If you’re a major sci fi fan, then you’ve probably seen most of these shows already (not to brag, but we’ve seen every single one)! But if you haven’t seen them, then you’re definitely missing out. Seriously, you need to watch these shows to be a certified sci fi fan. And luckily for you, they’re all really amazing, making them the best sci fi tv shows. We have everything covered here, from space shows, time travel and superhero shows. So, check out the best sci fi tv series in the solar system!
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Best Science Fiction TV Shows
The 100 follows post-apocalyptic survivors from a space habitat, the Ark, who return to Earth nearly a century after a devastating nuclear apocalypse. The first people sent to Earth are a group of juvenile delinquents who encounter descendants of survivors of the nuclear disaster on the ground.
This is a post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series that begun airing in 2014 and ended in 2020. It ran for a total of 7 seasons. It is based on the book of the same name by Kass Morgan. This show has managed to maintain a consistent level of awesomeness with the quality not diminishing at all throughout its long run. In 2016 Rolling Stone ranked the show as one of “40 Best TV Shows Sci Fi of All Time”
While delivering pizza on New Year’s Eve 1999, Philip J. Fry is accidentally cryogenically frozen and thawed out one thousand years into the future.
This is an animated sci fi comedy show created by Matt Groening, it premiered in 1999 and has run for seven seasons. It has been ranked as one of the best animated tv series of all time and has spawned a whole franchise. So whether you are a fan on animated shows or not this is a must watch show!
Get ready to join Dr. Sam Beckett on the adventure of many lifetimes! Who will he be this time? Mafia hit man. Air Force test pilot. Professional boxer. Sam does it all in Season One of the groundbreaking, 5-time Emmy award-winning series.
This sci fi series ran for five seasons from 1989 to 1993. This show has it all – humor, drama, romance, social commentary, and science fiction. What more could you ask for!
The truth is out there. FBI agents Scully and Mulder seek it in this sci-fi phenomenon about their quest to explain the seemingly unexplainable. Their strange cases include UFO sightings, alien encounters and abductions, and just about everything else among the paranormal.
This could be a case for Mulder and Scully! There are a total of eleven seasons available so this series will keep you occupied for a while. And this show is now a cult classic with a huge fanbase – so what are you waiting for – the truth is out there!
Star Trek The Next Generation
Decades after the adventures of the original Enterprise crew, Capt. Jean-Luc Picard leads a new Enterprise on missions to explore unknown worlds.
This sci fi series aired 1987 to 1994 with 178 episodes over seven seasons. This is the third series in the Star Trek TV series franchise. The show has been immensely popular and the series finale had a viewership of 30 million. So whether you are a Star Trek fan or not then give this series a watch!
The Twilight Zone
Rod Serling’s seminal anthology series focused on ordinary folks who suddenly found themselves in extraordinary, usually supernatural, situations.
This is an anthology sci fi show than ran for five seasons from 1959 to 1963, there were also two movies made. This show has been ranked as one of the best TV shows of all time. It has spawned a whole franchise and is often referenced in popular culture. Definitely one not to miss!
WESTWORLD is a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Set at the intersection of the near future and the reimagined past, it explores a world in which every human appetite, not matter how noble or depraved, can be indulged. No rules, no laws, no judgment. Live without limits.
The Westworld franchise began with a movie in 1973, followed by a second in 1976. There followed a short lived TV series in 1980. But the one to watch is the Westworld TV show that began in 2016 and has aired for three season so far with a fourth currently in production. The show has had high viewing figures and been immensely popular. So catch up now before series four hits!
After the fall of the Galactic Empire lawlessness has spread through the galaxy. The travels of a lone bounty hunter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.
This space opera western is the first TV series spin off in the Star Wars franchise. It is set five years after Return Of The Jedi and stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian. Season one aired in 2019 and was an instant hit. Season two followed in 2020 and a third series is currently being filmed. A must watch! Even if its just for Grogu!
Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme broadcast by the BBC since 1963. The programme depicts the adventures of a Time Lord called the Doctor, an extraterrestrial being who appears to be human. The Doctor explores the universe in a time-travelling space ship called the TARDIS.
The Book Of Boba Fett
Bounty hunter Boba Fett & mercenary Fennec Shand navigate the underworld when they return to Tatooine to claim Jabba the Hutt’s old turf.
This is another space western TV series in the Star Wars franchise and is a spin off of the aforementioned The Mandalorian. The show also is set directly after Return Of The Jedi and stars Temuera Morrison as the title character. So far there is only one series but it is highly expected that there will be more!
The mercurial villain Loki resumes his role as the God of Mischief in a new series that takes place after the events of “Avengers: Endgame.”
This is the third TV series in the MCU Franchise and has Tom Hiddleston reprising his role from the movies as the titular character. There has only been one series so far but a second is in the making. The show has been a big hit with critics and fans alike. With praise has been high for the acting performance, musical score and visuals. An amazing series that you don’t want to miss!
From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane, THE ORVILLE is a live-action, one-hour space adventure series set 400 years in the future that follows The Orville, a mid-level exploratory spaceship. Its crew, both human and alien, face the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of everyday life.
This is a sci fi comedy drama, there are two seasons available so far with a third series arriving on Hulu in June 2022. Although the first season was generally negatively reviewed. But series two was considered to be much improved. So this means that season three can only get better!
Set more than seven years after the world has become a frozen wasteland, Snowpiercer centers on the remnants of humanity who inhabit a perpetually moving train, with 1001 cars, that circles the globe. Class warfare, social injustice and the politics of survival play out in this riveting television adaptation.
This is a post-apocalyptic dystopian thriller which is based on both the movie of the same name and the book Le Transperceneige by Jacques Lob. There are currently three seasons available and a fourth series has just been confirmed.
Reunited by their father’s death, estranged siblings with extraordinary powers uncover shocking family secrets — and a looming threat to humanity.
This is a superhero TV series based on the graphic novels of the same name from Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance fame). There are two seasons available right now with the third season out later this year. The show has been immensely popular in both viewing figures and with fans. It’s a fun show but with plenty of emotion and heart. So we can’t recommend this enough!
DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman, Negative Man, Elasti-Woman and Crazy Jane, led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief. Called to action by Cyborg aka Vic Stone, the Doom Patrol – part support group, part Super Hero team – is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
This superhero TV show is based on the DC comics of the same name. There are three seasons available already and a fourth series has been confirmed. And every season has been well received, with each season only getting better. So watch this now before season four hits!
Hundreds of cash-strapped players accept a strange invitation to compete in children’s games. Inside, a tempting prize awaits — with deadly high stakes.
This Korean survival drama was a massive hit upon its release on Netflix in 2021. This series launched to critical acclaim and international interest. There is one series available now and a second is in the pipeline. This show does contain brutal violence but underlined with sharp social commentary. There are some very emotional scenes too amidst the action and violence. If you somehow didn’t get caught up in the Squid Game frenzy upon its release then you need to catch this now! Absolutely a must watch!
When a young boy vanishes, a small town uncovers a mystery involving secret experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one strange little girl.
Starring: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard
There are currently 3 series available of this smash hit sci fi horror drama set in the 1980s. Since its release the series has attracted record breaking viewing figures on Netflix and has grown a huge international fan base. Series 4 is releasing later this year. It will be split into two Volumes, one being out on May 27 and the second one releasing on July 1. A fifth and final season has also been confirmed. So if you haven’t yet seen this show (we most definitely recommend it!) then the you had better get catching out before season 3 lands)!
A missing child sets four families on a frantic hunt for answers as they unearth a mind-bending mystery that spans three generations.
