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100 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Of All Time

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An interstellar warship protects survivors of a decimated civilization with a race of android predators in hot pursuit in this dark update of the 1978-80 space adventure. Unlike its `Star Wars'-influenced predecessor, this `Galactica' is a decidedly grim saga that portrays the Cylons as creatures that rebelled against their creators, who soon discover their foe can infiltrate their `ragtag fugitive fleet' by taking human form.
Starring: Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber
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People who added this item 474 Average listal rating (275 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Doctor Who (1963)
Following the adventures of a time-traveling alien called "The Doctor" and his human companions as they deal with crises set on Earth and other worlds.
Creators: Sydney Newman, Steven Moffat
Starring: Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Catherine Tate
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People who added this item 2642 Average listal rating (1926 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.6
The X Files (1993)
'The truth is out there,' and FBI agents Scully and Mulder seek it in this sci-fi phenomenon about their quest to explain the seemingly unexplainable. Their strange cases include UFO sightings, alien abductions and just about anything else paranormal. The tales were spooky and well-written, but the long-running cult favorite's strength was a gallery of intriguing (when they weren't just enigmatic) characters, and the dynamic---and intense bond---between believer Mulder and skeptic Scully.
Creator: Chris Carter
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Arnie Walters
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People who added this item 1222 Average listal rating (943 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.6
A new crew boards a revamped USS Enterprise in the first spin-off from the '60s cult classic. Set some 70 years after the Capt. Kirk era, the syndicated sequel follows the seven-year trek of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard and his colorful subordinates (including a Klingon!) as they encounter new life forms and foes, including the Borg, Q and the Ferengi. Picard and his sidekicks would continue their voyages in a series of theatrical films.
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner
People who added this item 1150 Average listal rating (877 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.3
Star Trek (1966)
Capt. Kirk, Mr. Spock, Dr. McCoy and the USS Enterprise crew seek out new civilizations in this seminal sci-fi series.
Creator: Gene Roddenberry
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Celia Lovsky
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People who added this item 4965 Average listal rating (3682 ratings) 7.6 IMDB Rating 8.3
Lost (2004)
Forty-eight passengers miraculously survive an air crash only to be stranded on a scary island. With the trauma of the nightmarish crash still in their minds, the passengers have to put up with differences, hostility, predators and more. What does the future have in store for them?
Creators: J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jeffrey Lieber
Starring: Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway
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People who added this item 409 Average listal rating (280 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7
Westworld (1973)
A sci-fi drama set in an Old West theme park where guests interact with automatons in scenarios that are developed, overseen and scripted by the park's creative, security and quality assurance departments. Based on the 1973 feature film directorial debut by Michael Crichton.
Creator: Jonathan Nolan
Starring: Angela Sarafyan, Anthony Hopkins, Ed Harris
People who added this item 942 Average listal rating (659 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 8.8
A love letter to the '80s classics that captivated a generation, Stranger Things is set in 1983 Indiana, where a young boy vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.
Creators: Matt Duffer, Ross Duffer
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown
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People who added this item 758 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 8.2 IMDB Rating 8.8
Black Mirror (2011)
Black Mirror is an anthology series that taps into our collective unease with the modern world, with each stand-alone episode a sharp, suspenseful tale exploring themes of contemporary techno-paranoia. Without questioning it, technology has transformed all aspects of our lives; in every home; on every desk; in every palm - a plasma screen; a monitor; a Smartphone -- a Black Mirror reflecting our 21st Century existence back at us. The series is created and written by Charlie Brooker, and executive produced by Brooker and Annabel Jones.
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Creator: Charlie Brooker
Starring: Bryce Dallas Howard, Alice Eve, Michael Kelly
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People who added this item 139 Average listal rating (84 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.5
The Expanse (2015)
A detective's search for a missing heiress in space coincides with the destruction of a freighter.
