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Nominations for a Listal Top 100 Fantasy/Sci-fi TV show list

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Elfflame 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 3:09 -
This is a list of top fantasy and science fiction shows created by Listal users.

For the purposes of this list, Fantasy and Sci-Fi TV shows are considered anything that has a theoretical science, space, magic or fantastical background to the premise of the series. One or more random episodes of a series does not count.

Also, because there are so many, I would rather if people kept this list to live-action shows only. If there's call for it, an animated list can come later.

Everyone gets 10 Nominations. But you have unlimited votes for as many of the other shows that have been nominated.

The list is posted here. Please check it and make sure I haven't missed anything/misspelled names, and that there aren't shows you wanted to vote for that you might have missed! :)

And for inspiration, go here to see if there are any shows on there that you think we should add to the list. I see plenty on there that I think belong, but I've already used up my 10 nominations. :)

The posted list now only includes shows that have at least two people voting for them (that is to say, a nomination and a vote). The rest of the list -

* Eerie Indiana
* Tales from the Darkside
* Andromeda
* The Tripods
* Earth: Final Conflict
* Roswell
* Logan's Run
* Salvage 1
* Total Recall
* Twilight Zone (2000)
* Flash Forward
* V (new)
* Bionic Woman (new)
* Kyle XY
* The Omega Factor
* Nightmare Cafe
* Nowhere Man
* Sapphire and Steel
* Kolchak the Night Stalker
* The Phoenix
* Being Human (waiting on clarification which, so if someone else wants to nominate the specific UK or US, feel free)
* Out of the Unknown
* Target Luna
* Pathfinders to Space, to Venus, to Mars
* The Tomorrow People
* Out of This World
* The Invisible Man
* Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Elfflame 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 3:47 -
My nominations:

Star Trek: the Original Series

Reason for nomination: The groundbreaking Space TV show. Though time may have tarnished the polish of the series, the show has led to five other tv shows, and eleven movies.

Babylon 5

Reason for nomination: After Star Trek, Babylon 5 is the most influential and creative Science Fiction show that has managed to get on the air. Its use of computer animation was far and away what had been done on any tv show before it.

Star Trek: the Next Generation

Reason for nomination: Long after Fans had given up seeing Star Trek back on tv, Next Generation showed us that we didn't need to have the original series back to have good star trek. The best of the spin-off shows.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Reason for nomination: The tv show that proved that just because you're a blond teenage girl doesn't mean you're weak. Buffy and her friends went from spoof to something so much more, even resulting in a spin-off series that lasted for five seasons, and made Vampires hip again. (Before they were sparkly)

Battlestar Galactica (New)

Reason for nomination: Take a campy late seventies tv show, and add a touch of darkness, a few big-name stars, and change the sex of a few of the best known characters, and what do you get? Possibly one of the best sci-fi shows on TV ever. Far and away above its namesake, and something that stands up there with shows like Babylon 5 and Star Trek itself.

Star Trek: Voyager

Reason for nomination:Not the best of the series, but still groundbreaking in several ways: Female captain, female engineer, and even a number of characters of color. More than many that were on TV at that time. It never quite lived up to its potential, but it did have its moments.


Reason for nomination: Though Fox never allowed this show to truly get off the ground, the signs of greatness are still there. This is the only American sci fi story I am aware of that doesn't assume that English will be the dominant language in the far future. Though the cast is small, it stands up well next to better-known and better funded shows, despite the fact that it was never given much of a chance by the powers that be.

Stargate: SG1

Reason for nomination: One of the earliest shows created by pay cable, though it later found a home at the sci-fi network. The thing that makes this show special, aside from its excellent cast, is the fact that it focused a larger percentage of its time on the actual science and history behind the objects and non-earth nations they discover than most sci-fi shows tend to.

Stargate: Atlantis

Reason for nomination: Though this steps a bit away from the science of SG1, it managed to keep much of its heart, and the exploration of alien races still manages to be more than most sci fi shows out there.


Reason for nomination: Though this show doesn't stick to the "known" version of Camelot, or even try to stay authentic to the time period, the story and the cast make this show not only worth watching, but adds to the original stories in much the same way the originals were created.
The Antagonist 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 4:10 -
I'll second:

Star Trek
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Battlestar Galactica (New)
Stargate SG1

I'll be back in the morning to nominate. You know I'm good for it!
Tom 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 4:46 -
I will second Babylon 5 for its excellent on going multi series story, Buffy and Star Trek TNG
Foodie 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 5:05 -
I'll second all the Star Treks and Firefly!
Foodie 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 5:29 -
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine -First black captain portrayed on screen. Rather spiritually-oriented for a tv show.

Charmed -Rather fluffy show, but I thought it was actually rather empowering for women. Showed them in a more realistic light, but still with the fun magic and spells and all that.

Heroes -Pretty unique premise as far as tv goes. The execution has gone downhill since it's first season, but still makes for a fun watch occasionally.

Lost -Has spawned a number of shows like it, but still rather untouchable. One of the only shows these days that actually expects its viewers to be intelligent and think.

Pushing Daisies -Gone far too soon, but very unique in every aspect.

