Best new Science Fiction TV Shows (2017 list - TV & Netflix)

From Doctor Who to the X Files, the science fiction-genre has been around for a while. Known for attracting great audiences, cult followings and inspiring mass speculation, sci-fi television is far from gone. A very interesting genre to accustom to, even if you’re not into Star Wars.
The Vore's TV staff selects the top best science fiction TV series of 2017 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Charlie Brooker, Dennis Kelly & Damon Lindelof our new Science Fiction genre creators?

The technological revolutions of the last twenty years have made some shows (and movies) outdated. Sci-fi and its special effects are a lot more sophisticated nowadays, on the other hand, and can even hold a mirror onto our contemporary use of technology. As such, recent sci-fi series are a very interesting genre to accustom to, even if you’re not into Star Wars. Here’s what’s been interesting (or still is) the last four years up to 2014. A few foreign sci-fi tv shows, but mainly British and American science fiction television. From your typical Dystopian, Cyberpunk and Space tv shows to more uncommon alternate history shows. Please note that many superhero or comic book shows are listed in that section of our website.

2017 releases - most anticipated titles to watch

Star Trek: Discovery (4-1-2017 | CBS)

This upcoming Star Trek series will be set 10 years before the events of the original Star Trek series, and will take place in another timeframe than the feature films.
CreatorGretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts
StarringSonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones & Anthony Rapp
Similar tv showsStar Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek
Themesextraterrestial life, temptation, adventure, science fiction,
Keywordsaction-packed, clever, dramatic, futuristic,
CountryUnited States

Altered Carbon (4-1-2017 | Netflix)

Netflix is getting into sci-fi. In Alter Carbon, humans can, 500 years from now, download their personalities into brand new bodies. A wealthy man who is about to die hires a private detective to investigate what really happens.

Photo of Altered Carbon
CreatorLaeta Kalogridis
StarringJoel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry & James Purefoy
Similar tv showsBlack Mirror
Themesdrama, dystopian, utopian,
CountryUnited States

Best science fiction TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

Best science fiction TV series out on DVD, Bluray or VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. Black Mirror (Since 4-12-2011 , Season: 3 - Channel 4)
  2. A television anthology series that shows the dark side of life and technology.Orwellian images of our future not only appear in books – BBC’s Black Mirror brilliantly paints a picture that is as shocking as it is near. Each episode introduces a new theme, cast and forecast. The dark side of life and technology is played out in near-future scenarios in which technology has quite a disputable influence. Most of these scenarios are not even fully improbable, which, along with the dramatic powerplay, constitutes it’s strength.The only bother in Black Mirror: its first episode is the best one by far, which make the following episodes seem inferior. Beyond that, an absolute must watch.

    Creator Charlie Brooker
    StarringDaniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell & Rory Kinnear
    Similar tv showsUtopia
    Themeslife, technology, drama, science fiction,
    Keywordsaccurate, advanced, dramatic,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  3. Utopia (Since 15-1-2013 , Season: 2 - Channel 4)
  4. A group of London youngsters seem to have an innocent passion: a cult graphic novel called Utopia. Their love for this book appears to be quite dangerous when two hitmen show up and slaughter everyone who might stand in the way of finding the manuscript of Utopia’s follow up. In a vast tempo, the series unfolds into a very interesting conspiracy-thriller, doused with plot-thickening turns and brutal violence.Utopia is well written, well casted and its cinematography is astonishing. In my opinion, it is one of the better shows made these last two years.

    CreatorDennis Kelly
    StarringFiona O'Shaughnessy, Alexandra Roach & Nathan Stewart-Jarrett
    Similar tv showsBlack Mirror
    Themestechnology, drama, mystery,
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  5. The Leftovers (Since 29-6-2014 , Season: 2 - HBO)
  6. How do people come to terms with the fact that two percent of the earth’s population has suddenly disappeared? Can they? HBO’s The Leftovers zooms in on a small community in a town called Mapleton dealing with this question, where it’s chief of police tries to maintain a grip on the community and his personal life. The story is told from a varied perspective, presenting several new mysteries without solving too much of them.HBO’s The Leftovers understandably has been met with mixed reviews. Its seriousness is sometimes tough to look at. Some storylines are simply annoying. The show is rewarding, however; lead actor Justin Theroux does a very good job carrying this unusual show.

    CreatorDamon Lindelof & Tom Perrotta
    Starring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman & Christopher Eccleston
    Similar tv showsUtopia
    Themessurvival, drama, mystery,
    Keywordsabsurd, based on a novel, complicated, confusing, family-oriented,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  7. Fringe (Since 9-9-2008 , Season: 5 - Fox)
  8. Olivia Dunham is a FBI special agent with a complicated task: she needs to look into weird stuff, together with a scientist, his son and a junior FBI agent . Whilst doing so, they come across connections to their own lives and a paralel universe. Yes, that sounds like The X-files, but The Fringe clearly found it's own voice. Very recommendable.

    CreatorJ.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci
    StarringAnna Torv, Joshua Jackson & Jasika Nicole
    Similar tv showsThe X-Files, Lost
    Themesscience, technology, drama, mystery,
    Keywordscaptivating, mysterious, strange, surprising, uncanny,
    CountryCanada United States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  9. Orphan Black (Since 30-3-2013 , Season: 4 - Space (Canada))
  10. A young and streetwise woman witnesses the suicide of a girl that looks just like her. She then discovers that she’s been cloned, that she has many other clones spread throughout the world and that someone wants her dead. Naturally, malicious organizations and mystic key figures come across her long and surprising journey.

    CreatorJohn Fawcett, Graeme Manson & Alex Levine
    StarringTatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce & Jordan Gavaris
    Similar tv showsLost Girl
    Themesconspiracy, action, science fiction,
    Keywordsawe-inspiring, complex, dynamic,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

  11. Westworld (Since 2-10-2016 , Season: 1 - HBO)
  12. Robotic cowboys turn against the humans who used them as attractions in a themepark. A beautiful nightmare.

    CreatorLisa Joy & Jonathan Nolan
    StarringEvan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins & Thandie Newton
    Similar tv showsBlack Mirror, Mr. Robot
    Themescommunication, destruction, free will, good versus evil, adventure, science fiction, western,
    Keywordsaction-packed, awe-inspiring, frightening,
    CountryUnited States
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix / iTunes

Science Fiction genre statistics

Science Fiction2017
Genre popularity
Genre ranking#1
Familiar facesEvan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, Anthony Hopkins & Thandie Newton
Trending showsThe Whispers, Orphan Black & The Leftovers
Amount of genre shows per year from 2010 to 2017

89 science fiction TV series scheduled for release this year.

Talk about booming. The genre output has almost doubled in 7 years time. 2017 has still few releases, but more will be announced soon.