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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

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

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

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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Premiered: 2013

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 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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Supergirl is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Melissa Benoist, Mehcad Brooks, Chyler Leigh

Premiered: 2015

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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Castle Rock is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Melanie Lynskey, Andre Holland, Jane Levy

Premiered: 2018

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 intertwines characters and themes ...more

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Premiered: 2014

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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Titans is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft

Premiered: 2018

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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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith

Premiered: 1963

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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Legends of Tomorrow is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill

Premiered: 2016

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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Castlevania is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Glitch is listed (or ranked) 15 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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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 16 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

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Final Space is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny

Premiered: 2018

Final Space (TBS, 2018) is an American adult animated science fiction television series created by Olan Rogers. An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark ...more

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Premiered: 2018

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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Young Justice is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Danica McKellar, Jesse McCartney, Nolan North

Premiered: 2010

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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3% is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
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Chilling Adventures of S... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Kiernan Shipka, Jaz Sinclair, Michelle Gomez

Premiered: 2018

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RWBY is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Rob Burchfield added Lindsay Jones, Barbara Dunkelman, Kara Eberle
RWBY is an anime-styled American CG-animated web-series created by the Rooster Teeth Productions' animation studio. The series is created and directed by animator Monty Oum. Episodes are ...more

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One-Punch Man is listed (or ranked) 23 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.

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Sci-Fi Shows You Should Be Watching Now
Russell Merryman added Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

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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Impulse is listed (or ranked) 25 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.

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