A good sci-fi show is perhaps better than a normal TV show for the following reason. When it comes to Sci-Fi, a good series will be able to fully create a new world or an alternate universe which we wish we could be a part of. That is why I love Sci-Fi so much. I love being taken into a new world an engulfed in what this new world has to offer. Here are my personal favorite Sci-Fi TV Series of all-time.
Fringe started off as an X-Files lookalike with weekly stories and weekly sci-fi story lines. However, they thankfully realized this was a wrong plan. Instead the show just jumped into a singular storyline involving a mostly one-sided war between two parallel universes. The show has become quite good and with an excellent cast of Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson and John Noble, anyone can enjoy this sci-fi great. With these great characters and their equally great ‘alternates’ this show has quickly become a fan favorite, surviving 5 seasons.
9. Stargate SG-1
Stargate was a spinoff off a not-so-successful 1994 movie. The TV Show however became one of the preeminent sci-fi franchises on TV. SG-1 brought back the characters Jack O'Neill and Daniel Jackson from the film, now played by Richard Dean Anderson (MacGyver!!!) and Michael Shanks. The crew of soldiers are charged with defending Earth from the Goa'uld, the Replicators, and any other threats. The show is quite entertaining and lasted a solid 10 years. Check it out, if for nothing else, for MacGyver!
8a. Heroes: 2006-2010, 5 Seasons, NBC
When Heroes came onto the scene, it exploded. Heroes became an international sensation as characters became household names, actors became stars, and the entire world wanted “to save the cheerleader.” Heroes was very strong and very popular for most of its 5 seasons on the air but a weak and non-compelling storyline dragged this series down towards the end. Still the first few seasons make for an unbelievable watch.
8b. Lost: 2004-2010, 6 Seasons, ABC
Lost was a great sci-fi show. I just want to clarify that before I bash it. In my humble opinion, Lost was great at two things: 1) a great premise 2) daring to do whatever the hell the writers wanted. Now I would like to fault it for doing whatever the hell the writers wanted. The show seemingly decides to use time travel, alternate realities, monsters and the “others” in whatever way they liked. If a character was annoying, they killed him off, but if fans wanted him back they would just bring him back to life. The show makes absolutely no sense what so ever. Which may just have made it Sci-Fi genius.
7. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
People had their doubts about this Terminator TV Series but this show was awesome in its short lived life. Josh Friedman and his writing team created an intense series that expertly built upon the Terminator mythology. From the awesomeness of Derek Reese (Brian Austin Green) to the complicated portrayal of Cameron (Summer Glau), to the kick-ass "What comes next?!" finale, we find ourselves still mourning this show's too-brief run. With a coming-of-age John Connor and a super hot Terminator, what else could you have asked for other than more episodes?
6. Star Trek: The Next Generation
After a rough first-two season start, The Next Generation proved that Trek can exist independent from The Original Crew. The adventures of Picard and his became THEEEE Star Trek crew for my generation. Though everyone could agree Picard was no Kirck, the show was still great and reminded us of why we love space so damn much.
5. Quantum Leap: 1989-1993, 5 Seasons, NBC
I grew up watching this show. Quantum Leap operated on a great premise. You had one scientist "leaping" into body after body across time, and his only companion was the holographic representation of a computer back home that only he could see. Way ahead of its time in terms of technology, Quantum Leap crossed genres like it was in style. Obviously the show was made by the awesome Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell who were heroes of mine growing up. The show had drama and comedy, making it a Sci-Fi classic.
4. Star Trek Original Series: 1966-1969, 3 Seasons, NBC
"Star Trek" is "Star Trek," a cultural phenomenon that bridges generations, survives and thrives in reinterpretation, and invites reinvention. Leonard Nimoy and William Shatner starred in this ground breaking show which has simply defined sci-fi for all of history. People even swap the term Sci-Fi for Star-Trekie. With numerous movies spawned from this original series, Star Trek didn’t redefine the genre it defined it.
3. Firefly: 2002, 1 Season, Fox (and a movie)
Joss Whedon had already become famous with Buffy The Vampire Slayer before this masterpiece. Though it only survived one season and a movie (for reasons unknown to mankind), Firefly could arguably be considered the greatest sci-fi show ever. . Firefly" posited a future universe that echoed today's political landscape but felt like a classic western. The crew of space pirates led by captain Malcom "Mal" Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) and his first mate Zoe Washburne (Gina Torres) are veteran "Browncoats" of the Unification War, a failed attempt by the outlying worlds to resist the Alliance's assertion of control. Summer Glau and Sean Maher also star as the crew of misfits scavenge their way across the universe. This is arguably the greatest writing you will ever see.
2. The X-Files: 1993-2002, 9 Seasons, Fox
One of the longest-running shows of its kind (certainly on American network television), "The X-Files" was groundbreaking because it married the familiar TV formula of the police procedural (our heroes are FBI!) with the sci-fi (and they chase aliens!). The show was built on the awesome chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. The show gave new meaning to alien abduction and government conspiracies. The show overflowed into two movies but the series was the real star. Many argue that this show truly defined the sci-fi genre over the last 20 years. You will love the drama and pray for Moulder and Skully to get together.
1. Battlestar Galactica: 2003 intro mini-series, 2004-2009 series, 4 Seasons, SyFy
Based on the 1978 light hearted series, this show is the greatest sci-fi series ever. BSG with its numerous seasons, numerous movies and even a prequel and pre-prequel, is a work of art. The show has awesome graphics and brings an almost unbearably awesome drama to it. The story telling is intelligent and craftily pulled off on screen.
Though some of the acting isn’t great, there are some unreal performances and all the casting was done better than anyone could have imagined. The show has a huge following and has even created its own Fracking language. The show won me over in many ways. Of course using my favorite song of all-time (All Along The Watchtower) didn’t hurt. Drop whatever you are doing and please go on Netflix and watch this entire series. Thank you!