Subscribe      List an Event or Business      Invite a Writer      Write for WN      Writers      Other Locations
list an event      1 million Australian readers every month      facebook

The Best Sci-Fi TV Shows

Home > Sydney > Fun Things To Do | Television | Lists
by Sarah Cork (subscribe)
A freelance writer living in Perth, WA.
Published March 29th 2012
What's Your Favourite Sci-Fi Show?

I was talking to a group of people about the upcoming Supanova 2012 and a heated discussion began about the best ever Sci-Fi show or movie. It seems that everyone has a firm favourite and they are all sure that their favourite is the best one.

Science-Fiction is one of the most popular movie and TV genres. There are so many good sci-fi shows and most of them are very popular and a lot of fun to watch. The fan base for Sci-Fi shows is very loyal and enthusiastic. Having a marathon showing of your favourite series is a great way to spend an evening or even a day and Themed parties are all the rage.

This all got me wondering about which Sci-Fi show really is the best, so please let us know - What is your Favourite Sci-Fi Show and who is your favourite character?

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Doctor Who

Doctor Who is a British TV series which tells the adventures of the last Time Lord and his human travelling companion. Running for almost 50 years, Doctor Who is the longest running Science-Fiction Show in the world.

The Doctor travels through time in his TARDIS, which is larger on the inside, and works to help and save people and battle alien enemies such as the Daleks, the Master and the Cybermen.

The character of The Doctor is still a mystery and his real name has never been revealed. It is known that he is over 900 years old and is a genius, he is the only surviving Time Lord after his home planet Gallifrey was destroyed in the Time Wars, but his history is still not fully known and little details are being uncovered throughout the series.

The award running series is unique in that the role of The Doctor has had 11 different incarnations to date. The Doctor is able to regenerate and this allows for different actors to play the same character while giving the stories a different spin.

The Doctor Who series is fantastic and enormously popular. It is a very exciting series; it can be suspense filled, chilling and scary, funny and sad all at the same time and I must admit it is my all-time favourite.


Torchwood is a British Science-Fiction Series and is a spin-off of the long running Doctor Who series. The main character is Captain Jack Harkness, an immortal from the future. With his team Gwen Cooper, Owen Harper, Toshiko Sato, Ianto Jones and Rhys Williams they form the Torchwood Institute.

The series follow the team as they investigate incidents involving extra-terrestrials.

Star Trek

Star Trek, first screened in 1966, is an American TV series following the voyages of the Starship Enterpise and its crew. Travelling through space the crew, made up of aliens and humans, encounter many other civilizations, both friends and enemies.

The original show, Star Trek, was followed by , Star Trek - The Next Generation, Star Trek - Deep Space Nine, Star Trek - Voyager, and Star Trek - Enterprise.

There have also been eleven Star Trek movies.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia


Stargate started as a movie and then became a TV series, Stargate SG1, which was followed by Stargate Atlantis and later Stargate Universe.

Stargate SG1 tells the stories of a US military group, consisting of Colonel Jack O'Neill, Captain Samantha Carter, Daniel Jackson, an Egyptologist and Teal'c, a Jaffa alien. The team travels through the Stargate to a multitude of far off planets.


Firefly is an American TV series set in the future, the year 2517, and a whole new star system.

Written by Joss Whedon, the Firefly series follows the adventures of the crew of the spaceship Serenity as they travel to a variety of planets.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia


Originally made in 1983 and then remade in 2009, V is the story what happens when aliens arrive on Earth.

The Visitors appear human but are reptilian, and during the series the humans are persecuted and the Visitors slowly gain control over Earth.

Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf is a British science-fiction comedy show. First shown in 1988 this is a very popular show, telling the story of the mining spaceship Red Dwarf in the 22nd century.

There is a radiation leak on-board which kills everyone except for a technician, Dave Lister, who is in suspended animation. After the accident the ship is sealed until the radiation dies down, this takes three million years, and Dave Lister is then released.

Dave Listers only onboard companions are the holographic life-form of his former shipmate, Arnold Rimmer, a life-form that has evolved from the ships cat, Cat, Kryten, a series VII service mechanoid and Holly, the ships onboard computer.

The series follows their adventures as they travel through space and they encounter various species that have all evolved from the Human Race.

Image Courtesy of Wikipedia

Help us improve  Click here if you liked this article  13
Share: email  facebook  twitter
Your Comment
Quantum Leap! And in a similar vein, Sliders.
by Carly Ogborne (score: 3|4626) 3244 days ago
You forgot about The X-Files, that is a great sci-fi show.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12626) 3256 days ago
Articles from other cities
Top Events
Popular Articles