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2021-01-03 8:54:47 PM  
Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)



TFA's author sounds young.
 
2021-01-03 8:58:50 PM  
Is HitchHikers the one that everyone loves?

I think it misses out on some modern cheesey sci-fi. Early seasons of Andromeda weren't terrible. Same for Dark Matter
 
2021-01-03 9:01:18 PM  
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2021-01-03 9:02:58 PM  

Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.


Agreed - the only one I haven't seen more than once is Tripod. Didn't get much Brit TV here in Texas until recently
 
2021-01-03 9:19:32 PM  
I loved Starblazers as a kid, it was one of those shows that was here and gone. I couldn't remember its name for like 10 years and then finally I found tapes in a blockbuster of all places. The animation is just so good. I started watching the updated Yamato 2199 and it gives me all the nostalgia.

But yeah Firefly is good and it isn't overrated.

V is pretty bad and might be a little overrated.
 
2021-01-03 9:21:48 PM  
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2021-01-03 9:24:42 PM  
Glad to see Dollhouse getting some love. After the first few episodes it started getting really interesting. Covered the same themes as Westworld did a few years later, identity, who am I? Am I real?
 
2021-01-03 9:32:28 PM  

TheMaskedArmadillo: Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.

Agreed - the only one I haven't seen more than once is Tripod. Didn't get much Brit TV here in Texas until recently


Same here, although I have now seen it on YouTube. I did read the books when I was a kid (and the books were fairly new).
 
2021-01-03 9:37:35 PM  
The Prisoner is sci-fi?
 
2021-01-03 9:58:14 PM  
John Christopher's story is about three young boys attempting to not be "capped,"

Never would've guessed that this term originated with science fiction.
 
2021-01-03 10:18:50 PM  
"V" was awesome. Even though I was like 7, Diana (Jane Badler) was totally hot (ignoring the whole reptile  thing) and Ham Tyler (Michael Ironside) was a total badass.

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2021-01-03 10:39:58 PM  

Mugato: "V" was awesome. Even though I was like 7, Diana (Jane Badler) was totally hot (ignoring the whole reptile  thing) and Ham Tyler (Michael Ironside) was a total badass.

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It's difficult to think of a non-star who automatically kicks up the intensity of a movie the way Ironside does.
 
2021-01-03 10:44:17 PM  
List is missing Red Dwarf.
 
2021-01-03 10:48:21 PM  
I re-watched Fringe recently and it was even better on a second watching.
 
2021-01-03 10:56:37 PM  
Hey guys!

I have V and Amerika on VHS! Wanna come over and binge watch with me?

I have to take a pass on Space 1999 and the Prisoner. They both have levels of drama that are way way below my threshold. I have a hard time watching a complete Prisoner episode without dozing off. And Space 1999 was always a writer's nightmare. Didn't they fall into Monster of the Week by about the fifth episode?

Sigh.... I guess I understand the lack of love for LOST IN SPACE, LAND OF THE GIANTS, and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, but those were some fun SF shows. Each had one or two classic episodes... haha... and that is about it.

Hey.. But Wild Wild West. That is SF, right?
 
2021-01-03 11:58:48 PM  
Farscape?  Babylon 5?  Or maybe Blake's 7?
 
2021-01-04 12:06:25 AM  
No Frisky Dingo?
 
2021-01-04 1:02:07 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.


How old are you that stuff from the 70s is young?
 
2021-01-04 1:05:01 AM  
Seaquest has a cult following. I count as a cult, right?
 
2021-01-04 1:09:39 AM  
I've seen seven of the ten. Of them, Vis the most overrated. Totally devoid of imagination. I remember one time when they brought back an actor they had killed by introducing his twin.

Except the aliens wore masks to appear human. Why did they use that tired soap opera trope when all they needed to do was have the alien say, "I like the look of this mask; I'll wear that."?

My mother encapsulated the problem. She never watched SF, but she did watch the show because the daughter of her college roommate was in it. One episode showed a wedding of two of the visitors. She later said, "It was just like a Jewish wedding except instead of breaking a wineglass, they ate a rat."
 
