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2. Prophets of Science Fiction (2011– )
Episode: George Lucas (2012)

TV-PG | 44 min | Documentary

From the light sabre to the Death Star, Star Wars is one of the defining science fiction works of the later 20th century. George Lucas' imagination has inspired generations of scientists and engineers to push the envelope of technology.

Director: Declan Whitebloom | Stars: Jonathan Adams, Kenny Baker, Brannon Braga, David Brin

Votes: 48

3. Masters of Science Fiction (2007– )

42 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

A series adapting science fiction stories by well-known authors into sixty-minute episodes, introduced by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. Stories filmed, included those of science ... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Jason Diablo, James Cromwell, Kimberly Elise

Votes: 1,939

4. Firefly (2002–2003)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Morena Baccarin

Votes: 217,655

5. Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Stars: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, James Callis

Votes: 136,915

6. Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999– )

PG | Sci-Fi, Animation, Action

The missions of a Mobile Infantry squad as they participate in a war of survival against a ferocious alien insectoid invader.

Stars: Nicholas Guest, James Horan, Alexander Polinsky, Rino Romano

Votes: 1,802

7. Justice League (2001–2004)

TV-PG | 22 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Seven of the most formidable heroes form arguably the most powerful team ever.

Stars: Carl Lumbly, Phil LaMarr, Michael Rosenbaum, George Newbern

Votes: 34,546

8. Lost (2004–2010)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The survivors of a plane crash are forced to work together in order to survive on a seemingly deserted tropical island.

Stars: Jorge Garcia, Josh Holloway, Yunjin Kim, Evangeline Lilly

Votes: 440,142

9. Star Trek: Voyager (1995–2001)

TV-PG | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Pulled to the far side of the galaxy, where the Federation is seventy-five years away at maximum warp speed, a Starfleet ship must cooperate with Maquis rebels to find a way home.

Stars: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson, Robert Duncan McNeill

Votes: 48,123

10. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A secret military team, SG-1, is formed to explore other planets through the recently discovered Stargates.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge

Votes: 74,887

11. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993–1999)

TV-PG | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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.

Stars: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton, Alexander Siddig

Votes: 42,062

12. The X-Files (1993– )

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two F.B.I. Agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained, while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.

Stars: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, William B. Davis

Votes: 177,325

13. The West Wing (1999–2006)

TV-14 | 44 min | Drama

Inside the lives of staffers in the West Wing of the White House.

Stars: Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe, Allison Janney, John Spencer

Votes: 53,555

14. The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century (1996– )

Documentary, Biography, History

A unique first-person narrative, sewn together from genuine testimonies of frontline soldiers.

Stars: Judi Dench, Salome Jens, Jürgen Prochnow, Michael York

Votes: 281

15. 500 Nations (1995– )

374 min | History

An exploration of the various Native American nations and their fall to the European conquerors.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Gregory Harrison, Eric Schweig, Gordon Tootoosis

Votes: 427

16. 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: 80,986

17. Revolution (2012–2014)

TV-14 | 43 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Fifteen years after a permanent global blackout, a group of revolutionaries seeks to drive out an occupying force posing as the United States Government.

Stars: Billy Burke, Tracy Spiridakos, Giancarlo Esposito, Zak Orth

Votes: 77,075

18. The Wire (2002–2008)

TV-MA | 59 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Baltimore drug scene, seen through the eyes of drug dealers and law enforcement.

Stars: Dominic West, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Wendell Pierce

Votes: 232,121

19. The Sopranos (1999–2007)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama

New Jersey mob boss Tony Soprano deals with personal and professional issues in his home and business life that affect his mental state, leading him to seek professional psychiatric counseling.

Stars: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli

Votes: 235,351

20. Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

TV-MA | 49 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.

Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt

Votes: 1,123,070

21. The Andromeda Strain (2008)

180 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

A crack team of top scientists work feverishly in a secret, state-of-the-art laboratory to discover what has killed the citizens of a small town and learn how this deadly contagion can be stopped.

Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Christa Miller, Louis Ferreira, Ricky Schroder

Votes: 12,975

22. Survivors (2008–2010)

60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

An unknown virus pandemic kills more than 90% of the world's population. Those immune must strive to survive and overcome the difficulties of this new world order, hoping that the virus will not mutate.

Stars: Julie Graham, Max Beesley, Paterson Joseph, Zoë Tapper

Votes: 7,931

23. Outcasts (2010–2011)

50 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

With Earth rapidly becoming uninhabitable, pioneers seek to colonize the harsh terrain of the planet Carpathia. 10 years later, the town of Forthaven faces danger as the planet's dark secrets are revealed.

