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Underrated Sci-Fi TV Shows That Are Legitimately Funny

Updated June 2, 2020 5.1k votes 1.4k voters 26.8k views14 items

List RulesVote up the TV shows that prove science fiction doesn't have to be serious.

If you're a fan of science fiction, it's possible you've seen every episode of your most beloved sci-fi shows so many times you could storyboard them. Why not check out a few underrated ones whose starships have flown under your radar?

With all the options out there, you are certain to find some new favorites. For every Doctor Who, Futurama, Firefly, or The Orville, there’s a Red Dwarf, Final Space, Other Space, and Making History. All of the following have a lot of fun with the genre, serving up solid comedy in unique sci-fi worlds.

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    This British sci-fi comedy, which ran for a whopping 11 seasons, sees the last human in existence and his motley crew of buddies (including a snooty hologram, an evolved cat, and a fastidious android) go on a series of wacky space adventures aboard a mining ship.

    The laugh-out-loud BBC2 classic was the recipient of both an Emmy and a British Comedy Award. Though beloved and wildly popular in the UK for its snappy dialogue and sci-fi homages, the show is fairly unknown in the United States. 

    • Actors: Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Chris Barrie, Robert Llewellyn, Norman Lovett
    • Premiered: February 15, 1988
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    Though it ran for five seasons on the Syfy network, Eureka really doesn’t get its due. The series sees a US Marshall happen upon the top-secret town of Eureka. The small town is home to the country’s brightest scientists, each attempting to create inventions that will shape our future. In true sci-fi fashion, each episode introduces new - and often ill-fated - creations, many of which appear just outside the realm of possibility.

    Well-written and acted, the show is truly funny and really leans into its sci-fi elements. It’s a genre-lover's delight, and now available on Amazon Prime.

    • Actors: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston
    • Premiered: July 18, 2006
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    Characters travel between parallel universes in this late-1990s sci-fi series. The group “slides” into these different realities in hope of finding their original world. Each parallel universe resembles our own, but with a few important differences, like a reality in which America lost the Revolutionary War, one where antibiotics were never discovered, and another in which the patriarchy never existed and women run the show.

    While the first few seasons are well-regarded, issues like network jumps, studio friction, and actor departures led enthusiasm for the show to wane in its later years.

    • Actors: Jerry O'Connell, John Rhys-Davies, Kari Wuhrer, Cleavant Derricks, Robert Floyd
    • Premiered: March 22, 1995
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    This intergalactic animated comedy, featuring voice acting by Fred Armisen, Jane Lynch, and David Tennant, follows an astronaut and his destructive alien sidekick as they bumble around the solar system in a series of wacky space adventures. Their quest is to find the “final space,” or end of the universe.

    The show doesn’t start super-strongly, yet it finds its way quickly and becomes a fast-paced, easily digestible romp through the universe. You’ll be hooked by episode 4. You can catch it on Amazon Prime or Adult Swim, or check out other shows like Final Space!

    • Actors: Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, David Tennant, Gina Torres
    • Premiered: February 17, 2018
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