Terrific TV Series

This is a list of my personal favorite TV series. This is an entirely subjective list, and I tend to favor Sci-Fi and Fantasy series.

Note: My favorite series include sci-fi and fantasy epics, sitcoms, a few high-quality animation shows, and other scripted TV shows. I did not include talk shows or game shows, although I'm a huge fan of both The Late Late Show and Match Game. This list is for series with plotlines, character arcs, and all that good stuff. I also did not include shows in which I have only seen a handful of episodes. For most of the shows listed I've seen every episode. Some sitcoms I've seen the majority of episodes, but haven't necessarily watched the entire show in order from beginning to end.
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1.
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. ” - Peace Train
 
2.
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. (45 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? ” - Peace Train
 
3.
Avatar: The Last Airbender (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
In a war-torn world of elemental magic, a young boy reawakens to undertake a dangerous mystic quest to fulfill his destiny as the Avatar, and bring peace to the world. (23 mins.)
“ Water... Earth... Fire... Air...

Long ago, the four nations lived together in harmony. Then, everything changed when the Fire Nation attacked. Only the Avatar, master of all four elements, could stop them, but when the world needed him most, he vanished. A hundred years passed and my brother and I discovered the new Avatar, an airbender named Aang. And although his airbending skills are great, he has a lot to learn before he's ready to save anyone. But I believe Aang can save the world. ” - Peace Train
 
4.
Everybody Loves Raymond (1996 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The comical everyday life of a successful sports columnist and his dysfunctional family. (22 mins.)
“ Holy crap!

This show has it all - an unforgettable cast of characters, hilarious episodes, and tremendous heart. Easily my favorite sitcom. ” - Peace Train
 
5.
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. ” - Peace Train
 
6.
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 40, 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. ” - Peace Train
 
7.
The Legend of Korra (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Avatar Korra fights to keep Republic City safe from the evil forces of both the physical and spiritual worlds. (23 mins.)
“ Earth. Fire. Air. Water. Only the Avatar can master all four elements and bring balance to the world. ” - Peace Train
 
8.
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! ” - Peace Train
 
9.
Smallville (2001 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young Clark Kent struggles to find his place in the world as he learns to harness his alien powers for good and deals with the typical troubles of teenage life in Smallville. (60 mins.)
“ Somebody saaaaaaaaaave meeee!
Let your waters break right through
Somebody save me
I don't' care how you do it
Just save me, save me
I've made this whole world shine for you
Just save, save
Come on... ” - Peace Train
 
10.
Arrow (2012 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow. (42 mins.)
“ My name is Oliver Queen. After five years in hell, I have come home with only one goal: to save my city. Now others have joined my crusade. To them, I'm Oliver Queen. To the rest of Starling City, I'm someone else. I am something else. ” - Peace Train
 
11.
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? ” - Peace Train
 
12.
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. ” - Peace Train
 
13.
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... ” - Peace Train
 
14.
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. ” - Peace Train
 
15.
Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Hercules, aided by his best friend Iolaus, goes on many adventures helping people and slaying mythical monsters using his half-god strength. (44 mins.)
“ This is the story of a time long ago – a time of myth and legend. When the ancient gods were petty and cruel, and they plagued mankind with suffering, only one man dared to challenge their power – Hercules.

Hercules possessed a strength the world had never seen – a strength surpassed only by the power of his heart. He journeyed the Earth – battling the minions of his wicked stepmother, Hera, the all-powerful queen of the gods.

But wherever there was evil, wherever an innocent would suffer, there would be Hercules. ” - Peace Train
 
16.
Xena: Warrior Princess (1995 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Xena, a mighty Warrior Princess with a dark past, sets out to redeem herself. She is joined by small town bard, Gabrielle. Together they journey the ancient world and fight for the greater good against ruthless Warlords and Gods. (45 mins.)
“ In a time of ancient gods, warlords and kings, a land in turmoil cried out for a hero.

She was Xena, a mighty princess forged in the heat of battle. The power. The passion. The danger.

Her courage will change the world... ” - Peace Train
 
17.
Star Wars Rebels (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A brave and clever ragtag starship crew stands up against the evil Empire as it tightens its grip on the galaxy and hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights. (30 mins.)
“ "We will squeeze Lothal until someone reveals the whereabouts of these traitors..." ” - Peace Train
 
18.
Star Wars: Clone Wars (2003 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The events and battles of the Old Republic's last major war is recounted. (15 mins.)
“ Like fire across the galaxy, the Clone Wars spread. In league with the wicked Count Dooku, more and more planets slip. Against this threat, upon the Jedi Knights falls the duty, to lead the newly-formed Army of the Republic. ” - Peace Train
 
19.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The Grand Army of the Republic, led by Yoda, Mace Windu, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin Skywalker and other Jedi Knights, fights the New Droid Army of the Separatists. (23 mins.)
“ No longer certain, that one ever does win a war, I am. For in fighting the battles, the bloodshed, already lost we have. Yet, open to us a path remains. That unknown to the Sith is. Through this path, victory we may yet find. Not victory in the Clone Wars, but victory for all time. ” - Peace Train
 
