questionswhat is the best sci-fi tv show ever?

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Lost In Space! "Danger Will Robinson! Danger!" ;->

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I'm hoping Power Rangers count.

I totally grew up with that show. It usually showed like either every saturday or weekday mornings before school.

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I gotta go with Battlestar Galactica, the re-imagined series. It combined futuristic elements with aspects of current events to not only entertain you, but also to make you think about the situations going on around that time.

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Transformers or Robotech.

I would give a +1 to Firefly, but I'm on my iPad and comment voting still isn't working.

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Max Headroom. So prophetic, except for Max himself...

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The original "Outer Lilmits"... True thought provoking sci-fi...

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Farscape is high up on my list, along with Firefly, Dr. Who, Twilight Zone, Outer Limits. Also, Primeval, Torchwood, Star Trek: TNG and DS9.

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I wouldn't put it above Twilight Zone or TNG, but I loved Quantum Leap.

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Going to have to say Firefly.

And because I'm a Whedon fan, honorable mention to Dollhouse. I know it had problems, but it had to be one of the most original forward thinking sci-fi shows ever.

Also honorable mention to Stargate SG1. Great show.

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Battlestar all the way. All the way until the 4th season I mean ;-)

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Star Trek...original.....Ground Breaking!!!!

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Twilight Zone or Doctor Who. Tough call.

@boredmaster: Here's a deleted scene from the episode where Kara came back from the dead...as an angel.

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I think I'm going to have to go with the original Star Trek. Yes, I know most of the acting was very much over the top, and the special effects were horrible compared to what's possible now. Despite all of this, the show managed to advance a lot of social issues, (1st inter-racial kiss on tv as an example) conceptualized a lot of tech that back then seemed rather far fetched, yet is now either available, (tablet computers, voice controlled computers, etc) or is in development. (tricorders, cloaking)

And no, the Power Rangers don't count.

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Firefly and Classic Star Trek.

It is especially interesting how Star Trek has influenced modern technology.
-That "funny thing" in Uhura's ear has become a Bluetooth phone speaker and mic.
-PADDs are now iPads, iPhones, iPod Touches, Tablet computers, Kindles and Nooks.
-Communicators are now cell phones
-There is even a portable health care device for "scanning" the human body and looking inside for problems without the need for a giant piece of equipment. Just like a medical tricorder.
-Music on demand was inspired by a scene from Star Trek: The Next Generation which is now Quicktime and Windows Media Player.

Of course, Firefly was very well written with great characters, terrific acting, a great reveal in the film and was just so much damned fun.

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Firefly - Star Trek TNG - Farscape - Dr Who

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@portezbie: You are not alone in your love of Dollhouse. I really enjoyed it.

I know for some the whole concept was creepy, but it was a really good show. It had mystery, action, drama, twisted morals, and lots of eye-candy.

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Since most everything else I'd list as a favorite has already been said, I'll just say that Sliders was pretty okay and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles wasn't all that bad either. Nothing I'd call brilliant, but certainly notable.

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I thought the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica was absolutely incredible and so unexpectedly so. That's my vote for best ever, but the The Twilight Zone, Star Trek TOS, SNG and Stargate are my other favorites.

I'm glad to see nobody said Buffy (gag)...so far. :oP

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X-Files. Fringe. Futurama.

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I see most of them have been covered here, but you've missed two of my old favorites. Time Trax with SELMA, the holographic credit card helper, and of course Babylon 5.

As for the actual question, I might have to call Star Trek TNG the "best", objectively, though not my top pick to re-watch when there's nothing on.

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I grew up watching Sliders and Stargate with my dad. The good times! I enjoy watching new tv series come on but I just wish one would stick through more than one season before being cut.

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I don't want to play "What's the best" because entries are so varied it's hard to stack them against one another. But a few really enjoyable ones that haven't been mentioned here and are worthy of note:

Sanctuary (really steampunk, but still Sci Fi)
Lost
Misfits
Space Above and Beyond (lumpy, but a unique show)
Jericho
Alien Nation (another unique premise)
Lexx (matchless)

I'm not a fan of Red Dwarf or Eureka but I am surprised o one mentioned them.

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@elandria: I am surprised it took so long for B5 to come up. Before the Battlestar Galactica remake, it had a pretty enthusiastic fan following. But it's like BG ate it.

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Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek: TNG.

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Stargate SG-1
First Runner-Up, new Doctor Who

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Farscape and Dr Who, hands down no questions about it!

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I am with @portezbie. Firefly and Stargate (SG1 and Atlantis. Not a huge fan of universe)

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If I have to pick only one, it's Dr Who by a nose over the Star Trek franchise.