Ranking The 31 Best Fantasy/Sci-Fi Shows On TV Right Now

Spoiler Alert: It’s Not Beauty and the Beast.

31. Ravenswood (ABC Family)

Pros:
-Interesting title

Cons:
-Literally everything else.

Ravenswood, the Pretty Little Liars spinoff starring Tyler Blackburn, is actually the worst. The story doesn’t make sense, the entire opening sequence is just Caleb talking for 5 minutes, and there is MAGIC even though it should be in the same world as Pretty Little Liars - WHICH DOESN’T HAVE MAGIC. Continuity is dead.

Grade: F

30. Beauty and the Beast (The CW)

Pros:
-Hasn’t been cancelled

Cons:
-Who is watching this?

Honestly I’m sure this show is fine, but who is watching it? It’s on at the same time as Sleepy Hollow, and EVERYONE is watching Sleepy Hollow.

Grade: D

29. Helix (SyFy)

Pros:
-Good promotional posters

Cons:
-Just started

There has only been one episode of this show, so judgement will be reserved until the season ends.

Grade: N/A

28. Falling Skies (TNT)

Pros:
-Dr. John Carter vs. Aliens
-Moon Bloodgood

Cons:
-Good aliens

Season 3 was a mess, with characters all over the place and storylines being added in willy-nilly. It’s starting up again in the spring, so hopefully there is going to be some improvement.

Grade: D+

27. Once Upon A Time In Wonderland (ABC)

Pros:
-Sayid (still sad about Shannon)

Cons:
-CGI

What a waste of Emma Rigby (Red Queen) and Sayid on TV. On the plus side, after watching this show I can accurately describe the effects LSD has on graphic designers.

Grade: D+

26. Dracula (NBC)

Pros:
-Vampires

Cons:
-Jonathan Rhys Meyers attempting an American accent

Fun fact: I don’t actually watch this show. But NBC did withhold JRM’s paycheck until filming was complete due to his history of substance abuse. So that’s interesting.

Grade: C-

25. Revolution (NBC)

Pros:
-Aaron
-Improved Charlie

Cons:
-So many plotlines

Revolution made a dramatic turn for the better when they decided to turn the power back on at the end of last season, but now all of the characters are off in different directions and nothing is happening. NOTHING. I think this show would be improved with dinosaurs, just saying.

Grade: C-

24. Witches of East End (Lifetime)

Pros:
-Julia Ormand

Cons:
-Comes on at 10PM on Lifetime

Lifetime’s attempt at fantasy. It could be worse. It could be Ravenswood.

Grade: C

23. Lost Girl (SyFy)

Pros:
-Wildly interesting plot

Cons:
-On Syfy

Currently the only show on TV to focus on a bisexual Succubus and her interactions with the Fae and human world, Lost Girl is a very interesting and has a very intense fanbase. It gets dragged down by murky storylines but overall is very easy to watch. If it wasn’t on Syfy, I can imagine it being much more popular.

Grade: C

22. Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC)

Pros:
-Clark Gregg
-Melinda May

Cons:
-“Vacation to Tahiti”
-Grant Ward

This show had so much hype (and Clark Gregg!) that it was bound to fail. It’s not terrible to watch, but the characters aren’t interesting and Robert Downey Jr. isn’t in it. So that’s something they should think about for Season 2.

Grade: C

21. The Vampire Diaries (The CW)

Pros:
-Katherine
-Steven McQueen’s body

Cons:
-Everything Bonnie does
-Augustine Vampires????
-Damon and Elena’s issues

While the Vampire Diaries has been consistently good, this season has seen a bit of a dip in “interesting stories”. There is a secret society of vampire hunters founded by Elena’s father? Should be more interesting, yet it is not.

Grade: C+

20. Haven (SyFy)

Pros:
-Lucas Bryant

Cons:
-Not enough hype

Haven is another interesting series from Syfy that’s loosely based on a Stephen King novella (“The Colorado Kid”). The characters are compelling and it’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you liked “Eureka” and “Warehouse 13”.

