Finding the best sci-fi deals may not be easy, but I hope this list helps. Amazon has chosen three of the best sci-fi series out there: Counterpart, and . Have you already watched this essential trio? Try some of the exciting new originals as well and .
Scroll down to see our top picks for the best sci-fi TV shows you can stream on Prime Video right now.
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Comparisons to Black Mirror, the British series about technology gone wrong, are inevitable. Set in a futuristic London, The Feed centers on an implant that allows people to live-stream their lives without ever having to press a button on their phone. No, absolutely nothing is going wrong. An impressive cast includes David Thewlis and Michelle Fairley. While not as polished and cutting-edge as Black Mirror , The Feed is still worth a watch.
The Download project combines Black Mirror and The Good Earth to shed light on the virtual afterlife. In the near future, humans may be uploaded to a digital paradise where they can still communicate with the living. Even though computer programmer Nathan is dead, he can’t escape his overbearing girlfriend. Meanwhile, he helped solve what might have been his own crime. A sometimes witty comedy set in an always interesting digital space.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)
Before the 2005 film starring Martin Freeman, Douglas Adams’ classic sci-fi comedy franchise brought this ’80s TV series. Making the most of visual tricks, the six-episode series successfully brought Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin to the small screen.
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People may not be completely original, but the collected parts read. A British family buys an artificial intelligence robot named ‘synth’ to help with their busy lives. This grounded approach to sentient, possibly dangerous robots is one of Humans’ greatest strengths. At the sweet center: an innocent relationship between the family’s youngest daughter and Anita, Gemma Chan’s elegant and efficient synthesizer. A mystery draws a family into the origins of robots that explore essential philosophical themes of humanity, pain, memories and reality.
Electric Dreams (2017-2018)
Electric Dreams lives up to its name, with each episode of the anthology series a vibrant, polished product inspired by the ideas of its source material: the works of Philip K. Dick. As with most anthologies, some episodes are better than others, but if you’re dying to tell a story with a Black Mirror-like set-up, give this dream a go.
The Man in the High Castle (2015-2019)
The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate history in which the Axis powers (Rome-Berlin-Tokyo) won World War II. Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, the series follows characters from the 1960s in a parallel universe where Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire control the United States. But newsreel visions of a world in which Germany and Japan have lost the war and some have rebelled are impossible. To really drive home its dystopian credentials, The Man in the High Castle is directed by producer Ridley Scott. With a fully realized and focused plot, this is compelling television.
Opposite stars JK Simmons playing JK Simmons. Get excited about that for a moment. Set in Cold War Germany, the sci-fi thriller follows a lowly office whiner who is disillusioned with his miserable life. Then one day he swings by at work and meets himself, but a better version from the parallel world. With mysteries, intense action, and Simmons’ masterful dual lead performance, Counterpart is a must watch.
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Tales from the Loop (2020—)
Not just another show about a small town where strange things happen, Tales from the Loop has layers beneath its beautiful surface. Based on the story art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series is amazing to watch. Meticulous, symmetrical frames give a kind of painterly feel. The interconnected townspeople are equally nuanced, their stories exploring loneliness, aging and the impact of technology.
In more ways than one, Orphan Black is a Tatiana Maslany show. Watch her play at least 14 characters in one series, including the hallucinatory scorpion, before becoming a household name thanks to Disney Plus’ upcoming She-Hulk. Just let that sink in for a second. Orphan Black turns clever sci-fi concepts into a fast-paced thriller with added mystery and comedy. A must-watch sci-fi series that explores the nature vs. nurture debate.
Night Sky isn’t the most evocative title, and the series doesn’t reach the hard sci-fi heights some people are looking for. While the series has a slow-burning mystery surrounding an alien planet, its greatest strength is the moving, sometimes surprisingly funny drama between an elderly couple. Franklin and Irene York (a great JK Simmons and Sissy Spacek) struggling with health issues aside from dangerous new guests do their best to find the meaning of a portal to a mysterious, deserted planet.
Star Trek: Brave New Worlds (2022—)
The Star Trek series is still going strong. Set a decade before Star Trek: The Original Series, Strange New Worlds follows Captain Peake (Anson Mount) and the crew of the starship USS Enterprise as they bravely go where no man has gone before. With episodic stories, stories and designs from previous series, Strange New Worlds brings a modern take on the much-loved territory.
For sci-fi that begs you to fire up your wild theory generator, look no further than Outer Range. The sci-fi Western is set on the Abbott family ranch, where patriarch Royal (Josh Brolin) is hiding a big secret. When a stranger arrives in town (Imogen Poots), she is forced to confront her past, present and future, not just metaphorically. Weird in ways you wouldn’t expect, Outer Range is an enduring sci-fi journey.
This sci-fi horror takes place in a small town where mysterious and terrible things happen. When a family goes missing, they are thrown into a nightmare involving deadly creatures and an equally deadly townspeople. With enough intrigue to keep you hooked and Harold Perrineau’s strong protagonist in Sheriff Stevens, From is a compelling place to spend time.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (2022—)
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, this series has an amazing cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor plays an alien who lands on Earth in search of help from a genius scientist, and Bill Nighy plays Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who lands on Earth in the 1976 film. adaptation. The role was originally played by David Bowie, and each episode in this sequel is named after one of Bowie’s songs. A more solid, entertaining series that’s best watched without comparison to previous material. Be careful though if you’re not a fan of split graphics.
Amazon has renewed The Expanse for six seasons, rescuing it from the canceled TV realm. Thank goodness it did, because The Expanse is smart sci-fi with realistic characters, high production values, and a detective black dash. In a future where humanity has colonized the solar system, a conspiracy threatens to start a cold war between the superpowers. A group of anti-heroes find themselves at the center. Look forward to more space western themes in consecutive excellent subsequent seasons.
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