Best SciFi TV Shows

by Geoffrey-Peter-Burns | created - 09 Sep 2015 | updated - 5 days ago | Public

Most of the SciFi TV shows out there from best to worst

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1. The Expanse (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.

Stars: Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham

Votes: 75,087

Gritty and Realistic. Better than the books. 3rd season out, yeah!

2. 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: 230,397

Cowboys in Space

3. Altered Carbon (2018– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

Stars: Chris Conner, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy

Votes: 109,994

Terrific detective story. Gritty but believable far future dystopia. High personal stakes with the hero caught in a very personal dilemma. The series shows why Poe is such a popular Expy. Poe replaced Jimmy Hendrix in the book. It was a good choice.

4. Stranger Things (2016– )

TV-14 | 51 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief, and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

Stars: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour

Votes: 669,506

Lovable characters. Particularly Eleven. Some people didn't like an entire episode with El by herself, however I thought it was an important growth arc. Originally, I think she was supposed to be the Gandalf, but by season 2 she is definitely the hero (although there is still a lot of Gandalf in her), which I guess makes Mike the heroine.

Even though it has a ensemble cast, Season 1 the focus was more on Mike and Nancy but Season 2 it was more about Eleven and Dustin. Season 3 Steve and Joyce maybe? Still in the middle of watching 3.

5. Serenity (2005)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

74 Metascore

The crew of the ship Serenity try to evade an assassin sent to recapture one of their members who is telepathic.

Director: Joss Whedon | Stars: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Alan Tudyk

Votes: 273,171 | Gross: $25.51M

Firefly season 2

6. Daredevil (2015–2018)

TV-MA | 54 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A blind lawyer by day, vigilante by night. Matt Murdock fights the crime of New York as Daredevil.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson

Votes: 337,149

Emphasising Matts Catholicism and blindness was a good choice as superheroes tend to feel interchangeable. And the actor and the script sold the fact that he was blind very well. Fisk was believable, charming and evil with strong parallels to the hero making him the prefect foil.

7. Jessica Jones (2015–2019)

TV-MA | 56 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Following the tragic end of her brief superhero career, Jessica Jones tries to rebuild her life as a private investigator, dealing with cases involving people with remarkable abilities in New York City.

Stars: Krysten Ritter, Rachael Taylor, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 180,915

I liked how Jessica's powers are underplayed. She rips a car door off or crushes padlock like its nothing special, like its a cheap party trick, no big deal. Jessica's detective skills are what she really relies on, her powers make things more convenient thats all. It does give her a more male/macho attitude of never having to worry about walking into a dark alley. Jessica's fearlessness is as much due to her "life sucks" noir attitude as her powers though. And a big part of Killgrave's threat is that he represents something worse than mere death.

8. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008–2009)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Set after the events in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), Sarah Connor and her son, John, try to stay under-the-radar from the government, as they plot to destroy the computer network, Skynet, in hopes of preventing Armageddon.

Stars: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, Richard T. Jones

Votes: 55,431

Underrated. Terminator Genisys has a few shoutouts to this series incorporating some of it's story elements.

9. The Umbrella Academy (2019– )

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

A family of former child heroes, now grown apart, must reunite to continue to protect the world.

Stars: Aidan Gallagher, Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda

Votes: 84,612

Likeable and well developed characters. Good plot.

10. Doctor Who (2005– )

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

The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer known as the Doctor and their companions from planet Earth.

Stars: Jodie Whittaker, Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Matt Smith

Votes: 186,514

Well loved classic

11. The Punisher (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 53 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle becomes the vigilante known as "The Punisher," with only one goal in mind: to avenge them.

Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ben Barnes, Jason R. Moore

Votes: 157,721

Spin off of Daredevil. How many people were involved in his wife death? He kills more than 37 people at the start of the series thinks he is done then finds a whole new batch that was involved? I will have to go back and watch his introduction in daredevil season 2 and see how the new narrative matches up to the old narrative. Season 2 is good, they didn't take the easy and obvious direction that we have seen to many times before and this version of Frank is very likeable, down to earth and self aware. In the comics I have read he was an unyielding force of rage. I like Bernthal's shy gentle killing machine version better. I stopped reading the comic book version when he shot a friend and ally in the head for compromising himself.

12. Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (2016–2017)

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

Holistic detective Dirk Gently investigates cases involving the supernatural.