Starring: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo
People who added this item 1475 Average listal rating (942 ratings) 7.8 IMDB Rating 8.4
Fringe (2008)
From J.J. Abrams ("Lost"), Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman, the team behind "Star Trek," "Mission: Impossible III" and "Alias," comes a new drama that will thrill, terrify and explore the blurring line between science fiction and reality. When an international flight lands at Boston's Logan Airport and the passengers and crew have all died grisly deaths, FBI Special Agent OLIVIA DUNHAM (newcomer Anna Torv) is called in to investigate. After her partner, Special Agent JOHN SCOTT (Mark Valley, "Boston Legal"), is nearly killed during the investigation, a desperate Olivia searches frantically for someone to help, leading her to DR. WALTER BISHOP (John Noble, "Lord of the Rings: Return of the King"), our generation's Einstein. There's only one catch: he's been institutionalized for the last 20 years, and the only way to question him requires pulling his estranged son PETER (Joshua Jackson, "Dawson's Creek") in to help. When Olivia's investigation leads her to manipulative corporate executive NINA SHARP (Blair Brown, "Altered States"), our unlikely trio along with fellow FBI Agents PHILLIP BROYLES (Lance Reddick, "The Wire"), CHARLIE FRANCIS (Kirk Acevedo, "Oz") and ASTRID FARNSWORTH (Jasika Nicole, "Law & Order: Criminal Intent") will discover that what happened on Flight 627 is only a small piece of a larger, more shocking truth.
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Creators: J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
Starring: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble
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People who added this item 1841 Average listal rating (1230 ratings) 8.5 IMDB Rating 9
Firefly (2002)
A former rebel and his shady crew embark on galactic missions for profit in a transport ship, the ironically named Serenity, in this space swashbuckler set 400 years in the future. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' creator Joss Whedon pitted the crew against the Alliance, a totalitarian interplanetary regime. 'It plays like a normal drama except that it's floating in space,' said Whedon. It was an ambitious and original sci-fi enterprise, but 'Firefly' never caught on and was gone in three months.
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk
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People who added this item 388 Average listal rating (247 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 7.8
A classic anthology of sci-fi, suspense and goose-bump-inducing tales that explore 'a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man.' Filled with invention and irony, the stories are tightly constructed, ingenious flights of imagination with often cautionary themes---and frequently a terrific twist at the end.
Starring: Rod Serling, Rod Serling, John Anderson
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People who added this item 7 Average listal rating (5 ratings) 9.6 IMDB Rating 0
An orphan gets caught up in a deadly conspiracy after learning that she is a clone.
Creators: Graeme Manson, John Fawcett, John Fawcett
Starring: Tatiana Maslany, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce
People who added this item 282 Average listal rating (203 ratings) 7 IMDB Rating 7.7
We are controlling transmission. ...' An eerie, fondly remembered sci-fi series that depicts paranormal paranoia with clever scripts and good (for its time) special effects. The series also benefited from an impressive roster of guest actors, including Martin Landau, Martin Sheen, Bruce Dern, Cliff Robertson, Carroll O'Connor and William Shatner (as an astronaut on a mission presciently called Project Vulcan). A cult hit in syndication, it was revived in 1995 on Showtime.
Starring: Vic Perrin, Cliff Robertson, Robert F. Simon
People who added this item 37 Average listal rating (16 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 8.1
Counterpart (2017)
An espionage series about a mysterious world hidden beneath the surface of our everyday existence.
Creator: Justin Marks
Starring: J.K. Simmons, Harry Lloyd, Olivia Williams
People who added this item 3801 Average listal rating (3021 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.4
Futurama (1999)
Sharply satiric animation about a man from 1999 who thaws out on the eve of the 31st century. An Emmy-winning work cocreated by Matt Groening (`The Simpsons'), it had a `thaw' of its own, of sorts, after it ended its five-year Fox run, during which time it was too often pre-empted by pro-football overruns. After it left the network, however, the irreverent `Futurama' demonstrated that it still had a future, scoring big in cable reruns and DVD sales.
Creators: Matt Groening, David X. Cohen
Starring: Billy West, Katey Sagal, Katey Sagal
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People who added this item 464 Average listal rating (310 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8.3
Babylon 5 (1993)
In 2257 A.D., the Earth Alliance places a massive space station, Babylon 5, into orbit around a planet in a neutral corner of a distant galaxy to serve as a refuge for anyone seeking sanctuary from the tyranny of the hostile federations...
