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Top 50 Science Fiction TV Shows

Zonk posted more than 8 years ago | from the self-sealing-stem-bolts-for-sale dept.

Sci-Fi 684

pbaumgar writes "Boston.com is running an article discussing their top 50 Sci-Fi TV shows of all-time. What are some of your favorites?" From the article: "Number 10 -'Sliders. 'Sliders' should have been a widespread hit, but it was ahead of its time. The show was about a wiz-kid genius Quinn Mallory, played by Jerry O'Connell, and his band of three companions who slide among Earth's alternate realities. Toward the end of the series, the show quickly slid in quality as three of its stars - O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd and John Rhys-Davies - departed and were replaced by others. A tragic demise to a fine show." They don't even give a nod to greatest-trek-of-all-time DS9, so I don't know about this list.

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DS9??? (0, Flamebait)

thc69 (98798) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639243)

DS9 wasn't a sci-fi show. It was a soap opera, except for the first couple seasons...

Re:DS9??? (0, Offtopic)

Slashdot_Gandhi (912342) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639297)


Haha...You wouldn't consider WWE wrestling as athletics then?

Re:DS9??? (0, Offtopic)

pete-classic (75983) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639363)

Clearly pro wrestling is an athletic pursuit. On the other hand it most certainly isn't a sport.

-Peter

Re:DS9??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639301)

Exactly! It was like watching a bunch of hicks livin' in a trailer park occassionally going out on their dirt bike to get in trouble.

Boring - AND no hot aliens anywhere to be seen! Where's 6-of-9 when you need her?

Re:DS9??? (4, Insightful)

Ismilar (222791) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639302)

But have you seen the list?
A lot of those shows aren't Science Fiction.

Re:DS9??? (1)

westyvw (653833) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639338)

I agree with that completely. Snooze fest revolving around interpersonal problems of rather boring beings.

Re:DS9??? (5, Interesting)

Dachannien (617929) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639354)

I don't see why a sci-fi series shouldn't have a soap-operatic quality to it. Babylon 5 (and, on its heels, DS9) showed other sci-fi writers that a long-term, overarching plot is well-received by many sci-fi fans. Witness Voyager, on the other hand, where the only thing tying the shows together was this "Oh Noes, We're A Bazillion Light Years From Home" thing, while five minutes before the end of every episode they pushed the Magic Reset Button to solve their problem and restore the plot to the way it was when the episode started.

These days, every episode of Stargate SG-1/Atlantis and Battlestar Galactica (some of the most popular current sci-fi) is based on the entire series up until that point (in fact, the first line in most episodes of SG-1 these days is Chris Judge saying, "Previously, on Stargate SG-1...").

Besides, the soap operatic plot of most sci-fi shows holds up to scrutiny a lot better than most actual soap operas: "I love you, but.... I have amnesia!"

Re:DS9??? (1)

hobbesmaster (592205) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639366)

BSG2005, their number 2 pick, certainly has more "soap opera" elements than DS9 had. And DS9 is of much much higher quality in writing and acting than Star Trek Voyager which is about 15 on the list... I don't like the list - some of the stuff on the list isn't even really scifi!

Re:DS9??? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639390)

yes, it seems that they certainly don't really distinguish between fantasy and SF, which are very different imho.

Sliders (1)

El_Muerte_TDS (592157) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639245)

I completely agree with Sliders. I really loved the series. But at the time Prof. Arthuro died it went downhill, fast. At a certain point it was only about those "aliens". A real shame.

Re:Sliders (1)

glh (14273) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639356)

SAme here, sliders was an excellent series. I thought it had a ton of potential. I even remember one episode that had a matrix like theme where people were walking around with these VR goggles but living in an alternate reality. There were several episodes like that, that eventually ended up being used in later movies. The chick in it was really hot, too (don't remember her name). Maybe they will remake that one some day though the idea isn't as fresh as it once was.

Re:Sliders (5, Informative)

JamesD_UK (721413) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639405)

I've heard John Rhys-Davies in person speak about his leaving sliders. It was several years ago and so I'd probably not even try and quote what he actually said whilst I was present, the gist of it was that he left because although he loved the concept of the series he saw it already going downhill before he decided to leave. I think he's been quite public about this and I managed to find this quote [sliders.net] .

