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The Best Space Opera TV Shows

Updated November 2, 2020 5.4k votes 811 voters 17.5k 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
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    Battlestar Galactica

    Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell

    Premiered2004

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  • 2
    The Expanse
    178
    35

    The Expanse

    Thomas Jane, Steven Strait

    Premiered2015

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    Firefly
    275
    112

    Firefly

    Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres

    Premiered2002

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  • 4
    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    155
    60

    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois

    Premiered1993

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation
    164
    71

    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

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    Star Trek: The Original Series
    132
    28

    Star Trek: The Original Series

    William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy

    Premiered1966

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    Babylon 5
    206
    129

    Babylon 5

    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

    Premiered1994

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    Farscape
    197
    133

    Farscape

    Ben Browder, Claudia Black

    Premiered1999

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  • 9
    Stargate Atlantis
    179
    105

    Stargate Atlantis

    Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell

    Premiered2004

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    Star Trek: Enterprise
    114
    42

    Star Trek: Enterprise

    Scott Bakula, John Billingsley

    Premiered2001

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    Stargate SG-1
    141
    45

    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

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  • 12
    Star Trek: Voyager
    121
    99

    Star Trek: Voyager

    Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran

    Premiered1995

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    Star Trek: Picard
    24
    15

    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

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  • 14
    The Orville
    83
    25

    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

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  • 15
    Battlestar Galactica
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    Star Blazers
    78
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    Star Blazers

    Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini

    Premiered1979

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  • 17
    Dark Matter
    113
    71

    Dark Matter

    Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil

    Premiered2015

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    Andromeda
    131
    98

    Andromeda

    Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder

    Premiered2000

    2000-2005
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    Stargate Universe
    89
    75

    Stargate Universe

    Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira

    Premiered2009

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  • 20
    Dune
    43
    51

    Dune

    William Hurt, Alec Newman

    Premiered2000

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  • 21
    Star Trek: Discovery
    5
    5

    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

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  • 22
    Lost in Space
    0
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    Lost in Space

    Guy Williams, June Lockhart

    Premiered1965

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  • 23
    Killjoys
    39
    35

    Killjoys

    Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore

    Premiered2015

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  • 24
    Cowboy Bebop
    84
    124

    Cowboy Bebop

    Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka

    Premiered1998

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    Ascension
    35
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    Ascension

    Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows

    Premiered2014

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