I love TLZ too and broke my bank buying it on Blu-ray. In my top 10 shows of all time for sure.
I think stories of TLZ are so special that the science element is a non-factor.
In 'Where is Everybody' it matters not that he is actually in a simulator--what matters is the 24 minutes before that and his plight as a lonely confused human being.
Of course the quality of the fiction is paramount--I'm just playing devil's advocate.
Understood. And I was just trying to stress that the attention to science isn't necessarily the determining factor when it comes to ranking sf shows.
(A debate which goes back at least as far as Jules Verne and H. G. Wells!)