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Top Ten Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Series You May Have Missed Out On

Updated on September 29, 2017
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Hi! I'm a fantasy novelist and writer. I have been writing for more than five years and I have published three books.

The following list is based solely off of my opinion. If you disagree in any way, I'd love to hear your opinion on other shows that did not make this list. All of the shows, save for one, have come and gone and may have been missed by sci-i/fantasy lovers. Born in the late 80s, I barely missed the shows that began in the mid 90s. I watched a lot of TV back then so I watched some of these, though I was definitely too young for them. So if you're my age, you probably missed out on some of these. If you just didn't watch TV, go back and watch some of these shows! They're great.

10 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Series You May Have Missed

  1. Charmed
  2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  3. Supernatural
  4. Tru Calling
  5. Dollhouse
  6. The X-Files
  7. Angel
  8. Roswell
  9. Xena: Warrior Princess
  10. Smallville

10. 'Smallville'

  • Network: The WB
  • Number of seasons: 10
  • Air dates: October 16, 2001-May 13, 2011

If you've heard of the town Smallville, you'll know that it is the small town in which Clark Kent grew up. He is known as the mild-mannered reporter who enters the phone booth and becomes Superman. This show does not chronicle Superman, but rather focuses on Kent during his teenage years. He does not fly or put on his suit in this show. This is an origin story that shows his struggles with his powers.

In the beginning of the show, he has two powers; super strength and super speed. Other powers soon emerge while he battles people infected with kryptonite. Many of these people have some kind of abnormality or ability. This is what starts the initial conflicts. Characters who are featured in this series are Lana Lang, Chloe Sullivan, and Lois Lane in later seasons. If you want action and mystery, check this show out. It exploded onto the WB with 8.4 million viewers. That was the most the WB ever did for a premiere. Smallville has also won Emmys and Teen Choice Awards. It's definitely worth watching.

9. 'Xena: Warrior Princess'

  • Network: Syndicated
  • Number of seasons: 6
  • Air dates: September 4, 1995-May 21, 2001

A lot of people didn't like Xena, but it was received well by its audience. It was a syndicated drama, one of the most successful I might add. The show chronicles Xena, who was created for Hercules: The Legendary Journeys. When producers of Hercules discovered that Xena had potential, they gave the character her own show! Believe me, Xena is the perfect strong female character and she kicks ass on every episode. She is an ex-warlord who's turned over a new leaf and wants to use her fighting prowess to fight for the defenseless. With her sidekick, Gabrielle, Xena brings justice to those who deserve it. She also fights internally with her own past.

This is a great show for the characters and action. Xena is also wonderful for comedy. It can be a bit cheesy and slapstick, but it's still pretty funny. Xena's battle with the Greek gods and encountering other figures of ancient history (which are inaccurate) is what made the show very enjoyable. The entire series is on Hulu and Netflix if you care to watch it.

8. 'Roswell'

  • Network: The WB
  • Number of seasons: 3
  • Air dates: October 6, 1999-May 14, 2002

I know what you're thinking. Roswell? What's that? Yes, Roswell was one of those shows with a great, but fickle fanbase. The show was constantly on the verge of cancellation. However, if you stuck your way through, you really got a lot out of the show. Max, Michael, and Isabelle are aliens. They have no idea where they've come from or what is the name of their home planet. All they know is that they have powers that they can use at their discretion. When our protagonist Liz Parker is shot, Max saves her with a touch his hand. This sparks Liz on a journey of discovering who Max is. As aliens, they pretty much act human and have human desires. Max and Liz fall in love and definitely grow together as characters.

This show gets complicated at times when the FBI begins researching the kids at Roswell High. This show works great with its suspense and drama. You'll get some awesome sci-fi fun out of it too. Also, there's some comedy. If you think you'd like this, find it online or rent it. It's a short series, but every episode is enjoyable.

7. 'Angel'

  • Network: The WB
  • Number of seasons: 5
  • Air dates: October 5, 1999-May 19, 2004

If you've watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, you've probably heard of Angel. It is the spin-off after all! Angel is the story of a vampire with a soul. After leaving Buffy, Angel goes on to L.A. to find his own way of redeeming himself from centuries of evil doing. He seeks to deliver justice and protect the innocent. You can't have fantasy without good versus evil! Angel and his team (called Angel Investigations) help those who call as well as protect the world from apocalypse.

The show is goofy, dramatic, and action packed, much like Buffy. It is enjoyable all the same. I think it's a great show for male viewers and awesome when it comes to seeing vivid characters interact with each other. Check it out if you haven't seen it. You don't need to have watched Buffy to understand it.

6. 'The X-Files'

  • Network: FOX
  • Number of seasons: 9
  • Air dates: September 10, 1993-May 19, 2002

This is a show I definitely missed out on. I was four in 1993 and would never have watched this serious supernatural/sci-fi drama. Even in 2002, I was like, "I haven't seen any of this show, why start now?" However, in the past few months I've been watching it on Hulu Plus and I love it! It's an awesome drama with strong characterization. The show is just amazing for the time that it came out. The X-Files was very important for the new FOX network and put them on the map. In fact, The X-Files had become the longest running fantasy/sci-fi drama in North America at the time. It was beat out by Smallville with its tenth season. Nine seasons was a lot for a show of this caliber.

