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The Best Science Fiction Shows Ever

Updated on July 13, 2017

Science Fiction Shows have been on our screens since the dawn of Television but the Earliest of the best known are from the 1950's when TV started to become a more common sight in homes around the world.

The Best of the 50's and 60's

The Adventures of Superman (1953-1957)

Starting out as a Black and White show by the time it finished it was being filmed in color. It lasted for six Seasons. It told the story of an alien with superpowers who tries to live a normal life while moonlighting as a superhero.

The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)

The Twilight Zone used Science Fiction as a vehicle to take about controversial subjects like Nuclear War. Writers who contributed to the series included Ray Bradbury amongst other top SF writers of the time.

Doctor Who (1963-1989)

The first and best British Science Fiction Show. It was also the first to have a female producer. It captivated audiences from the early days right through to it finishing in 1989. It has also enjoyed new success with a new modern series and spin offs.

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (1964-1968)

The series revolved around the men who work for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. It was primarily a Spy Show but some of the Episodes had a Science Fiction theme.

Lost in Space (1965-1968)

Set in 1997 this show follows the Robinson family who are lost in space. Crashing on a planet after their ship was sabotaged the Robinson family. The first season revolved around the family surviving on the alien world. The second season had the same format although the family escaped the first planet as it was destroyed.

The later series saw the family on the move hoping to get to their original destination or back to earth.

The idea was turned into a movie in the 90's.

Batman (1966-1968)

The first screen interpretation of the Batman Comic's. The show was slapstick in its presentation. It was fun to watch but not as Science Fiction orientated as the later animations and Movies.

Star Trek The Original Series (1966-1969)

The first of the Star Trek series it was set on a ship traveling through the Milky way in the 23rd century. Created by Gene Roddenberry the show dealt with moral issues including racism and slavery, as well as Science related topics.

It was the best show of its time and although it may not be as advanced as the later shows to bare its name it still has a following today.

The Prisoner (1967-1968)

The second top British show The Prisoner tells the story of an agent who after resigning from his job is kidnapped and held in a mysterious seaside village.

An American/British colabiration remake aired in 2009.

The Best of the 70's and 80's

Doctor Who

This British Show continued to scare audiences through the 70's and into the 80's. The Doctor went through a few transformations during this time and had many companions.

Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987-1994)

21 years after the original series Gene Roddenberry brought the world Star Trek: TNG. A new Enterprise and Crew continuing the exploration of space. It introduced new alien species and re-acquainted us with some old friends and enemies.

Best of the 90's

X Files (1993-2002)

This show followed 2 FBI agents as they investigated the X Files. These were cases where the events were unexplained. It was a paranormal show but one of its main threads was alien abduction.

Star Trek

The 90's saw the continuation of TNG and the start of two new series.

Star Trek DS9 (1993-1999)

DS9 saw a change from the normal Star Trek with the action now mainly taking place on an alien built Space Station.

Star Trek Voyager (1995-2001)

Voyager took the franchise back to its roots but brought on a new twist. We were introduced to a new ship and crew who while looking for another ship were draged across the galaxy. The crew found themselves in an unfamiliar part of space having to cope with integration with what had once been an enemy crew. The show followed the newly integrated crew as they made their journey home making new friends and enemies on the way

Stargate SG1 (1997-2007)

Stargate SG1 was a spin off of the 1994 movie Stargate. Starting in 1997 it focused of the team of SG1 made up of some of the original characters. These were Colonel O'Neil and Daniel Jackson. It also introduced new characters including Sam Carter a female Air Force Captain and Teal'c a Jaffa who carried a Goa'uld lava.

The show ran for 10 seasons an sporned 2 spinoffs.


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      Robert Sacchi 2 years ago

      I'll be looking forward to your next list.

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      Amy 2 years ago from Darlington, England

      This an unfinished list and yes I will be including the outerlimits in a later update. I just haven't had much time to complete it lately.

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      Robert Sacchi 2 years ago

      Thank you, I enjoyed your list. Almost all of the shows listed were pre-1970s. Do you think the quality Science Fiction shows took a dip after the 60s? Did you consider The Outer Limits?

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      Mohammad 3 years ago

      This article acviehed exactly what I wanted it to achieve.