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.
- In this 1980s sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the '50s when an experiment by his eccentric scientist friend Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents (Crispin Glover, Lea Thompson), and must make sure that they fall in love or he'll cease to exist. Even more dauntingly, Marty has to return to his own time and save the life of Doc Brown. ...moreDoes this make you want to time travel?
- Photo: Doctor Who / BBCDoctor 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. ...moreDoes this make you want to time travel?
- Former scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time due to an experiment gone awry, leaping into the body of a different person each week. Al Calavicci, at first known only as The Observer, is Sam's holographic adviser -- he provides Sam with some details about his new identity and gives him guidance on how to help the people affected by his presence. But with little memory to help guide him, our hero is forced to bluff his way through many a wacky situation. ...moreDoes this make you want to time travel?
- 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 people of the 21st century, while attempting to save humanity from a terrible future. ...moreDoes this make you want to time travel?