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List Rules Shows near the top must be only the best Space Opera TV series.

The very best space opera shows on television, ranked from best to worst. 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 Battlestar Galactica to Farscape and beyond!

This list answers the questions, "What is the best space opera show of all time?" and "What are the greatest space opera shows?"
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Firefly is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk Firefly is an American space western science fiction drama television series created by writer and director Joss Whedon, under his Mutant Enemy Productions label. Whedon served as an executive ...more

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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber Battlestar Galactica is an American military science fiction television series, and part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The show was developed by Ronald D. Moore and executive produced ...more

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
BlondeMürk added Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more

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Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
BlondeMürk added Joe Flanigan, Rachel Luttrell, David Hewlett Stargate Atlantis is a Canadian-American adventure and military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. The show was created by Brad Wright and Robert C. Cooper ...more

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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Umberhaven added Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more

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Star Blazers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Eddie Allen, Michael Bertolini, Amy Howard Wilson Star Blazers is an American animated television series adaptation of the Japanese anime series Space Battleship Yamato I, II and III. Star Blazers was first broadcast in the United States in ...more

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Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
BlondeMürk added Kevin Sorbo, Lisa Ryder, Laura Bertram 2000-2005 Andromeda is a Canadian/American science fiction television series, based on unused material by the late Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, developed by Robert Hewitt Wolfe, and produced by ...more

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Snowybird77 added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Umberhaven added Marc Bendavid, Melissa O'Neil, Anthony Lemke Dark Matter (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian science fiction series created by Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, based on their comic book. Onboard a starship called the Raza, six people awaken in ...more

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Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Chris Abraham added Kôichi Yamadera, Unshô Ishizuka, Megumi Hayashibara Cowboy Bebop is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise featuring a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro ...more

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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
liplip added Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The show takes place during the 2370s, and begins on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy, 75,000 ...more

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Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Umberhaven added Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith Stargate Universe is a Canadian-American military science fiction television series and part of MGM's Stargate franchise. It follows the adventures of a present-day, multinational exploration ...more

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more

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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Umberhaven added Scott Bakula, John Billingsley, Jolene Blalock Star Trek: Enterprise is a science fiction TV series and a prequel to the original Star Trek. The series premiered September 26, 2001, on the UPN television network with the final episode airing ...more

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Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry that follows the adventures of the starship USS Enterprise and its crew. It later acquired the retronym of ...more

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Dune is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini Frank Herbert's Dune is a three-part miniseries written and directed by John Harrison and based on Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune. The series was produced by New Amsterdam Entertainment, Blixa ...more

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Star Wars Rebels is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. Set fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and five ...more

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
DM added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Frank Herbert's Children of Du... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added Susan Sarandon, James McAvoy, Alice Krige Frank Herbert's Children of Dune is a three-part science fiction miniseries written by John Harrison and directed by Greg Yaitanes, based on Frank Herbert's novels Dune Messiah and Children of ...more

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Robotech is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Robert Axelrod, Bill Capizzi, Frank Catalano Robotech is an 85-episode adaptation of three different anime television series made between 1982-1984 in Japan; the adaptation was aired in 1985. Within the combined and edited story, ...more

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Exosquad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Robby Benson, Ken Camroux, Garry Chalk Exosquad is an American animated television series created by Universal Cartoon Studios as a response to Japanese anime. The show is set in the beginning of the 22nd century and covers the ...more

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Extremalistrl added Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving ...more

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Blake's 7 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Glynis Barber, Jacqueline Pearce, David Jackson Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC for broadcast on BBC1. Four 13-episode series of Blake's 7 were broadcast between 1978 and 1981. It was created by ...more

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The Super Dimension Fortress M... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Hiromi Tsuru, Shô Hayami, Akira Kamiya Super Dimension Fortress Macross is an anime television series from 1982. According to story creator Shoji Kawamori, it depicts "a love triangle against the backdrop of great battles" ...more

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Space Battleship Yamato is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added Masatō Ibu, Akira Kamiya, Takeshi Aono Space Battleship Yamato is a Japanese science fiction anime series featuring an eponymous spacecraft. It is also known to English-speaking audiences as Space Cruiser Yamato; an English-dubbed ...more

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Star Trek: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley Star Trek: The Animated Series is an animated science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe following the events of Star Trek: The Original Series of the 1960s. The animated ...more

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Outlaw Star is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
James D. Keith added Ayako Kawasumi, Sherry Lynn, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn Outlaw Star is a 1998 anime series adaptation of the manga series Outlaw Star.

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Intergalactic Kitchen is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Intergalactic Kitchen Intergalactic Kitchen is a CBBC television series, based on the novel The Intergalactic Kitchen by Frank Rogers. It ran from January to April 2004. The show had a distinct reality to it, with ...more

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Star Wolf is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Star Wolf Star Wolf is a Japanese science fiction TV series inspired by the novel series bearing the same name, by American writer Edmond Hamilton. It was produced in 1978 by Tsuburaya Productions.