40 Under the Radar Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV

by hellraiser7 | created - 10 months ago | updated - 2 months ago | Public

The Sci-Fi/Fantasy genere has produced dozens of titles that have became timeless classics not just in the genere but TV itself. But as plentiful as they are there are also those Sci-Fi/Fantasy shows that have faded from memory or not given a fair shake. These are the ones for any fan of the genre seeking something away from the all too familiar which is part of the joy of this genre.

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1. The Odyssey (1992–1994)

30 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

Following an accident, young Jay Ziegler falls into a coma. While his family and friends must continue their lives in the Real World, Jay finds himself in the magical Downworld on a quest to return home.

Stars: Illya Woloshyn, Ashleigh Aston Moore, Tony Sampson, Janet Hodgkinson

Votes: 629

2. Dark Skies (1996–1997)

60 min | Adventure, Drama, Mystery

In 1960s America, a young couple struggle to expose the truth about a hidden alien invasion, while a secret government organization follows its own agenda in dealing with the threat.

Stars: Eric Close, J.T. Walsh, Lackos, Megan Ward

Votes: 1,689

3. The Invaders (1967–1968)

51 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. Suddenly, in the middle of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Max Kleven, William Windom

Votes: 2,190

4. Nowhere Man (1995–1996)

44 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Thomas Veil is a documentary photographer who, in the course of one evening, seemingly has his whole existence erased. It appears as if some mysterious and powerful entity has coerced ... See full summary »

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Megan Gallagher, Marvin LaRoy Sanders, Sam A. Mowry

Votes: 1,575

5. The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. (1993–1994)

TV-14 | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A bounty hunter rides the Old West, fighting bad guys, many with futuristic-type gadgets.

Stars: Bruce Campbell, Julius Carry, Christian Clemenson, Comet

Votes: 7,283

6. The Twilight Zone (1985–1989)

TV-PG | 45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

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: 9,026

7. 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: 2,146

8. Continuum (I) (2012–2015)

45 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A detective from the year 2077 finds herself trapped in present day Vancouver and searching for ruthless criminals from the future.

Stars: Rachel Nichols, Victor Webster, Erik Knudsen, Stephen Lobo

Votes: 55,421

9. Charlie Jade (2005– )

45 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

A missing persons detective finds himself caught between three parallel universes.

Stars: Jeffrey Pierce, Michael Filipowich, Michele Burgers, Tyrone Benskin

Votes: 1,047

10. The Flash (1990–1991)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

A police forensic scientist, Barry Allen, battles crimes as the super-fast superhero "The Flash".

Stars: John Wesley Shipp, Amanda Pays, Alex Désert, Vito D'Ambrosio

Votes: 5,910

11. Power Rangers R.P.M. (2009)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In the near future, the mysterious and sinister Venjix Computer Network is attempting to conquer and lay ruin to the entire planet. Mankind has retreated into environmentally-shielded domed... See full summary »

Stars: Eka Darville, Ari Boyland, Rose McIver, Milo Cawthorne

Votes: 1,353

12. The Outer Limits (1995–2002)

TV-PG | 44 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A modern revival of the classic science fiction horror anthology show The Outer Limits (1963). Episodes often have twist-endings and involve aliens. Sometimes, a story from one episode continues in a later episode.

Stars: Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun, Eric Schneider, Garvin Cross

Votes: 10,626

13. Ultraman: Towards the Future (1990–1992)

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

Astronaut turned UMA member Jack Shindo transforms into a new Ultraman to defend the Earth.

Stars: Dore Kraus, Gia Carides, Ralph Cotterill, Grace Parr

Votes: 80

14. Dark Shadows (1991)

45 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Victoria Winters comes to Collinwood, an isolated mansion in Maine, to work as a governess, but soon finds herself drawn into a strange world of vampires, ghosts and curses.

Stars: Ben Cross, Barbara Blackburn, Jim Fyfe, Joanna Going

Votes: 1,683

15. Roswell (1999–2002)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

The lives of three young alien/human hybrids with extraordinary gifts in Roswell.

Stars: Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl, Majandra Delfino

Votes: 25,711

16. MythQuest (2001– )

49 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

While searching for their missing father, a brother & sister Alex & Cleo Bellows are drawn into the actual myths when entering the Cyber Museum.They encounter Gorgos, a trickster god, who ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Jacot, Meredith Henderson, Bill Switzer, Wendy Anderson

Votes: 226

17. Timeless (2016–2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

An unlikely trio travel through time in order to battle unknown criminals and protect history as we know it.

Stars: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Malcolm Barrett, Paterson Joseph

Votes: 31,996

18. Flashforward (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 42 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A special task force in the FBI investigates after every person on Earth simultaneously blacks out and awakens with a short vision of their future.

Stars: Courtney B. Vance, Joseph Fiennes, Jack Davenport, Zachary Knighton

Votes: 57,787

19. TekWar (1994–1996)

60 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

The year is 2045 and "tek," a highly addictive computer-based reality drug takes the users of the drug into a fantasy world. Jake Cardigan, a cop who was jailed on trumped charges, is hired... See full summary »

Stars: Greg Evigan, William Shatner, Natalie Radford, Maria del Mar

Votes: 526

20. Earth 2 (1994–1995)

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

Colonists, crash-landed on an alien planet, begin the long trek to their originally designated landing place, facing both alien and human threats.