Grade: C+

19. The Tomorrow People (The CW)

Pros:
-Not terrible

Cons:
-Not great

The Tomorrow People is an interesting show because it doesn’t do anything new or exciting - it’s main plot involves Stephen Amell’s cousin/brother/whatever finding his father while navigating a tricky love-triangle. But the characters are interesting and the love-triangle could be worse (cough Grey’s Anatomy cough).

Grade: C+

18. The Originals (The CW)

Pros:
-Rebekah
-Elijah
-New Orleans
-Davina (who just recently became interesting)

Cons:
-Somtimes boring
-Too much talking
-Not enough Rebekah and Elijah

The Originals took three of the most powerful and compelling characters on The Vampire Diaries and transplanted them to New Orleans. Sometimes the show works (Hayley+Elijah), sometimes it doesn’t (Haley+Klaus) but it isn’t the worst thing ever made.

Grade: B-

17. Almost Human (FOX)

Pros:
-Looks pretty
-Michael Ealy’s eyes

Cons:
-Weak plotlines

This show is improving fast, and the last episode “You Are Here”, was easily the best to date. AND Lyla from Friday Night Lights and McCoy from Star Trek have believable chemistry, so that’s nice.

Grade: B-

16. Being Human (SyFy)

Pros:
-Aiden

Cons:
-Kenny

This show has everything, vampires, werewolves, some ghosts, and they aren’t afraid to just go killing people off. It’s like a more mature Vampire Diaries.

Grade: B-

15. Grimm (NBC)

Pros:
-Hank

Cons:
-Juliette

Hank is easily the best character, they should focus more on him.

Grade: B

14. Contiuum (Showcase)

Pros:
-Good Alex vs. Bad Ale

Cons:
-Kiera’s husband

This show is so good you guys! It transplants a cop from the future into present day Canada, and watches her struggle to get back home to her son while also trying to prevent a dystopian future (that she is in favor of). It’s just quality television.

Grade: B

13. Once Upon A Time (ABC)

Pros:
-Regina
-Hook
-Pan

Cons:
-Henry
-The treatment of step-parents
-Belle

The mid-season finale was fantastic, so maybe this show is getting back on track. Regina has always been the most interesting character, and hasn’t ever received enough credit for RAISING Henry and saving everyone’s lives all the time, so it’s about time that she stopped being seen as the villain. And Hook is fun too.

Grade: B

12. Supernatural (The CW)

Pros:
-Men of Letters
-Secret Bunker

Cons:
-RIP Kevin

Sam and Dean are the best brothers anywhere, Castiel is perfect, and the show is going to be renewed!

Grade: B+

11. Person of Interest (CBS)

Pros:
-Reese + Finch

Cons:
-RIP Joss

Person of Interest is a classic CBS show. It doesn’t do too much every episode, but the characters are strong and the plots are interesting. And some people cry when their favorite characters die.

Grade: B+

10. True Blood (HBO)

Pros:
-Eric sans clothes
-Pam
-Sarah Newlin’s hair

Cons:
-Sookie’s love life
-Warlow

The last season of True Blood was fantastic, easily one of the best since the series began. Loads of people died, vampires were locked up and experimented on, Bill straight up DECAPITATED PEOPLE, and Eric was naked. The new episodes cannot start soon enough.

Grade: A

9. Arrow (The CW)

Pros:
-Stephen Amell’s body (see above)
-Felicity’s Sass
-John Barrowman!
-SLADE

Cons:
-Laurel
-Thea and Roy’s endless troubles

Arrow is consistently one of the most entertaining shows that the CW has to offer, and only 80% of it is Stephen Amell’s lovely abdominal muscles. Felicity Smoak is the sassiest genius ever, Diggle is a big cuddly bear, and SLADE IS IN STERLING CITY! Laurel is a downer, but hopefully she’ll get something to do soon. Or die. Whatever.