The show features conspiracies mysteries, and two great protagonists. Fox Mulder and Dana Scully interact well with each other, though they disagree a great deal on the paranormal aspects of the cases. In the FBI, the X-Files are considered a joke, but Mulder and Scully see a lot strange things occurring. This is a wonderfully written and executed series. If you haven't watched it, you're missing out!

5. 'Dollhouse'

  • Network: FOX
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Air dates: February 13, 2009-January 22, 2010

After that X-Files review, you're probably wondering why it's not higher up in the ranking. Well, you may have not have seen it, but the show was popular. A lot of people did not watch Dollhouse. In fact, I didn't watch it during its original run. I had seen commercials, but I didn't tune in. I think it was conflicting with other shows I was watching. Anyway, this show was created by Joss Whedon, who created Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly. This show felt like his style. It had strong characters, mystery, and great drama. However, this was purely science fiction. Dolls are people who can programmed like computers. With these programs, they can develop new skills and languages. They can be customized so to speak. It's a great show as Eliza Dushku plays Echo, a doll who lives in the Dollhouse. She goes on "engagements" or missions that vary between client to client. Sometimes she has to negotiate with a criminal, escape from danger, kills someone, or defuse a bomb. With every new insertion, she grows even more knowledgeable. When it's over, the person she has become is erased and she becomes Echo once more, though she retains all of this. She isn't supposed to. I could go on and on, but if you love Whedon and science fiction, this is a perfect show to watch. I was disappointed to only have two seasons.

4. 'Tru Calling'

  • Network: FOX
  • Number of seasons: 2
  • Air dates: October 30, 2003-April 21, 2005

Yes, Eliza again. And yes, another show that lasted two seasons. FOX has a very difficult audience and I think this show would have been more successful on another network. Tru Davies can relive days. This happens at the end of her day, sometimes when a cadaver awakens and asks her for help. Working at a morgue does not help this gift. Sometimes it occurs while examining the body, sometimes before she has any information to work with. When she is thrust back in time, everything happens again as it should. The only catch now is to find the deceased and prevent their death from occurring again.

This is a great thriller drama and really keeps the viewer engaged. I really wished this show had lasted longer, but you know how that goes. If you think you'd like this show, rent it or find it somewhere. It's a really fun series.

3. 'Supernatural'

  • Network: The WB/The CW
  • Number of seasons: Currently at 12
  • Air Dates: September 13, 2005-Currently running

The CW Network describes Supernatural as a fan favorite. It has such a strong fanbase that the network would not dream of cancelling it. Supernatural has been successful since its inception. And if you watched WB or currently watch The CW, I'm sure you've seen an episode or two. Sam and Dean Winchester are hunters of paranormal creatures and spirits. They travel the country looking for things to hunt. Sometimes there are cursed objects, ladies in white, poltergeists, or changelings. The list goes on and on. These things are generally spawned from an urban myth. The brothers have a very dynamic relationship that pulls viewers in. This show has a lot of drama, comedy, and action. If you haven't watched this show, you've been missing out. It's got great personality and definitely deserves to be called a fan favorite.

2. 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

  • Network: The WB
  • Number of seasons: 7
  • Air dates: March 10, 1997-May 20, 2003

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a cult favorite. The WB was not sure of its success, but it exploded, becoming one of the top shows on the WB. I remember hearing girls talk about the latest episode while riding bikes. Despite my age, I watched Buffy and loved it. It was funny, scary, and very dramatic. Buffy Summers is a strong character who really tries to make the best of things. As a Slayer, she has superhuman strength and agility. This power is meant to help fight vampires, demons, and other supernatural creatures. Joss Whedon did an awesome job with this and it became very popular. This is a really great drama, so try to find this show and watch it. Buffy Summers and her gang of friends are enjoyable to watch and are really interesting.

1. 'Charmed'

  • Network: The WB
  • Number of seasons: 8
  • Air dates: October 7, 1998-May 21, 2006

"Charmed is stupid." I always hear people say that and it's generally from people who didn't watch it religiously like I did. I missed only four episodes of Charmed during its original run. The show is supernatural drama revolving around three sisters; Piper, Prue, and Phoebe. Prue is later replaced by half-sister Paige. The sisters gain knowledge that they come from a powerful line of witches. The three then become the Charmed Ones, the most powerful good witches of all time. Each sister has individual magical powers as well as the Power of Three, which is their collective magic.

On a weekly basis, the sisters are fighting demons and saving innocents. It's a wonderfully imaginative drama. It covers a great deal of genres and definitely keeps the viewer intrigued. Charmed was as successful for the WB as Buffy was. The two shows often competed for the #1 spot on the network. If you haven't really watched this show or started it during a later season, go back and watch it from the start. That's how this show must be viewed. There is great writing, effects, and acting on the part of Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano, Rose McGowan, and Shannon Doherty.

