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The technological revolutions of the last twenty years have made some shows (and movies) outdated.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 now. 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.

science fiction TV series2017
Popular actorsDaniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell & Rory Kinnear
Trending TV SeriesThe Whispers, Orphan Black & The Leftovers

2017 releases - most anticipated science fiction TV series to watch

    Star Trek: Discovery (Wednesday January 4, 2017)

    Star Trek: Discovery tv poster Creator
    Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman
    Jason Isaacs
    Doug Jones
    Sonequa Martin-Green

    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 time frame than the feature films....Read more

    Altered Carbon (Wednesday January 4, 2017)

    Altered Carbon tv poster Creator
    Laeta Kalogridis
    Chris Conner
    Martha Higareda
    Joel Kinnaman

    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. ...Read more

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).

    Black Mirror (Sunday December 4, 2011)

    Black Mirror tv poster Creator
    Charlie Brooker
    Chris Martin Hill
    Hannah John-Kamen
    Beatrice Robertson-Jones

    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....Read more

    Utopia (Tuesday January 15, 2013)

    Utopia tv poster Creator
    Dennis Kelly
    Adeel Akhtar
    Paul Higgins
    Neil Maskell

    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....Read more

    The Leftovers (Sunday June 29, 2014)

    The Leftovers tv poster Creator
    Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
    Justin Theroux
    Amy Brenneman
    Christopher Eccleston

    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....Read more

    Fringe (Tuesday September 9, 2008)

    Fringe tv poster Creator
    J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
    Anna Torv
    Joshua Jackson
    Jasika Nicole

    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. ...Read more

    Orphan Black (Saturday March 30, 2013)

    Orphan Black tv poster Creator
    John Fawcett, Graeme Manson
    Tatiana Maslany
    Dylan Bruce
    Jordan Gavaris

    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. ...Read more

Science Fiction genre statistics

Science Fiction2017
Genre popularity
Genre ranking#1
Familiar facesDaniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell & Rory Kinnear
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.