Grade: A

8. Reign (The CW)

Pros:
-Clarissa the ghost friend
-Mary
-Megan Follows

Cons:
-Kenna
-Diana

Reign, while not being entirely historically accurate (allegedly). the show is endlessly entertaining and the strong female characters are quite refreshing Mary actively plots against people who are trying to kill her, Catherine de Medici is scary and brilliant and will literally kill everyone off to save her son, and Kenner likes the King (she’s not the brightest). And then there is Mary’s weird ghost friend Clarissa, who probably isn’t a real ghost. Good times Reign, good times.

7. The Walking Dead (AMC)

Pros:
-Daryl (Duh)
-Michonne and her
-CAROL

Cons:
-RIP Hershel
-The Rick and Carl Show?

The Walking Dead is always amazing and fantastic (when Norman Reedus is on your show it’s hard to fail), but this past season was interesting. New characters were introduced, Carol took a dark and WAY more interesting turn as a stone-cold killer. Michonne came out of her shell and started bonding with the group. Then everything hit the fan (Bye Hershel! Bye Governor!) and now it’s going to be “The Grimes Family Traveling Show”. I hope Carol finds them. And shoots them.

Grade: A

6. Doctor Who (BBC)

Pros:
-New Doctor!

Cons:
-Clara

Doctor Who is a classic, and this season was especially interesting since it marked Matt Smith’s last turn as the Doctor, and Peter Capaldi regenerated to take his place. The Christmas special was fantastic, as was Amy’s goodbye to the Doctor, “Raggedy Man, Goodnight” was magnificent. Bring it on Number 12!

Grade: A

5. Sleepy Hollow (FOX)

Pros:
-“Leftenant”
-The sheer insanity

Cons:
-Too amazing, next season will inevitably be terrible

Sleepy Hollow is the biggest breakout hit of the year. It started fast, got crazy REAL quick, and has literally not stopped being insane and awesome for one second. Tim Mison is perfect as Ichabod, and Nicole Beharie is under appreciated as Abbie Mills. SLEEPY HOLLOW FOREVER.

Grade: A

4. Teen Wolf (MTV)

Pros:
-Stiles and Scott’s friendship
-Scott’s Mom
-Isaac and Allison

Cons:
-New Monsters?
-Scott’s Dad

Teen Wolf is one of the most underrated fantasy shows on TV right now. It’s hilarious (Stiles) and terrifying (the Darach’s face anyone?), but most importantly, it is a show about friendship (and werewolves). Scott and Stiles’ bromance is one for the ages, and the show is even brave enough to create a new love triangle (Isaac + Allison) without causing a huge rife among the core group of characters. Teen Wolf is brilliant and everyone should be watching.

Grade: A

3. Orphan Black (BBC America)

Pros:
-Tatiana Maslany
-Felix

Cons:
-That there were only 10 episodes (and new episodes don’t start until the spring)

Tatiana. Maslany. She plays Sarah, Allison, Cosima, Helena, Beth, and that weird Pro-clone. If that wasn’t enough, she then plays Sarah being Allison, Allison being Sarah, and Helena being Sarah. It’s not confusing or weird because Tatiana Maslany is everything and was robbed of an Emmy/Golden Globe this year and until she wins, nothing will ever be OK.

Grade: A+

2. American Horror Story: Coven (FX)

Pros:
-Jessica Lange
-Angela Bassett
-Kathy Bates

Cons:
-It’s only 1 season

This show is everything a television show should strive to be. Minotaurs? Check. Kathy Bates playing a sadistic racist? Check. Angela Bassett being the biggest boss ever? Check.

Grade: A+

1. Game of Thrones (HBO)

Pros:
-Dragons
-Tyrion
-Dragons setting fire to things

Cons:
-The Red Wedding
-Jamie’s Hand

Many apologies to American Horror Story, but there is only one winner, and it is Game of Thrones. Most of the Stark’s were brutally murdered, Jamie’s hand got cut off, Jon Snow got some (he apparently does know something) and Daenerys set fire to an entire city. Game of Thrones is a classic that we are all lucky enough to be viewing live. Count your blessings people.

Grade: A++

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