created by Benjamin Freiburger and Grant Wheeler. At an insurance agency that uses time travel to prevent the deaths of ...more

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The Man in the High Castle is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
The Man in the High Castle Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 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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Marvel's Avengers Assemble is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Marvel's Avengers Assemble Fred Tatasciore, Roger Craig Smith, Troy Baker Avengers Assemble is an American animated television series based on the fictional Marvel Comics superhero team the Avengers, which has been designed to capitalize on the success of the 2012 ...more

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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Castlevania 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

The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

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Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Daredevil Charlie Cox, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson Daredevil (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created for Netflix by Drew Goddard, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Blind lawyer Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) ...more

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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Star Trek: Discovery 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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Outlander is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Outlander Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies Outlander is a British-American television drama series based on the historical time travel Outlander series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. Created by Ronald D. Moore and produced by Left Bank ...more

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The OA is listed (or ranked) 41 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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Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Jessica Jones Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor Jessica Jones (Netflix, 2015) is an American web television series created by Melissa Rosenberg, based on the Marvel Comics character. Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, ...more

The Best Current Fantasy TV Series

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Santa Clarita Diet is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Santa Clarita Diet Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Ricardo Chavira Santa Clarita Diet (2017) Netflix original comedy series created by Victor Fresco. Married couple Sheila and Joel (Drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant) are real estate agents in Santa Clarita, ...more

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Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Luke Cage Mike Colter, Mahershala Ali, Simone Missick Luke Cage (Netflix, 2016) is an American web television series created by Cheo Hodari Coker, based on the Marvel Comics character. When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and ...more

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American Gods is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added American Gods Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Crispin Glover American Gods (Starz, 2017) is an American television series developed by Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman. After being released from prison, Shadow Moon (Ricky ...more

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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Supergirl 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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Rick and Morty is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rick and Morty Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer 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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American Horror Story is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added American Horror Story Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Evan Peters American Horror Story (FX, 2011) is an American anthology horror television series created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, ...more

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Runaways is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Runaways Rhenzy Feliz, Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner Marvel's Runaways (Hulu, 2017) is an American web television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Six teenagers from different backgrounds unite against a common enemy — their ...more

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My Hero Academia is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added My Hero Academia 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