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      Syrano 2 years ago

      Non of these would've been missed by any sci-Fi fan. These were all very mainstream

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      lamar82 2 years ago from El Paso Texas

      Buffy, Angel, Charmed, The X Files, Xena, Smallville

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      Laura Brown 3 years ago from Barrie, Ontario, Canada

      Had to see which series made your list. :)

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      A.E. Williams 4 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Believe it or not, I've never seen those two. So they couldn't make my list. I do one day want to see them.

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      PFranz 4 years ago

      I'd have to add Firefly and Farscape to the list!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks SG! I appreciate your visit and comment!! Yeah Charmed is definitely my favorite too. I have the whole series on DVD. :)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      I have watched most of these and now have a couple of new ones to watch. Charmed was one of my favorites! Great reviews, voted up and more!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Unknown!! Charmed is AWESOME. It's like one of my favorite shows.

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      IAmForbidden 5 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Love it Aubrey!! I think i'll download Charmed..I just uses to read this on books :) A movie sounds fun.

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      jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      laurenewcomb,

      That's it! Torchwood. I didn't know about the spin off. Thanks for the info.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Oh man!! I started watching Merlin. Hulu has seasons one and two. I've never seen season two so I'm starting to watch it. Hopefully by the time I finish, season 3 will be on Hulu or I'll look on Netflix or Sidereel.

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Jager, I think it was called Torchwood, which was a spin-off from Doctor Who :) Can't wait for the new seasons of Doctor Who and Merlin!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks a lot Jager!! :) I appreciate your comment, visit, and follow! Will be seeing you around the hubs. I'll check out some of your stuff as well.

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      jagerfoods 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

      Good list and still there's so many more. I picked up a BBC show that I think was called Firewood? This guy running around in a trench coat like something out of a WWII fighter plane movie and his group would solve mysteries every episode. Needless to say, I was hooked. Short and sweet after only a few seasons. Thanks for the list!

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Wow... a Roswell fan. I don't find very many of them. I hate it that the show just didn't find its identity fast enough for the audience. Things happens, I suppose. Buffy was a cult classic, anyone who watched it was IN LOVE with it. Angel, okay I'll give you leeway on it. It wasn't as good as Buffy, but it had its shining moments at times. I think people expected so much from it because it was a spin-off of Buffy. The last season wasn't that great, but I still tuned in. Thanks a lot for your comment and your visit!!

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      ib radmasters 5 years ago from Southern California

      I agree with 8, 6, and 2

      Angel was pretty much a dud

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Lol thanks, you too! That Colin Morgan... ;)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      lol... I completely forgot, but I definitely will try later this week. You're so cool Lauren. ;)

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      I forgot about Warehouse 13!!! That's a good one, a fun show :) Oh, and were you able to get Merlin on sidereel at all?

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      I have NEVER seen Fringe Frank-- lol. Umm... and Star Trek was pretty widely spread. I don't think too many people missed out on it... though there were a lot years of series from Star Trek. I can't say I watched them all. I did love Voyager though.

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      Frank Atanacio 5 years ago from Shelton

      Good List.. but I am a big Star Trek --- Fringe person but good gathering my friend

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      Marina 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Battlestar Galactica! :D And I meant Serenity, not Supernatural (though I think that's another scifi show).

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Thanks Sam!! Yeah Dollhouse is pretty awesome, very unique in and of itself. Thanks for your read and I'll see on one of your hubs lol ;)

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      Sam Islam 5 years ago from Vancouver, WA

      I just started re-watching The X Files, and I'm surprised how serialized it really was. I was pretty young when it first came out, so I suppose I have an excuse for not getting the "big picture." I always was a little curious about Dollhouse, so I think I'm going to give it shot here pretty soon as per your recommendation. Great list here though, no doubt!

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      Terrye Toombs 5 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My all time favorite sci-fi was StarGate. Loved Col. Jack O'Neill! :) VUM.

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Try Sidereel, that usually has some good links... and yeah, Colin Morgan, I agree ;)

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      Marina... BSG?? @Lauren... I had no idea Merlin was still going! I love that show and Colin is... ya know... I can't miss seeing him ;). Where can I find seasons 3 online?

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Ah I see! Thanks ;) I'm new at this... Merlin is still going on right now, the BBC one with Colin Morgan I mean :)

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      Marina 5 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      Great list! Firefly and Supernatural are both in my Netflix instant queue. I enjoyed Charmed and X-Files back in the day. What about BSG though?? Sigh, I guess there are a lot of options.

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      A.E. Williams 5 years ago from Hampton, GA

      On the right hand side says HupPages Followers... also YES Merlin is awesome and it was watched by few... oh... I forgot about The Legend of The Seeker too. Well check those out as well!!

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Or I would share it... if I knew how. Lol, is there a button or something?

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      laurenewcomb 5 years ago from California

      Ooo, also Doctor Who! and Eureka! But I agree with the ones you have too. Oh, I almost forgot, Merlin!!!!!! :) voted up and shared!

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      Eric Mikols 5 years ago from New England

      But no Firefly?!

      I'm actually on the third season of watching the X-Files for the first time, and Angel is on my to-watch list. I was actually wondering if I should try Roswell. I'll have to add it now.

      Nice Hub! Thanks!