Starring: Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle
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People who added this item 697 Average listal rating (551 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
Quantum Leap (1989)
A time-travel experiment that went wrong sends physicist Sam Beckett back in time, where he assumes other people's identities and helps to resolve the crises of his new hosts. He's assisted in his adventures by Al Calavicci, also known as `The Observer,' who has the ability to appear in holographic form. The imaginative, Emmy-nominated series spawned a reunion TV-movie, `Quantum Leap: A Bold Leap Forward.'
Starring: Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt, Dean Stockwell
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People who added this item 134 Average listal rating (72 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8
Humans (2015)
A suburban family buys the latest tech gadget--a robot servant--in this remake of a Swedish series.
Starring: William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson, Tom Goodman-Hill
People who added this item 209 Average listal rating (140 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.4
The Prisoner (1967)
An imaginative, mesmerizing---and enigmatic---British cult series about a character known only as Number 6 (series creator Patrick McGoohan) who, after angrily resigning from a top-secret organization, is abducted to `The Village,' a high-tech prison disguised as a placid English resort. Although critically acclaimed, `The Prisoner' only ran for 17 episodes, and most of those focused on 6's struggle to learn the identity of his sinister captors and to escape his lush but mysterious compound.
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Starring: Kathleen Breck, Jim Caviezel, George Benson
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People who added this item 671 Average listal rating (419 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Torchwood (2006)
A top-secret team of investigators use scavenged alien technology to solve crimes---both human and alien---in this sci-fi adventure series from the producer of 'Doctor Who.'
Creator: Russell T. Davies
Starring: John Barrowman, Eve Myles, Burn Gorman
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People who added this item 478 Average listal rating (284 ratings) 7.7 IMDB Rating 7.7
The 100 (2014)
Juvenile prisoners from a space-station society are exiled to Earth decades after the planet was destroyed by nuclear war.
Creator: Jason Rothenberg
Starring: Bob Morley, Christopher Larkin, Eliza Taylor
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People who added this item 675 Average listal rating (506 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.9
Different races try to coexist peacefully in the third `Star Trek' spin-off. This one takes place on a 24th-century space station that serves as a frontier town on the edge of a wormhole that enables travelers to journey vast distances in short periods of time. The syndicated series included several characters from its predecessor, `Star Trek: The Next Generation,' and had a healthy seven-season run.
Creators: Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Gene Roddenberry
Starring: Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Alexander Siddig
People who added this item 785 Average listal rating (597 ratings) 8 IMDB Rating 9.2
Mad scientist Rick Sanchez moves in with his daughter's family after disappearing for 20 years and involves them in his wacky adventures in this animated comedy.
Starring: Justin Roiland, Sarah Chalke, Chris Parnell
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People who added this item 503 Average listal rating (339 ratings) 7.5 IMDB Rating 8.3
Farscape (1999)
Cult favorite about an astronaut stranded light years from Earth in an alien war zone and his adventures with a group of extraterrestrial fugitives on the lam from an evil collective. A handsome production design, complex characters and imaginative plot twists characterized this gem throughout its run, which ended with a jaw-dropping finale that brought the tortured romance of Crichton and crewmate Aeryn to a (seemingly) shattering end.
Starring: Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
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People who added this item 78 Average listal rating (47 ratings) 6.5 IMDB Rating 7.4
The series follows the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.
Starring: Sonequa Martin-Green, Jason Isaacs, Michelle Yeoh
In this reboot of the cult classic, a human and two robots poke fun at cheesy sci-fi movies.
Creator: Joel Hodgson
Starring: Jonah Ray, Joel Hodgson, Hampton Yount
People who added this item 73 Average listal rating (53 ratings) 6.8 IMDB Rating 7.3
Max Headroom (1987)
Innovative cult fave about a reporter and his computer-generated alter ego in a futuristic society in which TV sets can't be turned off. The title character originated on a music-video show in England, but takes on a whole new life in this series that's enjoyable on several levels. Most satisfyingly, `Max' is a caustic sendup of the medium, but it's also an imaginative foray into science fiction and an old-fashioned, good guys vs. bad guys tale.
