With so much television to watch on so many different services these days, sometimes it’s easy to forget TV’s humble beginnings. While we have a ton of science fiction to choose from these days, things were not always so simple. Audiences did not have such plentiful options and sometimes had to wait years before a new worthy offering came along.
So for all you sci-fi buffs out there, here are 11 of the top science fiction shows of all time.
Each episode of The Twilight Zone tells a completely different story and so this fantasy series from the genius mind of Rod Serling manages to toe the line from drama, to comedy, and horror. All of this while retaining the very “Twilight Zone”-esque quality that continues to cement its place in the pop culture lexicon. (Raise your hand if you’re as excited as we are for Jordan Peele’s reboot of this show??)
Without Star Trek to pave the way, the sci-fi television may have been a very different experience. The tales of the USS Enterprise and its crew, consisting of the impulsive Captain Kirk and the reserved Mr. Spock, have entertained generations of sci-fi fans.
When their homeworld is destroyed, a battlestar known as Galactica and its crew find itself responsible for carrying what is left of humanity to safety.
When tasked with coming up with a list of the greatest sci-fi shows of all time, one immediately thinks of The X-Files. A show with a wide mainstream audience, this series dominated the airwaves in the nineties and made a return to television back in 2016 with series regulars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprising their original roles.
While it only lasted for a single season, Firefly’s reputation has risen far beyond anything that anyone could have imagined. A crew of smugglers at its center, Firefly is the epitome of the space western, and comparisons to Han Solo and the Millenium Falcon are not unearned.
The Doctor Who series has been entertaining fans since the 1960s. While some find it a bit camp, there’s something universally beloved about this tale of a regenerating Time Lord and his TARDIS.
When you’re talking about old sci-fi shows that should be remade, please put Quantum Leap on the top of my list. This series follows Dr. Sam Beckett as he travels through in order to change history.
The successor of The X-Files (and in some ways: Lost), Fringe tells the story of special agent Olivia Dunham as she investigates a phenomenon known as “the pattern” and discovers that there is much more than meets the eye to the mystery.
It was clear from the very beginning, that the Duffer brothers had captured lightning in a bottle with their Netflix series Stranger Things. The perfect cast, the perfect script, and the perfect blend of nostalgia.
Premiering roughly twenty years after its predecessor, Star Trek: TNG truly was a Star Trek for a new generation of viewers. This time however, the series follows Captain Jean-Luc Picard, played by the incomparable Patrick Stewart.
Even though it ran for ten years, and spawned a successful spin-off that gave us Jason Momoa (thank you, Stargate Atlantis), there is a tendency to forget this little gem. An ancient device that acts as a kind of wormhole to travel to other planets is at the center of this story, along with the group of soldiers and scientists tasked with using this device to explore new worlds.