may not make it easy to find its best sci-fi offerings, so let’s highlight them in this list of the best. Amazon has selected three of the best science fiction series: Counterpart, et . Have you ever seen this essential threesome? Try some of the new original intrigues, including , et .
For hilarious sci-fi asking you to fire up your wild theory generator, look no further than the Outer Range. The sci-fi western is set on the Abbott family’s ranch, where the royal patriarch (Josh Brolin) hides an almighty secret. When a stranger arrives in town (Imogen Poots), he is forced to confront his past, present and future, and not just in a metaphorical sense. Bizarre in ways you wouldn’t expect, Outer Range is a solid sci-fi release worth keeping.
This sci-fi horror focuses on a small town plagued by mysterious and terrifying events. When a family gets lost, they are sucked into a nightmare involving deadly creatures and equally deadly citizens. With enough storylines to keep you hooked and a strong lead in Harold Perrineau’s Sheriff Stevens, From is a tempting destination to hang out.
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The Man Who Fell to Earth (2022—)
This series, based on the novel by Walter Tevis, features an extraordinary cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor plays an alien who lands on Earth seeking the help of a brilliant scientist and Bill Nighy plays Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who fell to Earth in the 1976 film adaptation. . The role was originally played by David Bowie and each episode of this sequel to the film is named after one of Bowie’s songs. A more solid and fun series that is best watched without comparing it to the previous material. Although, if you’re not a fan of split timelines, be careful.
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War of the Worlds (2019—)
This 2019 adaptation of HG Wells’ novel is a surprisingly effective version of well-trodden territory, so for three seasons so far. In a bleak, cold, post-apocalyptic world, we follow the Gresham family as they are engulfed in a mysterious catastrophic event. Experience the shocking upheaval of life as they know it, made even more difficult when teen Emily (Daisy Edgar-Jones) is blind. Part of the story takes place in Paris, part in London. Eventually, the different pockets of humanity converge. A slow but gripping survival drama with mysterious otherworldly forces at play.
Amazon saved The Expanse from the realm of canceled television, taking the series to six seasons. Thank goodness, because The Expanse is intelligent science fiction with realistic characters, high production values and a touch of detective noir. In a future where humanity has colonized the solar system, a conspiracy threatens to ignite a cold war between the greatest powers. In the center is a gang of anti-heroes. Expect more western themes in space in subsequent seasons that are still excellent.
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Black Mirror comparisons are inevitable with this British tech series gone awry. Set in futuristic London, The Feed centers around a facility that allows people to stream their lives without having to press a button on their phone. No, absolutely nothing is wrong. An impressive cast includes David Thewlis and Michelle Fairley. While it’s not as polished or deep as Black Mirror, it’s still worth checking out The Feed.
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Humans may not be quite original, but the assembled parts sing. A British family buys an artificially intelligent robot called a “synthesizer” to help them in their busy life. This ingrained approach to sentient and potentially dangerous robots is one of the greatest strengths of humans. At the heart of the dessert: an innocent bond between the youngest daughter of the family and Anita, the elegant and efficient synth by Gemma Chan. A mystery drags the family to the origins of robots, which explore inescapable philosophical themes such as humanity, pain, memories and reality.
Electric Dreams by Philip K. Dick (2017-2018)
Electric Dreams lives up to its name, each episode of the anthology series is a vibrant and refined product that purrs the ideas of its source material: the works of Philip K. Dick. As with most anthologies, some episodes are better than others, but if you feel like telling stories with Black Mirror-like configurations, let the reverie slip away.
The man in the high castle (2015-2019)
The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate story in which the Axis powers (Rome-Berlin-Tokyo) win World War II. Based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, the series follows characters from the 1960s who live in a parallel universe, where Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan control the United States. But there are impossible news images emerging in a world where Germany and Japan are losing the war, causing some to rebel. To confirm his dystopian credentials, The Man in the High Castle is directed by producer Ridley Scott. Fully crafted and with a focused storyline, it’s compelling television.
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The counterpart features JK Simmons playing against JK Simmons. Get excited for a second. Set in Germany during the Cold War, the sci-fi thriller follows a humble office grunt discouraged by his dark life. Then one day – episode 1 spoiler – move on to work and meet, but a better version of a parallel world. Secrets, tense action, and a masterful double-role interpretation of Simmons make Counterpart a must-see.
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Stories from the cycle (2020—)
Not just another small town show where weird things happen, Tales from the Loop has layers beneath its beautiful surface. Based on a fictional art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series is beautiful to watch. The meticulous and symmetrical frames somehow give off a painterly atmosphere. Interconnected city dwellers are equally nuanced, their stories explore loneliness, aging and the impact of technology.
Is this the next Stranger Things? Bicycles, check. The 80s, check it out. Ali Wong plays the older version of one of the characters interacting with the aforementioned younger character in a hilarious way … check it out? Yes, Paper Girls has the thing of her. Based on Brian K. Vaughn’s superb comic book series, Paper Girls best explains the cheats of time travel, putting its four young heroines at the center of a time travel faction war. Played by impressive young actors whose characters face harsh revelations about each of their futures, Paper Girls is a fascinating outlet. Unfortunately Amazon canceled than after a season. Crossing the fingers another net collects it.
Night Sky isn’t the most evocative title, and the one-season series doesn’t reach the science fiction heights some may seek. Although it features a slow-burning mystery involving an alien planet, Night Sky’s greatest strength is the touching, sometimes surprisingly funny drama between an old couple, the most unlikely of protagonists. Facing health issues, not to mention dangerous new guests, Franklin and Irene York (the huge JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek) do their best to make sense of a portal to a mysterious and desolate planet.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (2022—)
The Star Trek series keeps coming. Set in the decade leading up to Star Trek: The Original Series, Strange New Worlds follows Captain Pike (Anson Mount) and the crew of the spaceship USS Enterprise as they boldly go where no one has gone before. With nods to the storytelling, storytelling and episodic design from the previous series, Strange New Worlds puts a contemporary twist on the beloved territory.
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