Top 20 TV shows that shaped Sci-Fi

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  1. Primal

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    SFX magazine recently published its list of the 20 television shows that shaped science fiction. In reverse order:

    20. Knight Rider
    19. Captain Video
    18. The Prisoner
    17. V
    16. Battlestar Galactica
    15. Lost
    14. Kolchak: The Night Stalker
    13. Battle of the Planets
    12. Fireball XL5
    11. Doctor Who
    10. Twin Peaks
    9. The Avengers
    8. Quatermass
    7. The Incredible Hulk
    6. Batman
    5. Babylon 5
    4. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    3. The Twilight Zone
    2. The X-Files
    1. Star Trek

    Source: The Toronto Star

    The link also talks about Shatner and Nimoy, 40th anniversity of Star Trek, rumours to who's cast as the young Kirk and Spock, etc.
     
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    What is Buffy doing in there?...
     
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    How did V made it on that list?

    What's that? No Blake's 7?
     
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    V would be in there because of the MASSIVE stir it caused at the time. I don't know if you remember, d00d, but it was HUGE.
    My comments are in bold:
    I would have added Flash Gordon, Lost in Space and Blake's Seven in there somewhere.
     
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    The list was compiled by SFX, who are so far up Joss Whedon's arse that they can see out of his mouth.
     
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    Right then. In that case, they should have put Angel instead of Buffy...
     
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    Blasphemy.
     
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    I loved them both, but always enjoyed Angel more. Even if i'm the only person in the world that actually liked the muppet episode...
     
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    Or, uh, how about fucking FIREFLY? Which actually WAS a sci-fi show?

    Yes, I know, it didn't shape sci-fi...but, if they want to throw an example of Whedon and sci-fi up there, they obviously could do better.
     
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    I've only seen the Muppet episode (and none of the other ones entirely), but I loved it.
     
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    Whaaat? Who the fuck didn't like the muppet episode? Soulless sonsabitches.

    "You're a bloody puppet!"
     
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    I always thought everyone hated it? Glad to know i'm not the only one who thought it rocked!...
     
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    Now I typically don't give a shit about lists like this, but come on, Knight Rider? Sci-fi? I call bullshit. Might as well have MacGuyver on there.
     
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    WHAT!? NO BUCK ROGERS IN THE 25TH CENTURY?

    First season was a hoot, with some surprisingly dark twists in there! And Erin Grey... mmm... Erin...

    Uh... what? Anyway I would assume these are shows that shaped Sci-fi, seeing as Lost is current I wouldn't have thought that would be on the list. Anything post 80's probably shouldn't be on there.

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    Firefly should be on that list for being the TV show to get the whole no-sound-in-space thing right.


    And Lost is scifi? o_O 
     
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    I'd say LOST is more science/fantasy than anything else...but not sci-fi.
     
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    And how come I don't see Stargate SG1, Earth: Final Conflict and Andromeda on that list?
     
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    Personally I'd remove Knight Rider, Buffy & Lost...then add:

    Flash Gordon (The old B&W serials!)

    Buck Rogers in the 25th Century

    Ultraman (Look how many "big guy in rubber monster suit" shows we have gotten in the last 30 years because of shows like Ultraman, Space Giants & Johnny Socko!)
     
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    Probably because SG1 is highly derivitive rather then influential and because Andromeda is only influentiual in the sense that its a good example of how not to make a decent SF show.

    Final Conflict totally passed me by, so I can't comment on that.
     
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    Until we know more about the secrets on Lost, it's hard to say whether it is SF or Fantasy, though the S2 finale definately put in a big bid for SF. It's long term influence is questionable, but no doubt it has helped get any number of other genre shows on the air, even in the short term.

    And much as I am a Buffy and Angel whore, those shows were FANTASTY, who's attempts to dabble in SF oft resulted in weak eps.

    Firefly? The sound in space thing is weak. The series simply didn't last long enough to matter at the moment, and it'll be some time before the fans of that show end up being part of the creative community.
     

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