Once you’ve had a taste of a world where anything can happen (laws of physics, you’re boring), you’re hooked. If Watchmen’s superhero dystopia had you on the edge of your seat, keep the party going with these eight worthy sci-fi streams.
“Charmed” (TNT on Sling)
Long before it was rebooted on CM, this sci fi-horror about sisters who discover that they are witches ran for eight groundbreaking seasons on The WB. Alyssa Milano, Shannon Doherty, and Holly Marie Combs juggled jobs, relationships, and protecting innocents from evil with what must have been the hellish upkeep of their ancestral San Francisco home. Look, things were not simpler in the ‘90s.
“Outlander” (STARZ on Hulu)
This time traveling love triangle is based on Diana Gabaldon’s book series and put Scottish men on the “world’s sexiest” map when it premiered in 2014. An English combat nurse Claire Randall jumps between her marriage to an Oxford historian after World War II and the sizeable arms of a Scottish warrior in 1743. Season 5 drops on February 16 and a sixth has been confirmed.
“Doctor Who” (Philo)
The daddy of sci-fi series is just four years shy of its 60th anniversary; only time lords themselves could binge its entire 37 seasons and one TV movie. Luckily the thirteenth and first female incarnation, played by Jodie Whittaker, is a fine place to get up to speed with the recurring battle against injustice and persistent enemies like the Cybermen and Daleks.
“The Twilight Zone” (CBS All Access, Hulu)
There was nothing broke about this classic 1980s series, so Jordan Peele and Simon Kinberg’s reboot sticks to the winning formula of stand-alone episodes of suspense plus a twist or three at the end. Look out for familiar faces like Greg Kinnear, Adam Scott, and a (pre-ripped) Kumail Nanjiani.
“The Mandalorian” (Disney+)
Set after the fall of the Empire and before the First Order emerges, The Mandalorian tells the story of a lone warrior in the outer reaches of the Galaxy. Among the charges he must protect is one Baby Yoda (“The Child”), a member of the same species as the famed Jedi master, a toddler at 50, and the cutest thing in that — or any — universe. You… just may have heard of him.
“The Expanse” (Amazon Prime Video)
When Syfy canceled The Expanse in 2018, Amazon came to the rescue and continued this adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s book series, Cibola Burn. Season 4 follows an interplanetary “land rush” after 1300 new worlds are discovered, and the colonization attempts of two opposing parties on an Earth-like planet. Does the latter sound familiar?
“Altered Carbon” (Netflix)
DNA technology is no help in solving a murder 360 years in the future, when consciousness can be transferred to different bodies. But after 250 year on ice, it’s one prisoner’s only shot at winning his freedom. Season two of this adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s novel arrives February 2020, and there’s a real-world twist off the bat: it’s a whole new cast!
“For All Mankind” (Apple TV+)
Imagine if instead of Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong taking one small step for man, the Soviets had landed on the moon first and dealt such a severe blow to America’s self-esteem that it changed the path of history? Such is the conceit of Apple TV+’s alternate universe by “Battlestar Galactica” creator Ronald D. Moore.