Best new Science Fiction TV Shows in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & TV List)

The Vore's TV staff selects the top best science fiction TV series of 2018 on TV, DVD or Netflix. Are Charlie Brooker, Dennis Kelly & Damon Lindelof our new Science Fiction genre creators?

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The technological revolutions of the last twenty years have made some shows (and movies) outdated.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

New science fiction TV series in 2018

Top series up for release in 2018

  • Counterpart

    CREATOR: Justin Marks
    CAST: J.K. Simmons, Harry Lloyd & Nazanin Boniadi

    A new sci-fi hit series with about a parallel dimension that can be accessed via a United Nations Agency. A UN employee find outs and discovers mind-blowing things. Read more

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  • Altered Carbon

    CREATOR: Laeta Kalogridis
    CAST: 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. Altered Carbon is often called a TV replica of movies like Bladerunner, and it appears that Altered Carbon, and similar tv shows like it, are really bringing sci-fi to TV in 2018. Read more

    RATING: 80/100

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  • Lost in Space

    CAST: Mina Sundwall, Max Jenkins & Molly Parker

    In the 1960 there as a very popular sci-fi series about a family struggling for survival in the scary outer space. This is the remake, again produced by the 20th Century Fox. Read more

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  • Cloak & Dagger

    CREATOR: Joe Pokaski
    CAST: J.D. Evermore, Olivia Holt & Aubrey Joseph

    Teenagers and superpowers, it's officially a thing. In Cloak And Dagger, an upcoming teen sci-fi two teenagers with very different background have to adapt to a life with newly acquired... Read more

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  • Hard Sun

    CAST: Jim Sturgess, Agyness Deyn & Nikki Amuka-Bird

    From the makers of cop series Luther, there is Hard Sun, in which two radically different detectives have to team up to in a pre-apocalyptic world of crime. Read more

    RATING: 75/100

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Best science fiction TV series of 2017

Top rated 2017 science fiction TV series

  • Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams

    CAST: Gumuliauskas Vaclovas, Dominic Capone III & Juke Hardy

    The works of Phillip K. Dick come to live in this anthology series. Each sci-fi themed episode can be watched separately. Read more

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 16th, 2018

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  • Star Trek: Discovery

    CREATOR: Bryan Fuller, Alex Kurtzman
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 4th, 2017

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  • The Handmaid’s Tale

    CREATOR: Bruce Miller
    CAST: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Max Minghella

    The Handmaid's tale was perhaps the most well received show of 2017. The show starring an incredible Elisabeth Moss is set in a dystopian future in which an evil religious government has taken... Read more

    RATING: 95/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 16th, 2018

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Best science fiction TV series on Netflix or DVD in 2018

2010's best rated science fiction TV series out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  • Black Mirror

    CREATOR: Charlie Brooker
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 89/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 4th, 2011

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  • Utopia

    CREATOR: Dennis Kelly
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 15th, 2013

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  • Fringe

    CREATOR: J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 85/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 9th, 2008

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  • Orphan Black

    CREATOR: John Fawcett, Graeme Manson
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 84/100

    RELEASE DATE: March 30th, 2013

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  • The Leftovers

    CREATOR: Damon Lindelof, Tom Perrotta
    CAST: 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

    RATING: 80/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 29th, 2014

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