Stars: Debrah Farentino, Clancy Brown, Sullivan Walker, Jessica Steen

Votes: 4,489

21. Time Trax (1993–1994)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A cop from the future is sent back to contemporary times to track down fugitives hiding in the past.

Stars: Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander, Peter Donat, Malcolm Cork

Votes: 1,128

22. Sliders (1995–2000)

60 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A boy genius and his comrades travel to different parallel universes, trying to find their way back home.

Stars: Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies, Cleavant Derricks

Votes: 15,301

23. 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: 376

24. Super Force (1990– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In the year 2020, an astronaut becomes a vigilante when he returns from a mission to learn his cop brother's been murdered.

Stars: Ken Olandt, Patrick Macnee, Larry B. Scott, Lisa Niemi

Votes: 301

25. War of the Worlds (1988–1990)

TV-PG | 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: 1,034

26. V.R. Troopers (1994–1996)

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

Industrialist Carl Ziktor's virtual alter-ego Grimlord worked on the creation of an army made of warrior robots. And, before he became missing for two years, Ryan Steel's father worked with... See full summary »

Stars: Michael Hollander, Michael Sorich, David Carr, Gardner Baldwin

Votes: 857

27. The Charmings (1987–1988)

30 min | Comedy

Snow White, Prince Charming and their family are transported through time to the present day. They try to fit into normal society, despite their unfamiliarity with technology.

Stars: Christopher Rich, Judy Parfitt, Cork Hubbert, Brandon Call

Votes: 213

28. Power Rangers Ninja Steel (2017–2018)

TV-Y7 | 21 min | Action, Sci-Fi

A new team of superhuman power rangers must work together and use their new ninja powers to prevent evil from dominating the human race and from destroying the planet earth and the universe

Stars: William Shewfelt, Nico Greetham, Zoë Robins, Peter Adrian Sudarso

Votes: 554

29. Falling Skies (2011–2015)

TV-14 | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Survivors of an alien attack on earth gather together to fight for their lives and fight back.

Stars: Noah Wyle, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Will Patton

Votes: 82,981

30. Odyssey 5 (2002–2004)

60 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

After witnessing the sudden implosion of Earth from orbit, a group of five Odyssey astronauts is sent five years back in time by an alien force to find the cause and prevent the disaster. A vast conspiracy stands in their way.

Stars: Peter Weller, Sebastian Roché, Christopher Gorham, Leslie Silva

Votes: 2,741

31. Eerie, Indiana (1991–1992)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Teenage weirdness investigator Marshall Teller adventures through his new small-town home with his friends, geeky Simon Holmes and mysterious Dash X.

Stars: Omri Katz, Justin Shenkarow, Mary-Margaret Humes, Francis Guinan

Votes: 4,637

32. So Weird (1999–2001)

TV-Y7 | 30 min | Adventure, Family, Mystery

A preteen girl travels around the country continually stumbling over supernatural occurrences. Without anyone to believe her, she posts what she finds on her website entitled "So Weird".

Stars: Cara DeLizia, Mackenzie Phillips, Patrick Levis, Belinda Metz

Votes: 2,395

33. Power Rangers Jungle Fury (2008)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Three teenagers from the Pai Zhug Kung Fu Academy are chosen to fight the forces of an opposing academy and all other forces of evil.

Stars: Jason Smith, Anna Hutchison, Aljin Abella, David de Lautour

Votes: 1,279

34. Power Rangers S.P.D. (2005)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Fifteen years into the future, Earth has welcomed alien beings to live with humans. But peace is short lived, as a planet conquering alien force turns its destructive attention to Earth! ... See full summary »

Stars: Brandon Jay McLaren, Chris Violette, Matt Sadowski, Monica May

Votes: 2,253

35. Land of the Lost (1991–1992)

23 min | Adventure, Family, Comedy

A family is trapped in a dinosaur dominated alternative world and must struggle to survive it.

Stars: Timothy Bottoms, Jenny Drugan, Robert Gavin, Ed Gale

Votes: 757

36. 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: 1,112

37. The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985–1992)

23 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A Canadian-produced anthology series scripted by famed science-fiction author Ray Bradbury. Many of the teleplays were based upon Bradbury's novels and short stories.

Stars: Ray Bradbury, Frank Whitten, Desmond Kelly, Wayne Robson

Votes: 935

38. Masked Rider: Dragon Knight (2008–2009)

TV-Y7 | 22 min | Action

On the other side of every mirror on Earth lies the parallel dimension of Ventara - a world destroyed by the evil alien, General Xaviax. The Kamen Riders were warriors from Ventara who ... See full summary »

Stars: Matt Mullins, Stephen Ford, Yvonne Arias, Taylor Emerson

Votes: 385

39. BeetleBorgs (1996–1998)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Their wish to become comic book heroes forces three kids to take on the heroes' mortal enemies.

Stars: Billy Forester, Wesley Barker, Herbie Baez, Terence J. Rotolo

Votes: 1,051

40. The Sixth Sense (1972)

60 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Dr. Michael Rhodes is a college professor with an interest in the paranormal. He and his assistant Nancy spend much of their time investigating mysteries involving extra-sensory perception,... See full summary »

Stars: Gary Collins, Rod Serling, Catherine Ferrar, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 341



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