Babylon 5. In the heyday of the 90s with the three Star Trek franchises, Stargate starting up and The X-Files, there was Babylon 5. I remember it airing an hour or so before TNG but I never actually got around to watching it until around 1999. Its follow-up show Crusade was cancelled by FOX (still bitter about this) but it was there that I was intrigued by Babylon 5. And I didn’t look back, it knocked DS9 out of top spot of my favourite television shows ever.
No matter how many times I re-watch this show, it’s just as mindblowing and amazing an experience for me as the first time I watched it on television. Despite its smaller fan base (compared to the other sci-fi shows that were out there at the time–and shows that followed), it’s been recognised as stellar sci-fi by the Hugos (won in 1996 and 1997 for Best Dramatic Presentation) and by NASA (I think it was NASA…the science community, suffice to say). I sort of condensed my reasons why I loved the show in my 100 Things but here’s my 10 reasons why you should watch Babylon 5.
In no particular order after the cut: