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.

Lost

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.

Quantum Leap

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.

Twin Peaks

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.

Battlestar Galactica

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.

Firefly

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.

Doctor Who

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.

The X-Files

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.

Star Trek

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.”

 

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  • http://nooksand.wordpress.com/ Bolithio

    Lost!!! No way!

    “Unfortunately, Lost appears to be best-remembered for its lackluster final seasons and utterly disappointing conclusion.”

    The lackluster final seasons were pretty much every season after the first!

  • Silly Rabbit

    Replace Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Twin Peaks, and Lost with UFO, Space 1999, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and you’d at LEAST have a list of Scence Fiction shows.

    Oh, and I’d swap that maudlin piece of crap Quantum Leap for the original Time Tunnel any day…

  • icoborg

    buffy? seriously?

  • Larry Boynton

    Battlestar Galactica? Only if you watch season 1 and 2 and pretend the rest doesn’t exist. Buffy is excellent but is fantasy not Sci Fi. Firefly should be first or second on the list. The new V was great right up til it was cancelled. It is nearly impossible to find, but “Search” was great. Spies using implanted satellite links to connect to a base with huge research capabilities feeding the agents instant data. James bond with a smart phone and internet searches predicted in the 1970s!

  • V-Agent

    Wait… no UFO? Who wrote this and why is Buffy here? I’m also rather in agreement over Quantum Leap. It was the first of a long list of “so bad it was just plain bad” shows churned out in the 90s. But whatever, we all have our kinks, But no UFO? That’s criminal, sorry.

  • Stan

    Alfred Hitchcock was once asked what makes a good film(And the same can be said for TV Land).He gave this reply. “There are three things you need for a good film.
    1. A good script.
    2. A good script.
    3 A good script.”
    If he were alive today he would no doubt say the same but in a shorter version.
    “Anything without Damon Lindelof’s or Abrams’ name attached to it!”
    Lost was the worst example of storytelling ever done.It’s creator’s both Lindelof and Abrams are both hacks.

  • http://www.woodmr.net Michelle R. Wood

    Once again Babylon 5 is left off a list it definitely deserves to be on. What is the deal with the lack of love for this show? I get that Star Trek is more well known, and some of these other shows were probably more popular or made more money (and, much as I enjoyed Firefly, the geek-Wheedon love affair means he’s virtually guaranteed to get on any list multiple times despite the show only producing 13 episodes and one lackluster movie). But Babylon 5 had a detailed plot and storylines that kept you guessing for multiple seasons, and still has the best time travel episode every filmed (in my humble opinion). Really, WHY is this show so universally passed over?

  • http://www.woodmr.net Michelle R. Wood

    Once again Babylon 5 is left off a list it definitely deserves to be on. What is the deal with the lack of love for this show? I get that Star Trek is more well known, and some of these other shows were probably more popular or made more money (and, much as I enjoyed Firefly, the geek-Wheedon love affair means he’s virtually guaranteed to get on any list multiple times despite the show only producing 13 episodes and one lackluster movie). But Babylon 5 had a detailed plot and storylines that kept you guessing for multiple seasons, and still has the best time travel episode every filmed (in my humble opinion). Really, WHY is this show so universally passed over?

  • Ed Marion

    If Buffy hunted vampires in a spaceship and cut their heads off with a light sabre, I might call it scifi. Twilight Zone was about stuff, The Outer Limits (old and new) was about scifi stuff. Nuff said!

  • Spyraker II

    I was going to say ‘V’, but that was a mini-series.
    ‘the Series’ that followed had twinkles of nice, but all in all was awful, awful, awful.
    Ah, yes, what is up with Buffy? Lost and QL were just bad IMO, but this isn’t my list.
    I have been a long time WHO fan, but I have tuned out over the years – many reasons, bad casting, bad stories, bad producing.
    Babylon 5, yes. Space Rangers was also quite good really. Primeval – especially the first three seasons.
    Robotech, yes, its animated, but bloody hell what great sci-fi, as deep as ‘V’, as varied as – well more than any live action series – entrancing soundtrack, great arcs and I get that it is more categorised under ‘best cartoons (hate that term)’ but its fine sci-fi.
    Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone… oh I’m done. LOL

  • Ole’Wolf

    Babylon 5 AND the Outer Limits…

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