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 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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 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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3,535 2,315
The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 2 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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3,125 1,201
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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2,578 1,020
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 4 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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2,613 1,818
Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 5 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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1,554 1,024
Travelers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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 Orville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Luke Albright added 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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1,358 233
The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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1,217 316
Supernatural is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Katie Cassidy

Two brothers follow their father's footsteps as "hunters", fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds, including monsters, demons, and gods that roam the earth.

Supernatural (The CW, 2005) is an American fantasy horror television series created by Eric Kripke. Two brothers, Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles), follow their father's ...more

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1,905 1,094
Legion is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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1,526 729
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added 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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1,134 364
Daredevil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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1,535 340
Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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1,575 961
Humans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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

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1,064 359
Jessica Jones is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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

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942 257
The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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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830 190
Wynonna Earp is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Tim Rozon
Wynonna Earp (Syfy, 2016) is a Canadian-American supernatural Western horror television series created by Emily Andras, based on the comic book series by Beau Smith. With her unique abilities, ...more

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967 203
Guardians of the Galaxy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Mitchell123456 added Will Friedle, Trevor Devall, Vanessa Marshall
Guardians of the Galaxy (Disney XD, 2015) is an American animated television series developed by Marty Isenberg, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. The adventures of a band of space ...more

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added 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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825 263
Van Helsing is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Kelly Overton, Jonathan Scarfe, Christopher Heyerdahl
Van Helsing (Syfy, 2016) is an American dark fantasy horror drama television series inspired by Zenescope Entertainment's graphic novel series Helsing. Vanessa "Van" Helsing (Kelly ...more

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620 207
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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901 331
Luke Cage is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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1,368 517
The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale
The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more

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667 148
Titans is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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500 139
One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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.