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2013-03-05 11:49:53 AM  
Won't go through all of that, but where's Blake's 7 on the list?
 
2013-03-05 11:50:49 AM  

doctorguilty: Won't go through all of that, but where's Blake's 7 on the list?


It's at #15.
 
2013-03-05 11:51:20 AM  

Once and Future Lurker: Am I the only one who liked Earth 2 ?


How can anyone dislike a show featuring Tim Curry as a villain?
 
2013-03-05 11:51:39 AM  
List fails without brisco county jr.
 
2013-03-05 11:53:28 AM  

NeoCortex42: It had it's stumbles


So did that apostrophe.
 
2013-03-05 11:54:20 AM  
That list order is total rubbish... and ...with the anime on there, where the F is Trigun??
 
2013-03-05 11:54:36 AM  

moanerific: Space, Above, and Beyond was a damn good show.  I would love to have a new series or even a game set in that universe.


Damn, was waiting for somebody to say that.  I concur, that was a VERY cool show, and gave a lot to think about in regards to how space combat could theoretically work...
 
2013-03-05 11:54:48 AM  

Quantum Apostrophe: NeoCortex42: It had it's stumbles

So did that apostrophe.


In an alternate timeline, that's the correct usage.

/Time for more caffeine
 
2013-03-05 11:57:13 AM  

NeoCortex42: Once and Future Lurker: Am I the only one who liked Earth 2 ?

How can anyone dislike a show featuring Tim Curry as a villain?


His best villain work was in "Muppet Treasure Island".
 
2013-03-05 11:58:10 AM  

dittybopper: His best villain work was in "Muppet Treasure Island".


yeah... that was MUCH better than Legend...

/kidding, of course...
 
2013-03-05 11:58:34 AM  
ST:DS9 is too damn low! And Lost wasn't science fiction!
 
2013-03-05 11:59:49 AM  
"heres a random list of SciFi and sorta SciFi related TV shows that once aired, in no particular order"

FTFY
 
2013-03-05 12:01:18 PM  

Perlin Noise: That list order is total rubbish... and ...with the anime on there, where the F is Trigun??


or SDF Macross?
 
2013-03-05 12:01:53 PM  
This list is wrong. The modern BSG, Futurama, Firefly, Babylon 5 and Deep Space 9 all deserve rankings in the top 5.
 
2013-03-05 12:02:14 PM  

dittybopper: NeoCortex42: Once and Future Lurker: Am I the only one who liked Earth 2 ?

How can anyone dislike a show featuring Tim Curry as a villain?

His best villain work was in "Muppet Treasure Island".


I'll see your Muppet Island and raise you Darkness in Ledgend
 
2013-03-05 12:02:29 PM  
thank you for 43
 
2013-03-05 12:02:56 PM  

Jim from Saint Paul: *Oh they haz the anime. Nice.

*Caprica is higher then Knight Rider? PFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFT.

*Ghost in the Shell: STC is overrated as all hell.

*Max Hedroom is in fron of 25 other shows? BWAHAHAHAHAH

*Sliders is above Babylon 5?

*Evangelion is still awesome.  That picture they have for it? Yeah, it's fan art. Not from the show.

*DS9 is best trek.


DS9 is best trek.
 
2013-03-05 12:05:37 PM  

likefunbutnot: This list is wrong. The modern BSG, Futurama, Firefly, Babylon 5 and Deep Space 9 all deserve rankings in the top 5.


I'd probably put SG-1 above Firefly.  It created a successful franchise, lasting ten seasons itself (most of which were quite good), and had MacGuyver in space.
 
2013-03-05 12:08:49 PM  
UFO?
digilander.libero.it
 
2013-03-05 12:09:55 PM  

likefunbutnot: This list is wrong. The modern BSG, Futurama, Firefly, Babylon 5 and Deep Space 9 all deserve rankings in the top 5.


I'm not sure I understand putting Firefly up there.  It's entertaining and all, but wasn't really profound or anything and it didn't add much on it's own to sci fi.
 
2013-03-05 12:13:48 PM  
Dr. Who is NOT better than The Twilight Zone. Their rankings should be switched.
 
