Top Science Fiction Shows on Netflix
I’ve been looking for some TV shows to start watching on Netflix, specifically a really good science fiction show. I need a show that I can really get into, so I started doing some research and asking friends what they’ve been watching. I thought I would share some of those shows with all of you! Some are old classics. Others are amazing shows that came out recently. Most of them, I have not seen, yet. Shame, shame. Looks like I’ve got some work to do! Here are some of the top science fiction shows on Netflix right now.
The Twilight Zone
IMDb rating: 9.0/10
A classic. I love the Twilight Zone. The episodes are short and there is no overarching storyline. You can just scroll through the seasons and pick which episode sounds the most interesting to watch. Whether it be a man at the end of the world, with all the books and time he could ever ask for, or a small suburb that spirals into paranoia when they think aliens are secretly among them, there are a lot of awesome stories to choose from. The other cool thing about this series is that it’s not just sci-fi. Depending on the episode, it could have parts of fantasy or horror. In my opinion, that makes the series even better!
IMDb rating: 9.0/10
If you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet, you either live under a rock or are one of the few dozen people that didn’t really care for it. If you do live under a rock, the show is about the disappearance of a kid, Will Byers. Other strange things continue to happen throughout the small town, as the town sheriff looks into the disappearance. Will’s friends start to do a bit of investigating on their own, and find something (or someone) that they never expected. Turns out there is a lot more going on in that small town then anyone ever realized. Annnnd craziness ensues.
Seriously, I loved this show. Everything was fantastic. The story, the suspense and twists, the throwbacks, the acting, everything! So. Freakin. Good. The second season comes out on Halloween of this year. Can’t wait!
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
The X-Files is another classic. I’ve only watched the first few seasons, but what I have seen is crazy good. I am a sucker for alien conspiracies and paranormal activity, so this show has my number. Some episodes can be hit and miss, ranging from strange and weird to super creepy and everything in between.
The show is about two FBI agents, Fox Mulder who believes in paranormal activity and Dana Scully who is skeptical and logical about their cases. Many of the cases are intense and causes them to risk their careers and often times their lives in order to solve. Everything from ghosts, to alien conspiracies within the government, to killer computers, Mulder and Scully do what they can to expose the truth. Do you believe?
Star Wars: Clone Wars
IMDb rating: 8.0/10
This series, that started on Cartoon Network, was surprisingly awesome! It takes a bit in the beginning of the series to get going, like most shows. However, once you get into later seasons, the show becomes less childish and more serious. Sometimes, the show gets pretty dark and complex, especially for a show on a kids network. But whatever works, I am not complaining.
The series explains the events that happen between the second movie (Attack of the Clones) and the third (Revenge of the Sith). All your old friends are back: Anakin, Obi-wan, Yoda, and Mace Windu, and even some new faces like Anakin’s padawan Ahsoka Tano. If you are a Star Wars fan, I highly recommend this show!
IMDb rating: 8.7/10
I’ll admit, I am not a huge superhero fan. The only superhero movies I really enjoyed were Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies. Those movies weren’t just entertaining, but they had a great story with awesome acting and it was actually somewhat believable or realistic. Now, I’m not saying I don’t enjoy what Marvel is doing and DC is trying to do. Those movies are super entertaining and the superhero genre has gotten a lot better over the years. But still, just not that big of a fan.
Then there is Daredevil. No, not the terrible 2003 movie. The Netflix series. Incredible. Absolutely incredible. The acting, the story, the characters, the fighting choreography… holy moly. So far there are only two seasons out, but they are great. If you are unfamiliar with the story of Daredevil, then here we go. Matt Murdock is a blind lawyer who tries to keep his city, Hell’s Kitchen, safe and clean from criminal scum by using the law by day. But by night, he is the crime-fighting vigilante who keeps his city clean with his fists and superhuman senses! Throughout the series, he fights mobs and gangs and takes on his biggest enemy, Wilson Fisk aka Kingpin.