Stars: Samuel Barnett, Elijah Wood, Hannah Marks, Jade Eshete

Votes: 36,667

Every different from the 2010 TV series and from the books. Previous incarnations of Dirk Gently have been middle aged con men whose unconscious psychic abilities make their endeavours less of a con than they intended. Whereas this version is young, earnest and naive.

13. Star Trek: Discovery (2017– )

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

Ten years before Kirk, Spock, and the Enterprise, the USS Discovery discovers new worlds and lifeforms as one Starfleet officer learns to understand all things alien.

Stars: Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp, Mary Wiseman

Votes: 73,891

Has great characters, but the plot can be a bit so-so. My favourites are good Georgiou, Jett Reno, Sarek, Chris Pike, dark Georgiou, Saru and Harry Mudd. ST:D has a great main character which is strange for ST, as ST is usually about the ensemble. Unfortunately the focus on Micheal has left half the bridge staff as paper cutouts, e.g. we only learn what the deal is with Airiam at the very last minute. A few character moments for each of them could have fixed that. Micheal by contrast has lots of development with 4 mothers, 2 fathers, a brother and a star-crossed lover. Instead of the standard Star Trek where everyone is too good to be true in ST:D almost everyone either is compromised or has straight out betrayed Starfleet in the first season. First season finale was a little quick and a little too tidy. In 2nd season they are making a effort in continuity with the original series and STD season 1.

14. Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008)

TV-PG | 42 min | Comedy, Musical, Sci-Fi

An aspiring supervillain must balance his career and his pursuit of a beautiful do-gooder.

Stars: Neil Patrick Harris, Nathan Fillion, Felicia Day, Simon Helberg

Votes: 40,223

Musical Fun

15. Love, Death & Robots (2019– )

TV-MA | 15 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy.

Stars: Scott Whyte, Nolan North, Matthew Yang King, Michael Benyaer

Votes: 67,700

16. Mr. Robot (2015– )

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

Elliot, a brilliant but highly unstable young cyber-security engineer and vigilante hacker, becomes a key figure in a complex game of global dominance when he and his shadowy allies try to take down the corrupt corporation he works for.

Stars: Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Carly Chaikin, Portia Doubleday

Votes: 286,305

Very technical and topical

17. Doom Patrol (2019– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

The adventures of an idealistic mad scientist and his field team of superpowered outcasts.

Stars: Diane Guerrero, April Bowlby, Alan Tudyk, Matt Bomer

Votes: 19,722

18. Red Dwarf (1988– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi

The adventures of the last human alive and his friends, stranded three million years into deep space on the mining ship Red Dwarf.

Stars: Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules, Robert Llewellyn

Votes: 31,152

The earlier shows were the best

19. Rick and Morty (2013– )

TV-MA | 23 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

An animated series that follows the exploits of a super scientist and his not-so-bright grandson.

Stars: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke

Votes: 295,356

20. 12 Monkeys (2015–2018)

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

Follows the journey of a time traveler from the post-apocalyptic future who appears in present day on a mission to locate and eradicate the source of a deadly plague that will nearly destroy the human race.

Stars: Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull, Noah Bean, Barbara Sukowa

Votes: 36,755

twists within twists

21. Lost in Space (2018– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they're surrounded by hidden dangers.

Stars: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell

Votes: 52,829

The most important things about LiS are a compelling Dr Smith and the friendship between Will and the Robot. The 1998 movie got this wrong but this new version gets both right. The new version of Smith is the perfect blend of charm, menace and cowardliness while being completely different from the old one. They also fixed the problem with the old show were most of the cast had little to do. This time all the cast have well defined roles and personalities and are utilised well. Cons - John and Maureen don't have chemistry. This was okay when they were estranged but as their relationship improved this became a problem. Cast rating from best to worst. Penny, Maureen, Smith, Don, Will, John then Judy. Judy isn't bad, she is way better than the original, but she didn't totally sell it for me.

There was one bad info dump in episode 6 (the one with the coffee cup) that was jarring and threw me out of the story but otherwise the science wasn't too obnoxious, not great but way better than the original anyway. It gave the impression that science was important even if the science wasn't always right in practice. E.g. naturally occurring elemental magnesium and Hawking radiation from the wrong sized black hole and orbital mechanics etc.

