Sci-Fi Television in the 1950s

by mike_sean | created - 06 Mar 2011 | 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

Dangerous climate changes are ravaging Earth and the U.S. government requests an investigation by masked super-scientist Commando Cody. He discovers that the disasters are being caused by space-alien forces from unknown planetary origins.

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

Votes: 153

2. Space Patrol (1950–1955)

30 min | Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure

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: 122

3. Buck Rogers (1950– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

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

Stars: Harry Kingston, Robert Pastene, Lou Prentis, Harry Sothern

Votes: 52

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

15 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Adventure

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: 95

5. Out There (1951–1952)

30 min | Sci-Fi

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: 21

6. Tales of Tomorrow (1951–1953)

TV-G | 25 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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

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

Votes: 339

7. Atom Squad (1953–1954)

15 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure, Fantasy

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

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

Votes: 13

8. Johnny Jupiter (1953–1954)

30 min | Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

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

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

Votes: 43

9. Operation Neptune (1953– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

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

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

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

Votes: 21

11. Flash Gordon (1954–1955)

30 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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: 260

12. Rocky Jones, Space Ranger (1954– )

26 min | Family, Sci-Fi

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: 187

13. Captain Z-Ro (1955–1956)

30 min | Sci-Fi

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: 50

14. Science Fiction Theatre (1955–1957)

25 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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, Michael Fox, Marshall Thompson, Peter Hansen

Votes: 354

15. Men Into Space (1959–1960)

30 min | Sci-Fi

The 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: 182

16. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

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

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: 76,345

17. World of Giants (1959– )

30 min | Sci-Fi

Marshal Thompson plays a secret agent that is approximately 6 inches tall. He is carried around from one mission to another in a briefcase with a small chair inside.

Stars: Marshall Thompson, Arthur Franz, Marcia Henderson, Tom McKee

Votes: 32



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