Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series You May Have Missed Out On
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. :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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. :(
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.
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".
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.
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.