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The Best Space Opera TV Shows

Updated November 2, 2020 5.6k votes 873 voters 18.2k 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 Galactica1
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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  • The Expanse2
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    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

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  • Firefly3
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    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

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  • Star Trek: The Next Generation4
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine5
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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois

    Premiered1993

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  • Star Trek: The Original Series6
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    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

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  • Babylon 57
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    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

    Premiered1994

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  • Farscape8
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    Farscape

    Ben Browder, Claudia Black

    Premiered1999

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  • Stargate Atlantis9
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    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell

    Premiered2004

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  • Star Trek: Enterprise10
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    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley

    Premiered2001

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  • Stargate SG-111
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

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  • Star Trek: Voyager12
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    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran

    Premiered1995

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  • Star Trek: Picard13
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    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

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  • The Orville14
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    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

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    Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini

    Premiered1979

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  • Dark Matter17
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    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

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  • Andromeda18
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    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder

    Premiered2000

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  • Star Trek: Discovery19
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

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  • Stargate Universe20
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    Stargate Universe

    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered2009

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  • Dune21
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    Dune

    William Hurt, Alec Newman

    Premiered2000

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  • Lost in Space22
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    Lost in Space

    Guy Williams, June Lockhart

    Premiered1965

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    Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore

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  • Cowboy Bebop24
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    Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka

    Premiered1998

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  • Ascension25
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    Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows

    Premiered2014

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