2013-03-05 12:14:28 PM  
has anyone mentioned an obscure, short tun sci-fi series not on the list yet?


thewickedwriters.files.wordpress.com

/yeah baby
 
2013-03-05 12:16:26 PM  

likefunbutnot: This list is wrong. The modern BSG, Futurama, Firefly, Babylon 5 and Deep Space 9 all deserve rankings in the top 5.


Once again, i doubt anyone tried to put that in any particular order, specifically because everybody would spend all day flaming them for the slightest misjudgment  It says nowhere that I could see that it was "in " order,, just the "50 Greatest"...
 
2013-03-05 12:16:30 PM  
If Knight Rider is considered Sci-Fi, then why wasn't Air Wolf listed???
 
2013-03-05 12:17:42 PM  

thecpt: I'm not sure I understand putting Firefly up there. It's entertaining and all, but wasn't really profound or anything and it didn't add much on it's own to sci fi.


Blade Runner was also not terrific as Science Fiction, but rather happens to be an incredibly compelling story set in a science fiction backdrop. Which is as it should be. A dozen episodes of Firefly painted a canvas more vivid than a half-dozen seasons of any given Star Trek. How is that not an accomplishment?
 
2013-03-05 12:18:35 PM  

swankywanky: has anyone mentioned an obscure, short tun sci-fi series not on the list yet?


[thewickedwriters.files.wordpress.com image 435x580]

/yeah baby


Holy shiat, that may very well be the show that I have been trying to remember for about 25 years now... Late 70's, short run, space show, etc... This might just be it. Thank you.
 
2013-03-05 12:20:12 PM  

Mikey1969: swankywanky: has anyone mentioned an obscure, short tun sci-fi series not on the list yet?


[thewickedwriters.files.wordpress.com image 435x580]

/yeah baby

Holy shiat, that may very well be the show that I have been trying to remember for about 25 years now... Late 70's, short run, space show, etc... This might just be it. Thank you.


Early 70's, I think.  I just have the vaguest memories of a spaceship that swallowed other spaceships.
 
2013-03-05 12:23:26 PM  

likefunbutnot: A dozen episodes of Firefly painted a canvas more vivid than a half-dozen seasons of any given Star Trek. How is that not an accomplishment?


I just don't find things that couldn't wrap up on their own accord to be impressive.  Don't get me wrong, it could have done that.  What happens if it has to go another 36 episodes?  We'll never know. It didn't have an ending or a statement to make so I can't justify saying its a top 5.

/some of us just kind of liked it, but respect other's opinions
 
2013-03-05 12:25:32 PM  

Alphax: Early 70's, I think.  I just have the vaguest memories of a spaceship that swallowed other spaceships.


are you sure that's not a scene from "You Only Live Twice'?
 
2013-03-05 12:29:44 PM  
Top 5 should be:
The Twilight Zone
Dr. Who
Farscape
DS9
Red Dwarf
 
2013-03-05 12:33:30 PM  

Alphax: Mikey1969: swankywanky: has anyone mentioned an obscure, short tun sci-fi series not on the list yet?


[thewickedwriters.files.wordpress.com image 435x580]

/yeah baby

Holy shiat, that may very well be the show that I have been trying to remember for about 25 years now... Late 70's, short run, space show, etc... This might just be it. Thank you.

Early 70's, I think.  I just have the vaguest memories of a spaceship that swallowed other spaceships.


don't think it's the same - that pic I posted was from an (very) early 80's show called Salvage-1.  Andy Griffin is a junk yard owner who has a dream of going to the moon to get all the space junk that had been left there by the lunar landings.  He builds a spaceship out of junk and finds a new fuel source to power the thing and goes to the moon.

/no shiate
//and it lasted two seasons!
///there were still a LOT of drugs back then
 
2013-03-05 12:34:53 PM  

likefunbutnot: thecpt: I'm not sure I understand putting Firefly up there. It's entertaining and all, but wasn't really profound or anything and it didn't add much on it's own to sci fi.

Blade Runner was also not terrific as Science Fiction, but rather happens to be an incredibly compelling story set in a science fiction backdrop. Which is as it should be. A dozen episodes of Firefly painted a canvas more vivid than a half-dozen seasons of any given Star Trek. How is that not an accomplishment?


