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Old 09-30-05, 09:08 AM
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Top 50 Sci-Fi Shows Of All Time

Boston.com made a list of the 50 Top TV Shows of all time. (http://www.boston.com/ae/tv/gallery/topscifishows/)

Here's the Top Ten:

10. Sliders
9. Mystery Science Theater 3000
8. Dr. Who
7. The Twilight Zone
6. Stargate: SG-1
5. Babylon 5
4. The X-Files
3. Star Trek: The Next Generation
2. Battlestar Gallactica (New)
1. Star Trek (TOS)

For those of you looking for your favorite series, I'll throw out a few favorites:
11. Lost
14. Star Trek: Voyager
17. Firefly
19. Dark Angel
21. Quantum Leap
25. The Jetsons
27. Buffy The Vampire Slayer
29. The Six Million Dollar Man
33. Lost In Space
35. Battlestar Gallactica (Original)
37. Space 1999
38. Batman
41. Futurama
47. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

Now, I know that every list is subjective... and this list had some interesting ideas of what "science-fiction" is (The Six Million Dollar Man?)... but there are some interesting calls here. First off, I think they waaaay overvalued the new Battlestar Gallactica show. Yes, it's good, even very good -- but number two overall? No way.

A number of superhero and horror shows made the list, which is... okay, well, I don't think they belong, but if they do... Buffy rings in at number 27? You mean by anyone's objective standards, The Jetsons was a better show than Buffy? And no love for Angel at all?

Furthermore, some of the omissions seem glaring, especially when you consider some of what they put in. Top of the list, of course, is that Star Trek: Deep Space Nine did not even make the Top 50. Which is astonishing when you consider that Star Trek: Voyager came in at number 14. Heck, Star Trek: Enterprise should have been given some serious consideration... I'd put that in well before The Man From U.N.C.L.E. (# 39) or The Avengers (# 34).

And if you're going to toss around obscure TV shows like That Was Then (# 46) and Nowhere Man (# 43), why not consider some of the better Sci-Fi Channel shows, like Invisible Man or First Wave? Why include Wild Wild West and not include Brisco County? What about Millenium, Highlander: The Series, Sliders, Space: Above and Beyond, Red Dwarf, The Incredible Hulk, The Man From Atlantis, Quark, The Prisoner... heck, even Mork and Mindy and I Dream of Jeannie???

Clearly a subjective list. What do you think?
Old 09-30-05, 09:21 AM
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A Top 50 List and No Farscape? I repeat, No Farscape???
Old 09-30-05, 09:24 AM
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My list

10. Firefly
9. Sliders
8. Quantum Leap
7. Space 1999
6. Twilight Zone
5. Star Trek (TOS)
4. Battlestar Galactica (new)
3. Farscape
2. Star Trek Deep Space Nine
1. Star Trek TNG

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Old 09-30-05, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by NCMojo
What do you think?
I think we talked about this already.
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=439295
Old 09-30-05, 09:44 AM
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Sliders in the top ten? WTF?

MST3K isn't science-fiction.

Buffy had some mild sci-fi elements, but doesn't really qualify. Ditto Firefly.

I would say that the two most imaginative sci-fi series are both comedies: Red Dwarf and Futurama. They would probably top my list.
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Gag, this forum is such a haven for DS9 junkies. Tell me a baseball story cisco, please.

(new)BSG #2 correct placement
Old 09-30-05, 10:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Chew
I think we talked about this already.
http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthread.php?t=439295
D'oh! I swear, I did a search...

Well, my thread is better.
Originally Posted by Jericho
A Top 50 List and No Farscape? I repeat, No Farscape???
What? How did I miss this???

I definitely need to step things up here...
Old 09-30-05, 02:30 PM
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Its good to see STNG, sliders, futurama,xfiles, and quantum leap in there.
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So let me get this straight:Farscape didn't make the list of top 50 SF shows but Batman did.......WTF?
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Where is the Bill and Ted's cartoon?
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A list with neither Farscape nor DS9 has no credibility.

Voyager #14
I want some of what that guy was smoking.
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Originally Posted by waporvare
My list

10. Firefly
9. Sliders
8. Quantum Leap
7. Space 1999
6. Twilight Zone
5. Star Trek (TOS)
4. Battlestar Galactica (new)
3. Farscape
2. Star Trek Deep Space Nine
1. Star Trek TNG
Your list has no Babylon 5.

Sorry. Thanks for playing.
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That Was Then?

They only aired two episodes and I'm pretty sure I was the only who saw them. It was a neat premise but was never really developed.

And no DS9?
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OK, Voyager makes it on there but not DS9? No Farscape?
V and Logans Run. Two horrible shows based on good original material but failed to deliver and were basically the same plot every week. They fight the bad guy and then reset button is hit at the end of the show.
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Originally Posted by tasha99
A list with neither Farscape nor DS9 has no credibility.

Voyager #14
I want some of what that guy was smoking.
I hear his favorite current show is The OC and that he has a tat that reads "7/9".
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What a stupid, stupid, stupid, list.

