8 Top Sci-Fi TV Classics That Set the Standards for all Sci-Fi Series

Focusing on portals and other dimensions besides Earth; living creatures besides animals and humans, shows in this list portray bizarre things and paranormal phenomenon that exist only in fictional fantasy box. Ahead of its time, these shows are some of the best Sci-Fi TV series that set the bar high for all other sci-fi series to come. With creative writing and imaginative mind, they popularized supernatural stories, action fantasy, and extra-terrestrials that invade the Earth. Relive the classics with some of the most popular sci-fi series with this list of 8 Top Sci-Fi TV Series of all time.

8. Quantum Leap (1989–1993)

Rated 8.1/10 in IMDB Rated 8.9/10 in TV.com Number 10 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series

Oh boy!

Time travel and shape shifting made possible in Quantum Leap. In a mission to save lives, Sam Beckett hops into different bodies to protect and solve problems of each body he hops into. With a help of his friend who appears to be in hologram, the duo embark on a journey to another dimension. Starring Scott Bakula as Sam, this hit series debut in 1989 and lasted for five successful years. A fantasy mixed with sci-fi, this series is one of the best in its time that most viewers enjoy to watch in a marathon.

7. Stargate SG-1 (1997–2007)

Rated 8.5/10 in IMDB Rated 9.7/10 in TV.com Number 8 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series

Colonel Jack O’Neill. Kumbaya.

A portal that opens a door in a new dimension, Stargate is highly guarded by an elite special forces in a mission to defend the Earth. Series of aliens, foreign bugs, and invaders will attack and wreak havoc among humans but a team of extremely trained army will protect the nation. Popular during its era, Stargate SG-1 gained avid fans and enthusiastic sci-fi geeks. Debuted in 1997, the series ran for 10 years with 2 successful spin offs. Starring in this hit-series is the clever inept Richard Dean Anderson we all know from MacGyver.

6. Doctor Who (2005–)

Rated 6.7/10 in IMDB Rated 9/10 in TV.com Number 2 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series


Another Sci-Fi TV Series of all time, Doctor Who aired in the 60’s but later was banned due to political reasons. In 2005, production was able to sneak its way back to the tele. Known for many actors who played the doctor, this hit series tackles time travel, time lords, and the famous TARDIS. The Doctor is highly intelligent with the ability to regenerate throughout time. Ahead of its time, this sci-fi action-packed fantasy is famous worldwide, gaining fervent fans who own collectible gift items such as the Tardis box. David Tennant stars in the latest season of Doctor Who alongside with actor Matt Smith.

5. Fringe (2008–2013)

Rated 8.5/10 in IMDB Rated 8.9/10 in TV.com Number 9 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series

So much happened here. And so much is about to.

A sci-fi series that involves other dimensions, this show is somewhat similar to X-files. With a higher power observing the actions of humans, the protagonists come head-on into peril filled with obstacles. In fringe, the mysterious and unfathomable become commonplace and ordinary. Debuted in 2008, this show is co-created by JJ Abrahams. Starring Anna Torv and the sweet charming Joshua Jackson from the famous teen series, Dawson’s Creek.

4. The Outer Limits (1963–1965)

Rated 8.2/10 in IMDB Rated 8.3/10 in TV.com

You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to… The Outer Limits.

A black and white hit series of sci-fi mixed with horror, this show portrays different storylines in each episode. Equipped clever narratives, each plot is filled with strange and extraordinary circumstances. Aliens and Martians lurk behind the oblivious humans who have no inkling of the situation. Debuted in 1963, this series lasted for three successful years.

3. The X-Files (1993–2002)

Rated 8.8/10 in IMDb Rated 9/10 in TV.com Number 3 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series

The truth is out there.

One of the most regarded Sci-Fi TV Series of all time, The X-Files not only appeared on TV but also in cinemas. A 90’s hit series, it set the standards for all sci-fi shows to come. It opened the door for aliens, extra-terrestrial, and UFOs. A determined FBI agent, Fox Mulder, is in a quest of finding the truth about his sister’s disappearance. Teamed up with the non-believer methodical M.E. Dana Scully, the two work on these supernatural cases that will unravel a new dimension — dimension from another planet. Debuted in 1993, this series lasted for 10 years starring Gillian Anderson as Scully and David Duchovny as Mulder aka spooky; though towards the nearing end of the series, Duchovny and Anderson were replaced by Annabeth Gish and Robert Patrick. A shocking announcement for avid fans, The X-Files is returning to TV for a brand new series plot starring the same ensemble as the originals.

2. Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987–1994)

Rated 8.7/10 in IMDb Rated 8.9/10 in TV.com Number 1 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series


An action fantasy science-fiction, this series follows the journey of a space crew aboard The Enterprise as they search existence of a new life. Set in outer space, their spaceship explores the galaxy with endless possibilities. Join Captain Jean-Luc Picard as he leads his team into other dimensions of the unknown. A popular TV series as well as a movie, Star Trek gained devoted fans worldwide. Popularized its own dialect known as Klingon, some of enthusiastic aficionados can speak the language. A convention dedicated for trekkies, this show has captured wide-reaching fans globally.

Interesting Facts: Guess which Celebrities are Trekkies with 7 Celebrities who love ‘Star Trek’ more than you

1. The Twilight Zone (1959–1964)

Rated 9/10 in IMDb Rated 9.1/10 in TV.com Number 6 in Watchmojo’s Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series You are about to enter another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination.

Another dimension that exists only in the Twilight Zone; strange and inexplicable will pay you a visit possibly to wreak havoc nonetheless, every so often will leave you in awe and wonder. Narrated by one creative Rod Serling, this show is ahead of its time and considered one of the most well-written Sci-Fi TV series of all time. Each episode fills the blank; reasoning with the mysterious and illogical. Time travel made possible, Gremlins exists — this door opens to the fifth dimension. Debuted in 1959, the series lasted for five years with at least 30 episodes in each season. Five years of imaginative stories, smart and clever writing, this series has told it all. Famous during its era, re-runs of this series still air on TV to this day with increasing popularity.

Which Sci-Fi TV Series of all time are in your TV list? Share your thoughts and comment below.

Manila, Metro Manila, Philippines

Originally published at 8toptv.wordpress.com on August 10, 2015.