"I like SF. I love intelligent SF," Rhys-Davies says in his deep basso voice. "When you come across good writing, and I think 'Scorpion' was finely written, it's a wonderful thing. I had just come through a period where the contractual nature of my job obliged me to take scripts that frankly wouldn't get past Writing 101. We had the most wonderful series concept with Sliders, but we did everything that had been done before and we did it every damned episode. We did Species. We did Tremors. We did Twister. We did War of the Worlds. We did The Island of Dr. Moreau. It was out of control, just out of control.

"I think Tracy did a nice job early on. We had our differences and we fought occasionally. In the end, Sliders wasn't the worst experience I ever had. I was just disappointed. Again, I love SF. I'm a passionate believer in Sliders. The series could have been great. The public always understood the of Sliders. The public understood that you could go anywhere in the galaxy. The writers, though, would try to graft a Law and Order story, or something they had done or seen before, onto Sliders and just make the characters work around it."

Re:Sliders (0, Flamebait)

TheWanderingHermit (513872) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639416)

Sliders was a poorly written, ill-conceived rip-off of an original idea by George R. R. Martin. The characters were less than real, and sometimes I felt almost like a characture.

But, then again, once I learned to read well enough to understand Shakespeare and other classic writers who could really develop a story and characters, I've had higher standards than what most SF shows can meet.

Sliders was a show for the masses who didn't want to deal with real sf that could actually make one think, like "The Prisoner" or 2001: ASO.

It's pap for those who don't have the refined taste for the caviar of sf.

Re:Sliders (2, Informative)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639449)

It was already going hill and that's why John Rhys Davies left. He wanted Sliders to continue to be good science fiction and venture into more solid, hard science fiction whereas the rest of the powers that be wanted the show to be more light and fluffy and typical crap that qualifies, these days, as scifi. So, he left.

I've always liked him, but after that decision, I gained a lot of respect for him as a professional. And the fact that they couldn't keep a solid cast stringed together afterward just shows how important he actually was to the series. I mean, every week it was a different person out of the cast and another in. Including the two O'Connell brothers.

But at least the show had the super hot military chick. Yum.

Star Trek DS9 Was truly superior (0)

RLiegh (247921) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639246)

to Star Trek Enterprise

Re:Star Trek DS9 Was truly superior (1)

n3bulous (72591) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639442)

Surely you meant Voyager? What a load of crap that show was. Just because 7of9 was a hottie in tights... Oh wait, that's one of the reasons Buck Rodgers made the list...

ST:E wasn't bad, though it took me a few attempts to get into it because the characters/actors were so sterile the first season.

Re:Star Trek DS9 Was truly superior (2, Funny)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639470)

The only good Star Trek was TNG - and that's only in comparison to the other Star Trek spinoffs. Otherwise, comparing Star Trek series is like comparing the color of different shits. Yes, there are slight differences, but they're all still steaming turds.

In other news (0, Troll)

gnaawangs (846493) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639251)

Gnaa rates 50 worst sci fi shows of all times and lists coincide perfectly

Not only is DS9 not on the list... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639256)

But Voyager is... AT #14! What the hell? This list is also heavily dominated by fantasy rather than sci-fi, and if its to include fantasy, there were a lot of better shows not on it.

Re:Not only is DS9 not on the list... (1)

Oracle of Bandwidth (528405) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639430)

Putting Voyager on that list, is like putting N'sync on a list of the best opera.

Top 50? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639261)

Have there even been 50 Science Fiction television series on TV?

Flamebait Squared (5, Funny)

jpardey (569633) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639263)

Slashdot is not a place for a reasonable discussion of Sci-Fi shows. This might hurt someone's karma...

ranking (4, Insightful)

hungrygrue (872970) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639270)

Dr Who was relegated to number 8 while Stargate got number 6?! Something is very wrong with this list.

Re:ranking (1)

justsomebody (525308) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639375)

That's just what I was thinking. SG-1 was good until Season5 after that it only went downhill.

