Netflix is sitting on a huge range of science fiction series, fromto to . It also leveraged great international content, including – one of the best series on Netflix full stop – as well as hidden gems such as Canadian sci-fi travelers.
Scroll down to hopefully find the best Netflix sci-fi for you, as well as excellent international offers.
This apocalyptic science fiction from Belgium will likely stop you from flying anytime soon. Set on a plane, Into the Night sees a red eye hijacked by a soldier who, along with the rest of the passengers, ends up surviving a deadly global event on the ground. Will they be able to get the plane going long enough to get them to safety? This premise alone should be enough to entice you to capture this excellent and tense thriller.
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If The 100 sounds like your standard teen drama, get ready to exceed your expectations. There’s a reason this post-apocalyptic series marked seven seasons: The 100 brings rich moral and world-building dilemmas that push stereotypical characters into unique and compelling locations. The 100 in question are a generation of minor inmates sent to Earth to determine if it is habitable after the apocalypse. 100 percent prove this.
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Netflix cancellations no longer become criminals than The OA’s ax. This wildly unique story follows Prairie Johnson, a blind young woman who returns after missing for years, now with the ability to see. She claims to be “the original angel” and convinces a small group of locals to listen to her impossible story of her, which involves kidnappings and grand escapes. OA is the kind of down-to-earth sci-fi that catches you and its heroes completely off guard when it introduces his fantastic concepts. He watches the first two flawless seasons on Netflix and crosses his fingers the third is picked up elsewhere.
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Love, death + robot (2019—)
This adult animated anthology series spans a wide range of genres, with many episodes hitting the Black Mirror comparison button. In Season 1, robots appear in a post-apocalyptic city, peasants piloting mech suits, and a space mission gone awry. While the episodes can be fickle (some have been criticized for their treatment of women), you’ll find plenty of inspiring and impressive animations.
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From the creators of the Matrix comes another story that plays with reality. Sense8 follows eight strangers from around the world who discover they are mentally and emotionally connected. Not only do these windows on very different lives teach tolerance, but the “sensible” can also exploit each other’s abilities when they face a sinister organization that hunts them down. If you make fun of the different characters in Sense8, you will fall head over heels for this sincere and sensual sci-fi drama.
Germany’s answer to Stranger Things deliberately takes its time before entering completely compelling and original places. A science fiction noir, Dark folds time travel, conspiracies and alien families into a story that spans generations, which began with the disappearance of a child. If that kind of meticulously crafted layers are what you’re after in your narrative, take a seat. All three seasons of Dark’s meditative gaze on time travel and its effects on human nature are waiting to hit you full force.
Altered carbon (2018-2020)
Altered Carbon is set in a cyberpunk world where human consciousness can be transferred to different bodies. This sees detective and former soldier Takeshi Kovacs transported into Joel Kinnaman’s body in season 1 and Anthony Mackie in season 2. Initially, Kovacs’ story involves solving a murder, before he goes in search of what happened to the its lost. love. Altered Carbon can be clunky at times, but its visual pleasure and entertainment value lifts you up through exposure and heavy social commentary.
Full disclosure: Netflix sadly canceled Travelers after its third season, but this well-structured sci-fi out of Canada manages to end with an ambitious bang. Let’s start with Marcy, a disabled woman who was beaten up after helping a friend escape the thugs. She dies, then comes back to life. This strong character-based science fiction reveals its secrets in clever ways, following the agents of the future charged with preventing the collapse of society but also navigating the difficult territory of living a double life.
Yes, in this is Squid Game’s Gong Yoo. What else do you need to know? This South Korean science fiction mystery follows a crew of astronauts on a mission to an abandoned research facility on the moon. Their goal: a sample of an unknown substance for unclear purposes. Betrayals, government lies, and personal secrets send this thrilling journey into space haywire.
Stranger Things (2016—)
It wouldn’t be a better list without Stranger Things. If you’ve somehow missed the Duffer brothers ‘ode to’ 80s horror and Steven Spielberg, things are about to get tubular. We follow El, an almost mute girl who has been the subject of scientific experiments. She develops telekinetic powers, which she uses to repel invading monsters from a fearsome alternate dimension. The world of Indiana, Hawkins, is lovingly detailed for anyone in need of a nostalgic ’80s hit, and the misfit characters, played by a stellar young cast, are part of everything that makes this show a tour de force.
Lost in space (2018-2021)
The reboot of the 1965 series of the same name pushes us towards 2046, two years after humanity finds itself on the verge of extinction. The talented Robinson family goes out with a crew to colonize a new planet. Aside from the inevitable family drama, they face strange new environments and a strange alien robot who befriends young Will. Mystery, heart, and a memorable villain in Parker Posey’s Dr. Smith give Lost in Space plenty of fuel to take off (seasons 2 and 3 are vastly improved over season 1).
Unfortunately this sci-fi series doesn’t see a second season, another Netflix victim who was killed too soon. Two timelines, cults and a mystery are wrapped up in Archive 81’s enticing package. The multi-genre show stars Mamoudou Athie as Dan Turner, an archivist taking a job to restore a collection of damaged 1990s videotapes. . He gets a lot more than he bargained for by being involved in an investigation into a mysterious cult and a young woman who may or may not be dead. A supernatural thriller with horror, noir and sci-fi seeped into its eerie atmosphere, Archive 81 has it all.
Hilary Swank is the big star at the center of Away’s space drama. She plays Emma Green, a NASA astronaut and commander of an expedition to Mars. Things get off to a rough start and Emma’s international crew fill her with doubts about her ability to lead. With time torn between Earthbound drama and dependable entertainment above the stratosphere, Away has mostly managed to land a well-rounded journey.
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While Charlie Brooker’s grim tech anthology series may be hit and miss at its best, Black Mirror packs its mini-films with an exploration of futuristic tech ideas through painfully human stories. One of them is San Junipero, which follows two women in the ’80s (slammed soundtrack) as they fall in love with each other in ways they couldn’t in their “real” life outside the beach town. The tech side is revealed with ingenious timing, and overall, the show explores the consequences of our connected lives in disturbing and occasionally uplifting ways.
A DNA researcher claims it is possible to match people based on genetics and sets up a matchmaking service. A murder investigation changes things. The One is based on the book of the same name by John Marrs, published in 2016.
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