Dr. Who -Pick your favorite doctor, everybody has one...Well-known the world over for it's sometimes cheesy, but always fun special effects and storylines.

Torchwood -Dr. Who's super hip younger brother. Edgier, darker, grittier, etc.

Seven for now, but I might think of some later on...!
Elfflame 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 5:32 -
Seconding DS9, Charmed, Heroes, Lost, Pushing Daises, Dr Who and Torchwood. Well, okay, all of them. :D Though some wouldn't have made my top 50...
The Antagonist 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 13:10 -
I'll second Star Trek: Deep Space 9 and Lost.

I can't wait to critique Heroes.


Reason for nomination: Jericho is one of those modern jewels that you watch by accident but end up getting addicted too! A small town in the middle of America is left in the dark after several nuclear weapons go off in major cities all over the country. Without information and dwindling supplies, the people of Jericho are about to face life before modern conveniences and the protection of the civilisation they were once apart of. Fantastic 'What if' television that keeps you wondering what you would do in their situation.

Quantum Leap

Reason for nomination: After a time travel experiment gone wrong, Sam Beckett constantly leaps through time to put right all the wrongs throughout his lifetime. The show focuses on Sam living in the bodies of seemingly random people as he tries to make sense of his situation and ultimately get home. One of the few shows that doesn't manage to balls up the time travel aspect of its run.

Xena: Warrior Princess

Reason for nomination: Set during Ancient Greece, Xena is a former tyrannic warlord travelling all over Eurasia to atone for all the bad things she has done. Xena manages to bump into all the celebrities of the era, including the Gods, Roman Emperors and philosophers to create a show with enough entertainment to tie you over to the next twilight. Xena is a spin-off and is notable as it surpassed its original in popularity and general likeability.
Elfflame 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 18 23:57 -
Heroes has its flaws, but it still did manage a few things shows haven't before.

Seconding Quantum Leap. :)
Shirley 8 years, 6 months ago at Dec 19 21:26 -
I'd like to second Xena, BSG, Buffy, Jericho and Lost
Elfflame 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 3 21:18 -

Any other suggestions, folks?
ogioooo 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 4 2:20 -
First, the reason for the nomination would gladly explained but I write poorly in English, perhaps in Serbian I'm joking :)
I love Sci-Fi movies and Series-Tv shows!
I'll second :
Star Trek: the Original Series
Star Trek: the Next Generation
Star Trek: Voyager
My nominations:
The X-Files

Red Dwarf


The Twilight Zone (1959)

Maybe if appropriate Twin Peaks

Elfflame 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 4 2:33 -
Oh, great nominations, explanation or not. Thank you! :)

I'll second X-Files, Red Dwarf, Twilight Zone. I'll get back to you on Twin Peaks. Definitely surreal. Not sure if it quite counts as sci-fi or fantasy.
Elfflame 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 4 2:41 -
After a bit of thought, I do think that while Twin Peaks was a very odd show, it doesn't quite fit into the classification. But thank you for your additions to the list. :)
The Antagonist 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 5 18:38 -
Backing X-Files.
Zozoulini 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 6 11:59 -
I'll second X-Files and Threshold.
ogioooo 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 6 15:02 -
I remembered the nice series that I watched as a kid, for me it was one of classic science fiction, only short-lived!
and I nominate:

"V" (1983)
The Antagonist 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 6 15:31 -
Come on ogioooo. Tell us why they should be on the list!
ogioooo 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 6 18:26 -
Wait, to take the English dictionary ... why? it was 1992 then I had some 12 years old ... snow day ... in our local video-rental store I took this series of "V", although we called VICTORY ... At that time for me was great, not long after winter, starred the war and I grew up...
and never returned VHS to that video-rental store:)
Elfflame 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 7 19:30 -
Oh, great nomination, ogioooo! Seconding V. I was so addicted to that show.
ogioooo 8 years, 5 months ago at Jan 7 19:40 -
Thanks Elfflame!

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dspin 8 years, 3 months ago at Feb 26 11:28 -
Star Trek original
Star Trek Next Generation
Outer Limits- Both
Legend of the Seeker
Stargate Universe
Elizardc 8 years, 3 months ago at Feb 26 16:13 -
I'm going to back:

Pushing Daisies

Oh and the Twilight Zone.
The Antagonist 8 years, 3 months ago at Feb 26 17:34 -
Maybe you should bring down the total from 100 Elffy, that way you can ensure a quality list at the end.
Elfflame 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 3 23:14 -
You might be right, but hope springs eternal, right? ;) But I do think I'll update the thread...

Oh, and a second to both Outer Limits shows.
Veed 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 4 1:15 -
meh, why not post?

1- Lost

2- Heroes

3- Jericho

4- Taken
escafeld 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 4 3:23 -
Here's my nominations ..

The Six Million Dollar Man
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
Blakes 7
Space: Above & Beyond
Man from Atlantis
The Tripods
Dark Angel
Earth: Final Conflict

and I'll back ..

all the Star Treks
all the Stargates
Babylon 5
Doctor Who
Vix 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 4 6:19 -
The Time Tunnel: 1960s action drama where two scientists find themselves stuck in time when testing a time machine. I loved this show when I was a kid.

Battlestar Galactica (New)
Quantum Leap
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Star Trek the Next Generation
Pushing Daisies
Dr Who
V (Original)
Stargate Atlantis
Space: Above and Beyond
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

Question: Do Gerry Anderson's shows like Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlett fall under live action?
dbutler69 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 4 14:19 -
I'll throw in Space:1999 and also back Star Trek TOG and TNG, as well as Battlestar Galactica
Elfflame 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 5 17:39 -
Backing Terminator, Six Million Dollar Man, Blakes 7 (Yay! :D), and Time Tunnel.

Great nominations, guys! So many I hadn't even considered. :)

Vix--I think we'll leave puppets out, too, just for the sake of keeping this simple.
Vix 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 6 1:31 -
More nominations:

The Bionic Woman (1976): Spin-off to the Six Million Dollar Man.

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century: A NASA pilot is frozen for 500+ years and wakes up in the 25th Century.

Starman: An alien returns to Earth to reconnect with the son he fathered 15 years before. Takes place after the events of the 1984 movie of the same name.

The Greatest American Hero: A schoolteacher discovers an alien suit which gives him superpowers when wearing it.

Vix 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 6 1:34 -
Space: 1999
Blakes 7
Babylon 5
Man from Atlantis
Dark Angel
Red Dwarf
Elfflame 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 6 6:53 -
Oooh, great nominations all, I'll definitely back all four... And on second thought, Dark Angel and Space: 1999, as well. I was wavering before...
Foodie 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 6 7:02 -
I vote for Quantum Leap and the Twilight Zone.
Fantômas 8 years, 3 months ago at Mar 6 10:11 -
I vote for Star Trek: The Original Series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Babylon 5.
jenier lengvet 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 2 8:05 -
Hey that's cool i like it......... thanx for sharing such a list.
dspin 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 2 8:23 -
Lets not forget The Invaders w/Roy Thinnes

I'll vote for and 2nd

Stargate Universe
Legend of the Seeker
Star Trek Original
Star Trek Next Generation
Outer Limits New

Not necessarily in this order
Nonfictionguy 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 2 19:11 -
I nominate, in order of preference...

1. Life on Mars (UK)
2. Planet of the Apes
3. Sliders
4. The Invaders
5. Logan's Run
6. Lexx

I second...

The Greatest American Hero
Star Trek TNG
Stargate SG1
Elfflame 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 3 18:35 -
Some great nominations...I really need to see the Planet of the apes and Logan's Run shows someday...

Seconding Sliders, even if only the first two seasons... I haven't seen enough of the others to vote.
Vix 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 6 1:46 -
Life On Mars (UK)
Planet of the Apes
insektmute 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 6 3:34 -
I'm all for Star Trek: TNG, Battlestar Galactica (New), Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Babylon 5, Farscape, Firefly, True Blood, Aeon Flux, and Dead Like Me (assuming this counts?).

Are we allowing anime on the list? As much as I don't want to hear from the Naruto/Dragonball/whatever contingent, it would seem kind of weird to ignore series like Cowboy Bebop, Neon Genesis Evangelion, etc.
Elfflame 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 6 20:28 -
Animation of any sort should be for a different list, I think. Including Aeon Flux (which I adore). I like many of them myself, but there are so many out there that it would overload the list, which is why I want to focus on live-action.

I'll add your votes to the list though, insektmute. Thank you.
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Deleted 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 11 19:14 -
Never got around to participating in this effort until now, but here are my votes/backs:

The X-Files
The Twilight Zone
The Outer Limits (original series)
Red Dwarf

Has anyone mentioned that new show, Caprica? Never seen it, but I'm sure it fits right in with all these other nominations...
Elfflame 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 11 19:18 -
Not yet. I've only seen the Pilot myself, and wasn't that impressed, but if someone wants to add it, I will certainly put it on the list. And thank you for your votes. :)
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Deleted 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 11 19:41 -
OK. I have a few nominations as well.

Dark Shadows
Rod Serling's Night Gallery
Eerie Indiana
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
Tales from the Crypt
Tales from the Darkside

And does ALF count? :P
insektmute 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 12 0:03 -
ahahaha ALF. So awful.

Oh, and another nomination, even though it's pretty cheesy - Highlander: The Series.
waynos 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 12 5:46 -
i have my top ten-1.X-files 2.Sg1 3.Buffy 4.Firefly 5.farscape 6.Lexx 7.Stargate Atlantis 8.Orginal Star Trek 9.Space 1999 10.Battlestar galactica(new) bit of the old and new only going on programs i enjoyed.
Elfflame 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 13 20:09 -
Wow. :D Great nominations. I haven't seen them all, but I will definitely back Dark Shadows (that's the original soap, I assume, 350125g0?), Night Gallery, Tales from the Crypt, and ALF (which definitely counts, despite being silly. Nothing wrong with puppets of that sort--the rest of the cast was human. :) ).
caltona11 8 years, 2 months ago at Apr 14 9:26 -
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