There Are More Than 10 Funny Sci-Fi Shows!
Recently, we ran an article that counted the top 10 funniest Sci-Fi shows of all time. It’s been one of our most popular articles since we started this site and we’ve gotten a lot of feedback from our readers about TV shows that were committed from the original list. Since it’s the holiday season and we’re in the giving spirit, we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the great suggestions we received from our readers.
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr.
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In the early ’90s, Bruce Campbell was still firmly locked in his “beloved actor, small cult” niche; his most prominent role remained his starring turn in the Evil Dead movies (the third of which, Army Of Darkness, came out in 1992, the year before Brisco County, Jr. debuted), along with a handful of parts in low-budget cult pictures, none of which left much of a mark.
Time has been kind to the series. It’s possible to see bits and pieces of Lost, co-creator Cuse’s biggest television success, in Brisco’s fondness for out-of-place imagery and magical science, and Campbell was able to transform his limited run as a TV star into a secondary career path, finding a home on the small screen whenever the big one threatened to abandon him. Even without hindsight, though, the show holds up well enough. It’s never quite as clever as it wants to be, and anyone looking for the sort of epic, rousing storytelling the opening credits music seem to suggest should probably look elsewhere.
3rd Rock From the Sun
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3rd Rock from the Sun (sometimes referred to as simply 3rd Rock) is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very insignificant planet. The extraterrestrials pose as a human family in order to observe the behavior of human beings.
The premise of the show revolves around an extraterrestrial research expedition attempting to live as a normal human family in the fictional city of Rutherford, Ohio, where they live in an attic apartment. This show reflects human life from the perspective of aliens and much of the humor comes from the learning experiences the alien characters have. The show’s ensemble cast all had terrific comedic chops and the outrageous plot lines, not to mention all the ‘Dick’ jokes, make this one of the funniest Sci-Fi TV shows of all time. For many of our readers, it belongs right up at the top of the list alongside Red Dwarf.
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Set in 2151 and 2152, it follows the crew of HMS Camden Lock as they stumble through their heroic mission to protect British interests in a changing galaxy. This series ran for two seasons on BBC in 2006 and 2007. Funny is probably too strong a word to describe this show. Amusing is perhaps more precise. Stunning special effects and some interesting plot lines propelled this show forward, but it never came close to reaching the comedic heights of Red Dwarf.
The Hilarious House of Frightenstein
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This Canadian children’s series produced was syndicated to television stations across North America in 1971 and occasionally still appears today in some television markets. A quirky sketch comedy series that included some genuine educational content among the humor, the show’s cast included Billy Van, Fishka Rais, Guy Big, Mitch Markowitz, Vincent Price, and Julius Sumner Miller. Van played most of the characters on the show. All 130 episodes were made in a single nine-month span starting in 1971; the scenes with Price and Miller were all filmed within one summer. This was, first and foremost, a kids show and most of us who watched it were kids. The humor is kid humor as well and, well, you either love it or hate it. I loved it!
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On paper ALF should have been one of the worst TV shows of the 80s. It’s a ridiculous premise involving a cat-eating, wise-cracking alien puppet who comes down to Earth and lives with a sitcom family. It should have been terrible but anyone who actually remembers watching it can tell you that, well, it wasn’t.
ALF wasn’t perfect but it deserves better than punchline status. Thanks to creator Paul Fusco (and incidentally the voice of ALF) he made his Melmac puppet loveable and the premise actually turned out to be pretty funny. The whole thing was so fun that Family Guy creator Seth McFarlane basically ripped it off for his second attempt at an animated series, American Dad.
Want more funny Sci-Fi TV? Check out our list of the 10 funniest Sci-Fi Tv Shows