Some people still consider Battlestar Galactica to be the best modern sci-fi show, but these alternatives are better.
It wasn’t until the 1980s that science fiction television was viewed as anything more than a novelty. Star Trek and the sequel Star Trek: The Next Generation were notable exceptions, but the majority of the shows were filled with cheesy robots, fake scenery, and fun but hollow entertainment.
When Battlestar Galactica was remade in 1978, it ushered in a new era for science fiction television. When compared to the original, the remake was a masterwork of storytelling, with political intrigue and drama to accompany the space opera battles. There are many other excellent sci-fi shows that are worth watching.
1. Doctor Who
It’s hard to recommend the first few seasons of Doctor Who because they were more like educational television for kids than good sci-fi storytelling. Those who started watching the series from the beginning might give up quickly.
After Christopher Eccleston was cast as the Ninth Doctor in 2005, the show had a resurgence and some of its best stories. When it comes to Doctor Who, it doesn’t matter who your favorite actor is. Regardless of who your favorite actor is, you’ll always find great stories to enjoy.
2. Star Trek
Despite the fact that many consider the remake of Battlestar Galactica to be the beginning of intelligent science fiction television, this is not the case. There were morality tales, space battles, and inner conflicts in even the first Star Trek series.
It doesn’t matter which of the two Star Trek series a viewer prefers; both have excellent sci-fi television on display, even if they don’t go quite as deep asBattlestar Galactica does.
3. The Mandalorian
At the box office, Star Wars has been a mixed bag for fans. Both prequels and sequels have polarized fans, despite the fact that the original trilogy has been universally adored.
Even more surprising is that a television show about an alien race with a small fan base was all that was needed to unite the group again. That’s what The Mandalorian did, and it may have saved the Star Wars universe in the process.
4. The X-Files
Friday night is a death knell for most shows on television. One show on Fox not only helped to cement the network’s status as a major television network that could challenge ABC, NBC, and CBS, but it also made Friday nights must-see TV for many people. Despite moving to Sunday nights, The X-Files continued to thrive.
An FBI UFO fanatic was paired with a skeptic to investigate the mysteries of the universe on the X-Files. Even if the alien coverups’ overall arc was the best sci-fi television you’ll ever see, the standalone monster-of-the-week outings remain the best.
Westworld, a novel by Michael Crichton, was made into a film starring Yul Brenner in 1973 and remains a cult classic. Since its return in 2016, HBO has improved the original film in every way.
Automated robots programmed to avoid harming humans are used in an amusement park where visitors can experience a western action story. Robots, on the other hand, pose a serious threat when they become sentient.
In 2009, Zack Snyder made a film adaptation of Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. There were many scenes that were lifted directly from the comics, but there was never a sense of purpose to the film…
A season of Watchmen was created in 2019 by HBO, which not only improved the original story but also maintained the original setting, creating some of the best sci-fi television of the year.
Firefly is often mentioned as one of the best television shows that were canceled before they deserved to be canceled. Nathan Fillion plays Mal Reynolds, the owner and captain of the spaceship Serenity, in Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western Firefly.
When the show premiered, Fox aired the episodes in a random order, and viewers stopped watching because they couldn’t figure out what was going on. Afterwards, Fox canceled the show. As a result, the series gained a cult following and even received its own movie, Serenity, to wrap up loose ends.
8. Black Mirror
The Twilight Zone and the Outer Limits are two classic examples of great science fiction anthologies on classic network television. When Netflix picked up the Channel 4 series Black Mirror and made it available on its streaming service, it entered the fray.
Black Mirror, on the other hand, focused on the fear of technology in every episode and produced some of the best short sci-fi stories on television.
The popularity of superhero shows on television has grown steadily over the years. Fans of both The CW’s Arrowverse and Marvel’s Netflix series flocked to WandaVision, which is one of the best shows on television today.
However, there was also a sci-fi marvel in the form of Legionon FX, a brilliant superhero series. While Noah Hawley based his character on a mutant hero descended from X-Men legend Professor X, the show went as far as it could go in terms of outlandish sci-fi concepts.
If you’ve ever wondered if science fiction could be made into a serious television show, Battlestar Galactica is the answer to your prayers.
FRINGE demonstrated, however, that it was possible for science fiction television to produce something intelligent and dynamic that made people think and even enthralled the science fiction fanatics in all of us! For this series, the FBI used fringe science to solve problems, resulting in the discovery of a second universe.
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