While we still haven’t had the sci-fi big-budget prestige TV equivalent of fantasy’s Game of Thrones, we’re getting closer all the time with shows like HBO’s Westworld, Netflix’s Altered Carbon and Amazon’s takeover of The Expanse getting full support from their respective networks. We were surprised at how quickly we got to 100 and how many sci-fi shows didn’t fit on this list. There’s never been more sci-fi shows airing on TV, and if quantity doesn’t always mean quality, there’s plenty for the sci-fi fan to love right now. Despite favorable reviews and strong initial ratings, The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. was doomed from the start by its Friday night time slot, destined to become yet another cult favorite lost to time, after being completely overshadowed by one of Fox’s other new shows: The X-Files. Much in the same as Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, the idea of turning a beloved time travel film into sci-fi TV fodder seemed like sacrilege at first, but thanks to time-traveling Schwarzeneggers, the Terminator franchise’s timeline has been able to withstand multiple sequels, reboots and this short-lived TV show with no ill effects. Starring a pre-Game of Thrones Lena Headey as Sarah Connor, Thomas Dekker as mankind’s last, best hope and Summer Glau as another reprogrammed cyborg, the show follows the trio as they jump forward to 2007, pushing Judgment Day back to April 21, 2011. In the pilot, he finds himself thrust into the role of sheriff of Defiance, a common trope in sci-fi shows that essentially turns them into police procedurals with a twist, allowing for self-contained episodes where mysteries are solved-and slowing down the overarching epic storyline.
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