Oooo! A list! A sci-fi list! The 50 Greatest Sci-Fi Television Shows. You won’t find the whole list there. I did click through to the list but it’s a slideshow and I just don’t have the patience for those. Not only that, this one spontaneously started to open up a new tab so I quickly left the site and went to the other link, Which turned out to be the first of a series of posts commenting on the list. So, strap in kids; here we go.
Science Fiction TV – Numbers 50 – 46
The Thunderbirds – I hadn’t heard of this one before.
Land of the Lost and Space 1999 – I think I might have seen one or two episodes each many years after they originally aired. That’s not necessarily by choice. We only received a very limited number of channels when I was a kid – only one up until about 1971 or thereabouts and then still just a few.
The Six Million Dollar Man – My little brother was obsessed with this show when we were kids so we watched every episode. It was okay.
Dark Angel – I liked it fairly well and was a little disappointed when it was cancelled but I agree that it wasn’t really a great show.
45 – 41
Knight Rider – I loved this show! A talking car? With a British accent? How can one not love?
Jerico – ummmm… sounds familiar? I think I might have watched a season of this but I’m not sure if it’s the show I’m thinking of.
Space Above and Beyond – Never watched it. I don’t think I ever had the opportunity.
Dollhouse – A serious disappointment
Battle of the Planets – Never heard of it.
Life on Mars and Lexx – Never watched these. I was going to say never heard of them but I do think I remember seeing ads for the first one.
War of the Worlds – I didn’t know there was a series.
Twin Peaks – Never watched it. Didn’t even know it was sci-fi.
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century – Oh yes! A ridiculous and fun show.
35 – 31
Cowboy Bebop – Never watched it.
Caprica – I only watched the first episode or two. It didn’t grab me.
Alien Nation – Silly and cheesy but I sort of liked it.
Star Trek: Voyager – I watched about a season and a half, I think, (or was it 2 and a half?) but then we moved and couldn’t get it anymore. The ST series that I liked the least.
Lost in Space – This too, was on at a time when we had only one channel and this show wasn’t on it. I did see at least one episode years later. Wasn’t really impressed. I guess I need to have seen it when it was new.
30 – 26
Battlestar Galactica (1978-79) – I liked this one even though it was very cheesy and a number of things about the show really, seriously got on my nerves. It could have been a much better show if certain aspects, such as some of the made-up words, hadn’t made it seem so cartoonish. In science fiction it is often necessary to invent words for things but it’s a good idea to try to make them sound not stupid.
Futurama – A great, silly, hilarious show
Logan’s Run, Red Dwarf, and Ghost in the Shell – Never watched these.
25 – 21
Max Headroom – I remember this but I can’t remember if I ever watched it or if I’m just remembering the commercials.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles – I was really getting into this when they cancelled it.
Torchwood – I watched one season and I’m looking forward to watching more. Weird and pretty good.
Farscape – I have watched a few episodes and I really want to like this show but I just can’t get into it.
Quantum Leap – I know I watched this but I can’t remember much about it.
20 – 16
Starblazers/Space Battleship Yamato – Hadn’t heard of it before
Babylon 5 – Love, love, loved this show! But then we moved and couldn’t get it anymore. Someday I’m going to watch it all from the beginning.
Sliders – Cute show. Sort of juvenile and silly but a pleasant diversion. I am surprised that it’s this high on the list.
Mystery Science Theater 3000 – Never watched it, darn it.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Not my favorite ST but not the worst either. I liked most of the characters. This was another victim of the Big Move so there are several whole seasons that I have not seen yet.
15 – 11
Blake’s 7 – Sounds vaguely familiar?
Stargate:SG1 – I liked this a lot but always had the feeling it could have been better. It seems like every extraterrestrial human civilization they came across was almost exactly like every other. Still, it was a very enjoyable series.
V – I watched most of the original but very little of the reboot. Silly fun.
Lost – I watched the whole first season and part of the second but gave up on it because it didn’t seem to be going anywhere.
Firefly – Do I even need to say it? And BTW, why is this only number 11? Because it lasted only a short time is not a valid excuse. It had more awesomeness in 14 episodes than most series put into five or more seasons.
10 – 6
The Outer Limits – I have watched several of these but not a lot. The rest of my family doesn’t seem interested but I think it’s quite good.
Fringe – I loved this show until it got into the alternate universe storyline and even then it wasn’t bad but I prefer just the plain, stand-alone, straight up weird phenomenon or weird creature stories. Loved the characters in this show. And we got to see Leonard Nimoy again as a different and very interesting character.
Neon Genesis Evangelion and The Prisoner – Never heard of these.
Star Trek: TOS – What can I say that hasn’t already been said many times? Seems like it should be a little higher on the list. In the top 5 at least.
Twilight Zone – An undeniable classic. I don’t know that I’d put it ahead of Star Trek but, I don’t know, maybe I would. It’s pretty iconic and a few of the episodes are true classics.
Battlestar Galactica 2004-09 – I never got as excited about this series as some people did. It was undeniably well done and the acting and special effects were spectacular but it sometimes got tiresome. I certainly wouldn’t put it in the top 5 and probably not even in the top 10. Unlike most people though, I loved the ending.
Star Trek: The Next Generation – This was my favorite of all the ST series. I understand the complaints against it and agree with some of them but I don’t care. It was pure, delightful escapism. I am of the opinion that escapism does not have to be realistic or support your politics.
X-Files – Great show but too high on the list. The first two or three seasons were excellent but I was disappointed that they sunk into the conspiracy theory mire. I would put this just behind Fringe on the list.
Dr. Who – Well, I suppose it makes sense that this would be first on the list. It has been on for 50 years. I watched the Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant episodes but I got tired of having to get used to new Doctors and new companions every couple of years. Aside from this, the show is weird and silly, which is not bad for a sci-fi series but it’s not what I expect in a top series.
Here I feel like I should do some “honorable mentions” or personal favorites that were missed but I might do that in a separate post.