Re:ranking (3, Informative)

EvilMonkeySlayer (826044) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639394)

Also, oddly they say it ran from 1963 to 1989...

Hmmm, you know... I could swear I saw something on BBC 1 called Dr. something a short while back.. I wonder what it could be.

Also, as a strange side note.. some of the shows they listed can hardly be described as "Sci-Fi", I'd say they thought: "Let's make a top 50 list of the greatest sci-fi shows ever!" and then kinda got bored half-way through and just started adding shows they liked as kids regardless whether they be sci-fi or not.

Re:ranking - I agree (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639396)

Dr Who was relegated to number 8 while Stargate got number 6?! Something is very wrong with this list.

I agree, Stargate is much better than that.

That's a lot of series! (1)

Boss Sauce (655550) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639273)

Seriously-- there can't be 50!?! I'd be impressed if that many were ever made, even with the Sci-Fi channel... maybe non-English ones should be counted? Who can list that many? Pilots don't count... and neither does Mork & Mindy.

Re:That's a lot of series! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639411)

Oh they found 50. You can definitely tell that they were scraping the bottom of the barrel near the end though... Earth Final Conflict? just the thought makes me ill.

No Max Headroom? (5, Insightful)

jdunlevy (187745) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639275)

Wah??

Re:No Max Headroom? (1)

StarvingSE (875139) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639307)

No kidding... talk about a show that was definately ahead of its time...

Moore's still up there. (2, Insightful)

feyhunde (700477) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639276)

They do screw up by leaving out DS9. However BSG is #2 and they comment along the lines that it would be #1 if it wasn't new.

Moore's better baby did pretty damn well.

Um, hello (5, Insightful)

scolby (838499) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639277)

There are better sci fi shows than Farscape, but there aren't 50 sci fi shows better than Farscape. What a horrible omission from that list.

I'm not sure of the list either. (3, Insightful)

DarkBlackFox (643814) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639279)

Come on, they put the Thunderbirds in front of Futurama... That's just wrong.

Re:I'm not sure of the list either. (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639327)

You're right - compared to Star Trek and the other shows, Thunder Cats and Futurama are just way too realistic to be considered sci-fi.

Space Above and Beyond (5, Interesting)

vspazv (578657) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639282)

It only lasted a single season but I really liked Space, Above and Beyond.

Re:Space Above and Beyond (1)

Ikn (712788) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639303)

Yes! Finally another fan! I thought I was the only person alive that even remember that show, I really loved it. A while ago I was lucky enough to track down a torrent with good-quality rips of the whole season.

Re:Space Above and Beyond (1)

BigDork1001 (683341) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639402)

Well good news for all S:AaB fans. It's coming out on DVD November 8th! I had been surprised for a long time that in the rust to put every series known to man out on DVD this one hadn't hit the store shelves yet but I guess I can now pick it up.

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B000 BCCAEQ/qid=1127591698/sr=8-1/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-9849 798-1419844?v=glance&s=dvd&n=507846 [amazon.com]

Re:Space Above and Beyond (1)

Monkelectric (546685) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639458)

Coming out on DVD nov 8th? Best buy has had it for over a month. Maybe it was a special promo ...

Re:Space Above and Beyond (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639459)

I agree, and it's not even on the list.

This list is stupid anyway. Andromeda?! Earth Final Conflict?! LOL, those should not even be on a top 100 list. Xena??!! "Lost"?? WTF... who made this list?

The only thing I agree with on this list is the new Battlestar Galactica should definitely go down as one of the best ever. Oh and Farscape is not on the list which is OK with me (although I guess it would be in the 50 list somewhere; hell I didn't even know 50 sci-fi shows had even been on TV).

The sad truth is, (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639283)

I don't think I could name 50 sci-fi TV shows I'd call "good". Sure, there are some I'd call great, but 50 good ones? Most of them are an inch from green monsters from Mars and space-whores. I'll let you guys guess an inch in which direction that is.

I call shenanigans... (0)

negative3 (836451) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639284)

They don't even have "Kolchak the Night Stalker"? "Xena" rates higher than the original "The Outer Limits" (among numerous others)? They don't even include the new "Battlestar Galactica"?

