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Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series You May Have Missed Out On

Updated on June 19, 2013

Introduction

The following list is based solely off of my opinion. If you disagree in any way, I'd love to hear it and hear of other shows that did not make this list. All of the shows save for one has come and gone and may have been missed by Sci-Fi/Fantasy loves. Born in the late 80s, I barely missed the shows that began in the mid 90s. I watched a lot of TV back then so some of these I watched, though I was definitely too young for them. So if you're my age, you probably missed out on some of these. If you just didn't watch TV, go back and watch some of these shows! They're great. :)

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10. Smallville (The WB)

Number of Seasons: 10

Air Dates: October 16, 2001- May 13, 2011


If you've heard of the town Smallville, you'll know that it is the small town in which Clark Kent grew up. Clark Kent is of course the mild-mannered reporter who enters the phone booth and becomes Superman. This show does not chronicle Superman, but Clark Kent and his discovers as a teenager. Clark does not fly, does not put on the suit in this show. This is an origins show showing Clark Kent as a teen and his struggles with his powers. In the beginning of the show he has two powers, super strength and super speed. Other powers soon evolve while Clark battles kryptonite infected people. Many of these people have some kind of abnormality of ability. This is what starts the initial conflicts. Characters who are featured in this series are Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan, and Lois Lane in later seasons. If you want action and mystery, check this show out. It exploded onto the WB with 8.4 million viewers. That was the most the WB ever did for a premiere. Smallville has also won Emmys and Teen Choice Awards. It's definitely worth watching.

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9. Xena: Warrior Princess (ABC Studios)

Number of Seasons: 6

Original Air Dates: September 4, 1995- May 21, 2001

A lot of people didn't like Xena, but it was received well by its audience. It was a syndicated drama, one of the most successful I might add. The show chronicles Xena, who was created for Hercules: Legendary Heroes. When producers of Hercules discovered Xena had potential, they gave her her own show! Believe me Xena is the perfect strong female character and she kicks a** on every episode. She is an ex warlord who's turned over a new leaf and wants to use her fighting prowess to fight for the defenseless. With her sidekick, Gabrielle, Xena brings just to those who deserve. She also fights internally with her own past. This is a great show for character and action. Xena is also wonderful for comedy. It can be a bit cheesy and slapstick, but it's still pretty funny. Xena's battle with the Greek gods and encountering other figures of ancient history (which are inaccurate) is what made Xena very enjoyable. The entire series is on Hulu and Netflix if you care to watch it.

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8. Roswell (The WB)

Number of Seasons: 3

Original Air dates: October 6, 1999- May 14, 2002

I know what you're thinking. Roswell? What's that? Yes Roswell was one of those shows with a great, but fickle fanbase. It kept the show under constant cancellation watch. However, if you stuck your way through you really got a lot out of the show. Max, Michael, and Isabelle are aliens. They have no idea where they've come from or what is the name of their home planet. All they know is that they have powers that they can use at their discretion. When our protagonist, Liz Parker is shot, Max saves her with a touch his hand. This sparks Liz on a journey of discovering who max is. As aliens, they are pretty much all human and have human desires. Max and Liz fall in love and definitely grow together as characters. This show gets complicated at times when the FBI begins researching the kids at Roswell High. It's a great suspense and drama. You'll get some awesome Sci-Fi fun out of it too. Also, there's some comedy. If you think you'd like this, find it online or rent it. It's a short series, but every episode is enjoyable.

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7. Angel (The WB)

Number of Seasons: 5

Original Air dates: October 5, 1999- May 19, 2004

If you've watched Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, you've probably heard of Angel. It is its spin-off after all!! Angel is the story of a "vampire with a soul." After leaving Buffy, Angel goes on to L.A. to find his own way of redeeming himself from centuries of evil doing. As a "vampire with a soul", Angel seeks to bring justice and protect the innocent. You can't have fantasy without good versus evil! Angel and his team (called Angel Investigations) help those who call as well as avert the world from apocalypse. Angel is goofy, dramatic, and action packed much like Buffy and is enjoyable all in the same. I think it's a great show for male viewers and awesome when it comes to seeing vivid characters interact with each other. Check it out if you haven't seen. You don't need to have watched Buffy to understand it.

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6. The X-Files (FOX)

Number of Seasons: 9

Original Air dates: September 10, 1993- May 19, 2002

This show I definitely missed out on. In 1993, I was four and would never have watched this serious supernatural/sci-fi drama. Even in 2002, I was like "I haven't seen any of this show, why start now?" Though in the past few months I've been watching it on Hulu Plus and I love it! It's awesome drama and characterization and it's just amazing for the time that it came out. The X-Files was very important for the new FOX network and put them on the map. In fact The X-Files at the time had become the longest running fantasy/sci-fi drama in North America. It was beat out by Smallville with its ten season. NINE seasons was a lot for a show of that caliber. It's got danger, conspiracy, and two great protagonists. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully interact well with each other, though they disagree a great deal on the paranormal aspects of the cases. In the FBI, the X-Files are considered a joke, but Mulder and Scully see a lot strange things occurring. This is a wonderfully written and executed series. If you haven't watched it, you've MISSED out!

