Sci-Fi Television in the 1950s

by mike_sean | last updated - 22 Apr 2014 | Public

Notable science fiction television shows from the fifties (1950-1959). List order is chronological.

See also: Sci-Fi Television in the 1960s | 1970s | 1980s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s

Related sci-fi list: Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1950s

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1. Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.2
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It is the near future as seen from the perspective of the early 1950s. Earth is in radio contact with civilizations on planets in our solar system, as well as planets in other, distant ... See full summary »

Stars: Judd Holdren, Aline Towne, Gregory Gaye, Craig Kelly

Votes: 98

2. Space Patrol (1950–1955)

30 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

7.5
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Commander Corey and youthful Cadet Happy roam the 30th century universe in their ship "Terra" fighting super-villains Mr. Proteus and Prince Baccarratti and other badguys. Captured badguys ... See full summary »

Stars: Ed Kemmer, Lyn Osborn, Nina Bara, Ken Mayer

Votes: 72

3. Buck Rogers (1950– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.9
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A twentieth century football player is swept to the twenty-fifth century and joins the battle against the local despot.

Stars: Kem Dibbs, Robert Pastene, Harry Sothern, Harry Kingston

Votes: 34

4. Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (1950–1955)

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

7.4
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Four centuries into the future, Cadets Tom Corbett, Roger Manning and Astro are training to become Solar Guards. Their ship, the "Polaris" took them to numerous adventures, usually natural catastrophes rather than villains.

Stars: Frankie Thomas, Al Markim, Jan Merlin, Jack Grimes

Votes: 57

5. Out There (1951–1952)

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.5
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Innovative anthology series was one of the first adult-oriented science fiction series of the early-fifties and probably suffered for it. Teleplays were adapted from the best science ... See full summary »

Stars: Casey Allen, Robert Webber, Arthur Batanides, Stewart Bradley

Votes: 8

6. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.4
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Anthology series featuring both classic and modern sci-fi themes.

Stars: Leslie Nielsen, Cameron Prud'Homme, Edgar Stehli, Theo Goetz

Votes: 219

7. Atom Squad (1953–1954)

15 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy

6.6
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The Atom Squad is a top-secret planetary defense organization faced with challenges from evildoers and malfunctioning machines alike.

Stars: Harrison Sheppard, Robert Courtleigh, Robert Hastings, Bram Nossen

Votes: 7

8. Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Ernest P. Duckweather, a general-store clerk, invents an interplanetary television set, thus developing a friendship with a puppet named Johnny Jupiter.

Stars: Gilbert Mack, Cliff Hall, Pat Peardon, Wright King

Votes: 22

9. Operation Neptune (1953– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

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A live science fiction program aimed at kids. Commander Bill Hollister, aided by his protege Dink Saudners, was ordered to determine why a large number of ships were sinking. Hollister ... See full summary »

Stars: Tod Griffin, Richard Holland, Harold Conklin, Dehl Berti

10. Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Sci-Fi

6.5
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On 22nd-Century Earth, the Rocket Rangers are a celestial defense organization, battling interplanetary evil from their headquarters on Omega Base.

Stars: Cliff Robertson, Bruce Hall, Jack Weston, John Boruff

Votes: 13

11. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.1
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Space hero Flash Gordon and his crew of the Galaxy Bureau of Investigation patrol space, battling space monsters, power-mad alien dictators and other threats to the stability of the universe.

Stars: Steve Holland, Irene Champlin, Joseph Nash, Henry Beckman

Votes: 170

12. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954– )

26 min | Family, Sci-Fi

5.6
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Cruising the galaxy in his space ship "The Orbit Jet" Space Ranger, Rocky Jones, Vena Ray, and 10 year-old Bobby defend the Earth and themselves against space-bound evil doers.

Stars: Richard Crane, Sally Mansfield, Scotty Beckett, Robert Lyden

Votes: 131

13. Captain Z-Ro (1955– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

6.8
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From his secret laboratory, Captain Z-Ro and his associates use their time machine, the ZX-99, to learn from the past and plan for the future.

Stars: Roy Steffens, Bruce Haynes, Jack Cahill, Richard Glyer

Votes: 28

14. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

8.4
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In this science-fiction anthology series host Truman Bradley introduces stories extrapolated from actual scientific data available in the 1950's, concentrating on such concepts as space ... See full summary »

Stars: Truman Bradley, Marshall Thompson, Michael Fox, Peter Hansen

Votes: 250

15. Men Into Space (1959–1960)

30 min | Sci-Fi

8.2
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The more-or-less realistic adventures of Colonel Ed McCauley, head of the American space program. He battles saboteurs, budget cuts, defective equipment and other problems in outer space.

Stars: William Lundigan, Joyce Taylor, Charles Herbert, Tyler McVey

Votes: 116

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

TV-PG | 51 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

9.0
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Ordinary people find themselves in extraordinarily astounding situations, which they each try to solve in a remarkable manner.

Stars: Rod Serling, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor

Votes: 51,863

17. World of Giants (1959– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

7.8
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The adventures of a six-inch-tall American spy.

Stars: Marshall Thompson, Arthur Franz, Tom McKee, Tom Brown

Votes: 21