IMDb rating: 7.9/10
Fair warning: the OA is a really weird series. I’m still not sure how I feel about it. There are parts of it that are really good and done very well. The series leaves you in the dark and creates this huge mystery about the main character, and no matter how weird and crazy the story gets, you want to go back for more because you have to know what happens! It is addicting and it definitely made me curious about what was going on. There are a lot of great cliffhangers that make for the perfect binge watching show. And with only eight episodes, you can really take advantage of this series on a rainy day. But without giving to much away, the style of the show and events that take place during the course of the series are just bizarre.
The show is about a blind woman who was missing for seven years. After mysteriously reappearing, it turns out she has regained her sight, changed her name to the OA, and is hiding quite a bit of information about what happened to her while she was gone. The only people that she tells her story to are four kids from a nearby high school and a teacher, who all have problems and issues of their own that they deal with throughout the series. This show is super weird and different but is also very interesting, making you wanting more.
IMDb rating: 8.9/10
I have not seen this show yet. However, I recently talked to a friend about it, and it sounds super interesting. Similar to The Twilight Zone, each episode has a different story and characters. Some of the episodes sound really strange, and others sound intriguing. Most of the episodes are based on how we live our lives now. Episodes tend to focus on the darker side of the technology that we use today, and where we might be headed with that technology, for better or worse. This is definitely the next series that I will be checking out.
IMDb rating: 9.1/10
Even if you’ve never seen Firefly, you’ve probably heard of it at some point. It is the single season, cult classic TV series set 500 years in the future. The show focuses on the crew of the spaceship Serenity. The crew is made up of nine individuals who were all on the losing side of a civil war, and are now exploring a new star system. The crew does whatever they can and takes whatever job comes there way in order to survive. Along the way they avoid different groups and factions who are trying to bring in the rag tag group of smugglers and thieves.
I have never seen the show myself, but I have heard nothing but good things about it. My only issue with the series is that it is only one season long, with 14 episodes. There is also a movie, called Serenity, which continues the story where it left off. Maybe someday I’ll give in and watch this short-lived classic.
IMDb rating: 7.3/10
Anything with aliens is ok in my book. I’ve never heard of Colony before I started doing research for this blog post. It is definitely on my radar now. In the series, Los Angeles has been invaded by an alien force. The alien invaders are never really seen, but have a huge impact on the surviving human race. Some of the remaining survivors are working with the invaders, while others are doing everything they can to rebel against the occupation. While the human race takes sides and fight against each other, the alien force looks on at the chaos.
IMDb rating: 7.2/10
It is the 1960’s, during the Kennedy presidency. Fearing the worst about the Cold War and nuclear annihilation, the U.S. government sends a spaceship (USS Ascension) to a distant planet to colonize it. However, 50 years in the 100 year mission, there is a murder of a young woman. This being the first ever murder on the ship, and with the investigation underway, the crew of 600 people on the enormous spaceship start to question the real reason of the voyage. This miniseries has plenty of twists and turns along with a great retro-futuristic vibe.
IMDb rating: 8.4/10
Sense8 is the story of eight individuals who are spread out throughout the world and are in no way connected… except mentally and emotionally. All eight people are somehow connected telepathically. While they continue to live their lives and figure out what and how this event happened, one man named Jonas tries to help the eight while another man, named Whispers, tries to hunt them down. There is a lot of mystery and secrets in this series. As the show continues, you dive deeper into the eight strangers lives and find out what exactly brings all of them together.
IMDb rating: 8.5/10
I have heard from quite a few people that Fringe is a pretty solid and a well done Sci-fi series. It is based on an FBI agent who works with a “mad scientist” type individual and his son in order to solve cases that involve fringe science. The team works within the Fringe Division within the FBI and try to solve cases that are often unexplained and mysterious. Cases involve anything from transhumanist experiments gone wrong to the collision of two parallel universes. Each episode has a standalone plot with some shows adding on to the overall main story plot.
There are still quite a bit of science fiction shows that are on Netflix right now. The ones I have listed are the ones that interested me the most. If you are still looking for that special sci-fi show, check out this article or this one right here for more science fiction fun.
Peace and love, nerds!
Matt “Donoran” Fuhrmann