2021-01-04 1:10:14 AM  
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2021-01-04 1:37:17 AM  

ineeda42: Farscape?  Babylon 5?  Or maybe Blake's 7?


The list was for underrated ones.
 
2021-01-04 1:38:48 AM  
The Tripods?  I didn't realize they made a TV series about that.  I used to read a monthly comic strip based upon those books that appeared in Boys Life magazine when I was a kid.  The aliens came for everyone on their 13th birthday to put the cap on their head, so the rebellion against the alien overlords had to be led by teenagers who managed to avoid getting the cap somehow.
 
2021-01-04 1:42:09 AM  
The Prisoner tries so hard to have dramatic personal interactions and unexpected plot, then resolves almost every episode with a climactic fistfight.

/I always thought that the small demographics of the melodrama-puzzle-pugilism set was why the show didn't last
//You know what's underrated? The 10th season of Stargate SG-1, when it became Farscandromeda.  I know the fans felt betrayed, but it had a couple episodes that were high quality edge-seaters.
///There must be 3, this is the rule
 
2021-01-04 1:50:01 AM  

Mugato: "V" was awesome. Even though I was like 7, Diana (Jane Badler) was totally hot (ignoring the whole reptile  thing)

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2021-01-04 2:03:44 AM  

Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.


...right?

ineeda42: Farscape?  Babylon 5?  Or maybe Blake's 7?


I like pointing folks at the weirder series, the ones that didn't quite make it, like The Phoenix, Automan, Exo-Man, and M.A.N.T.I.S., just for fun.
 
2021-01-04 2:05:40 AM  

germ78: List is missing Red Dwarf.


The kids wouldn't find it fun any more. Mr. Flibble is very cross.
 
2021-01-04 2:06:23 AM  

FormlessOne: Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.

...right?

ineeda42: Farscape?  Babylon 5?  Or maybe Blake's 7?

I like pointing folks at the weirder series, the ones that didn't quite make it, like The Phoenix, Automan, Exo-Man, and M.A.N.T.I.S., just for fun.


MANTIS was cool.
 
2021-01-04 2:08:54 AM  

FormlessOne: germ78: List is missing Red Dwarf.

The kids wouldn't find it fun any more. Mr. Flibble is very cross.


I loved the new episode that came out last year.. even if everyone looked so very old now.  They met a warfleet of cat people.
 
2021-01-04 2:11:06 AM  

leeksfromchichis: FormlessOne: Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.

...right?

ineeda42: Farscape?  Babylon 5?  Or maybe Blake's 7?

I like pointing folks at the weirder series, the ones that didn't quite make it, like The Phoenix, Automan, Exo-Man, and M.A.N.T.I.S., just for fun.

MANTIS was cool.


Yep. Loved the show. I'm odd - I liked The Phoenix, too, but I was a kid entranced by the idea of such things at the time.
 
2021-01-04 2:12:11 AM  

Alphax: FormlessOne: germ78: List is missing Red Dwarf.

The kids wouldn't find it fun any more. Mr. Flibble is very cross.

I loved the new episode that came out last year.. even if everyone looked so very old now.  They met a warfleet of cat people.


I have it, but I haven't yet watched it - TBH, I've been worried that it might sully the romanticized joy I have with it. I'll give it a gander later this week, then.
 
2021-01-04 2:14:11 AM  

thrasherrr: The Prisoner tries so hard to have dramatic personal interactions and unexpected plot, then resolves almost every episode with a climactic fistfight.

/I always thought that the small demographics of the melodrama-puzzle-pugilism set was why the show didn't last
//You know what's underrated? The 10th season of Stargate SG-1, when it became Farscandromeda.  I know the fans felt betrayed, but it had a couple episodes that were high quality edge-seaters.
///There must be 3, this is the rule


As someone else already did, toss "Space: Above and Beyond" into that mix for your trifecta.
 
2021-01-04 2:17:19 AM  

FormlessOne: Alphax: FormlessOne: germ78: List is missing Red Dwarf.

The kids wouldn't find it fun any more. Mr. Flibble is very cross.

I loved the new episode that came out last year.. even if everyone looked so very old now.  They met a warfleet of cat people.

