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10 best sci-fi shows you’ve never heard of

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Oh how we love a good sci-fi show. Is there anything more thrilling than pondering the merits of time travel, a space battle plan, or watching a group rebel against a dystopian world order? And TV gives these stories the space to develop in all their beautiful complexity.

As such, it’s a real pity that so many excellent sci-fi shows don’t receive the attention they deserve. To celebrate the first season of Dark Matter coming to On Demand, here are some of our favourite, yet little-known, sci-fi series.

Continuum

Glowy orbs are a staple of any sci-fi show

Glowy orbs are a staple of any sci-fi show

It’s time travel + dystopian future + crime: an unbeatable combination. In Continuum, a terrorist group from the year 2077 travels back to the present to cause mayhem. But little do they know that a policewoman has inadvertently gone with them. Her mission: stop their plan while avoiding anyone identifying the terrorists as from the future. Yes, she totally deserves a raise.

Continuum is available to watch now on Netflix

 

Sense8

Gritty poster = gritty action

Gritty poster = gritty action

Sense8 is beautifully understated sci-fi. You won’t find mad spaceship travels or aliens here (or at least, as far as we know – the show’s still going on!). This tells the story of eight people from around the world who share a telepathic connection. Spread across cities and continents, they can access each other’s skills, languages, and emotions. Quite literally, mind-blowing stuff. The Wachowski siblings, of Matrix fame, direct this Netflix original series, which has already been renewed for a second season.

Sense8 is available to watch now on Netflix

 

Extant

After all she’s been through here, Halle Berry deserves a rest

After all she’s been through here, Halle Berry deserves a rest

Chilling futuristic thriller anyone? When Molly Woods (Halle Berry) returns from a solo mission in space, she discovers that she is pregnant - though she’s been away for thirteen months. Scary stuff. To complicate matters, she and her husband John had been raising Ethan, a prototype android, as their son. We think he’s a little creepy, but maybe that’s just us. Watch for a gripping premise and Berry’s excellent lead performance.
 

Dark Matter

Big boots and big guns.Sci-fi at its best

Big boots and big guns.Sci-fi at its best

Six people wake up on a spaceship with no idea of who they are, or why they are there. Uh, what? There’s also an android on board that’s none too friendly and, to top it all, they’re getting attacked by other spaceships. However, it soon becomes clear that the most dangerous thing on board might be them. One to watch for action-packed sci-fi. There are also swordfights. In space. Need we say more?

 

The 4400

We’re just going to come out and say it: kids with weird powers are a little scary

We’re just going to come out and say it: kids with weird powers are a little scary

The 4400 is guaranteed to give you the creeps. A comet randomly changes path and hits earth. Where it lands, 4400 people who had gone missing reappear. None of them have aged, or remember anything of their time away. To boot, some of them now have paranormal abilities. Just seeing these survivors in action will give you goosebumps. As a bonus, the series also features beautifully cheesy effects. Enjoy!

The 4400 is available to watch on Netflix

 

Falling Skies

The scariest alien since… Alien

The scariest alien since… Alien

Who doesn’t heart a good ol’ alien invasion? In Falling Skies, two alien races take over Earth in a matter of days, destroying its power grids and killing off 90% of the world’s population. The story kicks off six months later and follows a group of survivors who attempt to fight back. Not an easy task when you’re only a handful of people and no one knows what the extraterrestrials really want.

Falling Skies is available to watch on Netflix

 

Terra Nova

Just out of a shot: a roaring T-Rex

Just out of a shot: a roaring T-Rex

Things may sound a little too complicated when phrases like “temporal rift” and “parallel timeline” are thrown around, but bear with us. Terra Nova is awesome stuff. In 2149, earth is overpopulated and its air quality going down the dumps. The show follows a family sent to the Cretaceous period, as part of an attempt to set up a new human colony. It’s a one way trip, so whatever happens, they need to make it work.  And did we mention? Back then, there were lots and lots of dinosaurs.

Terra Nova is available to watch on Netflix

 

Caprica

At least half of these characters harbour a deep, dark secret

At least half of these characters harbour a deep, dark secret

You’ll likely be familiar with Battlestar Galactica, which aired from 2004 and 2009 and is the best sci-fi TV show ever. Just sayin’. The lesser known Caprica is its spin-off prequel, in which we discover how humans came to creating Cylons (the robots which ultimately rebel against them and turn their home planets to rubble). As a nice bonus, we get to find out more about the Adama family.

 

12 Monkeys

Looks like Bruce Willis got an upgrade

Looks like Bruce Willis got an upgrade

Based on the amazing classic 1995 film of the same name, 12 Monkeys follows James Cole (Aaron Stanford), who time travels from the year 2043 to the present to prevent a mysterious organisation from unleashing a horrifying virus on the world. Not cool.  In the future, the virus has killed most of the world’s population. It’s dark, it’s clever, and it’s dead awesome.

 

Dollhouse

Star Eliza Dushku on the set of Mannequin 2

Star Eliza Dushku on the set of Mannequin 2

Another show set in a fascinating dystopian future. Underground establishments, known as “Dollhouses” program individuals (“Dolls”) with certain skills. They’re then hired out by the megarich to carry out jobs (mainly unpleasant ones). Their memories are wiped between tasks, but that hasn’t quite worked on the show’s protagonist, a Doll known as Echo. She keeps traces of her experiences in her mind and after each job, grows more and more self-aware. Will she rebel? This is a thoughtful, deliciously written drama.

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