I've seen people refer to Blade Runner as a western. I cannot make a compelling case to refute that.

Firefly is probably even more of a western.
 
2013-03-05 12:38:01 PM  
What was that series from the 70s, written by Harlan Ellison, that Mr. Ellison derided as being crap?  Something about being on an arc that had several pods, each pod had a civilization, each week the heros went to a different pod.  I remember liking the show, but I was maybe 15 at the time.
 
2013-03-05 12:39:01 PM  
Ctrl+F "Babylon 5"

#19?
 
2013-03-05 12:47:41 PM  

Alphax: Once and Future Lurker: Am I the only one who liked Earth 2 ?

For the first few episodes, I think.


I just got done watching it on Nextflix and wow so much promise yet sooooo bad.  It was just bad bad bad.  I couldn't stop watching it was badgood.

Now I am watching Seaquest.  I remember watching it as a kid and loving it.... OMG what a jumbled mess it was.  Aliens, demigods, different aliens, demigo, oh a human antagonist, more aliens.  Should be starting on season 3 tonight.
 
2013-03-05 12:48:46 PM  

NeoCortex42: The DBS: I know it's kind lame, but I've been halfway addicted to Eureka on Netflix for the last couple of weeks. It kind of reminds me of Quantum Leap because it's obviously not serious.

Eureka's a great "fun" Science Fiction show.  It had it's stumbles (product placement, alternate timelines, and Felicia Day), but it's still one of my favorite recent Sci-Fi shows.

The closest thing left is Warehouse 13.  The way Syfy's going, that probably won't be around much longer, either.


I liked the Felicia Day bits.  Warehouse 13 started slow but did pick up over time.  SyFy has been doing well with the Canadian rebranded shows, Continuum and Lost Girl are both solid.  I heard last year that they were developing several new scripted series, including a 'space opera' epic style traditional sci-fi show with space ships and aliens and whatnot, but all I've seen commercials for is the one with the video game tie-in, which is the one I was least interested in (though I'll hold out judgement till it airs, maybe it will work).

  Too many Sci-Fi shows get the axe before they really have a change to develop.  Jericho, Dollhouse, and SG-U were all just starting to come into their own when they got the axe.
 
2013-03-05 12:50:13 PM  

thecpt: It didn't have an ending or a statement to make so I can't justify saying its a top 5.


Neither Doctor Who nor the Twilight Zone have had an ending or made any sort of singular coherent statement across the run of those respective series.
 
2013-03-05 12:52:07 PM  

Happy Hours: likefunbutnot: thecpt: I'm not sure I understand putting Firefly up there. It's entertaining and all, but wasn't really profound or anything and it didn't add much on it's own to sci fi.

Blade Runner was also not terrific as Science Fiction, but rather happens to be an incredibly compelling story set in a science fiction backdrop. Which is as it should be. A dozen episodes of Firefly painted a canvas more vivid than a half-dozen seasons of any given Star Trek. How is that not an accomplishment?

I've seen people refer to Blade Runner as a western. I cannot make a compelling case to refute that.

Firefly is probably even more of a western.


TOS was the most western of all pseudo ScyFi.
 
2013-03-05 12:53:33 PM  
Alphax: Early 70's, I think.  I just have the vaguest memories of a spaceship that swallowed other spaceships.

 Sounds like the opening credits of "Quark" (the space garbage truck, not the Ferengi).  Also, am I the only one who liked "Seven Days"?
 
2013-03-05 12:53:38 PM  

TuteTibiImperes: NeoCortex42: The DBS: I know it's kind lame, but I've been halfway addicted to Eureka on Netflix for the last couple of weeks. It kind of reminds me of Quantum Leap because it's obviously not serious.

Eureka's a great "fun" Science Fiction show.  It had it's stumbles (product placement, alternate timelines, and Felicia Day), but it's still one of my favorite recent Sci-Fi shows.

The closest thing left is Warehouse 13.  The way Syfy's going, that probably won't be around much longer, either.

I liked the Felicia Day bits.


