Time Travel TV Shows

I’m a huge fan of Doctor Who and anytime I hear about a new, or old, TV show involving time travel that I havent seen I get very excited. I recently started watching Legends of Tomorrow, because not  only does it involve badass warriors time travelling and fighting evil but the main time traveller is none other than Rory from Doctor Who!!! I haven’t seen all of the shows I’m about to suggest but I’m going to rate them in order of my interest in them. Here we go:

1.Doctor Who

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Doctor Who is a classic science-fiction series with a cult following. The Doctor is a ‘Time Lord’, a time-traveling scientist from a far off planet, who travels through time and space in a TARDIS. The TARDIS looks like a police box on the outside but is actually an endlessly large spaceship on the inside. The Doctor, who is quirky and hilarious, travels through time and space with companions that help him get to the root of mysteries and fight evil throughout the universe. The Doctor can also regenerate so every few seasons he regenerates and appears portrayed by a new actor, also choosing a new companion. Don’t be deterred by the intense cheese and bad special effects of the first couple of seasons.

Each season gets better and better, with seasons 5-7 (headed by Matt Smith as Doctor Who) being my favourites. When the doctor regenerates the new season has a new actor playing the doctor, a new companion, and usually an entirely new storyline. That is why in order to get people hooked myself and my fellow Whovians sometimes recommend starting with season 5 to get obsessed and then going back to season 1 to suffer through the low budget.

IMDb: 8.8/10

 

2. Outlander

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After serving as a British Army nurse in World War II, Claire Randall is enjoying a second honeymoon in Scotland with husband Frank, an MI6 officer looking forward to a new career as an Oxford historian. Suddenly, Claire is transported to 1743 and into a mysterious world where her freedom and life are threatened. To survive, she marries Jamie Fraser, a strapping Scots warrior with a complicated past and a disarming sense of humor. A passionate relationship ensues, and Claire is caught between two vastly different men in two inharmonious lives. “Outlander” is adapted from the best-selling books by Diana Gabaldon.

Get ready for some steamy scenes and some beautiful Scottish landscapes. It’s definitely not a fast-paced TV show, so I do find that I sometimes  get slightly distracted during the extremely slow points of the show.

IMDb: 8.5/10

 

3. Being Erica

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Who hasn’t wished, at least once, for the ability to go back in time and do something over? The heroine in this show gets just that. Erica Strange has many regrets in her young life – so many that she’s started a list. But when she shares her list with her therapist, he undertakes an unusual course of treatment: She is transported back in time and given the chance to make different decisions at pivotal moments in her life, based on her knowledge in the present. From first kisses to job interviews, Erica has the chance to completely remake her life or leave things as they are.

Truly Canadian, this show is set in Toronto featuring all Canadian actors. You’ll recognize some Degrassi stars as they frequently guest star. I honestly feel like this is such an underappreciated TV show. I loved watching Erica go back and learn all over again from her past experiences and change her present life, showing that it’s never really too late to make your life better. Plus, it’s set in the book publishing world and that really excited me.

IMDb: 7.5/10

 

4. Legends of Tomorrow

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After seeing what doom the future holds, time-traveling rogue Rip Hunter realizes heroes alone are not enough to prevent the impending catastrophe that threatens not only the planet, but all of time itself. Tasked with recruiting both heroes and villains, Rip brings together a ragtag team of divergent talents, which includes Sara Lance, Firestorm, Ray Palmer, Hawkgirl, Hawkman, Captain Cold and Heat Wave.
IMDb: 7.8/10

5. Terminator: Sarah Connor Chronicles

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At the beginning of the television series, a T-888 using the name Cromartie is sent back to 1999 to kill John. Cameron, a Terminator that John sent back from 2029 to protect his younger self, leaps forward in time with John and Sarah to the year 2007 in order to prevent a delayed Judgement Day once and for all. Now wanted fugitives with the fear of pending leukemia playing on Sarah’s mind, they must also face the reality that other enemies from the future could be after them.
Not super popular, the show only lasted one season. I was a big fan of the show though. I enjoyed that it explored more about Cameron’s character and how if she is an AI can she have true human emotions? I wish it had lasted longer because I feel like it could have been great. Plus, it has Lena Headey pre-ultra fame.
IMDb: 7.7/10

6. Journeyman

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Commuting takes on a whole new meaning for a San Francisco newspaper reporter, Dan Vasser, who unexpectedly finds himself traveling through time to change people’s lives. That’s the good news. The bad news is he has to explain these sudden and unpredictable disappearances to his family (including his young son, who thinks his father’s disappearances are related to magic) and colleagues — and finding himself reunited on his journeys with a long-lost fiancee who was presumed dead cannot be good for his marriage. Or can it?

Although I have not seen this show, it’s been one that I’ve wanted to watch for a while.

IMDb: 8.1/10

 

7. Terra Nova

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In 2149, overdeveloped and polluted Earth is dying. With no way to reverse the damage done to the planet, a group of scientists finds a way to open a fracture in the space-time continuum. This creates a portal to prehistoric Earth, leading to a last-ditch effort to save the human race by correcting mistakes of the past. The Shannon family participates in the 10th pilgrimage to Terra Nova, facing such prehistoric dangers as dinosaurs. The Shannons are also challenged within Terra Nova, as not everyone on the mission has the same intentions to save mankind.

When I heard that Steven Spielberg was producing the show I got very excited and hoped it would be sort of Jurassic Park-esque. Unfortunately, it was mostly just filled with cheese but still in a cool setting. Not horrible, not great.

IMDb: 6.8/10

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