A Fan’s Guide to the Top Science Fiction TV Series
Science fiction is where I live, it’s my happy place. It’s also what I do professionally as a science fiction and fantasy author. Ever since I watched Star Trek as a kid (the first, and for a long time the only, television series my parents allowed me to watch), I’ve been enamored with the genre and all the brilliant places it allows our minds to go.
The heyday of science fiction on television was probably the 90s, when a whole slew of excellent, bizarre, and unforgettable shows were forging a path toward mainstream acceptance of the genre. Since then, things have quieted down a bit for science fiction, though some new series are trying to take up the mantle of the old giants and old classics like Star Trek are being handed off to new minds.
This list is probably not exhaustive—and, boy, would I love to hear from you if you’ve got a series you think I would enjoy. You’ll notice that this list includes a little “hot-take” commentary section on each show with my personal thoughts about it, so you’ll probably pick up my style quickly enough.
Our journey, however, does not begin in the modern era. In fact… we’ll begin our exploration of this frontier of space back before television was even a thing!
Note: If you’re looking for super-hero series… you’re not going to find them here! Though the line between sci-fi and superhero can sometimes be very blurry, they are distinct genres. Look for my article on the best superhero series soon!