The Ultimate List of TV Shows set in Space or on Other Planets

Looking for a Star Trek series that isn't bad

It’s been a while, but now the site redesign is done I can get back to writing nonsense about science fiction on the pretext it’s related to space. To ease myself back in I’m putting together a list of TV shows that are set in space or on other planets.

Similar to my films list, as a general criteria, a significant portion of the show should take place in space or on another planet to count. For now anthology series that have an episode set in space are not being counted (e.g. Black Mirror). Dramatisations are valid but documentaries do not count.

My personal recommendations are indicated with a smiley face (even if it’s been more than 10 years since I watched some of them).

Star Trek

Star Trek (The Original Series)
Star Trek (The Animated Series)
Star Trek The Next Generation πŸ™‚
Star Trek Deep Space 9 πŸ™‚
Star Trek Voyager
Star Trek Enterprise
Star Trek Discovery
Star Trek: Picard

Other Shows with Multiple Series

Stargate SG-1 πŸ™‚
Stargate Atlantis πŸ™‚
Stargate Universe

Battlestar Galactica (1978 – 1979)
Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009) πŸ™‚

Lost in Space (1965 – 1968)
Lost in Space (2018)

Star Wars: Droids
Star Wars: Ewoks
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Star Wars Rebels
The Mandalorian

To be categorised

Altered Carbon
Another Life
Babylon 5
Blake’s 7
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Dark Matter
Defying Gravity
Doctor Who
Farscape πŸ™‚
Fireball XL5
The First
Flash Gordon
Moonbase 3
Space 1999
The 100
The Expanse πŸ™‚
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (TV series)
Shadow Raiders
Space: Above and Beyond
Space Precinct

Animated / Puppets

Battle of the Planets
Cowboy Bebop πŸ™‚
Final Space
Legend of the Galactic Heroes πŸ™‚
Jayce and the Wheel Warriors
Knights of Sidonia
Mobile Suit Gundam
Star Blazers/Space Battleship Yamato
Ulysses 31

Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons


The Orville
Red Dwarf

I know there’s a lot more, so if you have a suggestion please let me know in the comments!

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  1. Ah! I’m glad the site is still alive! This is my favourite space-facts site and my go-to whenever I need to know anything! Thank you!

  2. Although, I do have to say, I loved the black background of the old site – space is black, you know.

    1. Appreciate the feedback. I liked it too, but having a black background can be limits some design options. Tricky to have a different coloured headers and things like that.

  3. What about :-

    Jayce and the Wheel Warriors?
    Ulysses 31 -> Who can forget the theme tune?

    Ulysses, Ulysses
    soaring through all the galaxies
    in search of Earth, flying into the night!

    Battle of the Planets
    Well, you got 100 what about Roswell High?

    Are you sure its Beebop and not Bebop?

    1. Added thanks. Did they ever spend time in space in Roswell High? I know in The 100 the space station plays a large role early on, even if only part of the show takes place there.

      1. Never saw Roswell High to be honest. I misread the title but here’s some others

        Terrahawks, Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
        Flash Gordon (starring Eric Johnson and the 80’s Cartoon Series)
        Roughnecks (CGI Starship Troopers Cartoon)
        Starfleet (80’s puppetry with an antagonist with a face for an eye, Japanese)

        Would you consider Fantasy as well because if you do, you could consider

        The Dark Crystal (Thra) (T.V. and Film)
        He-Man (Eternia)
        She-Ra (Etheria)
        Warcraft (Draenor and Azeroth) (For the film section that is)

        How about ultimate list of games set in space, here’s some to start you off….

        Warcraft (Draenor, Argus, Azeroth)
        Doom (Mars)
        Mass Effect

      2. I think it’s something where the fact the TV show is in space or on another planet should play a part thematically, so most fantasy settings don’t really count.

        I think Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet can be counted as space travel / planets play a significant role in some episodes.

        A games post like this is planned but no idea when it’ll be done currently.

        Thanks again!

  4. Just for what it’s worth, my favorites from this list include Firefly (and its spinoff movie, Serenity), Babylon 5 and its movies and Crusade, Dark Matter, Hitchhiker’s Guide (BBC tv and the 12 BBC radio episodes plus all of the four or five books in the trilogy), Red Dwarf (but you have to understand British comedy), and while it isn’t set in space, it’s about aliens living as humans, Roswell (not Roswell High…never seen it).

  5. Great site, cool page here.

    Youmight want to add:
    Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022…)
    Star Trek: Short Treks (2018–2020)
    Star Trek Logs (2020)
    and Animated:
    Star Trek: Lower Decks (2020…)
    Star Trek: Prodigy (2021–2022)

    And maybe
    Star Trek Continues (2013–2017)
    Star Trek: Renegades (2015–2017)
    I think these are canon, but where do we step into fanpic territory…

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