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.
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
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
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a brilliant scientist who leaps through spacetime following his quantum experiment in time travel, by temporarily taking places of other people's lives in order to correct historical mistakes. Dean Stockwell co-stars as Admiral Al Calavicci, Sam's womanizing, cigar-smoking companion and best friend, who appears to him as a hologram. The series features a mix of humor, drama, romance, social commentary, and science fiction, and was named one of TV Guide's "Top Cult Shows Ever." ...more on Wikipedia
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a 1989 American science fiction comedy buddy film and the first film in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two slackers travel through time to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation. The film was written by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon and directed by Stephen Herek. It stars Keanu Reeves as Ted "Theodore" Logan, Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire, and George Carlin as Rufus. Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure received reviews which were mostly positive upon release and was commercially successful. It is now considered a cult classic. A sequel, Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, was released two years later. ...more on Wikipedia
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