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The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows 

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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Military Science Fiction TV series.

The very best military science fiction shows on television, ranked from best to worst. This list of the greatest military science fiction shows also includes pictures from the shows when available. Popular military science fiction TV shows have been a staple of television for years, so there's often debate about what the most entertaining military science fiction show of all time is. Don't let your favorite military science fiction television programs in history get to the bottom of the list- be sure to vote them up so they have the chance to reach the top spot. The list of military science fiction television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List ranges from Stargate Universe to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and more.

This list answers the questions, "What is the best military science fiction show of all time?" and "What are the greatest military science fiction shows?"
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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 75

Network: Syfy

Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett

Premiered: 2004

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Syfy

Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Umberhaven added Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: Prime Time Entertainment Network, TNT

Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
MichaelBeltran added Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber

Premiered: 1978

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk ...more

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 176

Network: UPN

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock

Premiered: 2001

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 98

Network: UPN

Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more

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Star Trek: The Original ... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
BenNicholson added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

Premiered: 1966

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 79

Network: NBC

Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
BenNicholson added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

Network: CBS

Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Space: Above and Beyond ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
James Morrison, Joel de la Fuente, Kristen Cloke

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 24

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Space: Above and Beyond is a short-lived mid-1990s American science fiction television show on the FOX Network, created and written by Glen Morgan and James Wong. Originally planned for five ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Slava Flyman added 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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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Michael Mears added Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 88

Network: Syfy, Nine Network

Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more

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Revolution is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
iggyc61 added Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito

Premiered: 2012

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 11

Network: NBC

A family struggles to reunite in a post-apocalyptic American landscape: a world of empty cities, local and heroic freedom fighters, where every single piece of technology -- computers, planes, ...more

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Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
PavelStoyanov added Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram

Premiered: 2000

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: Global Television Network, Syfy

Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and produced by ...more

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith

Premiered: 2009

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 20

Network: Syfy

Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration ...more

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Star Blazers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini, Amy Howard Wilson

Premiered: 1979

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 77

Network: NBC

Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato I, II and III. Star Blazers was first broadcast in the United States in ...more
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For All Mankind is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman, Sarah Jones

Premiered: 2019

Network: Apple TV+

For All Mankind (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American science fiction drama television series. The show explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended.

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Robotech is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
FredGraves added Robert Axelrod, Bill Capizzi, Frank Catalano

Premiered: 1985

Number of Episodes: 85

Network: Syfy, Cartoon Network

Robotech is an 85-episode adaptation of three different anime television series made between 1982-1984 in Japan; the adaptation was aired in 1985. Within the combined and edited story, ...more

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Roughnecks: Starship Tro... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
FredGraves added Neil Patrick Harris, R. Lee Ermey, E.G. Daily

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Syfy, Teletoon, BKN, ION Television

Roughnecks: Starship Troopers Chronicles is a CGI animated television series, based on the novel by Robert A. Heinlein and the 1997 film adaptation. The film's director, Paul Verhoeven, served ...more
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Halo is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Pablo Schreiber, Yerin Ha

Premiered: 2020

Network: Showtime

Halo (Showtime, 2019) is a sci-fi action television series based on the video game franchise.
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The Super Dimension Fort... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Hiromi Tsuru, Shô Hayami, Akira Kamiya

Premiered: 1982

Number of Episodes: 36

Network: Mainichi Broadcasting System

Super Dimension Fortress Macross is an anime television series from 1982. According to story creator Shoji Kawamori, it depicts "a love triangle against the backdrop of great battles" ...more
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Mobile Suit Gundam SEED ... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Maaya Sakamoto, Kikuko Inoue, Koyasu Taketo

Premiered: 2004

Number of Episodes: 50

Network: Japan News Network

Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny is an anime television series, acting as a sequel of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED by Sunrise. It retains most of the staff from Gundam SEED, including Director Mitsuo ...more
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Super Dimension Cavalry ... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross Kazuhiko Inoue, Daisuke Gōri, Noriko Hidaka

Premiered: 1984

The Super Dimension Cavalry Southern Cross is a Japanese science fiction mecha anime TV series released in 1984, as the third of the Super Dimension series. It was adapted as the "Second ...more
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Exosquad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Robby Benson, Ken Camroux, Garry Chalk

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 2

Number of Episodes: 52

Network: USA Network, Fox Broadcasting Company

Exosquad is an American animated television series created by Universal Cartoon Studios as a response to Japanese anime. The show is set in the beginning of the 22nd century and covers the ...more

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Strike Witches 2 is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Military Science Fiction TV Shows
Strike Witches 2 Shizuka Ito, Misato Fukuen, Ayuru Ōhashi

Premiered: 2010

Number of Episodes: 12

All the countries of the world joined forces to battle the Neuroi, a vicious enemy of mankind, who suddenly appeared. The only ones with the power to oppose them were an elite group of young ...more