Total Nerd The Best Shows & Movies About Time Travel  

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List Rules Vote up the most entertaining newer films & shows (including streaming series) that involve time travel.

One of the most popular tropes in all of science fiction is time travel. The ability to travel forwards or backwards in time and see historical events—or mess them up—has become a staple in both television and film. Some of the best shows and movies about time travel are fairly obvious. On the small screen, you have the BBC's Doctor Who, which has aired for a combined 50+ years. On the silver screen, you have classics such as the Back to the Future trilogy, Time Bandits, and The Terminator franchise.

With so many films and television series about time travel to choose from, it can be difficult to choose what to watch. Should you sit down and watch a classic film or binge watch a season of an amazing series? Choosing the best time travel TV shows and movies is no easy task, but this list has identified the very best in the genre. Whether you want to watch a TV show or a movie, this list has racked and stacked the very best of them about time travel.

Do you have an idea of which movies and shows about time travel deserve the top spots on this list? You can help decide by giving your favorites a thumbs up and adding any good movies or shows missing from the list.

Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Time Travel
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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 known as the Doctor, a Time Lord/Lady who can change appearance and gender, and his/her companions. ...more on Wikipedia

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Back to the Future is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Time Travel
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Back to the Future is a 1985 American comic science fiction film. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis, written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale, produced by Steven Spielberg, and stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. Fox plays Marty McFly, a teenager who is sent back in time to 1955. He meets his future parents in high school and accidentally becomes his mother's romantic interest. Marty must repair the damage to history by causing his parents-to-be to fall in love, and with the help of scientist Dr. Emmett "Doc" Brown, he must find a way to return to 1985. Zemeckis and Gale wrote the script after Gale mused upon whether he would have befriended ...more on Wikipedia

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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Time Travel
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Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a 1991 American science fiction action thriller film written, produced and directed by James Cameron. The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick and Edward Furlong. It is the second installment of the Terminator franchise and the sequel to the 1984 film The Terminator. Terminator 2 follows Sarah Connor and her ten-year-old son John, who is protected by a less advanced Terminator who is also sent back in time, as they are pursued by a new, more advanced Terminator, the liquid metal, shapeshifting T-1000, sent back in time to take out John Connor and prevent him from becoming the leader of the human resistance. ...more on Wikipedia

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The Flash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Shows & Movies About Time Travel
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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 Gustin) gains super-human speed, which he uses to fight wrong doers, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. ...more on Wikipedia

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