Top Ten Overrated Science Fiction Shows (Ever)


This list is primarily based on shows I’ve actually seen. So, if you’re mad that I didn’t include some crappy show you thought should be here instead of something that is actually here, I’m sorry. But please do mention shows you think are crappy so I don’t watch them. Here’s the list:

  • Star Trek (any of them, especially DS9) (that covers five of my slots, by the way)
    I liked Star Trek, but never enough to watch it on a regular basis or to want to own the DVDs. Sorry, but the original Star Trek doesn’t do much for me and the others don’t either. I liked Next Generation a bit, but not too much, and Voyager was okay for a while. I absolutely despised DS9, though. I don’t know why anyone liked that show. It was the most boring show I’ve ever seen. The problem with Star Trek is it constantly repeated itself…over and over…and over. All of the shows were basically the same formula, with exception to DS9 and a couple oddball episodes in some of the various shows out there (I liked that episode of Enterprise where the Vulcan lady reminisces about her time on Earth in the 50s or something). All the Star Trek shows aren’t necessarily bad, but none of them are necessarily worth the acclaim they receive, even TNG.
  • Lost
    This show really isn’t that good. It’s overly complicated despite it being nothing more than a glorified, serious version of Gilligan’s Island, and it’s mostly ridiculous and impossible to belief. The show asks way too much of its audience on the believability scale, and not just with the story, but with the characters too. It was an interesting concept in the first season and probably could have gone for a second without becoming tired, but it just went overboard. People who think this show is the greatest thing ever haven’t seen a lot of good TV shows.
  • Heroes
    Another show that gets glorified–less now than in the past–and doesn’t deserve such glory. There are far too many characters to care about, the plot is mostly stupid, the evil characters are sort of boring, and the show is a big confusing. I tried watching the first season and I just lost interest. X-men is better.
  • Doctor Who
    I get British humor, but I don’t find this show to be all that. It’s okay, but it’s not exactly the greatest thing ever. I was entertained when I watched a few episodes some time back, but it was never good enough to turn me into a raging fanboy.
  • Smallville
    It’s not the worst show ever, so it likely won’t end up on my “worst” list, but here’s my problem with Smallville: why the hell do I care? Seriously. This is like watching the prequel Star Wars movies, only fifty times as long and not as good. I already know what happens. We saw the movies. Smallville has little to actually offer us except plot lines that won’t go anywhere or random expansions on the overall story that will most likely be forgotten ten years after the show ends. Yeah, there are hot chicks in this show, but hot chicks don’t make a show. A story worth caring about does. And I really don’t care about young Superman. At least with Young Indiana Jones the stories had somewhere to go…
  • Aeon Flux
    I saw this show when it first aired. Not all that great. Kind of annoying, actually. Interesting story and all, but there’s a reason why most people don’t care about it. It’s a niche show, and I don’t think it’s a particularly good niche show. The movie version also blew major chunks, almost as bad as any binge-drinking party at Chico State. This is just one of those supposed “cult classics” that really isn’t all that great. It’s like saying that Blade Runner is one of the best films ever made: no, Blade Runner is one of the best visual films ever made, but the damn movie is boring as hell and anyone who says otherwise must be an incredibly boring person. I love Blade Runner, but it puts me to sleep. It’s just a monumental achievement in visuals, not in good story telling (it does have it’s moments).

There you go. I know, some of you will be royally ticked off. So be it…

Any overrated shows you’d like to mention?

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

3 thoughts on “Top Ten Overrated Science Fiction Shows (Ever)

  1. You should take Dr Who off because you haven’t actually watched anything that can be called Dr Who. Seriously. I am making you watch Blink at the very least. Christopher Eccleston is the worst Doctor in the entire show, and you watched the first few episodes when they were not only getting into their stride after a decades-long break, but when Billy Piper sucked more than usual and was extremely annoying. You can’t base an entire show like Doctor who on the very worst episodes. And I know you’re going to say ‘but BSG is perfect all the time!!!’. BSG is unusual, if not unique, in that respect. Even hugely successful shows like Buffy have their off days and even fans cringe (Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered springs to my mind). So yes, remove it from the list or I will make you watch every single episode. Don’t think I won’t do it.

    And Lost isn’t SF, I don’t think. It starts out as more fantasy-ish to my mind, but then as you watch further you learn there are actually scientific explanations (ones that can be used today) for the weird stuff. Except that polar bear …

  2. The problem is I don’t even like the premise of Doctor Who. At least when BSG is less-than-perfect the premise is still good. And BSG wasn’t the greatest through the first season. The first episode was phenomenal, and then it had a lot of hits and misses, but I loved the premise. BSG came into its own at the end of the first season.

  3. Heroes is way overrated, though I still enjoy it at times. Never seen Lost (and don’t want to, JJ Abrams really doesn’t do it for me). I tried to watch the new Doctor Who, but couldn’t. The older ones, with the guy with the poodle hair, I remember quite fondly, but then again I was young and we only had three channels (one of which was PBS). I too think that Aeon Flux is a piece of trash show, it wanders, tries too hard to be “edgy and cool” and just ends up being lame. And I watched it when it was originally on MTV. Never saw the movie, but it did look like something you would find on 5th and Ivy late on a Saturday night.

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