Evangelion rightfully deserves one of the 25 best spots and understandably notches a spot into the Top 10. This is a stunning and underrated science fiction series many have simply not seen by Studio Gainax and Hideaki Anno. Evangelion fails to receive recognition normally simply due to the fact it was born of anime. It's up to you whether you are open to the following list.
This is a list that is at once brilliant and frustrating. SciFiNow Issue #29 gives us some splendid choices, but omits almost as many in favor of some that could arguably be replaced.
25. Thunderbirds [1965; Two Seasons].
24. Doctor Who [1963; Thirty Seasons].
23. Lexx [1997; Four Seasons].
22. Taken [2002; One Season].
21. Lost In Space [1965; Three Seasons].
20. The Prisoner [1967; One Season].
19. Buck Rogers [1979; Two Seasons].
18. The Outer Limits [1963; Nine Seasons].
17. V: The Series [1984; One Season].
16. The Six Million Dollar Man [1974; Five Seasons].
15. Red Dwarf [1988; Nine Seasons].
14. Space: Above And Beyond [1995; One Season].
13. Futurama [1999; Five Seasons].
12. Quantum Leap [1989; Five Seasons].
11. Farscape [1999; Four Seasons].
10. Neon Genesis Evangelion [1995; One Season].
9. Stargate SG-1 [1997; Ten Seasons].
8. Star Trek: The Next Generation [1987; Seven Seasons].
7. Babylon 5 [1994; Five Seasons].
6. Charlie Jade [2005; One Season].
5. The Twilight Zone [1959; Five Seasons].
4. Battlestar Galactica [Re-imagined] 2004; Four Seasons].
3. The X-Files [1993; Nine Seasons].
2. Firefly [2002; One Season].
1. Star Trek: The Original Series [1966; Three Seasons].
Clearly a few of the Star Trek franchises are just not representin' here. I'm not sure how UFO or Space:1999 miss this list especially for a magazine hailing from the UK. This is the greatest injustice in my mind. Is Lexx better than Space:1999?
Charlie Jade is a popular favorite perennially with our friends across the pond, but that show has to be pretty damn good because it's always making their lists. Otherwise, it has to be a sentimental favorite for some odd reason. I mean, is it better than Farscape? Is it nearly as good as Firefly and more importantly ST:TOS?
And of course, Buck Rogers is selected, but Glen A. Larson's original Battlestar Galactica is slighted over the always favored new series by Ronald D. Moore. Is there no room for both? I love the nod to The Six Million Dollar Man, but Quantum Leap? How about Scott Bakula's Enterprise? I'm still not sold on ST:TNG.
In the final analysis, I have to tip my cap to any magazine that has the balls and intelligence to include Japanese animation on their list. SciFiNow gets the nod for including the best science fiction anime series I've ever seen. It's nice to see I'm not the only one who considers Hideaki Anno's Neon Genesis Evangelion as pure, dead brilliant and it's great to see it in the Top 10 here. I'm just the messenger, but I like the list despite omissions. Time to get to work on my own.
Really, Charlie Jade? Huh.