10 Sci-Fi TV Shows That Wasted Incredible Premises

Great ideas don't always translate so well...


Having a strong and original central premise for the audience to invest in is the key to any show's success, especially in the world of Sci-Fi. Finding a story that is both innovative and engaging is something each entry on this list was able to conjure, but unfortunately due to a variety of reasons were unable to make the most of their cracking premise.

The range of strong premises here range from clever spinoff ideas, great new ideas revolving around time travel and the creation of the unlikeliest of protagonists. Each entry had the possibility of exploring their truly original and outstanding premise for multiple seasons if delivered in the style the premise demanded, but many shows on this list barely lasted a season.

While poor acting, low budgets and poor scripting often contributed to the shows wasted potential, a common theme with each entry was the poor tonal choices. Several entries on this list took itself far too seriously for a show that should have been great, campy fun, while other shows listed needed to done down their excessive elements to fully utilise their great initial concepts.

So kick back and reflect on what could have been, as we look at those incredible premises that Sci-Fi Tv shows totally wasted.

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