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

40. 'Humans' (2015-Present)

This British import that showed up on AMC last the summer was drowned out by buzzier shows; we're hoping the upcoming second season will draw more viewers to its unique mix of Blade Runner, A.I. and Parenthood. Set in a near future where lifelike androids function as humanity's servants, the series cuts between enlightened rogue robots and the mechanically aided government agency trying to capture them, with frequent stops in the household of a dysfunctional flesh-and-blood family caught in the middle. It's brainy and thrilling, balancing fantasy, drama, and trippy "Who's the real automaton, man?" philosophizing. NM