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on 27 Nov 2010 04:04

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Back (and Forth) in Time

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1. Doctor Who (2005)
Obvious. The TARDIS can take you where and when you want to go, but you can't mess with major historical events. Except when you can.
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People who added this item 120  Average listal rating (75 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
2. Being Erica (2009)
Want to go back to have a chance to make a different decision? Follow a different path? The title character on this show is able to do that. Lucky.
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People who added this item 523  Average listal rating (340 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.9 
3. Eureka (2006)
Several of the main characters went back to the 40s when the town of Eureka was being founded. They kinda screwed a bunch of stuff up, and are spending all this season righting their goofs.
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People who added this item 655  Average listal rating (517 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 8.1 
4. Quantum Leap (1989)
I wasn't the biggest fan of this show, but Sam's quantum leaps sent him across time and space.
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5. Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (2008)
In the pilot, Sarah and John Connor escape from the baddies in 1999 to the relative safety of 2007. Other episodes take place in future timelines as well.
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6. Fringe (2008)
In at least one episode, time travel happened. Walter met a MIT time-travel researcher (Peter Weller of RoboCop) who, in an effort to change his dead fiance’s past, sucked the biological energy out of a train car of people. It had a great payoff in the end when he sent a message to Walter.
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People who added this item 426  Average listal rating (315 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
7. Highlander (1992)
Being immortal, Duncan has lived a long life through many centuries, and in this show we see a lot of Duncan's past lives. There is no time travel, per se.
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8. Angel (1999)
Ditto with Angel. We see him in various costumes and (bad) accents through the ages. Also, his son is rapidly aged in a parallel universe.
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People who added this item 769  Average listal rating (483 ratings) 6.7  IMDB Rating 7.4 
9. The 4400 (2004)
It came from the future! 4400 people (give or take) are abducted from various points in time and all returned to earth circa 2004 with enhanced abilities. One woman returns pregnant and her freaky daughter rapid-ages.
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People who added this item 586  Average listal rating (381 ratings) 6.8  IMDB Rating 7.6 
10. Flashforward (2009)
The whole earth simultaneously has a really weird dream about the exact same point in the future. Except it's not really a dream, but more of a case where you can't fight fate, because what happens, happens.
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People who added this item 171  Average listal rating (108 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating
11. Blackadder's Christmas Carol (1988)
Ebenezer Blackadder learns the value of being BAD when the Ghost of Christmas Future gives him a glimpse at two very different future realities.
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12. Felicity (1998)
In the fourth season, Felicity is suddenly given a chance (by reasons not explained) to go back in time to redo the Noel/Ben choice and then live with the consequences. Most people hated it, but I loved this storyline. (Mostly because Noel was the best choice.)
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13. Jack & Bobby (2004)
This show didn't really move through time, but showed two parallel timelines where one of the title characters grew up to become president, and the other had a far worse outcome. Part of the show took place in the present, and part in the future. They teased the mystery of which brother was the survivor and which was president for a while.
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People who added this item 175  Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
14. Blackadder Back & Forth (1999)
This Blackadder one-off gave the scurrilous Edmund his own time-machine, allowing him to deck William Shakespeare, piss off the Scots army and kill all the dinosaurs with one pair of Baldrick's underpants.
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15. Smallville (2001)
Smallville references the future of Clark as Super-you-know-who quite a bit, and in the superb 200th episode, Brainiac shows Clark a future in which he finally accepts his superpowers and has shared the knowledge of them with Lois.
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16. Supernatural (2005)
Sam and Dean have been able to travel back in time to when their parents were only dating, and to a future that doesn't bear thinking about.
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17. The Vampire Diaries (2009)
The past lives of these good-looking and immortal (for now) vampires are constantly being explored.
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18. Do Over (2002)
In this cancelled-too-soon comedy starring an adorable Penn Badgley, an unhappy 34-year-old Joel Larsen is given the opportunity to change to outcome of his life when he is transported back to 1981 and finds himself trapped in his 14 year old body. Trying to rectify past mistakes leads to a lot of really funny moments, including when he spills the ending of "Empire Strikes Back" to some bullies in line to see it.
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19. Star Trek (1966)
Too many to mention, I'm sure, but I love the episode "City on the Edge of Forever." Not creating a time paradox has never been more heartbreaking.
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20. Lost (2004)
Considering all the weirdness taking place on this island, surprisingly time travel is not even the most bizarre. In addition to the big jump back to the 1970s taken by half the island survivors, there was the excellent and mind-bending time travel episode "The Constant."
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People who added this item 3655  Average listal rating (2342 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.7 
21. Heroes (2006)
If only we could go back in time to the first season when this show was good. Hiro took a journey back to the days of the Samurai in one storyline, and comic artist Isaac had a knack for drawing the future in his work.
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22. Torchwood (2006)
Captain Jack, like the Doctor, can travel back and forth through time at will. He also works at the Cardiff branch of Torchwood, which is built on a rift in the time-space continuum.
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23. Charmed (1998)
They're sisters, they're witches. They sometimes go back and forth in time, magic-style.
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People who added this item 408  Average listal rating (245 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.4 
24. Life on Mars (2006)
Poor Sam Tyler...is he in a coma, back in time, or dead? Either way, he has to deal with the hard-nosed copper Gene Hunt (one of the best TV characters, ever) and solve cases the old-fashioned way, without modern forensics and computers. He must also deal with those pesky paradoxes when he meets up with his parents and gets involved in their contemporary drama. Oh, and cover your eyes for the scariest TV test card character ever.
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People who added this item 98  Average listal rating (61 ratings) 7.4  IMDB Rating 8.2 
25. Ashes to Ashes (2008)
In this sequel to Life on Mars, DCI Alex Drake suffers Sam Tyler's fate when she is shot in the head. Except she is returned to the 80s, not the 70s, and she has a daughter to get back to. Luckily (?!) she is also paired with the fabulous Gene Hunt. Another exception is that this show had twice as many series as LoM. Alex also encounters her parents and gets involved in the mystery of their deaths.
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People who added this item 192  Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 7.5 
26. Early Edition (1996)
Gary Hobson receives tomorrow's newspaper today, with the understanding that he will spend the day saving the life of someone who is about to die in an accident, be executed for a crime they didn't commit or some such.
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27. The Twilight Zone (1959)
Featured several episodes with a time-travel theme.
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28. Futurama (1999)
Quite a few time-travel episodes, notably one where Fry manages to go back and time and become his own grandfather. Oops!
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People who added this item 272  Average listal rating (160 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating
29. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1981)
The creation of the computer which calculates the answer to the ultimate question of time, the universe and everything takes place in the past, as does the construction of Earth mark 1.
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30. That '70s Show (1998)
Eric gets the "It's a Wonderful Life" treatment after Donna dumps him. An angel takes him to the radical '80s.
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31. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
Buffy goes back in time to witness the creation of the first slayer in season 7. Are there any more examples?
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People who added this item 28  Average listal rating (19 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.2 
32. One Life to Live (1968)
Time travel on a soap opera? Yep. And it was just as weird as it sounds, though kinda cool at the same time.
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People who added this item 36  Average listal rating (25 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.2 
33. The Middleman (2008)
First, I just have to say that it's downright criminal that this show was only on for 12 episodes. It was way brilliant, cool and funny.

