What is the best Sci-Fi television series of all time? That’s a difficult question to answer. However, if you are looking for some recommendations, here are the most popular series among fans.
- Firefly, 2002
Firefly is a 2002 TV series that ran for only 14 episodes before being canceled. It has since grown into the most popular cult TV show in history. The show was set 500 years in the future and follows a crew aboard a small space freighter, Serenity, as they transport goods and passengers across the galaxy. The ship’s captain is Malcolm “Mal” Reynolds, played by Nathan Fillion.
- Battlestar Galactica, 2005
Battlestar Galactica is a science fiction series that takes place in a dystopian future where humanity has been nearly extinct. It follows the humans who escaped their home planet before its destruction while being pursued by their enemies, cylons (robots).
- Star Trek: The Next Generation, 1987
This television series is a science fiction, with comedy, drama, and action. This show has received many awards because of the innovation that it brought to the table. The show is set in the 24th century telling about how humanity has conquered its enemies and united through the principles of humanism. It was this Star Trek series that helped shift public understanding of what space exploration could be like for humans and had a great impact on future stories in both television and film.
- Doctor Who, 1963
This series is produced by the BBC with a total of 26 seasons and 726 episodes. The show is about an alien called The Doctor who travels through time and space in his TARDIS to help people. Beyond being a science fiction show, this series’ social commentary reflects many different aspects of society that are still relevant today.
- Stargate SG-1, 1997
Stargate SG-1 is a military science fiction television series that was first shown on Showtime. It became one of the most popular shows in the United States and Canada. This is one of the best sci-fi television series of all time. It was nominated for twenty Primetime Emmy Awards, four Hugo Awards, five Saturn Awards, and four Nebula Awards.
- The X-Files, 1993
The X-Files is a sci-fi television series created by Chris Carter. The series originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox and September 25, 2017 to present on Fox. The show was a hit among audiences and critics alike and it has since become one of the best science fiction TV shows of all time.
- Star Trek: The Original Series, 1966
Star Trek is a cult phenomenon, which has transcended the realms of television. It has been translated into several formats, including novels, comic books, video games, and films. Star Trek is one of the most popular television series of all time.
- Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, 1993
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, created by Rick Berman and Michael Piller, first aired on January 3rd, 1993. The show is set in the Alpha Quadrant of the Milky Way galaxy, some 469 light years from Earth. The premise of this series was that a stable wormhole had been discovered near Bajor and as such was able to create a stable route for fast travel to the Gamma Quadrant. It was said that there were more potential habitable worlds than in any other area of space known.
- Babylon 5, 1994
Babylon 5 was an American science fiction television series that aired for five seasons between 1994 and 1998. It was written and produced by J. Michael Straczynski, who had conceived the show in the early 1980s. Babylon 5 was one of the first attempts to create a long-form science-fiction story with a satisfying beginning, middle, and end. It’s also considered one of the most influential TV series of all time with its use of serialized story-telling – this approach being adopted by subsequent TV shows such as Lost, Battlestar Galactica, Game Of Thrones, House Of Cards
- Farscape, 1999
Farscape is a Canadian-American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. It was created by Rockne S. O’Bannon and Brian Henson of Jim Henson Productions. Farscape is set in the distant future, with Earth part of the Galactic Confederation that has been at peace for ten thousand years. At the beginning of the series, Commander John Crichton (Ben Browder) is accidentally transported to another part of space by an experimental wormhole. His adventures represent a mix of political intrigue and militaristic strategy as he becomes stranded among hostile aliens: The Peacekeepers and their enemy, The Scarrans.
- The Expanse, 2015
The Expanse is a 2015 television series set in the future, where humans have colonized planets across the Solar System. The show, based on the novels by James S.A. Corey, features a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain who come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the Solar System to expose
- Star Trek: Voyager, 1995
Star Trek: Voyager is the fourth incarnation of the Star Trek series. It is set in the 24th century, about 7 years after Star Trek: The Next Generation. The show features a new crew aboard the titular starship, Voyager, which becomes stranded in the Delta Quadrant while searching for a renegade Maquis ship.
- Fringe, 2008
Fringe is an American science fiction television series that ran on Fox for five seasons from 2008-2013. It centers on the Fringe division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which investigates cases related to fringe science, parallel universes and other dimensions.
- Futurama, 1999
Futurama is an American animated science-fiction sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. It was envisioned partially as a satirical response to Fox’s animated television series The Simpsons.
- Stargate Atlantis, 2004
Stargate Atlantis, created by Brad Wright and Robert Cooper, is a Canadian-American Sci-Fi Television Series that aired on the Sci-Fi Channel from 2004 to 2009. The series was a spinoff of Stargate SG-1, which commenced in 1997. It was filmed in and around Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.