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(Popular Mechanics)   Popular Mechanics, of all magazines, counts down the top 50 sci-fi television shows of all time... which is pretty much all of them   (popularmechanics.com) divider line 177
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2013-03-05 05:31:33 PM  

Strongbeerrules: Assimilate This: Enterprise was better than at least one of those shows.  There, I said it.

Maybe by the fourth season when the writers/producers finally figured out what the series was supposed to be doing.  But the audience had abandoned ship by then.


The 9/11 story line was utter crap.
 
2013-03-05 05:36:31 PM  

madgonad: Happy Hours: madgonad: 6 Million Dollar Man, Knightrider, Jericho, Max Headroom, and The Prisoner aren't really SciFi. They are same-time dramas that have geewhiz dohickery - like James Bond.

You have a good point. Some of the technology may be beyond our reach even today, but much of it is at least conceivably possible. I wasn't going to nitpick though. I had never really thought of The Prisoner as Sci-Fi. It's more of a spy/intrigue/mind-fark show.

The only technology in the Prisoner which we can't understand are the balloon which guards the village and that crazy see-saw thingie which really doesn't make any sense at all. Everything else is just bugs, intrigue and psychological tactics.

Yeah, SciFi is really hard to define. My own take requires a fundamental difference between the world we know and the one in the story. It can't just be a talking car or a bionic arm. Fantasy would be the same, but a regression into our own mythological past.


That branch of literature which is concerned with the impact of scientific advance upon human beings.

- Asimov
 
2013-03-05 05:38:50 PM  

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


BSG was #4, fwiw. Though I agree that Futurama should have been much higher. Logan's Run was NOT better than Futurama.
 
2013-03-05 05:55:50 PM  
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2013-03-05 06:23:56 PM  
WOW!  Battle Of The Planets!  I haven't thought about that show in decades!  Time to google some episodes!

Personally, I think Cowboy Bebop should have been higher on the list, but that's just me.

Glad to see MST3k get some love, though it's sort of a cheat since the premise wasn't really sci-fi in the strictest sense.
 
2013-03-05 06:42:52 PM  
Lost in Space only went campy to answer to Batman.

But then they leave out Irwin Allen's "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" and "The Time Tunnel?"

//where they reused the costumes and props!
 
2013-03-05 07:26:36 PM  
No love for Threshold. (Unless I missed it somewhere in that mess. That was a lot of slides.)

Another interesting show cancelled in its first seasons. Sigh.
 
2013-03-05 07:33:03 PM  

CygnusDarius: Good to see Farscape getting some recognition.


One small problem with their description.

John worked with IASA .. Not NASA.

/Small .. small quibble.
 
2013-03-05 08:18:49 PM  

Mikey1969: Land of the Lost

God, I miss Saturday morning TV. Now that kids can find cartoons anywhere, 24-hours a day, there's no reason to go out of your way, but when I was kid, we had it all... I particularly liked the Sid and Marty Kroft stuff, too. Bigfoot and Wildboy, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, WonderBug, the original Ghostbusters(Predated the movie), Shazam, Isis, etc...

And then there were the cartoons. ScoobyDoo, Dynomutt, Captain Caveman, Super Friends...

Then they tricked you into learning with Schoolhouse Rock! and eating healthy with the 'Hanker for a hunk of cheese' guy...

Of course now, kids are welcome to watch any cartoons they want, as long as they are some version of Japanese animation.


So much this.  Loved Land of the Lost (had the board game), SuperFriends, Scooby Doo.  Also happy to see Star Blazers on the list, which was my first foray into anime.  And while MST3K might not have been sci-fi in the strictest sense, the later seasons on the SyFy channel did have only sci-fi films.


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2013-03-05 08:39:30 PM  

Galileo's Daughter: So much this.  Loved Land of the Lost (had the board game), SuperFriends, Scooby Doo.  Also happy to see Star Blazers on the list, which was my first foray into anime.  And while MST3K might not have been sci-fi in the strictest sense, the later seasons on the SyFy channel did have only sci-fi films.


They loosened that rule in the final season. That's how we got Diabolik and The Girl in the Gold Boots.

Their requirement for a serial plot in the host segments was asinine, though.
 
2013-03-05 08:56:21 PM  

Free Radical: Doctor Who is mediocre at best.


HEY! YOU TAKE THAT BACK!
 
2013-03-05 09:37:17 PM  

RexTalionis: Although the list is crap because Star Trek TOS was #6, which is pretty much BS.


Actually that's about right, as much as I love TOS it really hasn't held up to it's age well, even the remastered version.
 
