For decades, television audiences have loved science fiction shows. The ability to dive into the most creative parts of the human brain allow for almost endless ideas and plotlines when it comes to the sci-fi genre. Ever since television sets began appearing in North American homes, the entertainment industry has continuously trotted out hundreds of different sci-fi shows. Some fizzled out without much fanfare, but others have become iconic franchises, firmly embedded in our pop culture lore.
After an exhaustive discussion in our offices (aka we argued over lunch one day), we have narrowed down the 15 best science-fiction shows in the history of television. So here they are!
15. Stranger Things
It might not be a good idea to put a brand new show on a list of the greatest sci-fi series of all-time, but even if Season Two (and beyond) of Stranger Things doesn’t match the first one, we’re still comfortable with this selection. The Netflix original series came out of nowhere in 2016 to capture the imaginations of millions, as it tapped perfectly in that 80s nostalgia by borrowing elements from E.T., The Goonies, and Alien to form an amazing hybrid of the sci-fi, horror, and adventure genres.
Succeeding mostly on the backs of child actors (although the few adult roles were also very engaging, especially Winona Ryder) Stranger Things tells the story of a small town in Indiana that has a mysterious Top Secret government facility on its outskirts. When some human experiments go wrong, the superpowered child Eleven escapes but the window to the UpsideDown also opens, allowing the Demogorgon to enter the real world and claim victims.Via Netflix