While the science fiction genre may not be for everybody, it has actually been garnering steady followership in recent years. Now more than ever before, some of the best stuff on television today are science fiction shows.
Science fiction is a genre in literature, movies, television or artworks that deal with futuristic, imaginative concepts dealing with a range of science and technology related topics from extraterrestrial life, time travel, space travel and parallel universe.
The science fiction world is probably one of the most interesting genres because it explores a world where anything is possible through scientific innovations and technological advancements but it is important to not mix it up with the fantasy genre which features supernatural, magical and paranormal themes.
Science fiction shows have always had the ability to attract a devoted fanbase because of their creativity, special effects and outside-the-box exploration.
With that in mind, here are some of the amazing science fiction shows that were amazing when they first came out, are amazing now and will continue to remain amazing tomorrow.
Science Fiction Shows
1. The X Files
The X Files is a science fiction show which ran for nine seasons from September 1993 to May 2002. The wildly popular show revolves around FBI special agents Dana Scully (which was played by Gillian Anderson) and Fox Mulder (who was played by David Duchovny) who investigated mysterious unsolved cases with paranormal undertones. These cases were referred to as the X-files. To be honest, as with most television series, there’s a lot more to the show which enabled it to garner millions of viewers every episode.
Its dedicated writing and unexpected plotlines make it one of those shows that will stand the test of time.
Firefly is an interesting addition to this list because it was on air for only one season but managed to garner a huge fan base – huge enough to spawn a wildly successful movie.
Firefly is a space western drama that aired on NBC. It was created by Joss Whedon and featured an ensemble cast of nine people, set in 2517, who live on a spaceship. It also explores the lives of Mal Reynolds (the ship’s captain) and who fought on the losing side of the civil war as he and his team navigate their world.
3. Stargate: SG1
This not only stands the test of time but it also spawned quite a few successful DVD movies and spin-off shows. The premise of the series takes place about a year after the events of the movie on which it is based (Stargate).
It follows a United States Air Force special operations elite team as they explore the galaxy and protect earth from alien threats using an ancient alien technology – the stargate.
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Sense8 is brought to you by the Wachowskis, who also gave us Science Fiction shows gold like The Matrix. This series is about a group of 8 strangers from all over the world who suddenly become Sensates – people who are emotionally and mentally connected. The show explores topics that are not common in science fiction such as sexuality, identity, religion and politics.
5. Doctor Who
This is actually one of the longest science fiction shows of all time, having originally aired from 1963 to 1989 and was revived from 2005 to present.
Doctor Who tells the story of an alien time traveller – a Time Lord – known as The Doctor. Several actors have actually portrayed the titular role since its inception.
The Doctor comes from the planet Gallifrey and travels the universe, exploring, in his spaceship – The TARDIS, which actually appears as a blue British Police box. With his varying companions, the doctor goes head to head with a series of foes while saving the population.
6. Battlestar Galactica (2004)
Battlestar Galactica is built on the premise that the human civilization of a distant universe has extended to other planets which are known as the Twelve Colonies. They migrated to the Twelve Colonies from Kobol, their homeworld.
The Twelve Colonies have been embrittled in a war with the Cylons which are a cybernetic race with the sole intention of destroying the human race.
Battlestar Galactica, however, tells the story of the only surviving battleship after an ambush attack on the Humans by the Cylons, as they transport survivors to the long believed mythical thirteenth colony – Earth.
7. The Star Trek Franchise
This encompasses the original Star Trek series which starred William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy as the iconic Captain James .T. Kirk and Spock respectively;
Star Trek: The Next Generation which had Patrick Stewart play Captain Jean-Luc Picard;
Star Trek: Voyager with Kate Mulgrew (who has quite the impressive science fiction repertoire) as Captain Kathryn Janeway;
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine which had Captain Benjamin Sisko leading its crew, Benjamin Sisko is played by legendary actor, Avery Brooks. The television franchise also includes prequels
Star Trek: Enterprise which stars Scott Bakula as Jonathan Archer, Captain of the Enterprise, Earth’s first Warp 5 Starship;
2017’s Star Trek: Discovery.
The entire Star Trek Franchise spanned severally commercially successful series and movies which will definitely stand the test of time.
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Fringe follows the lives of the members of a fictitious Fringe division of the FBI, particularly the lives of Olivia Dunham, Walter Bishop and Peter Bishop. Under Homeland Security’s supervision, the team investigates unexplained cases which are related to a parallel universe. The series was wildly successful and spawned several comic books, novels and games.
9. Dark Matter
While this series is relatively newer than the others on this list, there is no doubt that it will stand the test of time. Dark matter follows a group of six people who wake up on a spaceship – The Raza – with no memory of themselves, each other or how they got on the ship.
After naming themselves in the order of which they woke up from “One” to “Six”, they go about trying to figure out who they are and what happened to them.
10. Falling Skies
Falling Skies begins six months after an alien invasion, the series follows Tom Mason, a former history professor at the Boston University who becomes the second in command of a group of civilians who struggle to survive the post-apocalyptic, post-alien invasion world they now live in while combating the remaining extraterrestrials.