riddley


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I know I *should* vote for Babylon 5, but I've got to go with "Firefly"; glad to see so many other of like mind.

morachi


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Firefly easily, coming in 2nd would've been Babylon 5

doopadad


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babylon 5

thedehmer


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Firefly. Short-lived and amazing in every way.

Slydon


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RWoodward wrote:V (2009) spent far too much time trying to promote a political agenda to be very effective as entertainment. Plot development was lethargic, and they tried to introduce too many characters at once for any but an avid fan to keep up. Viewers waited a while fot the visitors to actually *do* something, but if they ever did, no one saw it because they gave up watching before it happened.

At least that's how I remember it.



I also gave up watching for kinda the same reasons. But when it started, it looked like it was going to explore the idea of religions and cargo cults, and I thought THAT would be pretty cool to see.

Can you imagine a well-considered story that slowly examined what would happen to a lot of religious-in-name-only types when faced with actual sky gods, and how people of faith may or may not react, rationalize, accept or deny what they believed in? It would be hard, and very controversial, but it would have made a really one of a kind show about what it meant to believe and the different reasons we do so, be they right or wrong.

Instead, we got what we got.

Hi, I'm one of the writers. My powers are limited but I'll do what I can.

harryg093


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twilight zone?????????????

jachavez76


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Firefly

erikkarjala


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Stargate SG-1
With ten seasons and 214 episodes

lacotomo


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It's been getting a bit weak lately, but current show for me is Sanctuary, and I didn't even get into Stargates....


I was a sucker for Primevil too on BBC, but it was cancelled. I believe they are making a US version, but changing all the actors, etc.


artemis1120


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Firefly. Duh.

elephanthrower


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Dr. Who is the longest running Sci-Fi show. We're not talking re-runs here.

nickybluize


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Battlestar Galactica

budrose


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Red Dwarf ;-þ

mattcam3


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Stargate SG-1

shifty4u


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You missed Stargate SG1, FireFly-- So I say C--pointless unless you list all the greats!

ravensday


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Firefly...DUH!

AnnikaPanic


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Firefly.

azhardbody74


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LOST IN SPACE!

Discord


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The Original Outer Limits. Firefly is pure boredom.

ViperGuy


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Dark Angel

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cianotron


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SockV wrote:Futurama (Firefly a close second)



Definitely the actual best! I went for X-Files on the list though. Should have said "other."

zingriffy


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Quantum Leap

Kaldir


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Star Trek and Firefly!

I LOVE Firefly!! Fox made a huge mistake canceling that series.

mentalsmash


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Firefly!

buzznskier


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Firefly!

acekoolus


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Firefly and Stargate

RWoodward


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I never saw Firefly. I tried to watch a couple of times, but there was some western on instead.

old71dp


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Quantum Leap!

sg219


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Stargate SG-1

SG219

35 Shirt Woots, 29 Woot Woots, 4 Home Woots, 3 Kid Woots....

jasonburnside


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Babylon 5 - First of its type

robnoxious007


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Firefly.

Tho' an argument could be made for Twilight Zone.

RWoodward


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Slydon wrote:I also gave up watching for kinda the same reasons. But when it started, it looked like it was going to explore the idea of religions and cargo cults, and I thought THAT would be pretty cool to see.

Can you imagine a well-considered story that slowly examined what would happen to a lot of religious-in-name-only types when faced with actual sky gods, and how people of faith may or may not react, rationalize, accept or deny what they believed in? It would be hard, and very controversial, but it would have made a really one of a kind show about what it meant to believe and the different reasons we do so, be they right or wrong.



A while back I was involved in a very interesting open conversation that involved that topic. It was shortly after Stephen Hawking suggested that sending messages into space might not be the safest thing we ever did.

I have to suppose the concept would be interpreted in wildly different ways, depending on who did the writing. Clarke addressed it somewhat in Childhood's End. I would love to see Harlan Ellison's take on this idea.

In my vision some would want to worship the aliens, especially those who have given up on Earthly religions. The "believer in name only" types would likely be willing servants or try to usurp power by painting them as a threat to be rallied against. The Biblical literalists would either see them as agents of Satan, or insist that God must have created them as well and they need saving. Imagine a missionary trying to convert a being a million years more advanced than man. Imagine if they seceded. Then again, imagine if the aliens were missionaries themselves. Lots of fodder for thought provoking SF here.

Is there any original SF programming currently being produced at all? I'm not aware of any.

y0diggity


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Firefly

RWoodward


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jasonburnside wrote:Babylon 5 - First of its type



Interesting comment. I'm curious about what, in your opinion, made B-5 revolutionary?

I loved it, but I saw it as mostly a retelling of "Lord of the Rings." What am I missing?

mikehsk


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While I still stick with my original post voting Babylon 5 as the all time best, I should mention my childhood favorites, The Six Million Dollar Man, and The Bionic Woman. Sure, they are dated and cheesy by todays standards, but for their time, they couldn't be beat.

WineWeeble


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Definitely Firefly/Serenity, but the Dr. Who since they revived it, is right up there. I enjoyed All of the Stargate series, even 'Universe.

dbartst


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extrarice wrote:Babylon 5.



The BESTEST ever!

cheriea99


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Firefly (movie, Serenity)... sci-fi fantasy. Go Browncoats! SG second place.

86isuzu


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Fringe all the way!

atherea


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Firefly, by far.