I liked the Felicia Day character, but the final season focused way too much on her subplot.  That should have been cleared up in an episode or two, not dragged out for the whole season.

Saiga410: Now I am watching Seaquest.  I remember watching it as a kid and loving it.... OMG what a jumbled mess it was.  Aliens, demigods, different aliens, demigo, oh a human antagonist, more aliens.  Should be starting on season 3 tonight.


Sequest is great, but it never really settled on what kind of show it wanted to be.  The first season was all about exploring the oceans, to the point of being damn near educational.  The second season was trying to make it as Sci-Fi as possible with aliens and whatnot.  The third season tried to turn it into a militaristic action series.

I just wish they would finally release the third season on DVD.  Season 2 came out years ago.
 
2013-03-05 12:54:45 PM  
I rather liked the Invisible Man that sci-fi had for a few years.  Was actually a well written show, and a bit literate.
 
2013-03-05 12:55:32 PM  

Lexx: It's not fan art - a fan submitted their original angel design for some contest, and it won, so the official artists did it up.


So... it's fan art.
 
2013-03-05 12:56:24 PM  

likefunbutnot: Neither Doctor Who nor the Twilight Zone have had an ending or made any sort of singular coherent statement across the run of those respective series.


kind of agree with Dr Who, but it's longevity is staggering.  Twilight Zone was known for getting a point across (moral or philosophical) in nearly every episode and defined the genre. I wouldn't go for those two for trying to make your case.  Firefly didn't have a chance when it came to creating content that could prove it's worth against those heavy weights.
 
2013-03-05 12:56:49 PM  

Saiga410: TOS was the most western of all pseudo ScyFi.


If only there was a succinct way to put that.  Maybe like calling it "Bonanza to the planets".  Yeah, that's it.

Barricaded Gunman: Also, am I the only one who liked "Seven Days"?


Great show.  I wish it had hung around a bit longer.

Other fun Sci-Fi shows I haven't seen mentioned yet: The Sci-Fi Channel's Invisible Man and Brisco County Jr.

Yes, Brisco was Sci-Fi.
 
2013-03-05 12:59:01 PM  
The SyFy channel's Flash Gordon show from a few years ago was entertaining.  Sure, it was campy as all get out and the acting was way over the top in many places, but to me that was pretty much the point.  It was just good clean mindless fun.
 
2013-03-05 01:00:13 PM  
In the description of Ghost in the Shell: SAC:  " Suffice to say there's no other series out there so drenched in the aesthetic of both the Matrix movies and the William GibsonSprawl trilogy. "

So Ghost in the Shell borrowed from The Matrix?  Sure, why not.
 
2013-03-05 01:01:48 PM  

Barricaded Gunman: Alphax: Early 70's, I think.  I just have the vaguest memories of a spaceship that swallowed other spaceships.

 Sounds like the opening credits of "Quark" (the space garbage truck, not the Ferengi).  Also, am I the only one who liked "Seven Days"?


Yeah, I think it was Quark.
 
2013-03-05 01:01:49 PM  
The X-Files should be ranked first.  It's one of the few sci-fi shows that managed to change the TV landscape.  Even today, Breaking Bad and Homeland have themes rooted in X-Files episodes.  While Dr. Who has been around for a long time, it's still just a niche sci-fi show.  Just my opinion.
 
2013-03-05 01:02:23 PM  

Mikey1969: StrikitRich: Who in their right mind would put Star Trek: Voyager ahead of Space: 1999 or Space: Above and Beyond?

I'm thinking that from the logistics involved, this is just a '50 Greatest' list, not a "50 Greatest, in order from best wort"(Or vice-versa).

Nobody would really try to put something like this in order if they knew what was good for them.

I remember Space: 1999, can't remember anything from it, but I remember that I really liked it.


There was an episode with this tentacled monster  hiding in a derelict ship... it would suck people in and spit them out as charcoal briquets.  It scared the living fark out of me.
 
2013-03-05 01:03:48 PM  

Oh and whar


images4.wikia.nocookie.net?


WHAR?!


/yes Season 4 is god awful
//seasons 1-2 and 2 are awesome and 3 is pretty good
 
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