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:
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
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 – ?
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