Re:I call shenanigans... (5, Informative)

bryce1012 (822567) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639315)

Um, they ranked the new BSG #2.

Re:I call shenanigans... (1)

republican gourd (879711) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639323)

New Battlestar is #2, second only to Star Trek: TOS.

Re:I call shenanigans... (1)

SlayerDave (555409) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639344)

They don't even include the new "Battlestar Galactica"?

RTFA. The new Battlestar Galactica came in #2, behind only the original Star Trek.

Re:I call shenanigans... (1)

Rialtus (569868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639380)

The new BSG is at #2.

Re:I call shenanigans... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639404)

They do include the new BSG. It's ranked #2.

MST 3K! (1)

pin_gween (870994) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639288)

Doesn't get much better than a show with smart ass comments about others.

Exactly what we all do in life

Hell, now I have to log onto /. to get my fill

Hmm not my top 50 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639290)

Where was Space: Above and Beyond?

Science Fiction? (4, Insightful)

Dionysus (12737) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639291)

They have a pretty weird definition of science fiction. I mean, The Man from U.N.C.L.E.? Mystery Science Theater 3000? Tales from the Crypt? Avengers? Batman? Buffy? Why not Friends while you're at it? I mean, a New York without any colored people?

Batman was WAY SCI FI (1)

tempest69 (572798) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639370)

Batman owned a 20,000 decibel bat-belt. Now I'm not sure the writers had a clue as to how dangerous something of that magnitude would be. But batman has a weapon that it above and beyond 99% of all Sci-fi weapons... A Death Starhas nothing on that bad boy.

If 20,000 decibels doesnt sound like much, you havent heard it :)

Storm

Re:Science Fiction? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639431)

I mean, a New York without any colored people?

What color where you expecting?

Buffy? (2, Insightful)

oxymor00n (780866) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639292)

Buffy the vampire (s)layer a sci-fi-show? I suspect they pulled this list out of their ass..

Re:Buffy? (1)

oxymor00n (780866) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639434)

And while I'm at it, they also "forgot" ReGenesis, a great show IMHO.

Science Fiction?!! (4, Insightful)

nebaz (453974) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639296)

I'm sorry, and I'm sure this is beating a dead horse, but Superman, Batman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, et als. are not SCIENCE FICTION. Granted, there may be a correlation between the viewership of said shows, but these shows don't even pretend to be futuristic, or contain a science element at all. Batman, maybe, but I hate it when people lump these things all under the "sci fi" umbrella. This is why we have all this horror shlock on the Sci-Fi channel and things like Farscape get cancelled.

Re:Science Fiction?!! (1)

starling (26204) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639466)

Yes they bloody well are science-fiction. They might not be your preferred type of science fiction but that's neither here nor there.

Let's see: Superman has aliens; Batman relies on high tech gadgets; Buffy is edging out to using magic, but then "any significantly advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic".

There's more to science fiction than just space opera.

No Lexx? (2, Insightful)

satanami69 (209636) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639312)

The top ten of this list I can agree with. Lost isn't even close to sci-fi, but man, how do you leave off Lexx from this list? Nothing grabbed my attention(and made me cover myself with a pillow) more than that show did.

Re:No Lexx? (1)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639407)

Nothing ... (... made me cover myself with a pillow) more than [Lexx] did.

Er... which part of yourself — no, never mind.

Re:No Lexx? (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639415)

(and made me cover myself with a pillow) more than that show did.

And just what were you trying to hide?

They forgot the #1 Sci-Fi show! (5, Funny)

dada21 (163177) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639313)

I watched it [wikipedia.org] once, it was too alien to me.

Synapsis: This head alien interrogates others [wikipedia.org] like it regarding its numerous abuses by Man. Freaky episodes about the aliens' fashion, body morphing in their latter life stage, even discussions about how they can get their alien race to win the Presidency [wikipedia.org] .

Eerie.

Funniest Wikipedia article ever (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639387)

Funniest Wikipedia article ever. The image there should have been labeled more along the lines of "We THINK this is a woman, but are unable to confirm."

