40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

From superhero shows and space operas to creepy anthology series, the greatest small-screen sci-fi of all time

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17. 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' (1987-1994)

At a time when an all-female Ghostbusters remake has a legion of mouthbreathers ready to riot in the streets (or at least the tweets), it's hard to imagine a sequel/reboot not only winning over fans of the original but actually coming close to surpassing it. Such is the strength of Gene Roddenberry’s update on his own legendary show, in which provocative philosophical quandaries, world-class new enemies (Q, the Borg), and a lovable cast centered on Shakespearean Patrick Stewart's erudite Captain Jean-Luc Picard earned this spinoff, set decades after the first series, a place in the pantheon alongside its forerunner. STC

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