Sci-Fi Television in the 1980s

by mike_sean | created - 07 Mar 2011 | updated - 20 Feb 2015 | Public

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

See also: Sci-Fi Television in the 1950s | 1960s | 1970s | 1990s | 2000s | 2010s

Related sci-fi list: Sci-Fi Cinema in the 1980s

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1. V (1984–1985)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Marc Singer, Faye Grant, Michael Ironside, Jane Badler

Votes: 8,591

2. Galactica 1980 (1980)

60 min | Sci-Fi

When the Battlestar Galactica finally arrives at Earth, they find they must subtly raise its tech level while protecting it from the Cylons.

Stars: Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass, Lorne Greene

Votes: 2,865

3. Beyond Westworld (1980– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

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.

Stars: Jim McMullan, James Wainwright, William Jordan, Nancy Harewood

Votes: 195

4. Ekkusu bonbâ (1980– )

30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

As the year 3000 approaches, a war-torn Solar System is invaded by the Imperial Alliance in search of a supreme being, the F-01. The experimental X Bomber spacecraft with its young crew ... See full summary »

Stars: Toshio Furukawa, Jay Benedict, Mikio Terashima, Peter Marinker

Votes: 216

5. Astronauts (1981–1982)

25 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Christopher Godwin, Carmen Du Sautoy, Barrie Rutter, Bruce Boa

Votes: 16

6. Kinvig (1981– )

30 min | Sci-Fi, Comedy

Des Kinvig, owner of a backstreet electrical repair shop and part-time UFO nut, discovers that one of his customers, the beautiful but fiery Miss Griffin, is really an emissary from the ... See full summary »

Stars: Tony Haygarth, Patsy Rowlands, Prunella Gee, Colin Jeavons

Votes: 45

7. The Phoenix (1981– )

60 min | Sci-Fi

An ancient and powerful human-like alien is pursued on modern Earth while he searches for his long lost partner.

Stars: Judson Scott, Richard Lynch, E.G. Marshall, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 191

8. Under the Mountain (1981)

24 min | Family, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Teenage twin siblings, Rachel and Theo, on a summer vacation in Auckland visiting their aunt and uncle, meet a certain Mr. Jones, a mysterious man who helped find them when they got lost in... See full summary »

Stars: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Roy Leywood, William Johnson

Votes: 288

9. Il était une fois... l'espace (1982– )

Animation, Family, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Roger Carel, Annie Balestra, Alain Dorval, Vincent Ropion

Votes: 1,279

10. Play for Tomorrow (1982– )

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An anthology of 6 science fiction plays ; In "Crimes" a psychologist tries to cope with marital problems while working on the problem of prison overcrowding in the year 2002 ; In "Bright ... See full summary »

Stars: Gavin Campbell, Tracey Childs, Robin Ellis, Denys Hawthorne

Votes: 13

11. The Powers of Matthew Star (1982–1983)

60 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

The adventures of high-school student Matthew Star, who is actually a superpowered alien Prince from another world.

Stars: Peter Barton, Louis Gossett Jr., Amy Steel, James Karen

Votes: 252

12. Q.E.D. (I) (1982– )

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Mystery

In 1912, Quentin E. Deverill, an eccentric expatriate American professor, uses his unique skills to solve mysteries in London.

Stars: Sam Waterston, George Innes, A.C. Weary, Julian Glover

Votes: 108

13. Voyagers! (1982–1983)

60 min | Adventure, Family, Sci-Fi

A member of a league of time travelers and a boy travel through time repairing errors in world history.

Stars: Jon-Erik Hexum, Meeno Peluce, Stephen Liska, Gregory Itzin

Votes: 1,116

14. Automan (1983–1984)

70 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

A computer-generated superhero and his human creator fight crime in the city.

Stars: Desi Arnaz Jr., Chuck Wagner, Heather McNair, Gerald S. O'Loughlin

Votes: 1,255

15. Benji, Zax & the Alien Prince (1983)

22 min | Family, Sci-Fi

Far distant from Earth on a red planet of Antars, a tyrant Zanu has killed their king and imprisoned the queen. The crown prince, their son, named Yubi (Christopher Burton) has escaped to ... See full summary »

Stars: Chris Burton, Ric Spiegel, Ken Miller, Benji

Votes: 382

16. Terrahawks (1983–1986)

23 min | Family, Sci-Fi

The missions of a planetary defense organization dedicated to protecting Earth from a Martian menace.

Stars: Jeremy Hitchen, Denise Bryer, Anne Ridler, Windsor Davies

Votes: 506

17. Chocky (1984)

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

The strange friendship between a young boy from Earth and an extraterrestrial.

Stars: James Hazeldine, Carol Drinkwater, Andrew Ellams, Glynis Brooks

Votes: 255

18. Photon (1986– )

Action, Adventure, Family

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.

Stars: Christopher Lockwood, Loretta Haywood, Graham Ravey, Eros Rivers

Votes: 58

19. The Transformers (1984–1987)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Two opposing factions of transforming alien robots engage in a battle that has the fate of Earth in the balance.

Stars: Frank Welker, Peter Cullen, Corey Burton, Christopher Collins

Votes: 18,304

20. The Tripods (1984–1985)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Masters using their giant Tripods. cousins. When humans reach the age of sixteen, they must undergo a process known as capping which ... See full summary »

Stars: John Shackley, Ceri Seel, Jim Baker, Robin Hayter

Votes: 1,129

21. Star Wars: Droids (1985–1986)

24 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The adventures of R2-D2 and C-3PO years before serving the Rebel Alliance.

