Friday, September 12, 2008

All Time Best SciFi TV

Entertainment Weekly recently posted their selections for the Twenty Greatest Sci-Fi Shows of All Time. You know how I love lists, so I decided to play along. Using just shows from EW's top 20, I came up with my top five:

5. OUTER LIMITS (1963-1965) Truthfully, I don't remember all that many episodes. Considering that I was just five years old when the show premiered and seven when it went off the air. What I do remember is that I loved staying up late [well, it was late to a five year old] to watch the show with my mom. And it had that classic opening... "We control the horizontal..." I'd love to re-visit some of the episodes again. RTN are you listening?

4. THE SIX-MILLION DOLLAR MAN (1974-1978) This was "must-see" tv for all kids my age. Who wouldn't want to be Steve Austin? Who could forget that dramatic opening of the test flight gone wrong, the horrible crash, and then... "We can rebuild him. Make him stronger... faster" and cut to Lee Majors running in slow motion? I'm really surprised this show hasn't been updated for the big screen. Of course they'd probably have to call it "The Six Billion Dollar Man."

3. LOST (2004 - Present) I've been riding the Lost wave since the premiere and haven't missed an episode. I'm glad the show has an end date in sight not because I'm not enjoying it, but because I want to feel that a definite story is being told. If too many mysteries keep being thrown at us and few are resolved, it would grow old. Now there's little chance of that.

2. STAR TREK (1966-1969) I've talked about my love for the ORIGINAL Star Trek many times. In fact, I was a little surprised that I didn't rate it number one. How can that be? It's just not logical.

1. THE TWILIGHT ZONE (1959-1964) I was six years old when The Twilight Zone went off the air. It was another of those shows that I used to love watching safe on the couch. I can't begin to tell you how many times I've seen some of the classic episodes. Any time the SciFi channel runs a TZ marathon you can count me in!


Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Truthfully, I don't remember all that many episodes.

There were forty-nine episodes of The Outer Limits episodes telecast. After its successful first season, some pinhead at ABC decided to move the show to a Saturday night timeslot against the mega-popular Jackie Gleason program. Limits was cancelled in January of 1965.

Brian Ashmore said...

I LOVED the Six Million Dollar Man. It's truly a crime that it hasn't been released on DVD in North America.

Craig Zablo said...

Ivan - I guess there aren't enough episodes to make syndication worthwhile.

Brian - I totally agree.

Anonymous said...

I agree....Twilight Zone original Serie is the best. NO DOUBT.

Lost is 2nd.

But what about X Files ?


Anonymous said...

How about

Logan's Run

Sapphire And Steel

Dr Who

Blakes 7

Space 1999

Lost In Space

Time Tunnel

Wonder Woman

The Man From Atlantis


Day Of The Triffids


to name but a few of some great TV Sci Fi's :-)


Anonymous said...

BULLnuts!!!!!! Star Trek is #2????????????? That's complete bollocks and those who compiled that list should be shot. Worst of all, Star Trek: The Next Generation is #5?!?!?!?!? WTF is up with that?

Rocky Maniac

Anonymous said...

X-Files #1 hands down!!

IMO, of course!


Anonymous said...

For me the greatest Sci-Fi show of all time will always be Star Trek The Original Series.


Anonymous said...

its gotta be twilight zone IMO.
the prince

Anonymous said...

Not really in order, here is my list of best sci-fi tv shows ever.

Star Trek(Best sci-fi tv show ever created)
Star Trek TNG
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
The X-Files
The Prisoner
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica(remake)
Lost in Space
Stargate SG-1
Stargate Atlantis
The Twilight Zone(original)
Outer Limits(original)

Still need to see:
The Invaders
Space 1999

And there are a couple you mentioned, Raven, that I've never seen but heard of. And there are a few on the EW list that I haven't seen any of yet.

EDIT #1 Blast! Forgot to add The Prisoner to my list. Imagine that! With Number 6 in my avatar and a Number 6 quote in my signature. The Prisoner rules by the way. Amazing show.

EDIT #2 Anybody seen Red Dwarf? It's pretty good. It's a British sci-fi sitcom. I've only seen the first season.


Anonymous said...

Let's see...

-I didn't even know there was Logan's Run tv show. I'll have to look that up.

-Never heard of Sapphire And Steel.

-Never seen any of the old Dr. Who, and only a couple of episodes of the new show. It's pretty popular now, so I'm thinking about checking it out soon.

-Heard of Blakes 7, but never seen any of it.

-I've heard a lot about Space 1999. I knew it came from the makers of UFO, and it's got a huge cult following, so that's one to consider.

-Never seen any of Time Tunnel, but it's Irwin Allen, so I'm interested.

-I think I saw a bit of Wonder Woman when I was a kid. Not sure if it's my kind of sci-fi show, but I'll probably look up some clips.

-I ran into The Man From Atlantis while trying to find Irwin Allen's City Beneath the Sea. It could be a cool show, but I don't know much about it.

-I'm assuming Tripods is a War of the Worlds tv show. I may have heard of this before, but never knew the name.

-I'd always wanted to watch the Day of the Triffids movie, but I never knew there was a show.