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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12. 'Utopia' (2013-2014)

"Who is Jessica Hyde?" There are paranoid-conspiracy thrillers, and then there's Dennis Kelly's extraordinary, sui generis show about a bootleg graphic novel that may contain hidden clues about a government plan too nefarious to mention. And when the members of an Internet chat forum devoted to the comic come across the last remaining copy ... well, let's just say there are people in power who'd do anything to make sure all traces of it are erased. Featuring creepy sadistic assassins, a diverse cast of every-men and -women heroes, and a strong contender for the single most badass antisocial female character ever to grace the small-screen (we bow before you, Fiona O'Shaughnessy), the series started out weird and only proceeded to get weirder during its second season — and better. We're sorry that David Fincher's American version was ixnayed by HBO; we're even sorrier that the original show has never been officially shown on those shores. We blame "the Network." DF

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