Okay, MM and WW did not travel through time, but Hercules' Kevin Sorbo played a cryogenically frozen superspy who went into the deep freeze in the 60s and was thawed out in 2008. He had a lot to learn about today's techniques and new developments in etiquette.
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People who added this item 154  Average listal rating (113 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.3 
34. Primeval (2007)
Can't believe I forgot this one! Dr. Nick Cutter and crew found literal portholes to the past, future and everywhen in between. Sometimes the crew would let nasty dinosaurs and such wreak havoc on our world (next time, bring the army guys with you, k?) and sometimes they would stupidly let themselves get trapped in the distant past.
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People who added this item 849  Average listal rating (560 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.6 
35. Community (2009)
In a recent episode, one of the show's best, a simple roll of the dice produced seven different timelines (in one the die was not rolled at all) that showed what each of the main characters brought to the group and what happens when they are absent from it. It was truly brilliant and very funny.

Sadly, the darkest timeline is currently in effect, as this show is no longer on NBC's schedule (indefinite hiatus.)
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People who added this item 846  Average listal rating (487 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
36. Once Upon a Time (2011)
I just started watching this, but the show has a split modern day/fairy tale aspect and the fairy tale stories truly do take place 'Once Upon a Time' and not in the modern world.
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People who added this item 340  Average listal rating (203 ratings) 6.5  IMDB Rating 6.8 
37. Terra Nova (2011)
This big-budget family-drama is mostly disappointing, but the dinosaurs are cool. More tyrannosauruses please!
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People who added this item 380  Average listal rating (207 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
38. The Secret Circle (2011)
Through spells, the witches in this coven are able to travel back to the past, as witnessed in the last episode that aired.
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People who added this item 219  Average listal rating (125 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
39. Alcatraz (2012)
I need to catch the first episode of this show, but the premise is of a batch of prisoners who disappear from Alcatraz in the '60s and turn up in modern day San Francisco.
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A list of TV shows that take us back to the future, and ahead to the past. They don't necessarily feature a time-travel device, though some do. Suggestions are definitely welcome!

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Posted: 4 years, 3 months ago at Apr 26 13:47
Interesting :D I like the time travelling idea :D
Posted: 2 years, 11 months ago at Aug 23 15:54
Great list! How about 'Sliders'? That's one of my favorites. =)

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