Entertainment The Best Space Opera TV Shows  

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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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Battlestar Galactica is listed (or ranked) 1 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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215 87
Firefly is listed (or ranked) 2 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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147 68
Stargate Atlantis is listed (or ranked) 3 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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143 122
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 4 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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128 59
Andromeda is listed (or ranked) 5 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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82 45
Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 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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78 44
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 7 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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146 121
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 8 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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82 57
Star Blazers is listed (or ranked) 9 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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60 13
Star Trek: The Original Series is listed (or ranked) 10 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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Star Trek: Enterprise is listed (or ranked) 11 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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70 45
Dark Matter is listed (or ranked) 12 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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64 27
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 13 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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73 90
Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 14 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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54 44
Stargate Universe is listed (or ranked) 15 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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67 109
Cowboy Bebop is listed (or ranked) 16 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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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 17 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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Ascension is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, Brian Van Holt
Ascension (Syfy, 2014) is a Canadian/American science fiction mystery drama television miniseries created by Philip Levens and Adrian A. Cruz. A young woman's murder causes the subjects of a ...more
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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
MikeHafezi added Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes
The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more
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Dune is listed (or ranked) 20 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) 21 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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Frank Herbert's Children of Du... is listed (or ranked) 22 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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30 65
Robotech is listed (or ranked) 23 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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Lexx is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Space Opera TV Shows
Eva Habermann, Xenia Seeberg, Nigel Bennett
Lexx is a science fiction television series that follows the adventures of a group of mismatched individuals aboard the organic space craft Lexx. They travel through two universes and encounter ...more
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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 25 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 a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as ...more