Twenty Stellar Sci-Fi Themes From TV

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Among the most apparent reasons why Sci-Fi is so popular is simply because it’s highly unlikely that any of this stuff could ever realistically happen in your life time. Since the beginning of television, Sci-Fi has become one of the most popular staple mediums with many past classics including, “Buck Rogers”, “The Land of the Lost”, and “The Six-Million Dollar Man”. And the popularity has just risen exponentially throughout the years. Sci-Fi has branched into comedy, long-running shows that have spawned (or spawned from) movies, and even the inclusion of its own cable station (now called SyFy). Though often the plots and incoherent story lines do little to hang out in our memory banks, the best themes from these shows linger for far longer. Here are the greatest themes from Sci-Fi TV of all time.

XX

Night Gallery

Simple premise: An after-hours museum played backdrop to a series about Sci-Fi and the macabre. Written and often only vocally hosted by Rod Serling.

XIX

Thunderbirds

Follow along on the ‘Supermarionation’ adventures of Scott, Virgil, Alan, Gordon, Jon, Jeff, Brains, Lady, and Parker! Thunderbirds are GO!

XVIII

Buck Rogers

Two Words: Erin Grey. Oooohhhhh…..

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The new series was crap, as it seems happens with all attempted reduxes (as it were). But the original, now there was some quality Lizard TV!

XVI

Spectreman

The obvious precursor to Power Rangers, this Japanese import was an underground staple for kids in the Seventies with reruns in the Eighties.

XV

The Greatest American Hero

A perfect example of a pretty forgettable show with a killer theme.

XIV

Star Trek: The Next Generation

One of the few Sci-Fi spin-offs that actually surpassed the original in both run length and, to some, popularity. I’m a Picard man myself.

XIII

The Six Million Dollar Man

If I’m ever rebuilt bionically, I’d like to take the visage of Lee Majors, too. Just sayin’.

XII

Babylon 5

“The year is 2258. The Name of the Place is… wait, isn’t this Star Trek?” Nope. This has Bruce Boxleitner in it!

XI

The Land of the Lost

Who better to go with for a wholly unbelievable yet stunningly well conceived scientific masterpiece than Sid and Marty Krofft.

X

3rd Rock From The Sun

A Neo-Surfer theme, John Lithgow AND Jane Curtain? Oh, yeah.

IX

ALF

Quite possibly one of the funniest aliens-living-with-a-family formulas of all time. The other has to be Roger on American Dad.

VIII

Battlestar Galactica

Quit possibly a shameless rip-off of Star Wars? Maybe so. Better than the newer version? Maybe so. All I can say is I only watched the original, so I have no comment on the new stuff. That’s it.

VII

Lost in Space

“Oh the pain… the pain of it all…” Dr. Smith was TV’s first pedophile. Deny that!

VI

The X-Files

Treading the narrow border between Sci-Fi and just plain bizarre reality, The X-Files was to some (weirdos and myself included) the greatest show about potential reality to hit TV.

V

Firefly

Great, short-lived show and because it’s a prerequisite to add Joss Whedon to a list whenever possible.

IV

Quantum Leap

The second greatest show about time travel ever. And this one stars Scott Bakula! Score!

III

Star Trek

Bit of Trivia here: The opening ‘chime’ -as in the very first note- is the same ‘chime’ as the opening from the Beach Boys ‘Sloop John-B! Surprise your friends!

II

Mystery Science Theater 3000

Absolutely without a doubt my favorite show. Ever.

I

Dr. Who

In breathless anticipation of Matt Smith’s take-over of the series, here’s your number one.

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