I have it, but I haven't yet watched it - TBH, I've been worried that it might sully the romanticized joy I have with it. I'll give it a gander later this week, then.


It's great.  Without giving too much away, I'll say that the Cat Warlord is trying to outlaw the worship of Cloister to make everyone listen to him alone, and so some cats go looking for Cloister for help.. who of course is Dave Lister.
 
2021-01-04 2:18:27 AM  

Alphax: FormlessOne: Alphax: FormlessOne: germ78: List is missing Red Dwarf.

The kids wouldn't find it fun any more. Mr. Flibble is very cross.

I loved the new episode that came out last year.. even if everyone looked so very old now.  They met a warfleet of cat people.

I have it, but I haven't yet watched it - TBH, I've been worried that it might sully the romanticized joy I have with it. I'll give it a gander later this week, then.

It's great.  Without giving too much away, I'll say that the Cat Warlord is trying to outlaw the worship of Cloister to make everyone listen to him alone, and so some cats go looking for Cloister for help.. who of course is Dave Lister.


Smeggin' 'ell. Should be fun, then. Thanks!
 
2021-01-04 2:18:47 AM  

Sliding Carp: [static.tvtropes.org image 350x242]


Did a dragonfly breed with the Event Horizon? What is that thing?
 
2021-01-04 2:21:11 AM  

Kassandry: Sliding Carp: [static.tvtropes.org image 350x242]

Did a dragonfly breed with the Event Horizon? What is that thing?


The LEXX. Seriously, if you're unfamiliar, take the time. Properly weird, that series, but fun as hell.
 
2021-01-04 2:21:25 AM  
Star Blazers is a great choice but no love for Battle of the Planets?

/LOVED Star Blazers
//Hurry, Star Blazers! You have only 249 days to save the Earth!
///3 slashies for number of startups to get to Mars
 
2021-01-04 2:22:15 AM  

brigid_fitch: Star Blazers is a great choice but no love for Battle of the Planets?

/LOVED Star Blazers
//Hurry, Star Blazers! You have only 249 days to save the Earth!
///3 slashies for number of startups to get to Mars


*Starjumps, not start ups.
 
2021-01-04 2:24:34 AM  

brigid_fitch: Star Blazers is a great choice but no love for Battle of the Planets?


...have you ever seen the original, non-Sandy-Frank story line for that show?

Not sure we were ready for Gatchaman.
 
2021-01-04 2:27:53 AM  

brigid_fitch: Star Blazers is a great choice but no love for Battle of the Planets?


My favorite TV show, when I was in the second grade.
 
2021-01-04 2:44:27 AM  

FormlessOne: Kassandry: Sliding Carp: [static.tvtropes.org image 350x242]

Did a dragonfly breed with the Event Horizon? What is that thing?

The LEXX. Seriously, if you're unfamiliar, take the time. Properly weird, that series, but fun as hell.


Will do! Thanks =)
 
2021-01-04 2:50:43 AM  

Kassandry: FormlessOne: Kassandry: Sliding Carp: [static.tvtropes.org image 350x242]

Did a dragonfly breed with the Event Horizon? What is that thing?

The LEXX. Seriously, if you're unfamiliar, take the time. Properly weird, that series, but fun as hell.

Will do! Thanks =)


I don't remember anything about lexx story wise, but I remember watching and loving it everytime I caught an episode.

My family didn't have the sci fi channel then, so I only caught it sporadically.
 
2021-01-04 2:51:32 AM  
most of that garbage is science fantasy, not fiction
 
2021-01-04 2:52:16 AM  

FormlessOne: Kassandry: Sliding Carp: [static.tvtropes.org image 350x242]

Did a dragonfly breed with the Event Horizon? What is that thing?

The LEXX. Seriously, if you're unfamiliar, take the time. Properly weird, that series, but fun as hell.


And the complete run is on youtube if you look.

Personally, I think the first season (4 2-hour) gets pretty tedious;  if you agree, just skip ahead.  You won't have any problem at all picking up the plot.  You do gain by going in sequence though.