Stars: Anthony Daniels, Graeme Campbell, Dan Hennessey, Lesleh Donaldson

Votes: 1,146

22. Ewoks (1985–1987)

TV-G | 30 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the Ewoks in Wicket W. Warrick's youth before the Battle of Endor.

Stars: Jim Henshaw, Lesleh Donaldson, Cree Summer, Alyson Court

Votes: 1,391

23. Misfits of Science (1985–1986)

60 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of a team of misfit superheroes who fight crime for a scientific think tank.

Stars: Dean Paul Martin, Kevin Peter Hall, Mark Thomas Miller, Courteney Cox

Votes: 724

24. Otherworld (1985)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Thrown into another dimension, a family must keep ahead of a tyrannical state's hunters while searching for a way home.

Stars: Sam Groom, Gretchen Corbett, Tony O'Dell, Jonna Lee

Votes: 340

25. Robotech (1985– )

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An alien spaceship crash lands on Earth and the technology and secrets she bears lead Earth into three destructive interplanetary wars.

Stars: Robert Axelrod, Bill Capizzi, Frank Catalano, Richard Epcar

Votes: 2,975

26. Small Wonder (1985–1989)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

Father Ted Lawson creates a robot, VICI (played by Tiffany Brissette). The family--Ted, Joan and Jamie--keep VICI's identity secret, and pretend that she is their daughter. Harriet, their ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Christie, Marla Pennington, Jerry Supiran, Tiffany Brissette

Votes: 3,939

27. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Mystery

A collection of tales which range from comic to tragic, but often have a wicked sense of humor and an unexpected twist.

Stars: Robin Ward, Charles Aidman, Richard Mulligan, William Atherton

Votes: 7,827

28. ALF (1986–1990)

TV-G | 30 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A furry alien wiseguy comes to live with the Tanner family after crashing into their garage.

Stars: Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright, Anne Schedeen

Votes: 27,443

29. Outlaws (1986–1987)

60 min | Crime, Sci-Fi, Western

Five cowboys are sent forward in time from 1899 to 1986, where they start their own detective agency.

Stars: Rod Taylor, William Lucking, Richard Roundtree, Charles Napier

Votes: 106

30. Starman (1986–1987)

60 min | Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Robert Hays, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Michael Cavanaugh, Patrick Culliton

Votes: 603

31. Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future (1987–1988)

Not Rated | 30 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A group of guerilla fighters battle the evil machine forces that dominate a future Earth.

Stars: Tim Dunigan, Peter MacNeill, Sven-Ole Thorsen, Maurice Dean Wint

Votes: 1,052

32. The Highwayman (1987– )

60 min | Action, Sci-Fi

Series starring a big high-tech 18-wheeler. The driver, the title's 'Highwayman' was one of a team of federal marshals empowered to right wrongs "where ordinary laws do not reach" - and to ... See full summary »

Stars: Sam J. Jones, Mark 'Jacko' Jackson, Tim Russ, Jane Badler

Votes: 303

33. Max Headroom (1987–1988)

60 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

In the near future, an intrepid investigative TV reporter does his job with the help of his colleagues and a computerized version of himself.

Stars: Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Chris Young, Jeffrey Tambor

Votes: 1,971

34. Out of This World (1987–1991)

30 min | Comedy, Family

The series revolves around Evie Ethel Garland, who is the daughter of Troy and Donna Garland. However, Troy is an alien from the planet Antereus. As a benefit of her half-alien parentage, ... See full summary »

Stars: Donna Pescow, Maureen Flannigan, Burt Reynolds, Doug McClure

Votes: 1,430

35. Star Cops (1987– )

55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The adventures of the International Space Police Force, led by Nathan Spring, in 2027. The Star Cops are made up of officers from all over the world: the British Colin Devis, the Australian... See full summary »

Stars: David Calder, Erick Ray Evans, Trevor Cooper, Linda Newton

Votes: 148

36. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

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.

Stars: Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton

Votes: 81,878

37. Probe (1988– )

60 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

An eccentric scientific prodigy and his secretary investigate mysteries.

Stars: Parker Stevenson, Ashley Crow, Jon Cypher, Clive Revill

Votes: 151

38. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 30,083

39. Something Is Out There (I) (1988– )

60 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Jack Breslin was a somewhat maverick police detective paired (unofficially) with a beautiful alien possessing strange powers and abilities named Ta'Ra. Posing as his cousin and keeping her ... See full summary »

Stars: Maryam d'Abo, Joe Cortese, Gregory Sierra, Dan Cortese

Votes: 126

40. War of the Worlds (1988–1990)

45 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Humanity must resume its war against the Martians when they revive after decades of hibernation following their defeat in the 1950s.

Stars: Jared Martin, Lynda Mason Green, Philip Akin, Richard Chaves

Votes: 966

41. Alien Nation (1989–1990)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

A flying saucer crashed in the Mojave Desert and its inhabitants turned out to be alien slaves, bred to be super intelligent and strong, and controllable by their Overseers. These ... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli, Lauren Woodland

Votes: 4,270

42. Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Jesse, an alien exiled to Earth, finds himself in Los Angeles. His only companion is a floating, orb-shaped robotic parole officer named Control. Doomed to stay on Earth until Jesse can ... See full summary »

Stars: Martin Kove, Danny Mann, Brad Koepenick, Kent Stoddard

Votes: 255

43. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in the past, "leaping" into the bodies of different people on a regular basis.

Stars: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt, Dennis Wolfberg

Votes: 22,954



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