August 12, 2013 8:43 pm

New Survey: What’s Your Favorite Classic Television Sci-Fi Series?

Shown: one of Neil deGrasse Tyson's favorite science fiction series, The Twilight Zone

Recently, Neil told us that The Twilight Zone and Star Trek The Original Series are his favorite science fiction TV series. Naturally, we started discussing what our favorites were, and that got us wondering, what are your favorite classic science fiction television series? So we put together this nifty survey to find out. We even found somebody to sponsor it: Hulu Plus. (If you’d like to get an exclusive, extended free trial of HuluPlus, just go to, but that’s not a requirement for taking the survey.)

We decided to let you pick your 3 favorite series, because narrowing it down to one or two was just too excruciatingly difficult. (I had the toughest time. I finally settled on Babylon 5, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Doctor Who. Then I changed my mind and replaced ST:TNG with ST:TOS. Then I replaced Doctor Who with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, but then I switched back. Give me more time, and I may just change it again.)

Click here to take the survey.

If you do take our survey, and you’d like to have us email you a digitally autographed photo of Neil deGrasse Tyson, be sure to fill in your first name and email address at the bottom of the survey form.

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Voting ends 9/10/13. Make sure you hit the little submit button all the way at the bottom to have your vote count!

Please feel free to discuss your favorites in the comments below, but don’t forget to vote, also. By the way, if you haven’t seen Neil discussing his favorite series, you can watch it here:

That’s it for now. Keep Looking Up!

–Jeffrey Simons

  • Gayle Hurd

    The Wild Wild West 1965-69.

    • Jeff

      The Wild, Wild West, huh? Well, write it in, Gayle.

  • Klara

    star trek, star trek & more star trek. babylon 5, though i don’t know if it qualifies as “classic”. i loved twi zone and outer limits. my favorite martian was fun.

    • Jeff

      Kiara, classic is in the eye of the beholder, although our intention was that it implied shows that were no longer in current production… aside from Doctor Who.

  • RobertM

    Only being able to vote for my 3 favorite scifi series was really tough. I have 6 others that I like equally well that deserve to be on the list too.

  • Big C

    D who, twilight zone, and nova science now with Tyson

  • Liam Hartree

    On the subject of sci-fi TV shows have you every seen Futurama? It is a cartoon with the same style as the Simpsons, but it has alot cool science jokes and references. Some of writer on the show have a strong background in Science, and it shows.

    • Jeff

      Liam, and in a little while, when the series ends, it too can be considered a “classic.”

  • Luis Flores

    1.- Night gallery
    2.- Kolchak: The Night Stalker
    3.- Ray Bradbury Theater

    It is really tough to pick up 3 favorite sci fi series, Twilight zone sure is also one of my favorites, I really love this ones since I watched them when I was a kid, and the fantasy, horror sci fi combination just made me feel alive and wonder, travel far and beyond. I really miss the 90s sci fi channel from USA network.

  • gnarly

    Wow – you REALLY want my email address, eh? Need to send some ads?

    • Jeff

      Not at all, Gnarly. If you don’t want the photo, don’t give us your address. It’s your choice.

  • I liked many of those shows in the list at different points in my life. But there is one from my childhood that is missing. It was an animated series called Star Blazers.

    this is the address to a video of the intro:

    • Jeff

      Write it in, WyoBuckeye.

  • joe

    How about Babylon 5, StarTrek (Original), StarTrek-Next Gen.

    • Jeff

      Works for me, Joe.

  • Christopher

    1.) Twilight Zone
    2.) Star Trek (original series)
    3.) Thunderbird’s (British)
    I watched all three series as a kid in the 60’s and I have never lost interest in any of them. Great Television!
    My runner’s up are The Wild Wild West and Fireball XL5.

    • Jeff

      Thanks for the comment, Christopher. Please also vote in the survey. (Especially because you’re a Thunderbirds fan! Thunderbirds are… GO!)

  • Matt

    1.) Star Trek Voyager
    2.) Stargate Universe
    3.) Battlestar Galactica (2003 remake)
    Runner up: Firefly
    Honorable Mention: Terminator Sarah Connor Chronicles
    There are so many good shows that I’m leaving out!

  • 1. Torchwood
    2. Star Trek: TNG
    3. Lost in Space

    Lost in Space wasn’t very good science, but it was fun for me when I was a kid.

  • Amina

    I love The Twilight Zone, Star Trek: TNG, and The X- Files.

