The 1980s was the decade that we had some really great television shows and the ones that were great shows would become legends in their own right. There were many science fiction shows that aired during the 80’s and some of them I considered to be the best while others did not really do well. Here is my guide to those shows that I considered to be the best Sci-Fi shows in the 80’s.
1. Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap was about an intelligent scientist who figured out to time travel. Sam may have figured out to time travel but he did it in a complete different way. He figured out that you can time travel through your own lifetime as different people and discovery history as it is being made. What he did not know is that by going through time, he would lose his memory of who he was and not be able to figure out how to get back. He was joined by hologram, Al, who would help him through the different people that he jumped into and set history back to rights before it could be changed. This show starred Scott Bakula as Sam and Dean Stockwell as Al and this show became a sensation. We were never really sure at the end if Sam ever made it home. There has been rumors about a TV movie to find out, but so far, no movie has appeared.
This show may have been short lived, but I enjoyed the show immensely. This show was about a police officer who was given the opportunity to become part of a top secret project for the government. This project was called Street Hawk and he was to ride this motorcycle to fight the crime of Los Angeles. Jesse Mach was the police officer and the motorcycle was an amazing piece of machinery. It was similar to K.I.T.T. from Knight Rider. This show starred Rex Smith and Norman Tuttle.
3. The Greatest American Hero
This quirky but enjoyable show was supposed to be like Superman but was not quite like him. The man chosen to be the one to wear the suit was a teacher, named Ralph Hanley or Hinkley who had an encounter with aliens. His attempts to use the suit to help others with FBI agent, Bill Maxwell, and fight crime, was often fraught with wackiness and troubles. He kept trying but he never could get the handle on flying. I liked this show and always was amused by all his troubles as he tried to help others in his super suit. It may not have been the best science fiction show out there compared to others, but I considered it to be the best in my opinion. It starred William Katt, as Ralph Hinkley, Robert Culp as Bill Maxwell, and Connie Selleca as Pam Davidson.
4. Beauty and the Beast
Updated tale about a beautiful woman who was saved from being killed by a beast of a man. She was helped below the city of New York where a network of tunnels were and where she found a whole new world. After recovering, she returned to the surface but wished that she had stayed below. She had fallen in love with the lion like man and he had did the same. Despite their differences, they stayed in contact through telepathy and by seeing each other. This show became a hit and had a following that lasted way after it was finally canceled. It starred Linda Hamilton of Terminator fame and Ron Perlman as Vincent.
5. Star Trek: The Next Generation
This new Star Trek series was set in the twenty-fourth century and had a whole new cast that were doing what the Original series had set out to do and went beyond all expectations. It survived seven seasons before being canceled. This show explored space, met different aliens, had wars, dealt with a lot of what we were dealing with and more. We encountered The Borg, who were a terrifying race of cybernetic beings who took over your body and then we met the silly beings called the Ferengi, who based their society on monetary gain. This show was really good and it even spawned three other series, each different in their own right. It starred Patrick Stewart as Captain Jean-Luc Picard, and Jonathan Frakes as William Riker.
There were so many science fiction shows that I considered the best but many others would not consider them remotely the best. These shows were entertaining and held my interest. Of course, the ones that I considered good ended up being canceled after a season or several. Of course, the ones that I did list did go down in TV history and are often watched in syndication or on DVD.