Re:They forgot the #1 Sci-Fi show! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639389)

You owe me a new monitor - I spilled coke all over mine and its not coming off easily.

overrated (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639314)

Star Trek is the most overrated pap I've ever seen on television. Just because nerds have no sense of taste doesn't mean the show belongs in the top 50 list.

MST3K4LIFE!!!!!11

Max Headroom (1)

Desert Raven (52125) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639318)

Talk about a show before it's time. Max Headroom's one of the few shows from many years ago I can watch today without it feeling extremely dated.

Yeah, I liked the original Star Trek, but truthfully, I can't watch it anymore. It just seems so... well, old.

The Prisoner (5, Insightful)

ettlz (639203) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639328)

Greatest 50, my arse! Where's The Prisoner?

Too bad... (1)

outsourced (902982) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639330)

the amount of science in these "sci-fi" shows is about .00000001 per cent.

List is utter rubbish (1)

JudgeFurious (455868) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639340)

How else do you explain Buffy the Vampire Slayer coming in lower than Wonder Woman? Ok, granted Linda Carter's breasts were bigger than all of the combined breasts of every female Buffy cast member but I don't think that should be the deciding factor.

Best sf show (5, Insightful)

MsWillow (17812) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639342)

Hands down, Farscape. Well-thought-out, well-scripted, believable aliens, and an interesting ship. 'S a crying shame that the SciFi channel pulled the plug. I really miss it. It made cable tv worth the money - that, and F1 racing.

Next best is an oldie: The Prisoner. If you're under 40, you likely missed it. :( #6 just refused to cave in, and he won... or did he?

Idiotic List (1)

Seumas (6865) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639346)

Greatest American Hero, Lois & Clark, Batman, Adventures of Superman, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Wonder Woman, Tales from the Crypt, Xena, Lost and Twilight Zone have nothing to do with science fiction. Not even in the most remote and lax sense of the word or genre. Since when is adventure, horror or comedy science fiction? Vampires are not scifi. Superheros in tights are not scifi. Xena and Hercules are not scifi characters or stories. Shows with a unique twist at the end (Twilight Zone, Crypt) are not scifi - hell, we usually call things that have unexpected twists at the end MYSTERIES.

And how is 3rd rock from the Sun or My Favorite Martian a scifi show? They're comedies that just happen to have an alien there. The alien/scifi part is almost entirely non-existant. ALF is more scifi than either of those two.

And considering the crap they have on here (Wonderwoman, but no Hulk?!) they couldn't at least be bothered to include Farscape, Lexx or First Wave?!

And yes, it also pisses me off when the Sci-Fi channel has Chucky or Wishmaster on. What do those have to do with sci-fi? Those are horror flicks. And bad ones at that.

Remove Brain and Make Top 50 List (1)

VarmintCong (151154) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639347)

Heh, I think it's safe to say this list is full of shit, since ST: Voyager is rated higher then Firefly. But then again, he did rate Voyager lower then Xena, which seems to be pretty spot on since we all know what a bastion of quality science fiction Xena was.

Oh, and "'Star Trek Voyager' started off slow but ended as one of the better 'Star Trek' spinoffs" is not necessarily a compliment.

firefly? (5, Insightful)

cavetroll (602361) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639348)

I can't believe no one seems to have mentioned this yet, slashdot is not normally short of firefly fanboys. Not that it actually deserves top spot, that should belong to Babylon 5, with Blake's 7 in second, but IMO firefly should still have made top 10

Glaring omission... (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639360)

Red Dwarf

I don't think I saw Blake's 7 or H2G2 in their either, so it's more a top 50 US Sci-Fi, rather than a general top 50.

list as high quality as navigation (4, Insightful)

fermion (181285) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639361)

Well, this list is clearly just a cheap method to generate ad revenue, but if we give the paper the benifit of the doubt, I think the list is a bit daft.

Xena, though a fine show, is hardly a science fiction. It has none of the technology, exploration of current social problems, or even exploration of various cultures. Pretty much it just a medeival cop show.

Sliders was not ahead of it's time. It was just another huckleberry finn, star trek, docotor who knockoff with none of the redeeming factors. It is quite suitable for the adolecent maile, with a good role model, a pretty girl into geeks, and trivial story line. However, there are no layers that might make it interesting to an adult. The writing was woodden, even by scifi standards.

One contemporary scifi show that is seldom mentioned is 'The Cape'. Based on reality, good exploration life, and how we might move forward. Much more interesting than anything I saw on that list, though the show only works if you ignore current reality, as is true for most scifi.

"The Invaders" is not on it? (1)

Derling Whirvish (636322) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639365)

Seriously. Where is "The Invaders"?

Maybe this list is worth a look (1)

kentrel (526003) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639367)

They don't even give a nod to greatest-trek-of-all-time DS9, so I don't know about this list.

Funny how one geek's trash is another geeks treasure..

Full Listing (5, Informative)

scovetta (632629) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639368)

From scovetta.blogspot.com [blogspot.com] :

50. 'Earth - Final Conflict'
49. 'The Wild Wild West'
48. '3rd Rock From The Sun'
47. 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'
46. 'That Was Then'
45. 'The Greatest American Hero'
44. 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman'
43. 'Nowhere Man'
42. 'Science Fiction Theatre'
41. 'Futurama'
40. 'The Thunderbirds'
39. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
38. 'Batman'
37. 'Space 1999'
36. 'The Bionic Woman'
35. 'Battlestar Galactica' (Original)
34. 'The Avengers'
33. 'Lost In Space'
32. 'My Favorite Martian'
31. 'Alien Nation'
30. 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'
29. 'The Six Million Dollar Man'
28. 'Adventures of Superman'
27. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
26. 'Stargate Atlantis'
25. 'The Jetsons'
24. 'Wonder Woman'
23. 'Tales from the Crypt'
22. 'Andromeda'
21. 'Quantum Leap'
20. 'The Hitchhiker'
19. 'Dark Angel'
18. 'V'
17. 'Firefly'
16. 'Flash Gordon'
15. 'Logan's Run'
14. 'Star Trek Voyager'
13. 'The Outer Limits'
12. 'Xena: Warrior Princess'
11. 'Lost'
10. 'Sliders'
9. 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'
8. 'Dr. Who'
7. 'The Twilight Zone'
6. 'Stargate SG-1'
5. 'Babylon 5'
4. 'The X-Files'
3. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
2. 'Battlestar Galactica' (New)
1. 'Star Trek' (Original)

Re:Full Listing (5, Interesting)

Aphrika (756248) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639441)

Top 10 missing ones:

Red Dwarf
Blake's 7
Battle of the Planets (C'mon, Futurama's in there!)
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
DS9
Lexx
The Prisoner
Seaquest DSV
Stingray
Captain Scarlett

Seems someone's got selective-memoryitis...

Ahead of their time (1)

Nom du Keyboard (633989) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639371)

It comments on how some shows were ahead of their time. Well, all SciFi shows are ahead of their time, aren't they? [G] That's what reruns and DVD collections are for.

ST:TOS deserves to be #1, because that's what has brought more people into SciFi than anything else.

And while I liked the Man from U.N.C.L.E., I hardly consider it SciFi, even if he did have a communicator the size of a pack of cigarettes (later built into a pen).

The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1)

Celsius 233 (913263) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639373)

...does that count?

huh? (1)

CrazyTalk (662055) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639376)

I didn't realize there WERE 50 science fiction shows. Star Trek, Space 1999, Battlestar Galactica - can't be more than a few more than that,

Re:huh? (1)

Elad Alon (835764) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639421)

If the show must have a military man saying "reverse the polarity" for you to acknowledge it as sci-fi, you'll find you're in no short supply of shows, and in no danger of quality.

Re:huh? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639468)

The issue with Space 1999 is that it clearly portrays humans with bad, hair-helmet do's. This is not a fascinating thing, its something that will have to be diverted, like a catastrophic asteroid.

holy sham, batman (1)

sdnoob (917382) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639391)

some on the list, i wouldn't have considered 'pure' scifi...