The first few episodes are hectic with our heroes careening from disaster to disaster with some of it feeling self inflicted, but things soon calm down while still maintaining a fast pace.

22. Maniac (2018)

TV-MA | 40 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial that will, they're assured, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, solve all of their problems, permanently. Things do not go as planned.

Stars: Jonah Hill, Emma Stone, Sonoya Mizuno, Justin Theroux

Votes: 54,210

23. Counterpart (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A hapless UN employee discovers that the agency he works for is hiding a gateway to a parallel dimension that's in a cold war with our own, and where his other self is a top spy. The war slowly heats up thanks to spies from both sides.

Stars: J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd, Nazanin Boniadi

Votes: 17,535

Off to a good start. Multi-world spy vs spy shenanigans. Feels very "cold war"-ish. Especially with the show being set in Berlin. It hits you over the head with the parallels.

24. The Walking Dead (2010– )

TV-MA | 44 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes wakes up from a coma to learn the world is in ruins, and must lead a group of survivors to stay alive.

Stars: Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Melissa McBride, Danai Gurira

Votes: 801,702

Never use the Z word

25. Samurai Jack (2001–2017)

TV-Y7 | 25 min | Animation, Short, Action

A samurai sent through time fights to return home and save the world.

Stars: Phil LaMarr, Mako, Kevin Michael Richardson, Jeff Bennett

Votes: 41,001

26. Misfits (2009–2013)

TV-MA | 60 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

A group of young offenders doing community service get struck by lightning during a storm, and begin to develop superpowers.

Stars: Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Joseph Gilgun, Iwan Rheon, Lauren Socha

Votes: 87,701

Very character driven. All the powers are linked to insecurities the anti-heroes have. Enjoyable. Unfortunately it is a little to racy for me to watch with my daughters. Not a fan of the replacement characters in the latter sessions.

27. 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: 730,550

Sherlock is a bit of a mental superhero, the way they show how Sherlock sees things is terrific. The first episode was the best. I didn't like now they Boba Fett'ed one of the villains it retroactively undercut his menace and made him into a joke.

28. Steins;Gate (2011–2015)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

After discovering time travel, a university student and his colleagues must use their knowledge of it to stop an evil organization and their diabolical plans.

Stars: Mamoru Miyano, Asami Imai, Kana Hanazawa, Ashly Burch

Votes: 35,026

Self proclaimed mad scientist accumulates a small groups friends despite himself and risks all to save them.

29. Steins;Gate 0 (2018– )

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

An alternate ending to Steins;Gate that leads with the eccentric mad scientist Okabe, struggling to recover from a failed attempt at rescuing Kurisu. He decides to give up and abandons his ... See full summary »

Stars: J. Michael Tatum, Monica Rial, Tyson Rinehart, Cherami Leigh

Votes: 2,949

30. The 100 (2014– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Set ninety-seven years after a nuclear war has destroyed civilization, when a spaceship housing humanity's lone survivors sends one hundred juvenile delinquents back to Earth, in hopes of possibly re-populating the planet.

Stars: Eliza Taylor, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos, Isaiah Washington

Votes: 185,766

Lord of the flies post-apocalyptic style

31. Santa Clarita Diet (2017–2019)

TV-MA | 30 min | Comedy, Horror

Sheila and Joel are married real estate agents in Santa Clarita, California. When Sheila dies, their lives take a dark turn.

Stars: Drew Barrymore, Timothy Olyphant, Liv Hewson, Skyler Gisondo

Votes: 49,784

good acting. interesting plot

32. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

Votes: 139,361

Really slow start. Standard future androcratic theocratic dystopia, but from the female view. Asks questions about how the disenfranchised in society are controlled and how their anger is redirected. Of course you can't avoid the gender politics implicit in the show. You wince when you hear a character say something you have heard or seen by a real life bigot. Its good, but did I mention that its slow?

33. Final Space (2018– )

TV-14 | 30 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark on serialized journeys through space in order to unlock the mystery of where the universe actually ends and if it actually does exist.

Stars: Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny, Olan Rogers, Tika Sumpter

Votes: 24,069

Gary is optimistic to the point of insanity and has a poor grasp of reality.

34. 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996–2001)

TV-PG | 60 min | Comedy, Family, Sci-Fi

A group of aliens are sent to Earth, disguised as a human family, to experience and report life on the 3rd planet from the sun.