/I'm one of the few who think that season 4 is pure brilliance
 
2021-01-04 2:52:24 AM  

fluffy_pope: The Prisoner is sci-fi?


Asimov's definition of science fiction is 'Literature that examines the effects on people's lives caused by changes in the level of science and technology'.  This can refer to social sciences as well - although The Village was somewhat ahead of the mundane world in the more expected sciences of physics ('the beam'), chemistry (psychodrugs), and electronics (surveillance systems) as well.

Not to mention Rover...

Oh, yes, The Prisoner easily qualifies as science fiction.
 
2021-01-04 2:53:01 AM  

Alphax: The Tripods?  I didn't realize they made a TV series about that.  I used to read a monthly comic strip based upon those books that appeared in Boys Life magazine when I was a kid.  The aliens came for everyone on their 13th birthday to put the cap on their head, so the rebellion against the alien overlords had to be led by teenagers who managed to avoid getting the cap somehow.



wasn't the name of one of the three books "The White Mountains?" Seems like i read them back in 6th or 7th grade.  I also think I remember something about the boys finding an old badass car from the older times like in the Rush song "Red Barchetta"
 
2021-01-04 2:56:51 AM  

elvisaintdead: Alphax: The Tripods?  I didn't realize they made a TV series about that.  I used to read a monthly comic strip based upon those books that appeared in Boys Life magazine when I was a kid.  The aliens came for everyone on their 13th birthday to put the cap on their head, so the rebellion against the alien overlords had to be led by teenagers who managed to avoid getting the cap somehow.


wasn't the name of one of the three books "The White Mountains?" Seems like i read them back in 6th or 7th grade.  I also think I remember something about the boys finding an old badass car from the older times like in the Rush song "Red Barchetta"


Yeah, The White Mountains was the first book.  I'm a little hazier about the others.. since I only read the comic strip version.
 
2021-01-04 2:57:34 AM  

2fardownthread: Hey guys!

I have V and Amerika on VHS! Wanna come over and binge watch with me?

I have to take a pass on Space 1999 and the Prisoner. They both have levels of drama that are way way below my threshold. I have a hard time watching a complete Prisoner episode without dozing off. And Space 1999 was always a writer's nightmare. Didn't they fall into Monster of the Week by about the fifth episode?

Sigh.... I guess I understand the lack of love for LOST IN SPACE, LAND OF THE GIANTS, and VOYAGE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA, but those were some fun SF shows. Each had one or two classic episodes... haha... and that is about it.

Hey.. But Wild Wild West. That is SF, right?


I think Wild Wild West makes it in on the strength of 'Night of the Juggernaut', if nothing else.

But if you like Wild Wild West, see if you can find a (too) short-lived series called 'Legend', and see what Richard Dean Anderson was up to between MacGyver and Stargate SG-1.  (Plus it had John DeLancie as Hungarian mad scientist Janos Bartok).
 
2021-01-04 2:59:15 AM  

AppleOptionEsc: Ginnungagap42: Underrated sci-fi TV shows with a cult following you need to watch

Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy (1981)
The Prisoner (1967)
Dollhouse (2009)
The Tripods (1984)
Aeon Flux (1991)
V (1983)
Space 1999 (1975)
Terrahawks (1983)
Star Blazers (1979)
Firefly (2002)


TFA's author sounds young.

How old are you that stuff from the 70s is young?


I dunno about him, but for me, stuff from the 60s is young.

But then, I remember 'I Like Ike' campaign buttons...
 
2021-01-04 3:00:33 AM  

RealityChuck: I've seen seven of the ten. Of them, Vis the most overrated. Totally devoid of imagination. I remember one time when they brought back an actor they had killed by introducing his twin.

Except the aliens wore masks to appear human. Why did they use that tired soap opera trope when all they needed to do was have the alien say, "I like the look of this mask; I'll wear that."?

My mother encapsulated the problem. She never watched SF, but she did watch the show because the daughter of her college roommate was in it. One episode showed a wedding of two of the visitors. She later said, "It was just like a Jewish wedding except instead of breaking a wineglass, they ate a rat."


No.  In a list that includes both V and Lost in Space, V will never be the most overrated.
 
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