Starring: Matt Frewer, Amanda Pays, Jeffrey Tambor
People who added this item 577 Average listal rating (366 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Kyle XY (2006)
A mysterious teen without human instincts, a past or even a navel befuddles a psychologist, who takes on his case and tries to help him adjust to his strange, new surroundings.
Creators: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
Starring: Matt Dallas, Marguerite MacIntyre, Bruce Thomas
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People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (45 ratings) 7.3 IMDB Rating 8
Blake's 7 (1978)
Freedom-fighting rebels battle an evil intergalactic government known as the Federation in this character-driven British cult hit, which aired on the BBC between 1978 and '81 and achieved its cult status in spite of (or in part, perhaps, because of) its unimaginative special effects.
Starring: Gareth Thomas, Paul Darrow, Sally Knyvette
People who added this item 340 Average listal rating (206 ratings) 7.9 IMDB Rating 8.3
Sense8 (2015)
Eight twentysomethings around the world discover they have an intimate connection to one another with emotional, mental and physical implications.
Creators: Lana Wachowski, J. Michael Straczynski, Lilly Wachowski
Starring: Jamie Clayton, Brian J. Smith, Jeronimo Best
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People who added this item 156 Average listal rating (93 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8
An alternate version of life in the U.S. in the 1960s -- if Nazi Germany and Japan had won WWII.
Creator: Frank Spotnitz
Starring: Alexa Davalos, Luke Kleintank, Rupert Evans
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People who added this item 687 Average listal rating (511 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.8
A starship is stranded in the uncharted Delta Quadrant in this fourth 'Star Trek' series, the first to feature a female captain. Here, the crew grudgingly teams with Maquis rebels to try to return to Earth after Voyager is hurtled 70,000 light-years from Federation space. The show's two-hour premiere coincided with the UPN network's launch. Genevieve Bujold was originally cast as Janeway, but was replaced by Kate Mulgrew after only a few days of filming.
Creators: Rick Berman, Rick Berman, Michael Piller, Jeri Taylor
Starring: Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Tim Russ
People who added this item 0 Average listal rating (0 ratings) 0 IMDB Rating 0
Geniuses inhabit a top-secret town in the Pacific Northwest, producing innovations and, sometimes, perilous situations in this quirky sci-fi series.
Starring: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton
At the end of "Terminator 2: Judgment Day," Sarah Connor vanquished the Terminator sent from the future to kill her 15-year-old son, John. Sarah and John now find themselves alone in a very dangerous, complicated world.
Starring: Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Richard T. Jones
People who added this item 1051 Average listal rating (759 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.4
Stargate SG-1 (1997)
A military unit uses an ancient archway to travel the universe and battle alien parasites in this cult sci-fi adventure based on the 1994 film `Stargate.' Curmudgeonly Col. Jack O'Neill teams with an archaeologist, an astrophysicist and an alien to combat the Gou'ald, a serpentine species that requires humanoid hosts. The series began on Showtime in July of 1997 (reruns aired in syndication in 1998), and then moved to the Sci-Fi Channel in 2002.
Creators: Jonathan Glassner, Brad Wright
Starring: Ben Browder, Isaac Hayes, Michael Shanks
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People who added this item 49 Average listal rating (31 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.4
Colony (2016)
A family finds itself torn between appeasement and revolution when aliens settle in Los Angeles.
Creators: Carlton Cuse, Ryan Condal
Starring: Josh Holloway, Sarah Wayne Callies, Alex Neustaedter
Returning from space, astronaut Victor Caroon crash lands his rocket back on Earth. No one knows what happened to his two fellow astronauts who began the journey with him or why Caroon is going through a horrendous transformation of his own. Britain's first sci-fi series.
Creator: Nigel Kneale
Starring: Reginald Tate, Isabel Dean, Duncan Lamont
People who added this item 243 Average listal rating (143 ratings) 6.9 IMDB Rating 7.1
Caprica (2010)
A prequel series to the reimagined "Battlestar Galactica" series focused on artificial intelligence, corporate responsibility and the rivalry between the Graystone and Adama families.
