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There’s plenty of sci-fi on Netflix if Lost In Space has whetted your appetite (Picture: Netflix; BBC)
Hoping to banish all memories of the 1998 big-screen dud, Netflix has premiered its long-awaited remake of Lost In Space.
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Early reviews suggest that the show – which stars Toby Stephens and Molly Parker as the heads of a family who attempt to start a new life in the cosmos, only for their spaceship to send them wildly off-course – is lacking a bit of spark.
So what if Lost In Space has left you longing for some more sci-fi adventures? Well, here’s a look at ten other great sci-fi TV shows currently available on Netflix.
Based on Richard K. Morgan’s novel of the same name, this visually stunning blend of sci-fi, neo-noir and murder-mystery kicked off Netflix’s 2018 original programming back in February.
Set 300 years into the future, a time when the human consciousness can be transferred from one body to another, Altered Carbon centres on an imprisoned interstellar warrior (Joel Kinnaman) who must solve the homicide of a multi-millionaire if he’s ever to return to Earth.
The impressive cast also includes James Purefoy (The Following), Tony Award winner Renee Elise Goldsberry and Neighbours graduate Dichen Lachman.
Trekkies can indulge themselves with no less than seven different Star Trek series’ on Netflix, including the 1966 original, 1973 animated version and the recent reboot, Discovery.
But the finest on offer remains Deep Space Nine, the 1993-99 series which explored more interesting and darker themes, provided much stronger characterisation and boasted a refreshingly diverse cast.
The highly underrated Orphan Black stars a multi-tasking Tatiana Maslany as a con artist who discovers she’s just one of many clones spread across Europe and North America in danger of being killed one by one.
It’s an intriguing and wildly entertaining premise which allows for many twists and turns, while the Emmy-winning Maslany is a revelation in a show which requires her to assume over half a dozen contrasting characters.
Reportedly one of Netflix’s ‘most devoured series’ of 2017, Travelers sees Will McCormack (Will And Grace) lead a group of special operatives tasked with saving humanity by transferring their consciousness back to the 21
Created by Brad Wright (the Stargate TV franchise), this Canadian production is undoubtedly the most enjoyable of the glut of time travel dramas that have emerged in the last few years.
Also hailing from Canada, Killjoys is a space adventure which refreshingly refuses to take itself too seriously.
The fun-filled show sees Aaron Ashmore (Smallville), Luke Macfarlane (Brothers And Sisters) and Hannah John-Kamen (Black Mirror) playing a trio of hard-living bounty hunters chasing deadly warrants in the midst of an interplanetary war.
Of course, we couldn’t compile such a list without featuring the UK’s most cherished contribution to the sci-fi genre.
You can watch everyone from Christopher Eccleston and David Tennant to Matt Smith and Peter Capaldi play the legendary Doctor on Netflix, with the first nine seasons since its 2005 revival all available to stream.
Forget the disappointing recent revivals, the first six series run – all available on Netflix alongside the so-so seventh and eighth – is Red Dwarf in its prime.
And with only 36 half-hour episodes to go through (essentially just a season and a half of a normal US sitcom), the original adventures of Rimmer, Lister, Cat and Kryten are the perfect choice for your next binge-watch.
It may be screened on the channel best known for schlocky hybrid movies such as Sharknado, but Syfy’s The Expanse has quickly developed a reputation as one of the best new sci-fi shows on the block.
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Set 200 years in the future, where humans have colonised the solar system, the visually stunning drama sees a police detective, UN executive and interplanetary ice fighter join forces to uncover a conspiracy which threatens the survival of mankind.
Produced by Ron Howard, the intriguing Mars combines present-day real life interviews with futuristic fictional drama while charting six astronauts’ groundbreaking trip to the Red Planet in the year 2033.
Adapted from the book How We’ll Live On Mars by Stephen Petranek, the National Geographic production offers an intriguing, and beautifully cinematic, look forward into the possibility of space travel.
One of the more successful film-to-TV adaptations of recent years sees Aaron Stanford, Amanda Schull and Emily Hampshire take on the roles previously played by Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe and Brad Pitt in the 1995 cult hit.
Also originally screened on Syfy, 12 Monkeys sees a post-apocalyptic survivor travel back in time to the present day to find and destroy the root cause of a deadly disease that almost wipes out humanity.
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