13 Spectacular Sci-Fi Series

My favorite science fiction TV series! The top 5 are fantastic and in a league of their own. All 13 series are entertaining, inventive, and interesting in their own right.
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Farscape (1999 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew. (50 mins.)
“ Frell! The characters, the humor, the story, the special effects...this show has it all. 4 seasons of some of the best sci-fi on the small or big screen, Farscape is a masterpiece. The 2004 miniseries The Peacekeeper Wars provides a large-scale cinematic ending to a remarkable series. ” - countbeefer
Star Trek: Voyager (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is 75 years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home. (44 mins.)
“ A childhood favorite of mine, the opening theme gets me every time. The later seasons allow this show to truly shine. The Holographic Doctor is one of my favorite characters of all time. Captain Janeway, Seven of Nine, Tuvok...the crew of Voyager are all fun to get to know and care about over the course of this seven season journey. Did I mention the opening theme was phenomenal? ” - countbeefer
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the vicinity of the liberated planet of Bajor, the Federation space station Deep Space Nine guards the opening of a stable wormhole to the far side of the galaxy. (45 mins.)
“ Another strong Star Trek series, this is a first class show. The last few seasons chronicling the Dominion War are some of the finest sci-fi I've ever seen. Ever. Odo and Quark are favorites of mine, and once again the opening theme is excellent. ” - countbeefer
SGU Stargate Universe (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Trapped on an Ancient spaceship billions of light years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth. (43 mins.)
“ A show cancelled before its time, Universe is a masterpiece. Some compare it unfavorably to the modern Battlestar Galactica, but I think this show surpasses Galactica in every conceivable way. Galactica is a solid show and it's still in my top 20, but how can it possibly compare to a show that ponders the creation of the entire Universe? Set in the present day, Universe is also more relatable and interesting. Universe gets stronger the more episodes it builds upon, and the character known as Rush is one of the most intriguing and complex characters in the history of science fiction. With more seasons to complete the story, this show could very well have topped the list. ” - countbeefer
Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
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.)
“ Star Trek is reborn and it is awesome. This series is a classic and several characters are unforgettable. Data, Worf, Captain Picard...the introduction of the Borg, oh and there's also Q. This series rounds out my top 5 series with style. ” - countbeefer
Babylon 5 (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A space station in neutral territory is the focus of a unique five year saga. (45 mins.)
“ After a patchy start, Babylon 5 eventually earns its spot among the pantheon of great sci-fi shows with its later seasons chronicling the Shadow War and all that followed. G'Kar is easily the standout of the series, and watching his character arc unfold is a memorable experience. Babylon 5 takes you on a 5 year journey and asks the most fundamental questions of sentient existence: Why are you here? Do you have anything worth living for? ” - countbeefer
Stargate SG-1 (1997 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore the recently discovered Stargates. (44 mins.)
“ Incoming Wormhole! This is an excellent military sci-fi show that combines the best elements of mythology from ancient Egypt, the Norse gods, King Arthur, and many others to create a one-of-a-kind show that shines. Indeed. ” - countbeefer
Stargate: Atlantis (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus Galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy, The Wraith. (44 mins.)
“ This is essentially tied with SG-1, as the characters, mythology, and action are all on par with classic Stargate. The only reason SG-1 ranks slightly higher is because it had double the seasons as well as two fantastic films to tie up the story. Atlantis has a distinct look and the city of Atlantis is beautiful and the wraith are the perfect villains. And let's not forget Rodney McKay... ” - countbeefer
Star Trek: Enterprise (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission, Jonathan Archer captains the United Earth ship Enterprise during the early years of Starfleet, leading up to the Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation. (60 mins.)
“ I don't care what anyone says...I love the opening theme, Captain Archer is awesome (Porthos too... :), the Xindi were phenomenal, and the time travel is well done. If only the show had lasted more than 4 seasons! It could have ranked next to (perhaps even higher :o) than Deep Space Nine and The Next Generation had it had a full 6 or 7 seasons to come full circle. Regardless, this is a beautiful show. ” - countbeefer
Star Trek (1966 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Captain James T. Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise explore the galaxy and defend the United Federation of Planets. (50 mins.)
“ He's dead Jim. Oh, but Star Trek is far from dead. While the original series can seem dated, the chemistry, comradery, and humor between the three main characters Kirk, Spock, and Bones is unmatched. Some episodes are bad...but overall the show itself is unforgettable. The films thankfully improve upon the series and bring back a truly all-star cast. ” - countbeefer
Firefly (2002 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.1/10 X  
Five hundred years in the future, a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft tries to survive as they travel the unknown parts of the galaxy and evade warring factions as well as authority agents out to get them. (44 mins.)
“ Burn the land and boil the sea...you can't take the sky from me. Why are all these opening themes so fantastic!! This show is (quite literally) a wagon train to the stars. The Wild West meets Outer Space in a short-lived, yet brilliant sci-fi spectacle. The show had its flaws, but didn't have much chance to grow in its short life. The film Serenity thankfully gives closure to this show that sadly only lasted half a season. But what an awesome half season that was... ” - countbeefer
Battlestar Galactica (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet - the last of humanity - as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth. (44 mins.)
“ Another excellent opening theme...another (mostly) solid cast...another great sci-fi show. Although it takes itself too seriously at times and the Cylons can be underwhelming in parts, the show itself is top notch. The character drama is both a plus and a minus at times, but the overall story is highly engaging and exciting. A truly worthy series with a solid story and a strong impact. So say we all. ” - countbeefer
Red Dwarf (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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.)
“ A sitcom in space! After a couple rough early seasons, the show takes off. At its best, Red Dwarf is comedy gold. Kryten, Rimmer, Lister, Cat, Holly...unlikely crewmates finding themselves in increasingly unlikely situations. Despite several rough patches, the show deserves to be counted among the best that sci-fi televesion has to offer. ” - countbeefer