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The Best Space Opera TV Shows

Updated October 14, 2020 5.2k votes 794 voters 17.3k views40 items

List RulesVote up your favorite shows set in space that are packed with battles, romance, adventure and melodrama.

The very best space opera shows on television, ranked from best to worst by votes of hundreds of scifi fans like yourself. This list of the greatest space opera shows also includes pictures from the shows when available so that you know what the show is. That seems obvious. Popular space opera TV shows have been creating new generations of fanboys for decades and their seems to be no end in sight because everybody loves space! Who doesn't want to go where no man has gone before? And do so in dramatic fashion?

Don't let your favorite space opera 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 space opera television shows below includes information like the program's cast, creator and premiere date when available.

List ranges from classics like Battlestar Galactica to Farscape and beyond, and answers questions like, "What is the best space opera show of all time?" and "What are the greatest space opera shows?"

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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    The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

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    Firefly is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois

    Premiered1993

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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    Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

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  • 7
    Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Babylon 5

    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

    Premiered1994

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    Farscape is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Farscape

    Ben Browder, Claudia Black

    Premiered1999

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    Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Stargate Atlantis

    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell

    Premiered2004

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    Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley

    Premiered2001

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    Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

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    Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran

    Premiered1995

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  • 13
    The Orville is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

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    Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

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    Star Blazers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Blazers

    Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini

    Premiered1979

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    Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

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    Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder

    Premiered2000

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    Dune is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Dune

    William Hurt, Alec Newman

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    Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Stargate Universe

    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered2009

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  • 21
    Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Killjoys

    Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore

    Premiered2015

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    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

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    Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Cowboy Bebop

    Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka

    Premiered1998

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    Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

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    Ascension is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
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    Ascension

    Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows

    Premiered2014

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