  • Saúl

    1.- Dr. Who
    2.- Battlestar Galactica
    3.- Firefly

  • RJ

    1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    2. The X-Files
    3. Star Trek: TNG

  • Karin G

    Stargate franchise (especially Atlantis), Firefly, Star Trek TNG and Voyager, Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009), The Jetsons:)

  • I’d have to say :
    1. Star Trek – TNG
    2. Star Trek – Original
    3. Battlestar Galactica (new version)

    But an honourable mention must go to – ‘The Invaders’

  • 1) Battlestar Galactica (2003)
    2) Star Trek: Deep Space 9
    3) Star Trek: The Next Generation

    First two for intricate, in depth characters and stories. And the third for its wonderful sense of adventure.

  • michael

    Jeff – technically the Doctor Who currently playing is considered a reboot with continuity… the who from the 60s to 80s is considered Classic Doctor Who.

    This is really hard to answer because there are so many good ones on here. I cannot leave without saying Doctor Who (not to be confused with Dr. Who) is an all time classic, as is Babylon 5 – remember that the 90’s is 20 years ago…

    but then you throw down Captain Scarlet, Firefly, Buck Rodgers, Galactica… we were blessed with so many good sci fi shows back then…

  • Joshua Jackson

    Definitely The Twilight Zone

  • Vitor

    Star Trek for me is the greatest Sci-Fi series of all time. I prefer TNG, but all the others have influenced me like no other show could have. And off course TOS have the most incredible Power Trio of any show I ever saw. By the way, one of the difference I see between TOS and TNG is that the stories of TOS were more focused in the trio and in TNG every character had more drama then just a part of them. In the movies, the ones based in TOS I think they were better.
    That’s my humble opinion looking up for the “southern” sky above directly from São Paulo, Brazil.

  • Jarrod

    Mine were Twilight Zone and Red Dwarf.

  • Deb

    Stargate SG1
    Star Trek TNG

  • Vitor

    Oh my god, I just noticed that someone brought Star Blazers to the table. I was thinking only about movie like shows, not cartoons or anime. Considering anime, Star Blazers, or Space Battleship Yamato (its correct name), this is the what I liked the most when I was a child. And I know it before Star Trek.

  • Keith

    Battlestar miniseries, really liked most of it, and glad to see it’s actors in new shows. Star Trek TNG for more explainable technology. Both shows focused on what it is to be human in the face of adversity. One showed that we will survive, and hang on to liberty whenever possible. The other made a statement about who we could be. Our attempts to explore would lead us to try to understand and accept those different from ourselves. Something possibly unintended is that the shows display a hope for what we could accomplish in a society whose morality is driven by reason.

  • Rich Baldi

    One of my fav sci-fi shows…Stargate SG-1!! Loved the writing and characters. Best episode was when Jack and T’ealc get stuck in the time loop. Classic!

  • Stan McCann

    Starting young:

    It’s About Time (I think that was the title)
    Outer Limits
    Star Trek

  • Kim Abrahamson

    It will always be Star Trek, been in love with Captain Kirk since day one! I still love watching and it will always be my favorite!

  • 1. X Files
    2. Quantum Leap
    3. Battle Star Galactica 2003 remake

  • Mike

    It’s a close contest. Classic Star Trek is the sentimental favorite, but Babylon 5 edges it out. It’s telling a much larger story, over the course of five seasons, that could be dealt with in just a single hour-long episode.

  • jeremy strueh

    Star Trek TNG
    Dr Who
    Quantum Leap

  • Tim Shamp

    X Minus One radio show
    The Twilight Zone
    Star Trek

  • Kasper

    I definitely enjoyed Star Trek the most I believe.
    I also saw Futurama in the comments and I must admit I have seen that alot.

  • sarah f

    Twilight zone! Even when you know the twist it’s an amazing show. And the new Battlestar Gallactica. Like the best sci-fi that show is about universal themes and real people whi happen to live in space.

  • Peter White

    1. Star Trek
    2. The Prisoner
    3. Twilight Zone

    Favorite newer show – Babylon 5

  • Sophia

    Star Trek TOS 🙂

  • Gretty

    1. The X-Files
    2. Twilight Zone
    3. Kolshak: The Night Stalker
    4. Night Gallery

    I absolutely love any Sci-Fi show really, but these are my favorites.


  • spiritview

    I think Ghost Miners and Paranormal Witness are two great programs – please keep them going.

    Also there is a program (can’t recall name) with Penn State students that investigate paranormal activity – please add that one to your menu.

    Any program showing paranormal experiences is FANTASTIC!! – we love it!!

    I think Ghost Hunters – TAPS – “Terd Chasers” has run it’s course – very tired of hearing Steve (the professional know-it-all) explain the same terms over and over and over again – and the worn out phrase “what the hell was that”

    • Jeff

      Hi Spiritview. Just to be clear, this was just a survey of what our fan’s favorite series were. We have no ability to control what shows are actually on the air… and if we were suddenly given that power, I don’t know that we would take it. Like Frodo and the One Ring, that’s just too much power for any one person to have!