Here's mine (based on sci-fi shows I personally like):

1) Farscape

2) Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

3) Star Trek: TOS

4) Doctor Who

5) Star Trek: TNG

6) Stargate SG-1

7) Star Trek: Voyager (sue me)

8) Space: Above and Beyond

9) Enterprise (sue me again)

10) Blake-7

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Old 09-30-05, 10:06 PM
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Mine:
1) ST:TNG
2) Stargate SG-1
3) Quantum Leap (I really like it, sorry)
4) The X-Files
5) ST:TOS
6) Babylon 5
7) Twilight Zone
8) Farscape
9) STS9
10) Maybe the new Battlestar, I haven't really watched it so I can't rate it fairly.
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Here's the complete list...

Boston.com's Top 50 Sci-Fi TV Shows of All Time:
50. 'Earth - Final Conflict'
49. 'The Wild Wild West'
48. '3rd Rock From The Sun'
47. 'Buck Rogers in the 25th Century'
46. 'That Was Then'
45. 'The Greatest American Hero'
44. 'Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman'
43. 'Nowhere Man'
42. 'Science Fiction Theatre'
41. 'Futurama'
40. 'The Thunderbirds'
39. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.'
38. 'Batman'
37. 'Space 1999'
36. 'The Bionic Woman'
35. 'Battlestar Galactica' (Original)
34. 'The Avengers'
33. 'Lost In Space'
32. 'My Favorite Martian'
31. 'Alien Nation'
30. 'Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea'
29. 'The Six Million Dollar Man'
28. 'Adventures of Superman'
27. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
26. 'Stargate Atlantis'
25. 'The Jetsons'
24. 'Wonder Woman'
23. 'Tales from the Crypt'
22. 'Andromeda'
21. 'Quantum Leap'
20. 'The Hitchhiker'
19. 'Dark Angel'
18. 'V'
17. 'Firefly'
16. 'Flash Gordon'
15. 'Logan's Run'
14. 'Star Trek Voyager'
13. 'The Outer Limits'
12. 'Xena: Warrior Princess'
11. 'Lost'
10. 'Sliders'
9. 'Mystery Science Theater 3000'
8. 'Dr. Who'
7. 'The Twilight Zone'
6. 'Stargate SG-1'
5. 'Babylon 5'
4. 'The X-Files'
3. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation'
2. 'Battlestar Galactica' (New)
1. 'Star Trek' (Original)
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I don't have much problem with the list (in the sense that all lists like this are subjective). I would definately have DS9 on there. I am surprised that Buck Roger did so poorly....I really enjoy that show. I thought Sliders could have been good, but got sick when they had the chance to rewrite the constitution and considered taking the 2nd Am. out, and the episode with the Rush Limbaugh clone. Good show, but it started to show more partisan political tendancies than I like in my Sci-Fi.

And if Buffy, etc. can be Sci-Fi, then the Six Million Dollar Man certainly can.
I think I would definately agree with 1-3.
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Originally Posted by MEJHarrison
Your list has no Babylon 5.

Sorry. Thanks for playing.
It was an oversite. However, I really only thought the 4th season was good. All of the other seasons had some good episodes but were hit and miss.
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That top 50 list is SERIOUSLY flawed.

Let's see, what would I put on a top Science Fiction Shows list?


1. Babylon 5
2. Star Trek: DS9
3. Stargate SG-1
4. Battlestar Galactica (New)
5. Star Trek: TNG
6. Firefly
7. Farscape
8. Battlestar Galactica (Original)
9. Star Trek: TOS
10. The Twilight Zone (Original)
11. The Outer Limits (New)
12. Space: Above and Beyond
13. Sliders
14. Earth 2
15. Seaquest: DSV

I never got into The X Files, so my list may not meet with the approval of those who did. I know it was a hugely popular and very influential show.

(And, Groucho - I've got to disagree with your assessment that Firefly doesn't really qualify as science fiction. Seriously, it takes place 500 years in the future and focuses on the crew of a spaceship traveling among outer colony planets and moons.)
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They are certainly using some loose definitions of sci fi if you ask me. And I agree that they left out some very obvious choices, like Deep Space Nine. And I would certainly place Space 1999 higher than Star Trek TOS, but of course, as it's already been stated, lists like these are objective, so it really doesn't matter. I just hate lists like these that are a collected census of a small group's opinions and labled as an authoritative list.
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The mere presence of "futuristic technology" isn't enough to make something sci-fi.
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the list isnt SERIOUSLY flawed, just someones opinion. My top ten would be differnt then yours.

my would be

1. Firelfy
2. Lost ( I guess its sci-fi)
3. Battlestar Galactica (new)
4. Dark Angel
5. Buffy
6. Angel
7. Roswell
8. X-files
9. Farscape
10. Miracles or Medium (if its Sci-fi)
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Originally Posted by Groucho
The mere presence of "futuristic technology" isn't enough to make something sci-fi.

Really? What exactly does constitute science and fiction then?

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