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5. Dollhouse (FOX)

Number of Seasons: 2

Original Air dates: February 13, 2009- January 22, 2010

After that X-Files review you're probably wondering why it's not higher up the ranking. Well a lot of people watched X-Files, but you still might not have seen it. A lot of people did not watch Dollhouse. In fact I didn't watch it during its original run. I had seen commercials, but I didn't tune in. I think it was conflicting with another shows I was watching. Anyway, this show is also created by Joss Whedon who created Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. This show felt like his his style, strong characters, great drama and mystery. Only this was purely science fiction. Dolls are people who can programmed like computers. With these programs they can develop new skills and languages. They can be customized so to speak. It's a great show as Eliza Dushku plays Echo, a doll who lives in the Dollhouse. She goes on "engagements" or missions that vary between client to client. Sometimes she has to negotiate with a criminal, escape from danger, kills someone, or defuse a bomb, With ever new insertion she grows even more knowledgeable. When it's over, the person she has become is erased and she becomes Echo once more, though Echo retains all of this. She isn't supposed to... I could go on an on. But if you love Whedon and science fiction, it's a perfect show to watch. I was disappointed to only have two seasons. :(

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4. Tru Calling (FOX)

Number of Seasons: 2

Original Air dates: October 30, 2003- April 21, 2005

Yes, Eliza again, and yes another two season show. FOX has a very different audience and I think this show would have been more successful on another network. Tru Davies can relive days. This happens at the end of her day sometimes when a cadaver wakes and asks her for help. Working at a morgue does not help this gift. Sometimes it occurs while examining the body, sometimes before she has gather nearly no information. When she is thrust back in time, she returns to when she woke and everything happens again as it should. The only catch now is to find the deceased and prevent their death from occurring again.It's a great thriller drama and really keeps the viewer engaged. I really wished this show had lasted longer, but you know how that goes. If you think you'd like this show, rent it or find it somewhere. It's a really fun series.

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3. Supernatural (The WB/The CW)

Number of Seasons: Season Eight Begins October 3rd

Original Air Dates: Show Began September 13, 2005

The CW Network describes Supernatural as a "fan favorite". It has such a strong fanbase that the network would not dream of cancelling it. Supernatural has been successful since its inception. And if you watched WB or currently watch The CW, I'm sure you've seen an episode or two. Sam and Dean Winchester are hunters of paranormal creatures and spirits. They travel the country looking for things to hunt. Sometimes there are cursed objects, ladies in white, poltergeists, changelings, the list goes on an on. These things are generally spawned from an urban myth. Sam and Dean are brothers and they have a very dynamic relationship that pulls any viewer in. This show has a lot of drama, comedy, and action. If you haven't watched this show,you've been missing out. It's got great personality and stamina and definitely deserves to be called "fan favorite".

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2. Buffy The Vampire Slayer (The WB)

Number of Seasons: 7

Original Air dates: March 10, 1997- May 20, 2003

Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a cult favorite. The WB was not sure of its success, but it exploded, becoming one of the number one shows on the WB. I remember hearing girls talk about the latest episode while riding bikes. Despite my age, I watched Buffy and loved it. It was funny, scary, and very dramatic. Buffy Summers is a strong character who really tries to make the best of things. As a Slayer, she has superhuman strength and agility. This power is mean to help fight vampires, demon, and other supernatural creatures. Joss Whedon did awesome with this and it became so popular. That was a long time ago. So try to find this show and watch it because it's really great drama. Buffy Summers and her gang of friends are enjoyable to watch and really interesting.

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1. Charmed (The WB)

Number of Seasons: 8

Original Air dates: October 7, 1998- May 21, 2006

Charmed is stupid. I always hear people say that and it's generally from people who didn't watch it religiously like I did. I missed only four episodes of Charmed on their original air dates. Charmed is supernatural drama revolving around three sisters Piper, Prue, and Phoebe. Prue is later replaced by half-sister Paige. The sisters gain knowledge that they come from a powerful line of witches. The three are to become the Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time. Each sister has individual magical powers as well as the Power of Three which is their collective magic. On a weekly basis the sisters are fighting demons and saving innocents. It's a wonderfully imaginative drama and definitely the most understood. It covers a great deal of genres and definitely keeps the viewer intrigued. Charmed was powerful for the WB just as Buffy was. The two shows often competed for #1 on the network. It doesn't surprise me. If you haven't really watched Charmed or started at like season five, go back and watch it from the start. That's how this show must be understood. Great writing, effects, and acting on part of Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Shannon Doherty.

