Sci-Fi Television in the 1980s

Notable science fiction television shows from the eighties (1980-1989).

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1.
V (1984 TV Series)
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A year after Liberation Day, courtesy of the red-dust bacteria, the humanoid, lizard-like aliens develop a resistance to the micro-organism and try to regain control of the Earth--only now some humans are knowingly working with them. (60 mins.)
 
2.
Galactica 1980 (1980 TV Series)
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When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at the planet Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level and protect Earth from the Cylons. (60 mins.)
 
3.
Beyond Westworld (1980 TV Series)
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The security chief of an android manufacturing company must stop a mad scientist, who's sending the failed theme park's androids to infiltrate society for his own ends. (60 mins.)
 
4.
Ekkusu bonbâ (1980 TV Series)
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As the year 3000 approaches, a war-torn Solar System is invaded by the Imperial Alliance in search of a supreme being... (30 mins.)
 
5.
Astronauts (1981 TV Series)
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Mattocks, Fost and Ackroyd are Britain's first three astronauts. They must live in small, cramped space station orbiting the earth. Naturally, these conditions make coexistence difficult for them, but funny to us. (25 mins.)
 
6.
Kinvig (1981 TV Series)
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Des Kinvig, owner of a backstreet electrical repair shop and part-time UFO nut, discovers that one of his customers... (30 mins.)
Director: Brian Simmons
 
7.
The Phoenix (1981 TV Series)
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An ancient and powerful human-like alien is pursued on modern Earth while he searches for his long lost partner. (60 mins.)
 
8.
Under the Mountain (1981 TV Series)
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Two teenage twin siblings, Rachel and Theo, on a summer vacation in Auckland visiting their aunt and uncle... (24 mins.)
 
9.
Il était une fois... l'espace (1982 TV Series)
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A team of peacekeepers travels the galaxy solving disputes and exploring new worlds. Set against a story of a dispute between a dictatorial planet vying for more power and the rest of the union.
 
10.
Play for Tomorrow (1982 TV Series)
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An anthology of 6 science fiction plays ; In "Crimes" a psychologist tries to cope with marital problems... (60 mins.)
 
11.
The Powers of Matthew Star (1982 TV Series)
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The adventures of high-school student Matthew Star, who is actually a superpowered alien prince from another world. (60 mins.)
 
12.
Q.E.D. (1982 TV Series)
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The tales of Quentin E. Deverill, an eccentric expatriate American professor who uses his unique skills to solve mysteries in Edwardian London. (60 mins.)
Director: Henry Herbert
 
13.
Voyagers! (1982 TV Series)
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A member of a league of time travelers and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history. (60 mins.)
 
14.
Automan (1983 TV Series)
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A computer generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in their city. (70 mins.)
Director: Allen Baron
 
15.
Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince (1983 TV Series)
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Far distant from Earth on a red planet of Antars, a tyrant Zanu has killed their king and imprisoned the queen... (22 mins.)
 
16.
Terrahawks (1983 TV Series)
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In the year 2020 Earth is under threat from Martian androids who want revenge on the human race. They consist of Zelda... (23 mins.)
 
17.
Chocky (1984 TV Series)
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The strange friendship between a young boy of Earth and an extraterrestrial from outer space. (30 mins.)
 
18.
Photon (1986 TV Series)
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Bhodi Li earth's world champion at Photon is selected to join an elite team of Photon Warriars. The Guardians of the Light of Photon work to keep the evil warlord of Arr from taking over the universe.
 
19.
The Transformers (1984 TV Series)
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Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance. (30 mins.)
Director: Peter Wallach
 
20.
The Tripods (1984 TV Series)
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Sci-fi thriller about the takeover of earth by alien tripods. The conquerers start controlling human minds... (30 mins.)
 
21.
Star Wars: Droids (1985 TV Series)
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The adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO years before joining Luke Skywalker. (24 mins.)
 
22.
Ewoks (1985 TV Series)
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The adventures of the Ewoks in Wicket W. Warrick's youth before the Battle of Endor. (30 mins.)
 
23.
Misfits of Science (1985 TV Series)
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The adventures of a team of misfit superheroes who fight crime for a scientific think tank. (60 mins.)
 
24.
Otherworld (1985 Mini-Series)
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Thrown into another dimension, a family must keep ahead of a tyrannical state's hunters while searching for a way home. (60 mins.)
 
25.
Robotech (1985 TV Series)
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An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and the technology and secrets she bears lead Earth into three destructive interplanetary wars. (30 mins.)
 
26.
Small Wonder (1985 TV Series)
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Father Ted Lawson creates a robot, VICI (played by Tiffany Brissette). The family--Ted, Joan and Jamie--keep VICI's identity secret... (30 mins.)
 
27.
The Twilight Zone (1985 TV Series)
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A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist. (45 mins.)
 
28.
ALF (1986 TV Series)
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A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with a terran family after crashing into their garage. (30 mins.)
 
29.
Outlaws (1986 TV Series)
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Five cowboys are sent forward through time from 1886 to 1986, and fight crime. (60 mins.)
 
30.
Starman (1986 TV Series)
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An alien returns to Earth years after an earlier visit to reunite with his Earth son and together, they search for the alien's human wife. (60 mins.)
 
31.
Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987 TV Series)
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A group of guerilla fighters battle the evil machine forces that dominate a future Earth. (30 mins.)
 
32.
The Highwayman (1987 TV Series)
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Series starring a big high-tech 18-wheeler. The driver, the title's 'Highwayman' was one of a team of... (60 mins.)
 
33.
Max Headroom (1987 TV Series)
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In the near future, an intrepid investigative TV reporter does his job with the help of his colleagues and a computerized version of himself. (60 mins.)
 
34.
Out of This World (1987 TV Series)
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The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland, who is the daughter of Troy and Donna Garland. However... (30 mins.)
 
35.
Star Cops (1987 Mini-Series)
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The adventures of the International Space Police Force, led by Nathan Spring. The Star Cops are made up of officers from all over the world... (55 mins.)
 
36.
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
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Set decades after Captain Kirk's five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before. (44 mins.)
 
37.
Probe (1988 TV Series)
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An eccentric scientific prodigy and his secretary investigate mysteries. (60 mins.)
 
38.
Red Dwarf (1988 TV Series)
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The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf. (30 mins.)
 
39.
Something Is Out There (1988 TV Series)
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Jack Breslin was a somewhat maverick police detective paired (unofficially) with a beautiful alien possessing strange powers and abilities named Ta'Ra... (60 mins.)
 
40.
War of the Worlds (1988 TV Series)
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Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s. (45 mins.)
 
41.
Alien Nation (1989 TV Series)
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A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong... (60 mins.)
 
42.
Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989 TV Series)
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Jesse, an alien is sent to Earth and finds himself in Los Angeles. His only companion is a floating... (60 mins.)
Director: Ed Zuckerman
 
43.
Quantum Leap (1989 TV Series)
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Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time--"leaping" into the body of a different person in a different time period each week. (60 mins.)
Director: John Cullum