Are you a big science fiction fan? Running out of content? These are the best sci fi tv shows you definitely need to check out today.
Streaming services changed the film and television industries more than we ever thought they would. What started as hubs to watch your favorite movies and television shows have now become full-on studios that produce their own original content, some even qualifying for Academy Awards.
But in a world of so much content, where do you even start? Well, we’ll help you out today by giving you our top six sci fi TV shows in no particular order. Let’s jump in!
1. Stranger Things
Netflix’s original series Stranger Things took the world by storm with its combination of ‘80s nostalgia and monster fighting kids.
The series was created by brothers Matt and Ross Duffer. The series saw the birth of the careers of a stellar child cast with now-staple names like Millie Bobby Brown, who was recently in Godzilla: King of Monsters and is set to star in Enola Holmes, and Finn Wolfhard who played Richie in 2017’s IT: Chapter One and is set to start in the upcoming Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
These kids, alongside ’80s icons like Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, and starting in season two, Sean Astin, have brought to life an amazingly horrifying world in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana. The talented cast battles these otherworldly creatures to protect their world while also solving the mysteries of how they came to be. If you love the ‘80s, exceptional writing, monsters, and Dungeons and Dragons, then this show is for you.
2. Black Mirror
Black Mirror is generally regarded as the modern age Twilight Zone.
Each episode of this series takes on a different scenario that could happen in the near future. Every episode explores the relationship between humans and technology and the different ways that it could work against us. While the show can be perceived as a warning against technology and how it can be used, more accurate perception is that it’s a warning against human nature in the age of technology.
The series currently has five seasons, an interactive movie, and a Christmas special that are sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. Throughout the show, you’ll find big names in Hollywood like Bryce Dallas Howard, Anthony Mackie, Jon Hamm, and even Miley Cyrus. You can find Black Mirror on Netflix and if you’d like to go a little retro, you can find The Twilight Zone on Netflix as well.
3. The Mandalorian
One of the newest additions to the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian is an incredible Disney+ original.
The show maintains the science fiction aspect of the franchise while also harkening back to its Western roots. The Mandalorian is set sometime after the fall of the Empire in Return of the Jedi and follows Din Djarin, the Mandalorian bounty hunter, as he gets himself wrapped up in a fight with the remains of the Galactic Empire over a child.
The show also utilizes a technology that is new to Hollywood called Stagecraft. It’s essentially a green screen, but without the green. With Stagecraft, a bunch of LED screens projects an image of the scenery behind the actors, effectively immersing the production within the setting whether it be Tatooine or Hoth.
With the new technology, incredible acting, stellar writing, and wonderful effects, both practical and visual, The Mandalorian is a great show to watch with your friends, family, or by yourself. Be sure to keep an eye out for season two, which should come out on Disney+ this Fall. If you don’t want to have to deal with another streaming service, then you can download the show elsewhere, but you may have to deal with sketchy websites and the process of having to unzip files so watch out!
4. Rick and Morty
Coming in with a little change of pace are Rick and Morty.
Created by Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, Rick and Morty detail the misadventures of mad, drunken scientist Rick Sanchez and his grandson Morty. Although the show is animated, it is definitely not for kids.
Adult cartoons are making a comeback with Rick and Morty and Bojack Horseman being prime examples. With four seasons of dimension-hopping, swearing, and even murdering different versions of themselves and having to live with the consequences, Rick and Morty is a hilarious fun time that can be found on Hulu. If you’re looking for something more family-friendly, Gravity Falls is another incredible animated sci-fi TV show and can be found on Disney+.
Are you a Stephen King fan? Well, then this pick is for you.
Based on King’s 2011 novel 11/22/63, the show follows James Franco as Jake Epping trying to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy after recently being shown how to time travel. And yes, it is just as amazing as it sounds.
Like all-time travel stories, things end up going terribly wrong. While there are unfortunately only eight episodes, the show is a thrill from beginning to end. It’s one of the best adaptations of King’s work.
All episodes can be found on Hulu.
6. The Umbrella Academy
What do comic books and My Chemical Romance’s frontman have in common? The Umbrella Academy.
The Umbrella Academy is a Netflix original series that is based on a comic of the same name by Gerard Way, MCR’s frontman.
The show’s premise reads a lot like a spin-off of the X-Men. A group of superheroes with strange powers grows up in a mansion together and they all hate their father. The resemblance is uncanny, isn’t it?
While the two sound similar, The Umbrella Academy is very different from the X-Men. The show starts slow at first, but it really shines once the ball gets rolling. While it does have the draw of your average superhero flick these days, the show runs deeper than that, displaying the dynamic of sibling relationships and how they affect each person involved in them.
You can find the show and its stellar soundtrack on Netflix. Season two was recently released.
Sci Fi TV Shows Are Here to Stay
Sci Fi TV shows are difficult to pull off strictly from a budget standpoint, as the budge is much smaller than that of a sci-fi film. Although the competition is high, sci-fi TV shows aren’t going anywhere and these six great ones are here to prove that.
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