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      Syrano 22 months ago

      Non of these would've been missed by any sci-Fi fan. These were all very mainstream

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      lamar82 2 years ago from El Paso Texas

      Buffy, Angel, Charmed, The X Files, Xena, Smallville

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      Laura Brown 2 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Had to see which series made your list. :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Believe it or not, I've never seen those two. So they couldn't make my list. I do one day want to see them.

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      PFranz 4 years ago

      I'd have to add Firefly and Farscape to the list!

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks SG! I appreciate your visit and comment!! Yeah Charmed is definitely my favorite too. I have the whole series on DVD. :)

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      Sheila Brown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have watched most of these and now have a couple of new ones to watch. Charmed was one of my favorites! Great reviews, voted up and more!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Unknown!! Charmed is AWESOME. It's like one of my favorite shows.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Love it Aubrey!! I think i'll download Charmed..I just uses to read this on books :) A movie sounds fun.

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      jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      laurenewcomb,

      That's it! Torchwood. I didn't know about the spin off. Thanks for the info.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Oh man!! I started watching Merlin. Hulu has seasons one and two. I've never seen season two so I'm starting to watch it. Hopefully by the time I finish, season 3 will be on Hulu or I'll look on Netflix or Sidereel.

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Jager, I think it was called Torchwood, which was a spin-off from Doctor Who :) Can't wait for the new seasons of Doctor Who and Merlin!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot Jager!! :) I appreciate your comment, visit, and follow! Will be seeing you around the hubs. I'll check out some of your stuff as well.

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      jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Good list and still there's so many more. I picked up a BBC show that I think was called Firewood? This guy running around in a trench coat like something out of a WWII fighter plane movie and his group would solve mysteries every episode. Needless to say, I was hooked. Short and sweet after only a few seasons. Thanks for the list!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Wow... a Roswell fan. I don't find very many of them. I hate it that the show just didn't find its identity fast enough for the audience. Things happens, I suppose. Buffy was a cult classic, anyone who watched it was IN LOVE with it. Angel, okay I'll give you leeway on it. It wasn't as good as Buffy, but it had its shining moments at times. I think people expected so much from it because it was a spin-off of Buffy. The last season wasn't that great, but I still tuned in. Thanks a lot for your comment and your visit!!

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      I agree with 8, 6, and 2

      Angel was pretty much a dud

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Lol thanks, you too! That Colin Morgan... ;)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      lol... I completely forgot, but I definitely will try later this week. You're so cool Lauren. ;)

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      I forgot about Warehouse 13!!! That's a good one, a fun show :) Oh, and were you able to get Merlin on sidereel at all?

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      I have NEVER seen Fringe Frank-- lol. Umm... and Star Trek was pretty widely spread. I don't think too many people missed out on it... though there were a lot years of series from Star Trek. I can't say I watched them all. I did love Voyager though.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Good List.. but I am a big Star Trek --- Fringe person but good gathering my friend

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      Marina 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Battlestar Galactica! :D And I meant Serenity, not Supernatural (though I think that's another scifi show).

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Sam!! Yeah Dollhouse is pretty awesome, very unique in and of itself. Thanks for your read and I'll see on one of your hubs lol ;)

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      Sam Islam 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      I just started re-watching The X Files, and I'm surprised how serialized it really was. I was pretty young when it first came out, so I suppose I have an excuse for not getting the "big picture." I always was a little curious about Dollhouse, so I think I'm going to give it shot here pretty soon as per your recommendation. Great list here though, no doubt!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My all time favorite sci-fi was StarGate. Loved Col. Jack O'Neill! :) VUM.

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Try Sidereel, that usually has some good links... and yeah, Colin Morgan, I agree ;)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Marina... BSG?? @Lauren... I had no idea Merlin was still going! I love that show and Colin is... ya know... I can't miss seeing him ;). Where can I find seasons 3 online?

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Ah I see! Thanks ;) I'm new at this... Merlin is still going on right now, the BBC one with Colin Morgan I mean :)

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      Marina 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great list! Firefly and Supernatural are both in my Netflix instant queue. I enjoyed Charmed and X-Files back in the day. What about BSG though?? Sigh, I guess there are a lot of options.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      On the right hand side says HupPages Followers... also YES Merlin is awesome and it was watched by few... oh... I forgot about The Legend of The Seeker too. Well check those out as well!!

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Or I would share it... if I knew how. Lol, is there a button or something?

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Ooo, also Doctor Who! and Eureka! But I agree with the ones you have too. Oh, I almost forgot, Merlin!!!!!! :) voted up and shared!

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      Eric Mikols 5 years ago from New England

      But no Firefly?!

      I'm actually on the third season of watching the X-Files for the first time, and Angel is on my to-watch list. I was actually wondering if I should try Roswell. I'll have to add it now.

      Nice Hub! Thanks!