Most people don’t realize there are plenty of great Syfy channel shows. Despite the channel’s longevity and some of the awesome shows it’s produced over the years, many get overlooked or ignored. And, sadly, all too often, Syfy is forced to cancel great tv shows that deserve a chance. From space operas to vampire adventures, they provide all kinds of mixed genre shows that tend to become cult classics. So, if you’re a science fiction fan and aren’t watching the Syfy channel, it might be time to give it a look. In the meantime, we’ll help you find the good ones. Here are 25 Most Watched Syfy Channel Shows You’ll Want To See.
The Dresden Files
While it only got one season, The Dresden Files still had its niche following and is considered one of the Syfy channel’s better shows. It’s based on the novels by Jim Butcher about a wizard that advertises in the yellow pages for his services.
More of a horror drama than science fiction, Superstition centers on the Hastings family, the only family that owns a funeral home in the town of La Rochelle, Georgia. Turns out, this family also offers “afterlife care” and deals heavily with the supernatural. It has modest ratings with an average viewership of 300,000 people.
Based on the famous character from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, this story follows Vanessa “Van” Helsing as she wakes up to find a world ruled by vampires. Only, she’s immune to their power and seeks to turn them back into humans. It’s moving to its third season and gets an average viewership of 400,000 people.
Based on the movie of the same name, this TV show is about James Cole as he’s sent back in time from the year 2043 to stop the Army of the 12 Monkeys from destroying the world. It’s been renewed several times and on average gets a viewership of 346,000 people.
This show is about a sci-fi action drama starring Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane, and Hannah John-Kamen and is about interplanetary bounty hunters sworn to be impartial as they track down their targets in the Quad. In its second season, it garnered favorable ratings with an average viewership of 600,000 people.
Continuum is about a female police officer from 2077 sent back in time to 2012 with a group of terrorists. These terrorists wreaked havoc on society and brought down entire governments in her time period and she must do everything she can to stop them before they make things even worse for the future. The show lasted four seasons and brought in a modest viewership of 400,000 people.
Following a drunken ex-cop who becomes a hit-man and also sees a joyful and imaginary blue unicorn, this show is based on a graphic novel by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson and stars Christopher Meloni and Patton Oswalt. It had a great premiere and has an average viewership of 500,000 people.
With The Walking Dead showing rave reviews and ratings, the Syfy channel threw down its own zombie story with Z Nation. It follows a humble team trying to survive the zombie apocalypse while also seeking to end it. It’s kept steady and impressive ratings with an average of 500,000 viewers.
Based on the novels by James S. A. Corey, The Expanse is one of Syfy’s hit new shows about two people 200 years in the future caught up in a big conspiracy on a distant space colony. It gets rave reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and overall, it gets an average of 600,000 viewers.
Based on the novels by Lev Grossman, The Magicians is about Quentin Coldwater and his friends as they study magic at a school known as Brakebills. It’s now entering into its third season and brings in a steady viewership of 700,000 people.
In Haven, two FBI agents investigate bizarre occurrences in the town of Haven, Maine. The show continued with impressive ratings and reviews, going on for five seasons. On average it had 750,000 viewers.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
While it hopped around from network to network back in the 90s, Mystery Science Theater 3000 eventually landed on the Syfy channel and grew a cult following. It features three characters, a human and two robots, making fun of old movies. More recently, the show was renewed and repurposed for Netflix.
A dramatic comedy about a team of Secret Service agents takes with finding supernatural objects, this show has proven rather popular for Syfy’s demographic and consistently has pulled in good ratings. Its average viewership was 1.5 million people.
Dark Matter is about a group of people that wake up on a broken down spaceship and have no memory of who they are or where they came from. Under those dire circumstances, they have to survive a brutal and dangerous cosmos. This humble show has been able to make a modest following and reaches an average of 600,000 people.
Based on the Beau Smith comic, Wynonna Earp is about Wyatt Earp’s great-great-granddaughter who inherited his gunslinging abilities but instead of fighting criminals, she’s hunting demons. Initially, the show didn’t do well but has garnered quite a following with an average of 500,000 viewers.
A vampire, a werewolf, and a ghost move into the same house, and no that’s not the setup to a joke, but the plot to Being Human, a popular Syfy TV show. These characters all try to pretend to be human so they can live normal lives but struggle with their carnal temptations at every turn. It averaged around a million viewers per episode but eventually was canceled after three seasons.
Eureka is a peculiar show about President Truman creating a special suburban neighborhood for America’s super geniuses to live and experiment on the next big science project. Fifty years down the road and things in the neighborhood have gotten pretty crazy. While it didn’t get great reviews, roughly 4 million people watched it.
You might be surprised to discover Channel Zero is based on a creepypasta someone wrote on the internet called No-End House. It’s a horror anthology series following different stories and characters each episode. And even though it got modest ratings of 400,000 viewers a week, Syfy still renewed it for a fourth season.
Ghost Hunters is about a pair of plumbers who moonlight as ghost hunters. Each episode they investigate a new potential supernatural encounter and do testing to see if they find evidence of ghosts. Believe it or not, this was a super popular Syfy show and could average upwards of 2 million viewers.
Farscape was a bizarre, campy, and delightful science fiction opera with plenty of heroes, aliens, and spaceships to keep the nerdiest science fiction fan satisfied. It wasn’t the most watched or successful science fiction at the time, but it still has a large cult following and is definitely worth checking out.
Alphas is a show about a group of superhumans that team up to track down other superhumans who commit crimes. During its airing, it was a popular show that raked it around 1.3 million viewers on average.
Who doesn’t love Superman? This hot new show has only aired a few episodes, but it’s certainly bringing in big numbers for Syfy. Taking place 200 years before Krypton explodes, Kal-El’s grandfather Seg-El must work to prevent the destruction of Krypton and protect his future line. So far, it’s averaged a million viewers per episode.
Based on the movie Stargate, Stargate SG-1 acts as a sequel, following Stargate Command as they planet hop through their space portals. Richard Dean Anderson was the lead in the show, and it garnered decent reviews and a cult following.
Battlestar Galactica was easily Syfy’s golden goose while it aired on television. It brought in both rave reviews and a massive audience. It’s action-packed, full of great characters, moral dilemmas, and endless mystery. You definitely will want to check this one out if you haven’t already.
Doctor Who is notorious for its cult following. Maybe there’s something to that? With inventive stories, interesting characters, and bizarre science fiction concepts, there’s little ground Doctor Who hasn’t covered in the genre. Plus, with a new actor taking over as the Doctor, it shakes up the series and naturally reboots itself.