10 Best Space TV Shows of All Time

Outer space is everywhere: Not only are we physically surrounded by it, but we’re inundated with images of it, both real and fictional. Whether a story unfolds in the past, the present, or the future - in our own galaxy or one far, far away - space makes a great setting for films and TV shows.

For most of us, watching TV shows about space is the closest we’ll ever get to the astronaut experience. And most importantly, the inhuman emptiness of space forces characters to confront their private fears and self-doubts even as it inspires existential and epistemological questions that fascinate us all. It’s no wonder that show-makers all around the world never stops making space movies. With that said let’s look at the list of top space TV shows.


10. First Wave (1998-2001)

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‘First Wave’ is outstanding, passionate sci-fi action drama. This is a show that lives in real time, a show that is intelligent and full of raw emotion. The performances are never flat. It is a sci-fi show that is imaginative while at the same time being very down-to-earth. In a way their reality is much like ours. While the Gua, an alien race that are both highly intelligent and extremely ruthless quietly prepares to conquer and destroy, humanity in general (with the exception of Cade, Ed, and Jordan) still don’t believe in aliens at all, pretty good premise.


9. Killjoys (2015-present)

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‘Killjoys’ is part of SyFy’s attempt to reclaim science fiction from JJ Abrams and the CW. The show, about interstellar bounty hunters, is pretty straight forward and fun. Science fiction should have some science elements to it but Killjoys doesn’t fall into the trap of trying to be too clever. It is a fun, action oriented series first and foremost and any complications, interpersonal issues, mysteries and cool tech stuff never overwhelms the story.


8. Dark Matter (2015-2017)

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It is a major challenge to take on a show set in space with the ships, technology, characters, plot, and in this case they are on the right track. This show fills a gap that was left by galactica and stargate universe and the like. Each episode has been better than the last. Strong, likable characters. Solid performances by actors you may not have seen a lot of times before. The story mixes humor, suspense and even tragedy. Sure, it’s ‘just’ traditional space opera. But space opera deftly handled, to the point where it becomes absolutely compelling.


7. Bitten (2014-2016)

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The sets and location shots are wonderful particularly the Toronto interiors, the family estate and the village street scenes. The attention to detail – NY plates on the cars, American flags flying, newspaper racks on the sidewalks & individualistic costuming all add to the sense of authenticity. It is based on the Women of the Otherworld series of books by author Kelley Armstrong.


6. Wynonna Earp (2016-present)

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If you like shows with action, the supernatural element & a western twist, I’d recommend giving this show a try. There are some funny scene which are always good, so the show is not so serious and the character have a sense of humor which makes the show look more promising. Melanie Scrofano is great as a gun-slinging demon killer. The villains are interesting unlike some TV-shows where they are just bland. The show doesn’t contain too much violence/gore either. The background score is perfect.

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