The Best 25 Sci-Fi Series of All-Time

21. The Prisoner

We’re of course talking about the original 1967 series starring Patrick McGoohan and not the inferior remake produced by AMC in 2009. The Prisoner is a bizarre, mind-bending 17 episode show about a former high-level government agent who is kidnapped and sent to a mysterious “Village” after resigning his post. There he encounters, among other things, human chess boards, duplicate prisoners, telepathy and a guard named Rover that looks like a giant inflated weather balloon. Quirky, unsettling, and sometimes just outright surreal, it is worth experiencing at least once even if it doesn’t ultimately give firm answers to its many mysteries.

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