Some people still believe Battlestar Galactica to be the best current sci-fi show, but these replacements are better than the original.
In the past, science fiction television was viewed as nothing more than light entertainment. However, Star Trek and its sequel Star Trek: The Next Generation were notable outliers to the rule, which was to say that they were filled with cheap-looking robots and cheesy scenery.
When Battlestar Galactica was remade in 1978, it ushered in a new era for science fiction television. The original was just another space opera, but the remake was a marvel of storytelling, with political intrigue and drama to go along with the space opera fights. In addition to that, it isn’t the only sci-fi show worth seeing.
10. Doctor Who
It’s hard to recommend the first few seasons of Doctor Who because they were more like instructive television for kids than outstanding sci-fi fiction. Those who started watching the series from the beginning could give up quickly.
However, the show’s popularity skyrocketed after Christopher Eccleston was cast in the role of the Ninth Doctor in 2005, and some of the best storylines were created during his tenure. 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 wonderful stories to enjoy.
9. 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 wars, and internal tensions in even the original Star Trek series.
It doesn’t matter which of the two Star Trek programs a viewer chooses; both have excellent sci-fi television on exhibit, even if they don’t delve quite as deep asBattlestar Galactica does.
8. 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 generally adored.
A television show about a minor fan favorite alien race brought everyone back together, to the point that it’s almost astonishing. As a result of what The Mandalorian did, the Star Wars universe may have been spared by this Disney+ series.
7. The X-Files
Most shows are doomed to fail on Friday night because of the abysmal viewing figures. Having just one show on Fox made Friday nights must-see TV, but it also helped Fox solidify its standing as a major television network that could compete with ABC, NBC and CBS.. Despite moving to Sunday nights, The X-Files continued to thrive.
An FBI UFO aficionado was paired with a skeptic to investigate the mysteries of the universe on the X-Files. Aliens’ coverups’ overall arc was still the best science fiction television anyone has ever seen, but the best individual episodes remain the monster-of-the-week adventures.
Yul Brenner starred in Michael Crichton’s 1973 film adaptation of Westworld, which is still regarded as a cult classic. Since its return in 2016, HBO has improved the original film in every aspect.
It’s about a western-themed amusement park with robots that are instructed not to harm humans. Robots, on the other hand, pose a serious threat when they become sentient.
In 2009, Zack Snyder made a film adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ novel Watchmen. There were several sequences that were lifted directly from the comics, yet there was never a sense of purpose to the film..
A season of Watchmen was developed in 2019 by HBO, which not only improved the original tale but also maintained the original setting, delivering some of the best sci-fi television of the year.
There were 11 Primetime Emmy Awards for Watchmen.
Firefly is often mentioned as one of the best television shows that were canceled before they deserved to be canceled. Joss Whedon’s sci-fi western, Firefly, stars Nathan Fillion as Mal Reynolds, the ship’s owner and captain.
When the show started, Fox aired the episodes in a random order, and viewers quit watching because they couldn’t figure out what was going on. Afterward, it was canceled by Fox. As a result, the series garnered a cult following and even received its own movie, Serenity, to wrap up loose ends.
3. Black Mirror
The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits are two classic science-fiction anthologies that aired on traditional network television. When Netflix took up the Channel 4 series Black Mirror and made it available on its streaming service, it entered the fray.
Black Mirror, in contrast to The Twilight Zone, focuses on people’s fear of technology in all of its episodes and has produced some of television’s best short sci-fi stories.
The popularity of superhero series on television has grown steadily throughout 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 TV today.
However, there was also a sci-fi marvel in the form of Legion on FX. A mutant hero who is the son of Professor X from the X-Men is the inspiration for Noah Hawley’s sci-fi series Legion, but the program didn’t care about it and went as far as it could in strange sci-fi notions.
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 fanatic in everyone. For this series, the FBI used fringe science to solve difficulties, leading in the discovery of a second universe.
When Shawn S. Lealos went to the cinema for the first time in 1989, he saw Tim Burton’s Batman as his first big-screen experience and was hooked. Shawn graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in film studies. Over the past 25 years, he has worked as a journalist, first in print media, then in internet media, as the world has evolved. There are two organizations Shawn belongs to: the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Oklahoma Film Critics Circle (OFCCC). He has been featured in publications such as Vox Magazine, Loud Magazine, and Inside Sports Magazine, among others. Websites like The Huffington Post and Yahoo Movies have published his work online. He has also been featured on 411mania and Sporting News. His non-fiction book about the Stephen King Dollar Baby Filmmakers and a new fiction series are both in progress, as is Shawn’s work as a novelist.