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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 30
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2013-03-05 10:59:50 AM  
3 votes:
The Time Tunnel
2013-03-05 03:18:43 PM  
2 votes:
Most of the episodes were horror, but they threw in some great sci-fi as well.  If you haven't already, check out Kolchak: The Night Stalker.  It was decades ahead of its time.
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2013-03-05 02:33:08 PM  
2 votes:
Doctor Who is very good and certainly close to my heart from my childhood, even if I can't be arsed to bother with the new one. But #1?

No.

Try again.

www.henson.com
2013-03-05 11:59:49 AM  
2 votes:
"heres a random list of SciFi and sorta SciFi related TV shows that once aired, in no particular order"

FTFY
2013-03-05 11:51:20 AM  
2 votes:

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 09:22:01 AM  
2 votes:
http://desli.de/MPX

Here's the deslidified link. Although the list is crap because Star Trek TOS was #6, which is pretty much BS.
2013-03-06 03:19:49 AM  
1 votes:

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.
2013-03-05 04:30:48 PM  
1 votes:
Hold on a second. They put Knight Rider ahead of Land of the Lost?
2013-03-05 03:57:08 PM  
1 votes:

RexTalionis: http://desli.de/MPX

Here's the deslidified link. Although the list is crap because Star Trek TOS was #6, which is pretty much BS.


indeed. far to generous.

/ducks and runs.
2013-03-05 02:54:58 PM  
1 votes:
Missing from the list:

UFO (because it's farking U F O!)
VR5 (she still needs a sammach though)
Kolchak: The Night Stalker (x-files before x-files was cool)
SpeedGrapher ( 幸せですか )


/and the old BBC version of HHGTTG easily beats out half the list in TFA
2013-03-05 01:45:39 PM  
1 votes:

Snotnose: 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.


That would be The Starlost
2013-03-05 12:38:01 PM  
1 votes:
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 12:29:44 PM  
1 votes:
Top 5 should be:
The Twilight Zone
Dr. Who
Farscape
DS9
Red Dwarf
2013-03-05 12:16:30 PM  
1 votes:
If Knight Rider is considered Sci-Fi, then why wasn't Air Wolf listed???
2013-03-05 12:13:48 PM  
1 votes:
Dr. Who is NOT better than The Twilight Zone. Their rankings should be switched.
2013-03-05 12:09:55 PM  
1 votes:

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 12:08:49 PM  
1 votes:
UFO?
digilander.libero.it
2013-03-05 11:47:52 AM  
1 votes:
Good to see Farscape getting some recognition.
2013-03-05 11:44:07 AM  
1 votes:
Am I the only one who liked Earth 2 ?
2013-03-05 11:36:11 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-03-05 11:20:56 AM  
1 votes:

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


If we're including cartoons, I wouldn't put any of those near the top 50. And Farscape needs to be in the top 3
2013-03-05 10:57:01 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-03-05 10:56:32 AM  
1 votes:
Doctor Who is mediocre at best.
2013-03-05 10:55:06 AM  
1 votes:

funk_soul_bubby: I know a lot of people's beefs with Lost and I concur, but if you consider the impact of duping a lot of normally non-sci-fi people into watching a major prime time sci-fi show, the fact that it was easily top three visually pleasing to behold during the early HD era, among other things... It was huge. But again, depends on the methodology of how you rank.


I'm trying to figure out what methodology results in Sliders being ranked higher than both Babylon 5 and Farscape.  I like all three, but Sliders had two and a half good seasons, and even those were nowhere near the peaks of B5 or Farscape.
2013-03-05 10:51:20 AM  
1 votes:

Happy Hours: Ultraman didn't make the cut. I am outraged!1111111111111111!


This.  I can understand Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot (AKA Giant Robo) not making the cut, but no Ultraman?  Heresy.
2013-03-05 10:49:43 AM  
1 votes:
List fails without Quark:

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2013-03-05 10:48:43 AM  
1 votes:
I couldn't help myself.

deslided

I was right. I disagree with much of it.

Futurama came in at #29
Red Dwarf at #27
Firefly at #11
Outer Limits at #10
The Prisoner at #7 (I just started re-watching for the millionth time the other day. It stands the test of time and is still one of my favorites)
Star Trek at #6 (oh yeah)
Twilight Zone at #5


Ultraman didn't make the cut. I am outraged!1111111111111111!
2013-03-05 10:48:26 AM  
1 votes:
You probably would have come out with a better ranking of the shows if you had used a bingo counter to assign them at random.
2013-03-05 10:47:23 AM  
1 votes:

Happy Hours: Does anyone know where Ultraman came in?


Should be in there instead of Life on Mars
2013-03-05 10:22:59 AM  
1 votes:
They're way too complimentary for Voyager.. still going down the deslidified link..
 
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