Whether beaming aboard the Enterprise, chasing aliens through the night sky, or traveling through space and time with a madman, the worlds of science fiction is vast and varied.
Over the years, television has been home to some of the best sci-fi tales ever created, taking viewers on a weekly trek through realms near, far and just beyond the outer limits of imagination. Robots disguised as humans, blood-sucking monsters and polar bears living on tropical islands are just a few of the wonders awaiting fans of this most far-out genre of entertainment, and following are 10 of the best series to ever step foot into those bizarre and wonderful realms. So grab a seat on the couch, turn on the HD TV and get ready to travel from the Earth to the stars, and everywhere else in between.
Unfortunately, Lost appears to be best-remembered for its lackluster final seasons and utterly disappointing conclusion. But don’t let that keep you away from an otherwise otherworldly treat. The majority of Lost was a wild train ride on a weekly basis, featuring one mystery after another. The show’s constant revelations kept the audience talking around the water cooler until each new episode once again popped up and blew them away.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
While creator Joss Whedon is now a household name thanks to The Avengers, Buffy is one of the earliest works of Whedon fully deserving of your attention. While the first two seasons take a little while to get rolling, once the actors evolve into their roles and Whedon’s trademark witty banter starts flowing more freely, the show quickly becomes one of the best things going in the realm of science fiction, complete with wild romances, epic adventures and more than enough monsters to keep everyone entertained.
An oldie but a goodie, follow Sam Beckett on an astounding trip through time as he struggles to “put right what once went wrong.” Each week, Beckett “leaps” into the bodies of different people spread throughout time, each one faced with a dilemma that only Beckett can figure out.
One of the most off-the-wall dramas ever to grace the television, Twin Peaks follows an FBI agent to a sleepy little town where a local beauty has been murdered. Ghosts, ancient legends and more abound in a series that has to be experience to truly be understood.
Humans struggle to survive as robots seeks to wipe their race from existence in this taut and wonderfully-acted series featuring more drama and explosive space battles than you could ever hope for.
Joss Whedon appears for a second time on this list, this time offering up a tale of space cowboys desperate to scrape together a living on the outer fringes of the colonized universe. A great cast, fantastic dialogue and humor to spare make Firefly a short, though ultimately wonderful sci-fi experience.
Winning fans over for multiple decades, Doctor Who is a series as timeless as television itself, taking viewers on a whirlwind ride through space and time as the titular Doctor and his trusty companions work tirelessly to keep the Earth (and various other planets, space ships, etc.) safe from the forces of evil.
Not only one of the best sci-fi shows of all time, The X-Files is one of the best shows of all time, period. Follow FBI Special Agents Mulder and Scully as they unravel government conspiracies, investigate unfathomable creatures and search to find out if the truth truly is out there.
The Twilight Zone
Few writers are as sharp with a pen as Rod Sterling, and all of that talent is on full display throughout the classic anthology series of The Twilight Zone. Each episode is a self-contained tale of mystery, terror, wonder and excitement, asking the questions “what is really possible” and “what are you willing to believe” time and time again.
You can’t talk about sci-fi without bringing up Star Trek, and this particular entry on the list includes all of the legendary show’s various incarnations. Space is a big and dangerous place, and it’s up to the members of the Federation to keep order, dole out justice and embark on countless adventures in order to “boldly go where no man has gone before.”