Star Trek

2. Star Trek

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“Live long and prosper.” It started as a cult 60s television program that became an animated cartoon before blowing up into a hit string of six films, a handful of television spinoffs, another movie franchise spinoff, and finally the current, softly-rebooted franchise.  After that mouthful, it’s easy to understand the staying power of Star Trek over the years.  Unlike the other sci-fi narratives on this list, Star Trek is a rather open-ended plot, as any given crew from the futuristic, chromed-out Federation simply explores the final frontier of outer space: new planets, exotic aliens, devastating weapons, etc.  Whether your preferred captain is Kirk or Picard, you can’t go wrong.

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