There are plenty of awesome sci-fi shows out there, but there are also plenty of duds. We at The Arcade have put together a list of 10 of what we think are truly great TV shows set in space.
If you’re looking for an awesome space TV show but you don’t fancy the cold, comedy-sucking spirit of some other sci-fi shows, then this is the one for you!
It’s about a guy who has been awakened from a high-tech stasis chamber three million years in the future only to find out he might be one of the last humans alive. He and a crew of rag-tag weirdos are lost in space and try to kill time and share adventures aboard the mining ship, Red Dwarf.
It’s fun and silly and it ran for 11 seasons so there’s plenty to entertain you if you feel like binge-watching it this weekend!
One of the best sci-fi shows of all time, Battlestar Galactica (and I’m talking about the reboot here!) is a fantastic joyride in all the best things sci-fi has to offer: action, humanoid robots out to kill, badass characters, great CGI and awesome flight sequences.
The plot revolves around humans fleeing from the humanoid Cylons who hunt them after decimating their civilisation and population. The soldiers of the Battlestar Galactica ship work tirelessly to fight off the Cylons while trying to protect and ferry ships containing the last of the human race to any place they can call home.
Battlestar has the added bonus of being centered around the human struggle, about faith and zealotry and survival. If you haven’t watched it before, you’re really missing out. By the end of the series, you’ll find yourself asking ‘What would Gaius Baltar do?’
Anyone who has seen Firefly before may recognise that pang of sadness you feel every time it’s mentioned. Few will disagree, but Firefly was one of the best shows of all time let alone just a sci-fi show. Cancelled because of stupid reasons (STUPID reasons, Fox), Firefly was totally original for its time.
It mashed up the sci-fi and western genres to create the unique backdrop for the adventures of the ship, Serenity, captained by the hard-as-nails Mal Reynolds. The show follows their journeys around the galaxy and their attempts to avoid the Alliance, a Chinese-American superpower, who want to destroy Mal and the crew’s smuggling way of life.
Set in a future where humanity has colonized the Solar System, The Expanse follows United Nations executive Chrisjen Avasarala, police detective Joe Miller, ship’s officer Jim Holden and his crew as they unravel a conspiracy that threatens peace in the System and the survival of humanity.
Featuring a diverse cast, the series premiered in 2015 with 10 episodes and critical acclaim. If you get stuck in now, you’ll be totally invested in the show by the time the 13 episode second season is released in January 2017!
One of the best parts about Doctor Who is that if you don’t like one doctor you can try a different one out! In case you don’t know, Doctor Who follows the adventures of the primary character, a rogue Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey, who goes by the name ‘The Doctor‘.
He journeys around in his time machine, the TARDIS – ‘Time and Relative Dimension in Space’ – which allows him to travel across time and space with many awesome companions.
If you haven’t yet checked Doctor Who out, do it. Just do it!
Shelon Cooper may disagree, but he’s wrong about a lot of things. Babylon 5 depicts a future where Earth has a unifying government and colonies within the solar system and beyond make up the Earth Alliance. The cast portray alien ambassadorial staff and humans assigned to the Babylon 5 space station, a center for trade and diplomacy.
It’s a show with a lot of talk, so if you’re looking for something you can tune in and out of, you may want to look elsewhere, but if you’re looking for a good show focusing on politics and character development, give this a go.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
One of the best shows set in space ever (and certainly much better than The Original Series in my opinion), Star Trek: The Next Generation has it all; action, awesome characters, great storylines, cool alien civilisations and era-appropriate glittery costumes.
TNG follows the adventures of the starship Enterprise and the first episode takes place in the year 2364, 100 years after the start of the five year mission described in The Original Series. It features a brilliant new cast, great writing and innovative plotlines, and covers a wide range of societal issues like race, euthanasia, sexuality, gender and politics.
Feel free to disagree in the comments below! Have we missed anything glaringly obvious? Let us know!