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Top 10 Sci-Fi?

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  1. Garrett

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    Hi Everyone
    Did anyone see the top 10 Sci-Fi programs on CH4 the other week, this was the order.

    1 Star Trek
    2 Dr Who
    3 Red Dwarf
    4 Thunderbirds
    5 Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy
    6 Blake 7
    7 Sapphire & Steel
    8 Tomorrow People
    9 Buck Rogers
    10 Space 1999

    It looks like someone who made the chart up was very patriotic or had their viewing censored! I could understand it if it was someone’s personal top 10, as mine below, but this was supposed to be representative of the nation.
    I have seen them all, Sapphire & Steel, twice because I couldn’t believe it the first time, and Buck Rogers second best American sci-fi!
    From the above It seems only 60s to the 80s was entered, no mention of such brilliant series as Stargate or Babylon5 or in keeping of mainly British, Quatermass from the 50s. So what is your top 10.
    Here’s my personal top 10 (not necessary the best, at the drop of a hat).

    1 The Outer Limits (the original)
    2 The Prisoner (if you can class it as Sci-Fi some do)
    3 The Invaders
    -4 Babylon 5
    -4 The Avengers (same as 2)
    6 Star Trek/TNG/DS9/Voyager
    7 Greatest American Hero
    8 Dr Who
    9 Stargate
    10 The Burning Zone (1st series)


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    A little bias that Channel 4 list ain't it?

    Here's mine.

    1. Farscape
    2. Now & Again
    3. Babylon 5
    4. Star Trek: The Next Generation
    5. The X-Files
    6. Ultraviolet
    7. Alien Nation
    8. Quantum Leap
    9. Spawn: The Animated Series
    10. Space: Above & Beyond

    A little modern I'll admit, but Farscape is the best sci-fi I've seen since the original Star Wars. Now & Again was just the most wonderful character focused series ever in sci-fi, and is a sad loss. B5, Star Trek TNG and The X-Files are modern classics. Alien Nation and Quantum Leap are simply classics, and Spawn and Space were greatly overlooked.

    I also want to mention Stargate SG:1 and Red Dwarf which are also very good sci-fi. And er.... Northern Exposure. I know it wasn't Sci-fi, but it often had tinges of fantasy and was as surreal as Twin Peaks at times... so I feel it deserves a mention. Also Angel. Buffy and Angel aren't sci-fi... they are fantasy however, though Buffy is just dire, Angel is great. Dark, humourous, and features my favourite theme of hero - one that gets shot in the stomach, doesn't die and pummels the bad guys into a bloody pulp. Like the Crow and Spawn.
     
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    Yes I liked, Now & Again, shame it is now the fashion to end series on a cliff-hangers. Same happened in Eric Close’s other Sci-Fi series Dark Skies, funny how that series started very good took a dip then when Jerry Ryan joined the cast the stories picked up.
    Ultraviolet excellent adult vampire program, shame they didn’t do some more, seem to remember there was a reason for this though.



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    Here's my top ten:

    1 Babylon 5
    2 Star Trek TNG
    3 Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
    4 Space above and beyond
    5 The Outer Limits
    6 Thunderbirds
    7 The Prisoner
    8 Captain Scarlet
    9 V
    10 Flash gordon, Buck Rogers, Rocketman and all those other old serials.

    Given that there is such a massive range and choice of sci fi available, its a crying shame that the tv schedulers can only make room for the usual pap- that is DIY progs, cookery, trashy soaps and all the other crap that makes up terrestrial tv.
     
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    Of the top ten postings so far there hasn’t been a really bad one amongst them and far better than the ones they picked. Did you see this week’s top ten, Top Ten sexiest Women on TV, I was on the phone to my mate, he had it on, and I could hear him going to the toilet to be sick.
    By the way Gargoyle I like the old black and white serials, is there a web sit for them? I’m after some info on a couple, one had something like Red Circle in the title, in the first episode ended with a highway in a tunnel having either end sealed and water pouring inside from a river/dam? and the hero on a motorbike stuck inside. An other had the villain in a cowl and wore a skull mask.


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    Why has no-one mentioned Lexx...it's MAD!

    I'll have to think about this myself. I loved the Tomorrow People when I was small but Saphire and Steel lost me....probably too young or not smart enough!

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    Your forgetting about another classic sci-fi show, what about The Martian Chronicles, a bit slow but a good classic.
    Heres some more you missed.

    Earth 2 (similar to Martian Chronicles)
    Earth final conflict.
    Dare I mention Tripods

    The best shows to be scrapped in recent years are Dark Skies and Space above and beyond.
     

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