In my humble opinion, of course. Note that these are MY choices (which means they can and will probably change at some point) and there was NO scientific data taken, so if you want to get mad at anyone, you need to talk to this guy.
Counting down from number
5. Space:1999 – this show was around when I was wee lad, okay maybe not so wee, but it came out in the late ’70s and I thought for sure by the end of the century I would be living on a space station orbiting the moon or something. Here it is 2014 and the highest I’ve been off the ground is about 40,000 feet which isn’t even out of our own atmosphere. To say that the eight year old me would be disappointed is a big understatement.
4. Buck Roger in the 25th Century – a silly, yet fun science fiction show of the late seventies that also made me wish of space travel and beautiful alien princesses, along with talking robots and a Vegas like atmosphere, where anything that happened in the 25th century, stayed in the 25th century. Needless to say, the science in this show wasn’t too great, but the outfits sure were and I loved it.
3 Farscape – Oh my goodness, this was tough, putting one of my all-time favorite shows at number three, but, it must be. Truth be told, the top three are kind of like 1a, b, and c, so I win. Right? It’s on the line of Buck Rogers in that an astronaut is put in a situation where he is like a fish out of water, but John Crichton is way cooler than Buck Rogers any day. It is also the first show that I really started hating bean counters and their idea of ruining my entertainment. Or something like that, which will be the theme of the next choices as well.
2. The three Stargate series – I know, it’s kind of a cop-out, but if I were to make a true top five, then these three shows would all be in it and keep those late 70s shows out, and we wouldn’t want that, right? (Okay, so maybe I should have went to ten, but then…) Anyway, I will list these from least favorite to most favorite (feel better?), first is Stargate:Atlantis – this was the original spinoff from the Stargate SG-1 series that was based on the movie entitled Stargate, makes sense, right? Anyway, this show is about a group of explorers that find and are basically trapped on Atlantis, which turns out to be an ancient ship. Next would be, and this one is tough, but I will have to say SGU Stargate Universe only because it only had forty episodes before the geniuses at the SyFy network (yeah, the same idiots that changed the name to Syfy and put pro wrestling on the channel) decided to pull the plug, just as it was getting really good. Actually, I think they pulled the plug before they saw it get good, but what can you do – they don’t care. Number one of these three is the original Stargate SG-1, starring Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Christopher Judge and Michael Shanks. It is about a team of explorers that search for things that will make life on earth better, sort of. There is politics involved, and lots of humor. I could easily write two hundred blog posts of considerable size about this show, but i won’t, since I am sure it has been done before.
which leads us up to number
1 Firefly – Surprised? I mean the show only had fourteen episodes before the geniuses at FOX decided that it wasn’t worthy of keeping on the air. Were they right? No way! This show was awesome, it had great visual effects, a hybrid Chinese/Western American feel and great writing. I mean really really great writing.
Honorable mentions, in no particular order:
Dr Who – depends on who the Doctor is
Twilight Zone (original)
Battlestar Galactica – both versions, although the older version was a lot funnier and the latest was pretty dark, to say the least.
Star Trek – all five shows, although Enterprise suffered the same fate as the original, short-sighted TV executives, blah, blah, blah…
That’s my list, feel free to write me your displeasure, disagreement and anything else you feel like sharing. I have thick skin, so it’s okay.