3rd rock yes, ok, but no mork & mindy then? come on!!

how about dark angel? mst3k? knight rider? earth^2? seaquest? dark shadows? (my ex's favorite), and no ds9..

and if "v" was there (a miniseries), why not wild palms http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0106175/ [imdb.com]
and with their stretching the definition of scifi a bit, why not the 10th kingdom? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0207275/ [imdb.com]

sheesh.. me thinks this was just some ploy cooked up by the globe to get /.'d and get all the geeks and nerds in the world to hit 50 page views each with NINE advertisements on it.....

The question is..... (1)

SecularG (901350) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639397)

What is the question? What are our 50 favorite Sci-Fi shows? Honestly.

Why? (1)

jswalter9 (695759) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639398)

Why are lists like this compiled? I'm sure some people like to watse time in that way, but when you put together a geek list, just don't publish it.

And, for the record, Sabrina Lloyd was the reason to watch Sliders. :)

Re:Why? (1)

kentrel (526003) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639444)

To create exactly this reaction. People will always argue over "Best of" lists, no matter how irrelevant and pointless they are. And geeks like us will argue with a vengeance.

Beware of the angry geek, and FEAR the angry Trekkie (they've got l33t letter writing skills)

SG and Xena???? (1)

inmate (804874) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639399)

XENA better than futurama and firefly? you must be joking?

and under the mountain [imdb.com] is not even on the list!

oh well, if nothing else it will make for some great discussion here on slashdot! :D

New BSG is #2? WTF? (0, Flamebait)

Dr. Spork (142693) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639414)

I don't know why I even look at these sorts of "rankings" stories - the author may as well be posting a definitive ranking the "50 greatest ice cream flavors of the 20th century" - but I detect a weird, incomprehensible trend: there are people who find the new Battlestar Galactica to be a watchable show. Now I've tried it. Thanks to some of these people, I've watched MANY episodes of it, and I understand it less each time. How can even average-smart people put up with such terrible writing? Such stupid plots and stupider plot holes? Such transparent and flacid attempts to be edgy and gritty? Such... lack of immagination?

I admit that I might be spoiled by Firefly, which actually did well all those things BSG tries but miserably fails at, minus that mystical crap about fulfilled prophecies, which just couldn't work and wasn't worth trying. But I've got to think that even without Firefly, I would see BSG for the vacuous soap opera that it is.

Anyway, if they didn't want me flaming on slashdot, they shouldn't have baited me by giving that vomit the second ranking in all-time sci-fi.

serious problems (1)

NOLAChief (646613) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639418)

was good to see B5, the new Battlestar Galactica and two incarnations of Star Trek in the top ten, but Voyager beating Firefly??? And they clearly had to have cut DS9 to make room for the injustice they did in honoring Atlantis at all.

Hey, Boston.com, there's more to good SciFi than Jeri Ryan's boobs. (Like Kaylee....:-D)

Not scifi (1)

kentrel (526003) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639420)

Batman, Wonderwoman and Xena Warrior Princes in a sci fi list? They're fantasy, not sci-fi.

ad revenue (4, Funny)

boarder (41071) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639423)

1. Post list of top 50 things a geek cares about.
    1a. doesn't matter how accurate or well researched the list is

2. Make list available one item per time on a page heavy with ads

3. Post link to /.

4. There is no ..., just straight profit from the geeks clicking through 50 pages of ads.

There's Something Really Scary About This ... (2, Insightful)

Lemurmania (846869) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639425)

You do realize that arguing about this list makes you sound like the Comic Book Guy on the Simpsons, right? I'm serious. Just read some of the threads in his voice, and it sounds like a custom-made script, a soliloquy of unrequited geek passion.

"Top 50 Ad Impressions" (1)

Laconian (578463) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639428)

These lists are just an excuse to cram 50*4 ads in front of the user as he clicks "next" "next" "next" "next"

OMG ST:A GOT 4TH NOT 1ST.. BLOOD!

Where's the question (1)

post_toastie (649723) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639429)

Ok, why is this in Ask Slashdot? There's no question being asked, unless its the implied: "Yet another bogus 'best of list' has been posted. How shall we flame it?"
And to avoid being modded off topic, this list was pretty lame. They can't even get the name of the main character in Space: 1999 correct. Hint: John Koenig was the name of the fictional commander on Moonbase Alpha, Walter Koenig is an actor.

