Tammy’s Top Five Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time



I don’t watch much TV these days, but I used to watch it all the time, and there is nothing better than finding a favorite show and binge watching it from start to finish, which is why I own many of my favorites on DVD. I thought it would be fun to share my top five favorite shows for Sci-Fi Month! One of these is new, but the rest are fairly old, and can all be found on DVD or on certain streaming sites. Obviously, this is a short list and there are many worthy SF shows that I haven’t mentioned, but these are my personal favorites. Here they are, in no particular order:

1. Firefly

Created by Joss Whedon
Air dates: September – December 2002


I have to admit I didn’t see Firefly until it came out on DVD. Somehow, I missed it on TV. But it didn’t take long to join the huge group of indignant fans who couldn’t believe this show was cancelled after only nine episodes. If you’re a Joss Whedon fan like me, then I’m sure you’ve already seen it. But if not, take a look below. It really was an amazing show that unfortunately didn’t do well enough on broadcast TV and was given the ax when the numbers just weren’t there. Plus, Nathan Fillion:-D

2. Torchwood

Created by Russell T. Davies
Air dates: 2001 – 2006


It’s odd that I ever even found this show, because I have to admit I’m not a big Doctor Who fan (Torchwood is a spin-off, in case you didn’t know). But after one episode with Captain Jack Harkness, Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Ianto Jones and Toshiko Sato, I was hooked. Unfortunately, after two wonderfully addictive and creative seasons, Torchwood took a big dive and killed off several key characters in a couple of “mini series” seasons which I just couldn’t get behind. And so, I think fondly of Seasons 1 and 2, which are some of the best TV around, in my opinion.

3. Battlestar Galactica

Developed by Ronald D. Moore
Air dates: 2003 – 2009


This is another show I missed during its TV air, but I caught up with it on DVD. That was back when you could order the DVDs from Netflix and they’d mail them to your house (do they even do that anymore?) I may break down and purchase this show at some point because I’d love to see it again. I’m not a huge fan of military SF, but this show had so much more: complex characters, cool world-building and tons of emotion. The original Battlestar Galactica from the 1970s was actually quite campy, so if you’re going to watch it, make sure you watch the remake!

4. Star Trek: the Next Generation

Created by Gene Roddenberry
Air dates: 1987 – 1994

I was a bit too young to get into the original Star Trek, but when ST:tNG came out, I guess it was the right time, because I watched it religiously through all seven seasons. It seems very dated these days (just take a look at the trailer below) but I still catch episodes now and then on BBC America, and they bring back so many fond memories.

5. Stranger Things

Created by the Duffer Brothers
Air dates: 2016 – ?

Stranger Things poster

Like so many others, I’ve firmly established my place on the Stranger Things bandwagon. I adore this show, not only for its likable characters, but its top-notch production quality, editing, musical score and of course, the story. I know Season 2 is already in production and will air next year some time, and I for one cannot wait!

There you have it, my favorite sci-fi TV shows of all time! Let me know what yours are in the comments:-D

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Posted November 17, 2016 by Tammy in Sci-Fi Month, TV/Film / 37 Comments


37 responses to “Tammy’s Top Five Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time

  1. This list reminds me how much I love STTNG, Firefly and the early seasons of Torchwood (apparently those audiobooks are amazing). I couldn’t quite get into ST and BSG 🙁 My favourites: The original series Star Trek. Xfiles (though that was a mix of genres).
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    • Tammy

      Torchwood is one of those shows that gets better as you get to know the characters and their stories. Time for a rewatch!

  2. I don’t watch much sci-fi TV, but Orphan Black is one of my favorite shows right now and would probably qualify for the cloning and biological / medical mystery aspects. It’s action-packed, funny, emotional, and above all well-acted, especially with the same actress playing ALL of the female clones. (And she won an Emmy for her work on the series this year – finally!) So definitely watch Orphan Black when you have a chance.
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    • Tammy

      Orphan Black is definitely a glaring omission on this list, simply because I have never seen it *shame face* One of these days…

    • Tammy

      Yeah, I’m so curious to see what ST season 2 is going to be like. I’m sure it will be just as good as the first season:-)

    • Tammy

      No, I don’t think I’ve heard of it, but I’ll check it out! Thanks for the recommendation:-D

    • Tammy

      I never watched the original BS, so I guess seeing the remake with fresh eyes made a difference. And yep, poor Ianto, that one episode where like three characters die at the end just killed me.

  3. Don’t feel too bad, I still haven’t watched Firefly. It’s one of those shows I keep meaning to watch because I know I’ll love it and then I get distracted by something new and shiny 🙁 And I so agree with Barb, Orphan Black is amazing.

    • Tammy

      Firefly is pretty easy to watch because it’s only 14 episodes total. You’ll be crying at the end because it’s over!

  4. Ah Firefly….! Gone too soon, but still fresh in our hearts 🙂
    I saw it on DVD as well, and it’s one of my most treasured box-sets, one I rewatch now and then with the same degree of joy and discovery.

    As for Stranger Things I saw the first episode recently and was immediately captivated: good to know it’s such a good show, not just story-wise 🙂
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  5. todd

    Good memories! Like you, I don’t watch TV much anymore but certainly did in the past. Having not seen Stranger Things I’d put Babylon 5 in its place, maybe a little higher in the list. Firefly would definitely be at the top. And as others have mentioned Orphan Black is really good, though I only watched the first couple seasons.

    • Tammy

      I don’t think I saw much of Babylon 5, but everyone raves about that show. One of these days I’ll go back and watch it:-D

  6. I’ve never seen Firefly. I’m kinda embarrassed to admit it but I see Netflix has it so I may check it out. Everyone says watch it. 🙂 And Torchwood I think I’ve heard of, but didn’t know it was SF. So you’ve given me some ideas for good binges ha ha. I agree about Stranger things- SO good.
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    • Tammy

      Firefly is really funny on top of being awesome in every other way, so if you love well done humor, you’d love it. Torchwood is really WEIRD but in a good way:-D

    • Tammy

      Try to watch Stranger Things before season 2 comes on next year, then you’ll be all caught up!

  7. I haven’t watched Firefly – but I know I should do so.
    I loved Stranger Things and can’t wait for the next series.
    Lynn 😀

  8. I really need to check out Firefly, it has a huge fan base which is amazing for the number of episodes it has. Stranger Things is also very high on my list of things to watch.
    I am slowly making my way throught The Original Star Trek series and I am loving it , my goal is to watch every single Star Trek series out there because I am in love with this universe, it is incredibly conforting to me!

  9. I also still haven’t seen Firefly. But then again, I know it’s so short (and unfinished?), so I never brave up to start it cause I feel I’ll have my heart broken xD

    I didn’t like Torchwood a lot though, it was just too rough for me. After just a few episodes xD I’m surprised Doctor Who isn’t on your list, although Torchwood is?
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    • Tammy

      Yeah, I guess I feel intimidated by Doctor Who, it’s been running for so long I don’t have the foggiest idea where to start, lol!

  10. I loved Torchwood but when I heard about the cast cull I just stopped watching it. I’m a massive Buffy fan so I was keen to see Firefly but I admit that when I watched it, I didn’t really like it much-or Dollhouse for that matter. I watched the first season of the re-made BG and while I liked it, the hallucination conversations eventually drove me mad and I couldn’t continue.

    • Tammy

      I wasn’t a big Dollhouse fan either. I think living up to Buffy and Angel is nearly impossible to do (although I do love Firefly!)