As a lover of science fiction, I have always been drawn to TV shows that explore the vast expanse of space. From futuristic technology to the unknown depths of the universe, there is something truly captivating about these stories that take us beyond our current understanding of the world. As a follow-up to my list of Eight of the best sci-fi shows about space, here’s my list of 10 more must-watch TV shows about space.
This time I’ve included the beloved classic, Stargate: Atlantis. So, sit back, relax, and let’s explore the final frontier together.
Why do we love space?
Why are we so fascinated with space? Space represents the unknown; humans are naturally curious about what we don’t understand. Space has a sense of wonder and possibility not found in our everyday lives. It allows us to imagine what could be and dream about the future. Space represents the ultimate adventure, as it is the last great frontier we have yet to fully explore.
1. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds – The newest addition to the franchise
Star Trek has been a staple in the science fiction genre for decades, and with the new addition to the franchise, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, fans have even more to look forward to. This show follows the adventures of Captain Christopher Pike, Spock, and Number One aboard the USS Enterprise. As with all Star Trek shows, a sense of exploration and discovery is at the heart of the series. The characters made their debut in Star Trek: Discovery season two. They are well-developed, and the show does an excellent job of balancing action and drama with a return to episodic storytelling.
2. Doctor Who – space and time
Doctor Who is a British classic that has entertained audiences since the 1960s. The show follows the adventures of the Doctor, a time-travelling alien who explores the universe with his companions. While the show isn’t solely focused on space, it’s a big part of the Doctor’s adventures. From exploring alien planets to travelling to the end of time itself, Doctor Who never fails to deliver a sense of wonder and excitement. In 2023, The series will be celebrating its 60th anniversary with special episodes.
3. Stargate SG1 – A classic in the genre
Stargate SG1 is a classic in the sci-fi genre, and it’s not hard to see why. Based on the 1994 Stargate film, the show follows a team of military personnel and scientists travelling through a network of alien gateways known as Stargates. The characters are well-developed, including the recurring characters. Richard Dean Anderson stands with his tongue-in-cheek portrayal of Colonel Jack O’Neill. As expected from a military show, there is a lot of action, but there’s also great character development along the way. The show’s use of real-world science and technology gives it a sense of believability that is often lacking in other sci-fi shows.
4. Stargate: Atlantis
Stargate: Atlantis is a spin-off of Stargate SG1, and it follows a team of scientists and military personnel as they explore the lost city of Atlantis in another galaxy. The show does an excellent job of building on the mythology established in SG1 while introducing new characters and concepts. One of the standout aspects of the show is its use of the Wraith, a race of alien beings that serve as the show’s primary antagonist. Overall, Stargate: Atlantis is a fantastic show that is well worth watching.
5. Stargate Universe – Reasons to watch
Stargate Universe (SGU) is another spin-off of Stargate SG1, but it takes the franchise in a new direction. The show follows a group of military personnel, scientists, and civilians as they are stranded aboard an ancient spaceship called the Destiny. The show is darker and more serious than its predecessors, but it still captures the sense of adventure and wonder that has made the Stargate franchise so beloved. The show’s use of character development and interpersonal relationships had me comparing it to Battlestar Galactica quite often, but it isn’t a rip-off show. It is well worth your time.
6. The 100 – Space meets post-apocalyptic Earth
The 100 is a unique show combining space travel with a post-apocalyptic Earth. The show follows a group of teenagers sent down to Earth from a space station to see if the planet is habitable after a nuclear war. It does an excellent job of exploring the complex relationships between the characters. Filled with action, drama and lots of tension, it often asks whether humanity deserves to survive.
7. Andromeda – The ship made of flesh
Andromeda is a unique show in that it features a sentient spaceship called the Andromeda Ascendant. The show follows the adventures of Captain Dylan Hunt and his crew as they explore the universe and defend against various threats. Often criticised for being Hercules in space due to actor Kevin Sorbo’s trade mark fight scenes, the show has much more to offer. The show is action-packed and filled with drama but explores complex themes such as loyalty and sacrifice.
Killjoys is a show that follows a trio of bounty hunters as they travel through a distant planetary system known as the Quad. The show is action-packed and filled with drama but also explores complex themes such as family and identity. The show’s use of humour and wit makes it a worthy addition to this list.
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager is another spin-off of the Star Trek franchise, and it follows the adventures of the USS Voyager as it is thrown to the other side of the galaxy. The show is unique in that it features a female captain, Kathryn Janeway, who is a strong and capable leader. Like all Star Trek shows, Voyager is filled with action and drama but also explores complex themes such as morality and ethics. One criticism against the show is that it failed to meet its full potential.
Star Trek: Picard
Star Trek: Picard is a newer addition to the Star Trek franchise, and it follows the adventures of Jean-Luc Picard, of Star Trek: The Next Generation fame, now a retired Starfleet admiral. The show is more character-driven than action-packed. Its use of real-world issues such as artificial intelligence and immigration gives it a sense of relevancy which has always been the Star Trek way.
Final thoughts on space-themed TV shows
Space-themed TV shows have a special place in the hearts of sci-fi fans everywhere. They allow us to imagine what could be and explore the unknown depths of the universe. From classic shows like Stargate SG1 to newer additions like Star Trek: Picard, there is no shortage of amazing shows to watch. So, grab some popcorn, sit back, and enjoy the adventure that awaits you in the final frontier. They are sure to provide hours of entertainment and wonder.