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Thanks to those who voted in the Top 20 round which you can see -> here. 53 users participated with a total of 667 votes cast.

As a comparison to the Best Sci-fi Films poll, the Series are significantly different. All the Top 20 films scored well. In the Series competition there are nearly as many Best/Awesome votes cast, but they are concentrated on the favourites. Voting also seems more 'faction-based'. Fanboys?

Three Doctor Who splits had made it into the Top 20. One of them missed the cut for the Top 8: Doctor Who (William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, 1963-1974).
Two Treks had made it into the Top 20 and both of them make the Top 8.

An early indicator of the eventual winner is the films with the most "Best" ratings. Here are all those that got the most 'Best's, with 10 or more:

26 Firefly
16 Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, 2005-2009)
14 Babylon 5
13 Star Trek: The Next Generation
13 Star Trek (1960s)
10 Red Dwarf

Firefly re-takes its position at the top of the 'Bests' list, with old Trek plummeting from #1 to #5. Babylon 5 continues to climb. But this Top 6 are the same in content as the last poll. So who out of the strong also-rans from the last poll would fill those last 2 slots? The runners are:

Battlestar Galactica (2000s)
Doctor Who (Tom Baker) 1974-1981
The X-Files
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Mystery Science Theatre 3000
The Prisoner

In this next poll I have narrowed it down to the Top 8 based on average ratings. To calculate this I awarded points for each rating: Best (4), Awesome (3), Great (2), Good (1), Okay (0).

The Top Ten based on average rating for the last round are:

Firefly
Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, 2005-2009)
Doctor Who (Tom Baker) 1974-1981
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica (2000s)
Star Trek (1960s)
Red Dwarf
The Prisoner
Cowboy Bebop

So Tom Baker and BSG take the last 2 slots in the Top 8 (as all the Top 6 'Bests' got through on average rating). The Prisoner and Cowboy Bebop just miss out, coming 9th and 10th.
Hitchhikers Guide falls from 2nd last poll to 11th in this one! What happened? Marvin is definately paranoid about that one.

The least known (least votes) entrant to make the cut for the Top 8, is:

Doctor Who (Tom Baker) 1974-1981!

So all you new Dr Who fans, check yourself out some Tom Baker. Pyramids of Mars is supposed to be one of the best.

For those interested in Sci-fi, the parallel thread of Best Sci-fi Films is -> here.

The last 8 have been re-seeded based on their average rating in the last poll and split them into 2 brackets of 4 shows. The top 2 from each bracket will go through to the next (final?) round. Select only 1 'Best' in each bracket, ideally by rating them all first and then upgrading an 'Awesome'.
Here we go:

Poll: Best Sci-fi TV Series: Last 8
1. Rate the ones you have seen. Please restrict yourself to 1 'Best' vote in each bracket.
  Best Awesome Great Good Okay
Firefly
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Babylon 5
Red Dwarf
2. Rate the ones you have seen. Please restrict yourself to 1 'Best' vote in each bracket.
  Best Awesome Great Good Okay
Doctor Who (Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, 2005-2009)
Doctor Who (Tom Baker) 1974-1981
Battlestar Galactica (2000s)
Star Trek (1960s)
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Poll created by 1000rpm


So the last 2 Doctors face off. Will that let BSG or old Trek through?
And with Firefly pretty much a certainty, will new Trek beat off the rising challenge of Babylon 5?

I've started a notification thread for my polls which you can subscribe to if you don't want to miss the latest poll:
1000rpm's Polls Notification Thread
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1000rpm wrote:
So the last 2 Doctors face off. Will that let BSG or old Trek through?
Classic Trek needs no favors. Even a lone Dr. Who couldn't defeat Kirk.
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And with Firefly pretty much a certainty, will new Trek beat off the rising challenge of Babylon 5?
He said "beat off." Duh-huh.
 
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I realize I'm a bit too late with this, but I just watched an episode of CSI and it got me thinking: isn't CSI sci-fi?

It's not really a murder mystery, a whodunnit detective story or a police show. CSI is all about futuristic techno-science with cool computers, bright colors and hip music, that triumphs over crude evil. It's a combination of Star Trek and X-files, without the aliens. Does a show need outer space and other lifeforms to be considered science fiction?
 
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purplewurple wrote:
I realize I'm a bit too late with this, but I just watched an episode of CSI and it got me thinking: isn't CSI sci-fi?

It's not really a murder mystery, a whodunnit detective story or a police show. CSI is all about futuristic techno-science with cool computers, bright colors and hip music, that triumphs over crude evil. It's a combination of Star Trek and X-files, without the aliens. Does a show need outer space and other lifeforms to be considered science fiction?


Its not considered science fiction. Many of those forensic tests are used today by law enforcement, just not in a few minutes. Those tests, if done, usually take months to do and the results are sometimes inconclusive, unlike CSI. CSI in the US don't really run around and interrogate people or arrest them. That is for real cops. It is really a police show.
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purplewurple wrote:
I realize I'm a bit too late with this, but I just watched an episode of CSI and it got me thinking: isn't CSI sci-fi?

It's not really a murder mystery, a whodunnit detective story or a police show. CSI is all about futuristic techno-science with cool computers, bright colors and hip music, that triumphs over crude evil. It's a combination of Star Trek and X-files, without the aliens.

I don't watch CSI much, but when I have it hasn't seemed like Sci-fi to me.

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Does a show need outer space and other lifeforms to be considered science fiction?

No and lots of the other entrants to the poll were Sci-fi shows without aliens or space travel. Its just that none of them made it to the last 8.
Interesting - I hadn't noticed that!

Edit: Examples of non-Alien/Space shows that made the Top 20 (but not the Top 8): The Prisoner, Kolchak, Lost.
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Edit: Examples of non-Alien/Space shows that made the Top 20 (but not the Top 8): The Prisoner, Kolchak, Lost.

I haven't seen these, but I guess these shows have supernatural elements?

To me, the techno-positive message and futuristic science of CSI make it sci-fi. You do have to draw the line somewhere; fantastic technology plays a role in James Bond movies too, and I wouldn't call those science fiction. But the DNA-kits, 3D reconstruction machines and 'anything'-analyzers are as essential to CSI as space travel is to Star Trek.
 
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This so so weak. Firefly and BSG?
 
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pronoblem wrote:
This so so weak. Firefly and BSG?

And the winners should have been.....?

Update: What I'm saying here is that with one short vitriolic comment you are basically saying that most of the people who have invested time in voting in this poll are wrong, while not actually putting up any alternative yourself.

And that is so so weak.
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1000rpm wrote:
pronoblem wrote:
This so so weak. Firefly and BSG?

And the winners should have been.....?


Lost & Babylon 5

...maybe Doctor Who too!
 
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Dion wrote:
1000rpm wrote:
pronoblem wrote:
This so so weak. Firefly and BSG?

And the winners should have been.....?


Lost & Babylon 5

...maybe Doctor Who too!


Lost starts off well, but gets so convoluted by the end.
 
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