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Paula Malcomson, Paula Malcolmson
People who added this item 750 Average listal rating (516 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 8.1
A team of explorers journeys to the mythical lost city, which was transported from Antarctica to the Pegasus galaxy by the mysterious Ancients millions of years ago, in this spin off created by 'Stargate SG-1' scribes. The mission uncovers astounding technology---as well as the notorious species known as the Wraith.
Creators: Robert C. Cooper, Brad Wright
Starring: Robert Picardo, Rainbow Sun Francks, Joe Flanigan
People who added this item 129 Average listal rating (95 ratings) 7.1 IMDB Rating 7.3
Space: 1999 (1975)
A lunar colony is sent hurtling through space following a nuclear explosion in what was at the time the most expensive (at $300,000 per episode) series ever produced.
Starring: Martin Landau, Barbara Bain, Tony Anholt
People who added this item 737 Average listal rating (456 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Dollhouse (2009)
A sci-fi drama about a woman named Echo and other 'Actives' who are controlled by a shadowy group. Each week, they're programmed with specific personalities in order to service the needs of the wealthy, ranging from hostage negotiation to providing comfort to securing the Dollhouse itself. When finished with the jobs, their minds are wiped clean. Yet, for some, memories linger, and for Echo they become a driving force that she shields from her handlers.
Creator: Joss Whedon
Starring: Eliza Dushku, Tahmoh Penikett, Olivia Williams
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People who added this item 411 Average listal rating (310 ratings) 6.7 IMDB Rating 7.4
Sliders (1995)
A brilliant grad student accidentally opens an interdimensional portal, which sends him and three reluctant companions on a cosmic roller-coaster ride to alternate Earths. This sci-fi actioner, distinctive more for its wry humor than the so-so special effects and sets, survived several cast changes and even a switch of networks.
Starring: Jerry O'Connell, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd
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People who added this item 1175 Average listal rating (784 ratings) 8.3 IMDB Rating 8.9
Cowboy Bebop (1998)
Bounty hunters roam the final frontier of outer space in this anime series.
Starring: Steve Blum, Koichi Yamadera, Unshรด Ishizuka
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Aliens conspired to invade Earth in this allegory for the Nazi takeover of Europe in the 1930s. The Visitors were lizardlike beings who masked themselves to appear human, and offered to solve Earth's problems by sharing their technology in exchange for some of the planet's resources. The series was a spin-off from the miniseries `V' and `V: The Final Battle.'
Creator: Kenneth Johnson (I)
Starring: Jane Badler, Marc Singer, Robert Englund
People who added this item 25 Average listal rating (20 ratings) 7.2 IMDB Rating 8.2
A dead man's brain is implanted in a genetically enhanced body as an experiment by the government, which forbids him to contact his grieving family. Blending sci-fi and adventure (with some humor and romance thrown in), the series found a small but loyal audience, which was left hanging when the show was canceled after a cliff-hanging first-season finale. Created by Glen Gordon Caron (`Moonlighting').
Starring: John Goodman, Eric Close, Dennis Haysbert
People who added this item 60 Average listal rating (34 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 7.7
Timeless (2016)
A trio travel through time to battle a master criminal out to alter human history in this drama.
Creators: Shawn Ryan, Eric Kripke
Starring: Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Goran Visnjic
People who added this item 169 Average listal rating (110 ratings) 7.4 IMDB Rating 8.2
A single father works for an ethically challenged scientific company as the head of Research and Development in this sitcom.
Creator: Victor Fresco
Starring: Jay Harrington, Portia de Rossi, Andrea Anders
People who added this item 199 Average listal rating (151 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.1
Injured astronaut Steve Austin gains amazing powers to battle crime after receiving experimental limbs in this cult series, which inspired a wave of superhero shows in the 1970s. The ABC adventure originated as a trio of TV-movies in 1973, before joining the weekly schedule in January 1974. `The Six Million Dollar Man' spawned the equally successful `Bionic Woman' with Lindsay Wagner as Steve's female counterpart and sometime love interest. The cyborg couple appeared in three reunion flicks.
Starring: Lee Majors, Richard Anderson, Alan Oppenheimer
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