Stars: Hermione Norris, Daniel Mays, Amy Manson, Ashley Walters

Votes: 5,410

24. Game of Thrones (2011– )

TV-MA | 57 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Nine noble families fight for control over the mythical lands of Westeros, while an ancient enemy returns after being dormant for thousands of years.

Stars: Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey

Votes: 1,362,944

25. Terra Nova (2011)

TV-14 | 46 min | Adventure, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Centers on the Shannons, an ordinary family from 2149 when the planet is dying who are transported back 85 million years to prehistoric Earth where they join Terra Nova, a colony of humans with a second chance to build a civilization.

Stars: Jason O'Mara, Shelley Conn, Christine Adams, Allison Miller

Votes: 75,573

26. Invasion (2005–2006)

60 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

In the aftermath of a hurricane, a Florida Park Ranger and his family deal with strange occurrences, including luminescent creatures in the water and people that somehow seem to have ... See full summary »

Stars: William Fichtner, Eddie Cibrian, Kari Matchett, Lisa Sheridan

Votes: 11,037

27. Daria (1997–2001)

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

A smart and cynical girl goes through teenage life as a proud outsider in a world of mainly idiotic adolescents and condescending adults.

Stars: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo, John Lynn

Votes: 20,913

28. Homeland (2011– )

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A bipolar CIA operative becomes convinced a prisoner of war has been turned by al-Qaeda and is planning to carry out a terrorist attack on American soil.

Stars: Claire Danes, Mandy Patinkin, Damian Lewis, Rupert Friend

Votes: 270,201

29. Farscape (1999–2003)

TV-14 | 50 min | Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi

Thrown into a distant part of the universe, an Earth astronaut finds himself part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Stars: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe, Lani John Tupu

Votes: 29,745

30. The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells (2001– )

265 min | Romance, Sci-Fi

H.G. Wells foresaw the future in such visionary novels as The Time Machine and The War of the Worlds. On a night in London in 1946, newspaper reporter Ellen McGillivray arrives at the home ... See full summary »

Stars: Tom Ward, Barry Stanton, Raymond Coulthard, Mark Lewis Jones

Votes: 460

31. American Horror Story (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

An anthology series centering on different characters and locations, including a house with a murderous past, an insane asylum, a witch coven, a freak show, a hotel, a possessed farmhouse, a cult, and the apocalypse.

Stars: Lady Gaga, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson

Votes: 236,848

32. SGU Stargate Universe (2009–2011)

Not Rated | 43 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

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.

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Louis Ferreira, Brian J. Smith, Elyse Levesque

Votes: 43,427

33. Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis (2008– )

TV-14 | 4 min | Comedy, Talk-Show

Zach Galifinakas comically interviews various celebrites between two ferns.

Stars: Zach Galifianakis, Jon Hamm, Bradley Cooper, Misty Monroe

Votes: 3,811

34. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 78,396

35. Justified (2010–2015)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Old-school U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens is reassigned from Miami to his childhood home in the poor, rural coal mining towns in eastern Kentucky.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Nick Searcy, Joelle Carter, Jacob Pitts

Votes: 74,303

36. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 135,225

37. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 663,139

38. Hatfields & McCoys (2012)

TV-14 | 290 min | Drama, History, Romance

Dramatization of the bitter blood feud between the two families on the West Virginia/Kentucky border in the years after the Civil War.

Stars: Kevin Costner, Bill Paxton, Matt Barr, Tom Berenger

Votes: 21,244

39. The River (2012)

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

The crew of a research vessel are on a quest to find a missing TV explorer in the Amazon.

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford

Votes: 15,563

40. The Colony (2009– )

Reality-TV

A group of strangers gathered for three months to test out the concept of rebuilding civilization.

Stars: Michael Raines, Joey Sciacca, John Valencia, Becka Adams

Votes: 1,745

41. The Borgias (2011–2013)

TV-MA | 50 min | Crime, Drama, History

In the 15th century, Pope Alexander VI tries to control all power in Italy with the help of his several sons, through murder, intrigue, war and marriage alliances.

Stars: Jeremy Irons, François Arnaud, Holliday Grainger, Peter Sullivan

Votes: 43,744

42. Vikings (2013– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel

Votes: 305,451

43. Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary

6-part documentary series from arguably the greatest scientific mind in the world, the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking, which describes all current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Eugene Babaev, Jeff Rawle, Gregory Benford

Votes: 890

44. Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking (2010– )

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 4,566

45. How We Invented the World (2012– )

300 min | Documentary

Series explores the most iconic inventions and breakthroughs of the modern age, from the cell phone to the airline black box. The project will explore the secrets of what's to come, from ... See full summary »

Stars: Seth Porges, Sarah Armstrong, Tristan Beint, Dermot Brogan

Votes: 38



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