Sci-Fi? Nah, Fantasy.. (4, Funny)

WarwickRyan (780794) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639443)

..and they missed the best fantasy show of them all [foxnews.com] .

Who is number one? (3, Interesting)

Oracle of Bandwidth (528405) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639450)

Where is The Prisioner? I mean it's not exatly Sci-fi, but neither is this list, and at least it was innovative.

The list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#13639453)

I missed #50 since the login stopped working for me:
50
49 The Wild Wild West
48 3rd Rock from the Sun
47 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
46 That was Then
45 The Greatest American hero
44 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
43 Nowhere Man
42 Science Fiction Theater
41 Futurama
40 The Thunderbirds
39 The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
38 Batman
37 Space 1999
36 The Bionic Woman
35 Battlestar Galactica (original)
34 The Avengers
33 Lost in Space
32 My Favorite Martian
31 Alien Nation
30 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
29 The Six Dollar Man
28 Adventures of Superman
27 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
26 Stargate Atlantis
25 The Jetsons
24 Wonder Woman
23 Tales from the Crypt
22 Andromeda
21 Quantum Leap
20 The Hitchiker
19 Dark Angel
18 V
17 Firefly
16 Flash Gordon
15 Logan's Run
14 Star Trek Voyager
13 The Outer Limits
12 Xena: Warrior Princess
11 Lost
10 Sliders
09 Mystery Science Theater 3000
08 Dr. Who
07 The Twilight Zone
06 Stargate SG-1
05 Babylon 5
04 The X-Files
03 Star Trek: The Next Generation
02 Battlestar Galatica (New)
01 Star Trek

The new Battlestar Galatica is ok, but not better than B5. :|

The Whole List (1, Informative)

Derling Whirvish (636322) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639457)

50. 'Earth - Final Conflict'
49. 'The Wild Wild West'
48. '3rd Rock From The Sun'
47. 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'
46. 'That Was Then'
45. 'The Greatest American Hero'
44. 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman'
43. 'Nowhere Man'
42. 'Science Fiction Theatre'
41. 'Futurama'
40. 'The Thunderbirds'
39. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
38. 'Batman'
37. 'Space 1999'
36. 'The Bionic Woman'
35. 'Battlestar Galactica' (Original)
34. 'The Avengers'
33. 'Lost In Space'
32. 'My Favorite Martian'
31. 'Alien Nation'
30. 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'
29. 'The Six Million Dollar Man'
28. 'Adventures of Superman'
27. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
26. 'Stargate Atlantis'
25. 'The Jetsons'
24. 'Wonder Woman'
23. 'Tales from the Crypt'
22. 'Andromeda'
21. 'Quantum Leap'
20. 'The Hitchhiker'
19. 'Dark Angel'
18. 'V'
17. 'Firefly'
16. 'Flash Gordon'
15. 'Logan's Run'
14. 'Star Trek Voyager'
13. 'The Outer Limits'
12. 'Xena: Warrior Princess'
11. 'Lost'
10. 'Sliders'
9. 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'
8. 'Dr. Who'
7. 'The Twilight Zone'
6. 'Stargate SG-1'
5. 'Babylon 5'
4. 'The X-Files'
3. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
2. 'Battlestar Galactica' (New)
1. 'Star Trek' (Original)

Any list that doesn't have 1-5 in this order... (1)

fzammett (255288) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639461)

#5 Battlestar: Galactica (new)
#4 The Outer Limits (original)
#3 Star Trek TOS
#2 Stargate SG-1
#1 Babylon 5 ...is not worth reading any further IMO. The only arguable point in my mind is whether BSG should actually be ahead of The Outer Limits. My feeling is it probably will be, and could even beat out ST:TOS in the end, but for now it's where it should be.

And don't bother disagreeing, you are wrong :)

Bite my shiny metal ass! (1)

w3weasel (656289) | more than 8 years ago | (#13639467)

Futurama outranked by the Thunderbirds?

Futurama 41st greatest of all time?!?!?!

When the Humanoid-Carrot revolution of 2120 comes, you'll understand how far ahead of its time this fantastic show really was.
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