2013-03-05 11:22:11 PM  
I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion. Some of them may have contained elements of science, but I don't believe that makes them sci-fi. Also, there may have been a few episodes of TheTwilight zone that were sci-fi'ish but overall I'd say no on that one too.
 
2013-03-06 01:08:20 AM  

Okoboji: WOW!  Battle Of The Planets!  I haven't thought about that show in decades!  Time to google some episodes!


My favorite show, when I was in the 2nd grade.
 
2013-03-06 01:09:53 AM  
Hello???? Am I being ignored for a reason or is it that no one even noticed NY comment which is germaine to the subject at hand. Does no one remember Space Giants are you all on a dr
Whogasm?
 
2013-03-06 01:23:29 AM  

Deltaqueen70: Hello???? Am I being ignored for a reason or is it that no one even noticed NY comment which is germaine to the subject at hand. Does no one remember Space Giants are you all on a dr
Whogasm?


Space Giants.. nope, don't remember a thing.
 
2013-03-06 01:48:04 AM  

I Ate Shergar: Badgers: Andromeda

Meh. It started out promisingly enough, but pretty much fell apart from the third season on.


It's what happens when you fire the head writer...

Still, the first 2.5 seasons were quite enjoyable.
 
2013-03-06 01:49:40 AM  

NeoCortex42: I wouldn't even put it above Lexx.


Lexx is difficult to rank - some of it was really quite good, while other episodes were absolutely unwatchable.

Alphax: My favorite show, when I was in the 2nd grade.


The key phrase being "in the 2nd grade". Do yourself a favor and don't try to re-watch it now.
 
2013-03-06 02:49:50 AM  

ReapTheChaos: I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion.


If you don't think Dollhouse is science fiction then you and I have vastly different definitions of the term.
 
2013-03-06 02:57:47 AM  

fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion.

If you don't think Dollhouse is science fiction then you and I have vastly different definitions of the term.


Ok, so the 3 minutes of the show where they implanted the personality was science fiction, and the other 42 minutes was action. Better?
 
2013-03-06 03:19:49 AM  

ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion.

If you don't think Dollhouse is science fiction then you and I have vastly different definitions of the term.

Ok, so the 3 minutes of the show where they implanted the personality was science fiction, and the other 42 minutes was action. Better?


You didn't really watch the show, did you? Just because something doesn't take place in space doesn't mean it's not science fiction.
 
2013-03-06 03:25:36 AM  

fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion.

If you don't think Dollhouse is science fiction then you and I have vastly different definitions of the term.

Ok, so the 3 minutes of the show where they implanted the personality was science fiction, and the other 42 minutes was action. Better?

You didn't really watch the show, did you? Just because something doesn't take place in space doesn't mean it's not science fiction.


Every episode.
 
2013-03-06 06:51:05 AM  

ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion.

If you don't think Dollhouse is science fiction then you and I have vastly different definitions of the term.

Ok, so the 3 minutes of the show where they implanted the personality was science fiction, and the other 42 minutes was action. Better?

You didn't really watch the show, did you? Just because something doesn't take place in space doesn't mean it's not science fiction.

Every episode.


What is your definition of science fiction, then? Dollhouse had a half dozen different kinds of mind control/storage/transfer. Topped by an apocalypse.
 
2013-03-06 08:16:39 AM  

fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: fusillade762: ReapTheChaos: I think they are confusing fantasy with science fiction on several of those.  Off the top of my head: Lost, Jericho, Six Million Dollar Man, Nightrider, Life on Mars, Dollhouse and probably a couple I'm not thinking of don't really fall into sci-fi in my opinion.

If you don't think Dollhouse is science fiction then you and I have vastly different definitions of the term.

Ok, so the 3 minutes of the show where they implanted the personality was science fiction, and the other 42 minutes was action. Better?

You didn't really watch the show, did you? Just because something doesn't take place in space doesn't mean it's not science fiction.

Every episode.

What is your definition of science fiction, then? Dollhouse had a half dozen different kinds of mind control/storage/transfer. Topped by an apocalypse.


BUT YOUR SHOW IS STUPID. SO fark YOU.
 
2013-03-06 09:30:10 AM  
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2013-03-06 02:41:59 PM  
No mention of Space Cases!? List and thread fails.

Get well soon, PAD!
 
2013-03-06 08:40:32 PM  

Badgers: I'd put Nowhere Man, Earth 2, First Wave or Andromeda over Torchwood.

/Probably not Earth: Final Conflict
//If you're going to put in cartoons, why not Adventure Time.


If you count Miracle Day, I'd put the whole damn list in front of Torchwood. If you only count Children of Earth, it could be near the top of the list.

But the lack of Space Cases, Mission Genesis/Deepwater Black, Hyperdrive . . .
 
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