Starring: Louis Hofmann, Oliver Masucci, Jördis Triebel
This is the first German language series to air on Netflix and it ran for three season through to its completion in 2021. The series has received universal critical acclaim. It’s characters, narrative, acting, tone and the musical score all all amazing! This is a very complex show though so it does take some concentration as it weaves through the timelines. Therefore, we can’t give this show enough praise, this is a must watch!
After 250 years on ice, a prisoner returns to life in a new body with one chance to win his freedom: by solving a mind-bending murder.
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Lela Loren, Simone Missick
This cyberpunk series is based on the book of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. After the first season a second series was quickly confirmed. But despite the show receiving mostly positive reviews the third season was cancelled. Despite this then it is still definitely worth watching the two season that have been made of this amazing book adaption.
Alice In Borderland
An aimless gamer and his two friends find themselves in a parallel Tokyo, where they’re forced to compete in a series of sadistic games to survive.
Starring: Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tsuchiya, Nijiro Murakami
This is a Japanese language sci fi thriller drama based on the Manga of the same name by Haro Aso. It premiered in December 2020 and the response was overwhelmingly positive with the acting, visuals and graphic violence particularly receiving acknowledgement. It took only two weeks for season two to be confirmed and it should (hopefully!) be out later this year. We loved this show at Reign Of Reads and we can’t recommend it enough! Watch it now!
This sci-fi anthology series explores a twisted, high-tech near-future where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide.
Starring: Jesse Plemons, Cristin Milioti, Jimmi Simpson
This anthology series runs for 22 episodes across 5 series. The series uses speculative fiction to comment on contemporary social issues. It has also received widespread critical acclaim and is regarded to be one of the best TV series of the 2010s.
The series follows a former Green Beret, Bryan Mills, as he deals with a personal tragedy that shakes his world. As he fights to overcome the incident and exact revenge, Mills is pulled into a career as a deadly CIA operative, a job that awakens his very particular, and very dangerous, set of skills.
This is a TV mini series directed by Steven Spielberg. It follows the lives of three families as they try to cover up the Roswell crash. The show aired in 2002 and was very popular at the time and received many positive reviews.
When an old enemy, the Cylons, resurface and obliterate the 12 colonies, the crew of the aged Galactica protect a small civilian fleet – the last of humanity – as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, Earth.
The original Battlestar Galactica ran from 1978 – 1980 and was rebooted from 2003 – 2012.
THE BOYS is an irreverent take on what happens when superheroes, who are as popular as celebrities, as influential as politicians and as revered as Gods, abuse their superpowers rather than use them for good. It’s the powerless against the super powerful as The Boys embark on a heroic quest to expose the truth about “The Seven,” and their formidable Vought backing.
This is a dark edgy superhero show. Dubbed as being “suitable for no-one” this is a violent, gory, crazy show and we love it! An absolute must watch!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best sci-fi series on TV?
Here are some of the best sci-fi series on TV:
- Stranger Things
- Quantum Leap
- The X-Files
- Star Trek The Next Generation
- Doctor Who
- The Mandalorian
- Black Mirror
- The Orville
- Orphan Black
Is there any good sci-fi series on Netflix?
There are plenty of good sci-fi series on Netflix, here are some of the very best:
- Stranger Things
- Alice In Borderland
- Squid Game
- Black Mirror
- Umbrella Academy
- Altered Carbon
- Star Trek The Next Generation
- The 100
- Love Death And Robots
What is the longest running science fiction TV series?
The longest running science fiction TV series is Doctor Who. The TV show first aired on November 23 1963 and is still running today! The time travelling series has featured many different actors in the titular role of the Doctor, which is explained by the Doctor regenerating into a different body every so often.
Are there any new sci fi TV shows?
Yes, there are always new sci fi TV shows coming out. Here are some of the latest sci fi TV shows:
- Obi Wan Kenobi
- Ms Marvel
- Night Sky
- Welcome To Eden
- Resident Evil
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
- The Time Travellers Wife