Battlestar Galactica and Babylon 5 were some of the most intelligent shows I have ever watched on television. Why were shows like that heavily stigmatized at the time periods they were on television? The mainstream thought they were only shows that morbidly obese men who spent most of the time in a basement. Vast numbers of this mainstream are now gushing over Game of Thrones. I did know several military officers who were fans of B5 and BSG but it still seems like most people look at TV sci fi as a joke.