Comments on Sci-Fi Lists: SF TV shows

Here are my thoughts on this list. If I don’t put anything in “My rating” then I have no particular interest in seeing it. Where there are stars in that column, here’s what they mean:

* The 5 TV shows I’m likely to watch first.
** The 5 TV shows I’m likely to watch second.
*** The 5 TV shows I’m likely to watch third.

Their ranking Title My rating My comments
1 Star Trek – The Next Generation 5 Brilliant from the 3rd season — you’ll follow these characters anywhere.
2 Battlestar Galactica (new) 5 With a focus on character, it’s brilliant right from the very beginning.
3 Stargate SG-1 4.5 A series with two very funny characters — Jack O’Neill and Vala Mal Doran.
4 The X-Files 5 FBI agents investigating paranormal cases — brilliant from the 3rd season to the 8th.
5 Star Trek (Original Series) 4.5 Some episodes better than others, but gives you hope for the future of humanity.
6 Babylon 5 5 Set on a space station, its 5-year story arc was planned out ahead of time.
7 The Twilight Zone ***
8 Farscape *
9 Stargate – Atlantis *
10 Star Trek – Deep Space Nine 5 From the 3rd season, the most consistently brilliant Star Trek series.
11 Firefly 5 Every single episode was brilliant — succeeded by the movie “Serenity.”
12 Doctor Who (2005) **
13 Star Trek – Voyager 4.5 Had some 5/5 episodes but never reached the consistency of TNG or DS9.
14 The Outer Limits ***
15 Futurama 4.5 Many episodes are very funny and science fictionally clever.
16 Doctor Who
17 Lost *
18 Star Trek – Enterprise 4.5 Kept improving each year and its 4th and final season was amazing.
19 The Avengers (with Emma Peel)
20 Red Dwarf **
21 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
22 Time Tunnel
23 The Invaders
24 Quantum Leap
25 The Adventures of Superman
26 My Favorite Martian
27 Science Fiction Theatre
28 Heroes 4.5 A show about what would happen if people with super powers really existed.
29 The Invisible Man (1950s)
30 Sliders
31 Battlestar Galactica (original)
32 Smallville
33 Eureka ***
34 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 4.5 A much better/funnier adaptation of the book than the more recent movie.
35 Andromeda
36 Dark Angel
37 V (1984)
38 The 4400
39 Stargate Universe *
40 Blake’s 7
41 Fringe *
42 The Prisoner **
43 Mystery Science Theater 3000 I’ve seen a few episodes — they range from amusing to hilarious.
44 Space – Above and Beyond
45 Terminator (Sarah Connor) ***
46 Space 1999
47 Torchwood
48 Lost in Space
49 Dune (2000) 3.5 This is a miniseries — the sequel “Children of Dune” is even better.
50 Cowboy Bebop
51 The Outer Limits (1995) I saw some of this show — it was usually quite good.
52 Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
53 Lexx
54 Alias **
55 Third Rock From the Sun I saw a fair amount of this show — my guess is I’d give it 4.5.
56 Roswell
57 Alien Nation
58 seaQuest DSV (& 2032)
59 Lois & Clark (New Superman)
60 The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
61 Max Headroom – The Series **
62 UFO
63 Thunderbirds
64 Kolchak – The Night Stalker
65 The Six Million Dollar Man
66 The Wild, Wild West
67 Dollhouse 4.5 Had great potential and a couple of episodes were 5/5.
68 Earth 2 3.5 It started off with a bang and had great potential.
69 Sanctuary Saw a couple of episodes — they were OK but didn’t grab me too much.
70 ALF I watched this as a kid. I’ve seen a few episodes more recently — they’re amusing.
71 Ghost in the Shell: SAC
72 Crusade 4 Would have been great if it had gone according to J. Michael Straczynski’s plans.
73 Batman
74 Millennium
75 The (New) Twilight Zone
76 Earth – Final Conflict
77 Get Smart
78 Taken
79 The Jetsons
80 Planet of the Apes 3 For fans of the movies, this half season-long series is watchable.
81 Logan’s Run
82 Adventures of Brisco County Jr ***
83 Neon Genesis Evangelion
84 The Incredible Hulk
85 Wonder Woman
86 Mork and Mindy
87 ├ćon Flux
88 V (2009)
89 The Greatest American Hero I liked it as a kid, but found it unwatchable as an adult.
90 Star Trek (Animated Series) I’ve seen a few episodes — I would likely give it a 2.
91 Amazing Stories
92 Knight Rider I watched this show as a kid — somehow I don’t think it would be as great now.
93 Sapphire and Steel
94 The Bionic Woman
95 Land of the Giants
96 Invasion
97 Captain Scarlet & the Mysterons
98 7 Days
99 Primeval
100 The Invisible Man

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Here are a few shows missing from the list:

Caprica 4.5 A spinoff of “Battlestar Galactica,” it takes place when Cylons were just being created for the first time.
Flashforward 4.5 Based on the book by Robert J. Sawyer — everyone experiences a glimpse 6 months into the future.
Jeremiah 4.5 A post-apocalyptic show from J. Michael Straczynski — it lasted two full seasons.
Terra Nova 4 Time travel and dinosaurs — the first season finale showed what it could be, but it was cancelled.
Threshold 4 What do we do when an extraterrestrial object appears — just getting good when it was cancelled.

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