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  • Icky
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    1. Battlestar Galactica
    2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    3. Lost
    4. The X-Files
    5. Fringe
    6. Pushing Daisies
    7. The Twilight Zone
    8. Doctor Who
    9. Futurama
    10. Firefly
    11. Bewitched
    12. Babylon 5
    13. Game of Thrones 
    14. Ghost in a Shell: Stand Alone Complex
    15. Star Trek: The Next Generation
    16. Angel
    17. Arrow
    18. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
    19. Carnivale
    20. Dead Like Me

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    Tyler The Awesome Guy
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    I’ve been loving Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recently. Clark Gregg is really underrated on the show.

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    DominicCobb
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    Hmm, you know, I’m quite fond of the genre but I tend to stay away from TV shows that are sic-fi/fantasy. So The Twilight Zone, Lost, Game of Thrones, and Star Trek: The Original Series are pretty much it for me, though I’ve been meaning to get into Battlestar Galactica and Firefly for quite some time.

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    KyleBailey
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    Lost and Pushing Daises

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    Soccer Mom
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    I’m not really into the genre, so I don’t like many of them. The ones I like are: The X Files, Game of Thrones, Orphan Black and Doctor Who.

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    Riley
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    I watched seventeen “hours” of Battlestar Galactica and I did not see what the hype was about.  I was first of all thrown by how procedural it was, but the show should have overcome that with other strengths.

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    Andrew Eng
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    Game of Thrones and Lost

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    Icky
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    I watched seventeen “hours” of Battlestar Galactica and I did not see what the hype was about.  I was first of all thrown by how procedural it was, but the show should have overcome that with other strengths.

    You use the word “procedural” like it’s immediately a bad thing. I’ll take well-executed procedural over the inspired mess that Lost and GoT quickly became. First season episodes like “33”, “You Can’t Go Home Again” and “Water” are open and shut installments, but they’re also some of the best examples of great science fiction short story telling ever on TV. Besides, it’s not at all unusual for genre shows to start off being more procedural and expand its viewpoint and become more mythology focused as it goes along. ‘Buffy’, Fringe and to a certain extent The X Files fit that bill. Even the first half of Lost’ debut season was pretty tidy in its storytelling. Still, I consider the first season of BG to be right up there with the best seasons of any genre show. Beyond that mediocre miniseries it’s one of the closest to perfect seasons of TV I’ve seen. 

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    Riley
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    Procedurals can be good, but that storytelling format made what I saw of Battlestar Galactica feel insubstantial.  Few things that happened seemed to have much bearing on what came in subsequent episodes, so it felt like they were just killing time.  This was exacerbated by my lack of interest in any of the characters and the unmemorable writing style, so I had nothing personally to hold onto and continue.

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    Icky
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    The first season wasn’t working towards an endgame but was world and character building. And though the season wasn’t focused on one large overaching storyline there were little arcs throughout the season as well as great little reveals that illicit storylines in future seasons. And the final few episodes of the season are very serialized. However, you’re not really asking for a serial. You’re asking for an episodic, which very few non daytime dramas are. Every genre show isn’t and shouldn’t be 24 or GoT. Unfortunately, BG did become deeply episodic from season 2.5 on, and the results were mixed. 

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    I’ve heard the BSG ending is pretty bad. Is the show still worth watching?

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    Icky
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    Where’s Paulhan when you need him?

    The ending is bad. I would argue worse than Lost. Lost was running around in circles and then tried to shoe-horn developments that would ideally bring the entire project together. But at least the show stayed true to its tone and themes. ‘Battlestar’ undermines a lot of its previous work in the final episodes.

    Obviously if I think that if it’s best sci-fi/fantasy show ever I thnk it’s worth watching. However, most ambitious genre shows are incredibly inconsistent. When making my list I had to decide which of these shows I enjoyed the most when they were at their best. I enjoy ‘Battlestar’ and ‘Buffy’ at their best a bit more than Lost or Fringe at their best. Though all those shows have very impressive peaks and very annoying valleys.  

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    For me, my favourites are Doctor Who, Star Trek, Pushing Daisies and Firefly. I’m currently going through Lost on Netflix, and I’m near the end of Season 2. I’m not sure at what point I should abandon it, but my plan is to stay with it until the end despite everyone I know telling me otherwise. Battlestar Galactica is next on my list.

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    Icky
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    I can’t deny how influential Lost is and how great it was at its best, so I had to include it high on my list. Though there are quite a few fantasy/sci-fi shows I enjoyed more. 

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    ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’. I’ve recently rewatched the entire series, and I still love it. ‘Lost’ is another I love. Both have flaws, for sure, but at their best they soared above others in their respective genres and generations. Haven’t seen ‘BSG’ yet, but it’s on my list of shows to binge watch some day.

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