Stars: John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston, French Stewart

Votes: 44,074

35. 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: 55,406

Freedom vs. Stability. A time travel series where no-one is exactly the good guy. It wasn't renewed for the 5th season so they rushed an early ending in. The hackneyed ending bumps the score down for me.

36. Caprica (2009–2010)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Two families, the Graystones and the Adamas, live together on a peaceful planet known as Caprica, where a startling breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings about unforeseen consequences.

Stars: Eric Stoltz, Esai Morales, Paula Malcomson, Alessandra Torresani

Votes: 22,921

Battlestar Galactica prequel. Good plot and good characters.

37. Powers (2015–2016)

TV-MA | 42 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist, a homicide detective, who had his own powers taken from him, investigates crimes involving superhumans along with his partner.

Stars: Sharlto Copley, Susan Heyward, Noah Taylor, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 5,943

Superheroes minus the heroes

38. Luke Cage (2016–2018)

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

When a sabotaged experiment gives him super strength and unbreakable skin, Luke Cage becomes a fugitive attempting to rebuild his life in Harlem and must soon confront his past and fight a battle for the heart of his city.

Stars: Mike Colter, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi, Alfre Woodard

Votes: 107,851

Better than Iron Fist. Liked the 3d villains and their dysfunctional family background. The villain for the second half of season one had less depth and didn't work as well as the earlier villains.

39. Defiance (2013–2015)

TV-MA | 43 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

Life in the city of Defiance, in a near future after the arrival of different alien lifeforms to Earth.

Stars: Grant Bowler, Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz, Graham Greene

Votes: 38,889

Cowboys and Aliens. Good characters. The Tarrs are terrific villains/anti-villains: you don't know whether to love to hate them, or hate to love them.

40. Black Mirror (2011– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech world where humanity's greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.

Stars: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel, Beatrice Robertson-Jones

Votes: 356,532

41. Dark Angel (2000–2002)

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

A group of genetically-enhanced children escape from a lab project. Years later we meet Max, one of the escapees who now works for a messenger service in the post-apocalyptic Pacific Northwest.

Stars: Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, Richard Gunn, J.C. MacKenzie

Votes: 29,340

42. The Defenders (2017)

TV-MA | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

Set a few months after the events of the second season of Daredevil, and a month after the events of Iron Fist, the vigilantes Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist team up in New York City to fight a common enemy: The Hand.

Stars: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones

Votes: 79,900

After 2 daredevils plus JJ, LC and IF, it all comes together. However the villain isn't as strong as Fisk, Killgrave, Cottonmouth or Mariah. It was also hard to figure out what was going on in the head of the anti-villain. I guess it was supposed to be a surprise, but it lacked the surprising but inevitable quality of a good twist.

43. Gotham (2014–2019)

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

The story behind Detective James Gordon's rise to prominence in Gotham City in the years before Batman's arrival.

Stars: Ben McKenzie, Jada Pinkett Smith, Donal Logue, Camren Bicondova

Votes: 199,612

Good Characters

44. 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: 45,261

Best Stargate

45. Titans (I) (2018– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

A team of young superheroes led by Nightwing (formerly Batman's first Robin) form to combat evil and other perils.

Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Anna Diop, Teagan Croft, Ryan Potter

Votes: 46,693

46. Arrow (2012– )

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

Spoiled billionaire playboy Oliver Queen is missing and presumed dead when his yacht is lost at sea. He returns five years later a changed man, determined to clean up the city as a hooded vigilante armed with a bow.

Stars: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, David Ramsey, Susanna Thompson

Votes: 385,504

I enjoyed the earlier seasons, however I am mostly arrow-versed out by now. I still sample bits and pieces of episodes but I no longer watch full episodes all the way through anymore. The main villains start to blur together and I can no longer remember why this seasons villain hates the hero and why they are different from last seasons villain.

47. Agent Carter (2015–2016)

TV-PG | 42 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

In 1946, Peggy Carter is relegated to secretarial duties in the Strategic Scientific Reserve (SSR). When Howard Stark is accused of treason, he secretly recruits Peggy to clear his name with the help of his butler, Edwin Jarvis.

Stars: Hayley Atwell, James D'Arcy, Enver Gjokaj, Chad Michael Murray

Votes: 67,817

deisel punk

48. Cowboy Bebop (1998–1999)

TV-MA | 24 min | Animation, Action, Adventure