Theme Times – Top 30 Sci-Fi/Horror Series #1

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Top 30 Sci-Fi/Horror Series

A bit later than planned, however that’s life l feel!

I was looking for 30 and we had 54 come in, so l have had to use a bit of jiggery, jugglery and other ugglery to come up with a top 30 list with what we did have.

However first, my thanks to the following blogs for their thoughts and contributions …

Teresa of The Haunted Wordsmith

Fandango of This, That and The Other

Suze of Suziland Too or Obsolete Childhood

Li of Tao Talk

Kristian of Life Lessons From Around The Dinner Table

Paul of Parallax

Horror Fanatic of All Things Uncanny

These are the top 30 Horror and Sci – Fi Series considered the very best.

Part 1

The Twilight Zone

1

This 1980s revival of the classic sci-fi series features a similar style to the original anthology series. Each episode tells a tale (sometimes two or three) rooted in horror or suspense, often with a surprising twist at the end. Episodes usually feature elements of drama and comedy. Actor Charles Aidman serves as the show’s narrator for the first two seasons before being replaced by TV host Robin Ward for the final season. Some episodes are adaptations of stories by well-known writers, including Harlan Ellison, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and Stephen King; other episodes are remakes of installments from the original series.

The Outer Limits

2

“There is nothing wrong with your television set.” That famous line opens each episode of the classic science fiction anthology series as part of a narration that makes people think their TVs are being controlled. Episodes of the series, which numbered 49 over the course of two seasons, range from a mix of sci-fi and horror that feature “scary monster” motifs to episodes focused on the sci-fi aspects of the stories. Episode writers include such notables as series creator Leslie Stevens and Harlan Ellison.

Star Trek – The Original Series

3

The iconic series “Star Trek” follows the crew of the starship USS Enterprise as it completes its missions in space in the 23rd century. Captain James T. Kirk — along with half- human/half-Vulcan science officer Spock, ship Dr. “Bones” McCoy, Ensign Pavel Chekov, communications officer Lt. Nyota Uhura, helmsman Lt. Hikaru Sulu and chief engineer Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery “Scotty” Scott — confront strange alien races, friendly and hostile alike, as they explore unknown worlds.

Alfred Hitchcock Presents

4

The familiar “plink, plink” of the theme song, accompanied by the line drawing of a man in profile immediately identifies the show as “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” The famed director opens almost every episode with the words “Good evening …” After a joke — usually about the evening’s sponsor — Hitchcock lays the groundwork for that episode’s freestanding story of suspense and terror.

Tales From The Crypt

5

Based on the EC Comics series of the same name, this campy and stylized anthology series recounts a string of horrific yarns introduced by the show’s moldering host, the Crypt Keeper. Episodes feature a number of well-known actors and actresses, including Dan Aykroyd, Malcolm McDowell, Christopher Reeve and Sam Waterston. Michael J. Fox, Tom Hanks, Robert Zemeckis, Richard Donner and John Frankenheimer are among notables who directed episodes.

Tales From The Darkside

6

A `Twilight Zone’ type of show, this horror anthology series, produced by noted horror filmmaker George A. Romero, explores the macabre, but like its predecessor, always with a twist. Low budget but with a huge cult following, the show explores horror and supernatural story lines and guest-stars several veteran actors. Many `Tales From the Darkside’ episodes are adapted from stories written by well-known authors, including Stephen King, Harlan Ellison, Clive Barker and John Cheever. This series was followed by a feature film, `Tales From the Darkside: The Movie’.

Are You Afraid of the Dark

7

This spooky anthology series for kids recounts ghost stories told by the young members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire. Each episode opens with members of the Midnight Society at their secret spot in the woods, where they prepare their fire and the night’s storyteller announces the title of the his or her offering. However, the cameras soon leave the storyteller and switch to the tale being told.

Stranger Things

8

It’s the fall of 1984, about a year after Will Byers was found, and he has been plagued by seeing visions of the Upside Down featuring a more dangerous monster. That leads the boy to see a suspiciously friendly new doctor, with the possibility that Will’s visions are the result of suffering from PTSD. Nancy deals with survivor’s remorse over the death of best friend Barb. Meanwhile, a new sinister entity threatens the Hawkins residents who survived the year-earlier events. New to the town is tomboy Max, who befriends the boys and attracts the romantic interests of Dustin and Lucas.

Buck Rogers

9

A hero from the 20th century awakens in the 25th century and keeps the universe safe from villains.

Quantum Leap

10

Former scientist Sam Beckett finds himself trapped in time due to an experiment gone awry, leaping into the body of a different person each week. Al Calavicci, at first known only as The Observer, is Sam’s holographic adviser — he provides Sam with some details about his new identity and gives him guidance on how to help the people affected by his presence. But with little memory to help guide him, our hero is forced to bluff his way through many a wacky situation.

Part 2 Tomorrow

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