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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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

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) 2 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: HBO

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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Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Premiered: 2011

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Premiered: 2015

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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The Magicians is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: SyFy

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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: The CW

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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

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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The Punisher is listed (or ranked) 9 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

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 2

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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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added 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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Guardians of the Galaxy ... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Mitchell123456 added Will Friedle, Trevor Devall, Vanessa Marshall

Premiered: 2015

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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The OA is listed (or ranked) 13 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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Titans is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft

Premiered: 2018

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: DC Universe

Titans (DC Universe, 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 ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

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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The Defenders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #36 Rob Burchfield added Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter
The Defender (Netflix, 2017) is an American web television miniseries created by Douglas Petrie and Marco Ramirez, based on the Marvel Comics superhero team. Daredevil (Charlie Cox), Jessica ...more

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Legion is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #11 Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Premiered: 2017

Number of Seasons: 1

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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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney
Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. Set 200 years before Superman's birth on the planet Krypton, the show centers on Kal-El's ...more
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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 861

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC America, BBC One, S4C, BBC HD

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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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Richard Armitage, James Callis, Graham McTavish

Premiered: 2017

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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 67

Network: The CW

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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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #6 NickKing added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper

Premiered: 2016

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Showcase (Canada), Netflix (international)

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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Glitch is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
ronit-vertelney added Patrick Brammall, Emma Booth, Genevieve O'Reilly

Premiered: 2015

Glitch (ABC, 2015) is an Australian paranormal television program directed by Emma Freeman. When seven people inexplicably rise from the dead in perfect health, a small town policeman (Patrick ...more
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Midnight, Texas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
voting closed at #53 Rob Burchfield added François Arnaud, Dylan Bruce, Parisa Fitz-Henley
Midnight, Texas (NBC, 2017) is an American supernatural drama television series developed by Monica Owusu-Breen, based on the book series by Charlaine Harris. On the run from his past, young ...more

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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen
The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo. After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark ...more