Space has always been a popular location for Sci-Fi drama, comedy, horror, animation, and everything in between that deals with imaginative and futuristic concepts of advanced civilization residing in space frontiers.
Besides providing entertainment, Sci-Fi Space TV shows often explores the potential consequences of scientific innovations. To highlight some of the best – the following are the Top 10 longest-running TV shows set in Space.
10. Futurama (TV Series 1999-2013)
Total Episodes: 141
Futurama is an American animated series created by Matt Groening and was developed for television by Matt Groening and David X. Cohen.
It focuses on the lives of a delivery boy named Fry, captain Leela, and Bender in the futuristic 31st century.
9. Voltron (TV Series 1984 – 85; 2016 – Present)
Total Episodes: 146
Voltron is an animated television series franchise that features a team of space explorers who pilot a giant Super Robot known as “Voltron”.
Voltron was originally an adaptation of several Japanese anime television series from Toei Animation and was the top-rated children’s show for two years during its original run, and it spawned three follow-up series, several comic books, and a line of toys.
8. ThunderCats (TV Series 1985 – 89; 2011)
Total Episodes: 156
ThunderCats is an American animated television series that debuted in 1985 and follows the adventures of a group of catlike humanoid aliens from the planet Thundera.
ThunderCats was one of the highest-rated and most successful animated series of its time and is still popular today with a huge fan following.
7. Star Trek: Voyager (TV Series 1995 – 2001)
Total Episodes: 172
Star Trek: Voyager was the fourth live-action Star Trek series, and ran for seven seasons in the USA, from 1995 to 2001.
The series is best known for its familial crew, science fiction based plots, engaging action sequences and light humor, and was the first Star Trek series to feature a female captain of starship USS Voyager.
6. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (TV Series 1993 – 1999)
Total Episodes: 176
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was the third live-action Star Trek series and entered production in 1992. Set in the 24th century, when Earth is part of a United Federation of Planets, it is based on the eponymous space station Deep Space Nine (DS 9), located adjacent to a wormhole connecting Federation territory to the Gamma Quadrant on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy.
5. Star Trek: The Next Generation (TV Series 1987 – 1994)
Total Episodes: 178
Star Trek: The Next Generation series aired in syndication from September 1987 through May 1994. The show was very popular, reaching almost 12 million viewers in its 5th season, with the series finale in 1994 being watched by over 30 million viewers.
4. Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series 1988 – 1999)
Total Episodes: 197
Mystery Science Theater 3000 (abbreviated as MST3K) is an American television comedy show. Originally airing for 11 seasons from 1988 to 1999, Mystery Science Theater 3000 immediately won over fans and became one of the most beloved cult TV shows of all time, making a human mind experiment more entertaining than anyone could have predicted.
3. Stargate SG-1 (TV Series 1997 – 2007)
Total Episodes: 214
Stargate SG-1 (often abbreviated SG-1) is a Canadian-American military science fiction adventure TV series. The SG-1 is about a team of explorers made up of soldiers and scientists who travels through a Stargate, an ancient portal to other planets.
Stargate SG-1 was honored with numerous awards and award nominations in its ten-season run and was a rating success for its broadcasters.
2. Doctor Who (TV Series 1963 – 84; 85 – 96; 2005 – Present)
Total Episodes: 842
Doctor Who is a British science-fiction television program produced by the BBC since 1963. The program depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called “the Doctor”, an extraterrestrial being, to all appearances human, from the planet Gallifrey.
The show is a significant part of British popular culture, and elsewhere it has gained a cult following. It has influenced generations of British television professionals, many of whom grew up watching the series.
1. Space Patrol (TV Series 1950 – 1955)
Total Episodes: 1,110
Space Patrol is a science fiction adventure series, that became an overnight sensation for adults and children. The TV series includes the adventures of Commander Corry of the United Planets Space Patrol and his youthful sidekick Cadet Happy, as they roam the 30th-century universe in their ship “Terra” fighting interplanetary super-villains Mr. Proteus and Prince Baccarratti and other bad guys.