20.
The Middle (2009 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The daily mishaps of a married woman and her semi-dysfunctional family and their attempts to survive life in general in the city of Orson, Indiana. (22 mins.)
“ A show with heart, humor, and a great cast. A worthy successor to Everybody Loves Raymond as a fun, quirky family show. ” - Peace Train
 
21.
Desperate Housewives (2004 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Secrets and truths unfold through the lives of female friends in one suburban neighborhood, after the mysterious suicide of a neighbor. (45 mins.)
“ An odd thing happens when we die, our senses vanish. Taste, touch, smell and sound become a distant memory, but our sight? Ah, our sight expands and we can suddenly see the world we left behind so clearly. Of course most of what's visible to the dead could also be seen by the living, if they would only take the time to look. ” - Peace Train
 
22.
Game of Thrones (2011 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.5/10 X  
While a civil war brews between several noble families in Westeros, the children of the former rulers of the land attempt to rise up to power. Meanwhile a forgotten race, bent on destruction, plans to return after thousands of years in the North. (56 mins.)
“ Winter is coming... ” - Peace Train
 
23.
Rome (2005 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic. (90 mins.)
“ In future, you will remember that it is I that offers mercy. No one else. ” - Peace Train
 
24.
Merlin (2008 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
The adventures of the legendary sorcerer as a young man. (45 mins.)
“ In a land of myth, and a time of magic, the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young boy. His name... Merlin. ” - Peace Train
 
25.
The Flash (2014 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Barry Allen wakes up 9 months after he was struck by lightning and discovers that the bolt gave him the power of super speed. With his new team and powers, Barry becomes "The Flash" and fights crime in Central City. (43 mins.)
“ "Run, Barry, RUN!" ” - Peace Train
 
26.
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. ” - Peace Train
 
27.
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... ” - Peace Train
 
28.
The King of Queens (1998 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Delivery man Doug Heffernan has a good life: He's got a pretty wife (Carrie), a big TV and friends to watch it with. Then Carrie's goofy and annoying father Arthur moves in with them. (22 mins.)
“ My eyes are getting weary. My back is getting tight. I'm sitting here in traffic, on the Queensborough bridge tonight. But I don't care cause all I want to do...is cash my check and drive right home to you. Cause Baby, all my life, I will be driving home to you.... ” - Peace Train
 
29.
I Love Lucy (1951 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A daffy woman constantly strives to become a star along with her bandleader husband and gets herself in the strangest situations. (30 mins.)
“ Vitameatavegamin Sold Here! ” - Peace Train
 
30.
Frasier (1993 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Dr. Frasier Crane moves back to his hometown of Seattle where he lives with his father and works as a radio psychiatrist. (22 mins.)
“ A uniquely enjoyable sitcom with a likable and eccentric cast of characters. Jane Leeves as Daphne is the highlight of the show for me. ” - Peace Train
 
31.
Friends (1994 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.0/10 X  
Follows the lives of six 20-something friends living in Manhattan. (22 mins.)
“ So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job's a joke, you're broke, your love life's D O A
It's like you're always stuck in second gear
When it hasn't been your day, your week
Your month or even your year but

I'll be there for you
(When the rain starts to pour)
I'll be there for you
(Like I've been there before)
I'll be there for you
('Cause you're there for me too...) ” - Peace Train
 
32.
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. ” - Peace Train
 
33.
Quantum Leap (1989 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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
“ Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, Doctor Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator - and vanished. He awoke to find himself trapped in the past, facing mirror images that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Al, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only Sam can see and hear. And so Doctor Beckett finds himself leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong and hoping each time that his next leap... will be the leap home. ” - Peace Train
 
34.
Red Dwarf (1988 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 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 tv has to offer. ” - Peace Train
 
35.
Andromeda (2000 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Captain Hunt and the crew of the Starship Andromeda set out on a mission to rebuild the Systems Commonwealth 300 years after its fall. (43 mins.)
“ The long night has come. The Systems Commonwealth, the greatest civilization in history, has fallen.

Now, one ship, one crew have vowed to drive back the night and rekindle the light of civilization.

On the starship Andromeda, hope lives again... ” - Peace Train
 
36.
The Land Before Time (2007 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
“ All I see is the day in front of us,
Burning bright with a new-born sun.

Come follow me...
Hills to climb and plains to roam,
Oh, streams to follow all the way home,
To the Land Before Time...
Before Time! ” - Peace Train
 
37.
Dinosaurs (1991 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Dinosaurs follows the life of a family of dinosaurs, living in a modern world. They have TVs, fridges, etc. The only humans around are cavemen, who are viewed as pets and wild animals. (30 mins.)
“ All we are saying is give peas a chance. Everybody's talkin' about radishes, arugula... betugia, beteeglia, beteedilia... ” - Peace Train