There’s a lot to love in sci-fi TV’s library – if you’re willing to browse their back catalogue. Prime Video has picked up three of the best sci-fi series: Counterpart, and . If you’ve already seen this important trio, there are other excellent sci-fi series worth checking out.
Scroll down for our top picks of the best sci-fi TV shows to stream on Prime Video right now.
For wacky sci-fi that will have you turning on your wild theory generator, look no further than Outer Reach. The sci-fi western is set on the Abbott family ranch, where Patriarch Royal (Josh Brolin) is hiding an all-powerful secret. When a stranger comes to town (Imogen Poots), he must confront his past, present and future, and not just figuratively. In a way you won’t expect, Outer Range is a solid sci-fi outing that’s worth sticking with.
This sci-fi horror revolves around a small town that is beset by mysterious and horrific events. When a family gets lost, they are drawn into a nightmare filled with deadly creatures and equally deadly townsfolk. With enough intrigue to keep you hooked and a strong protagonist in Harold Perrineau’s Sheriff Stevens, From is a compelling place to spend time.
The Man Who Fell to Earth (2022—)
Based on the novel by Walter Tevis, this series features a stunning cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor plays an alien who lands on Earth in search of help from a brilliant scientist, and Bill Nighy plays Thomas Jerome Newton, an alien who who fell to earth in the 1976 film Adaptation. The role was originally played by David Bowie and each episode in this sequel to the film is named after one of Bowie’s songs. A more than solid, entertaining series, best watched without comparing it to previous material. However, if you’re not a fan of split timelines, be careful.
Amazon rescued The Expanse from the realm of canceled TV series and stretched the series to six seasons. Thank goodness, because The Expanse is smart sci-fi with realistic characters, high production values and a pinch of detective noir. In a future where humanity has colonized the solar system, a conspiracy threatens to spark a cold war between the greatest powers. A group of anti-heroes find themselves in the center. Look forward to more space western themes in the consistently excellent later seasons.
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The Black Mirror comparisons are inevitable in this British series about technology gone wrong. Set in a futuristic London, The Feed centers around an implant that allows people to live stream their lives without having to press a button on a phone. No, absolutely nothing goes wrong. An impressive cast includes David Thewlis and Michelle Fairley. While not as polished or deep cut as Black Mirror, The Feed is still worth a look.
Upload’s blueprint combines Black Mirror and The Good Place to deliver a light-hearted take on the virtual afterlife. In the near future, humans may be uploaded to a digital heaven where they can still interact with the living. Even after his death, computer programmer Nathan cannot escape his overbearing girlfriend. Meanwhile, he has help solving what may have been his own murder. An occasionally hilarious comedy set in an always fascinating digital space.
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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1981)
Predating the 2005 film starring Martin Freeman, Douglas Adams’ classic sci-fi comedy franchise spawned this cult ’80s TV series. The six-episode series made the most of the visual tricks, successfully bringing Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, Trillian, Zaphod Beeblebrox and Marvin to the small screen.
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Humans may not be entirely original, but the pieces put together sing. A British family buys an artificially intelligent robot called “Synthesizer” to help them with their busy lives. This grounded approach to sentient, potentially dangerous robots is one of humans’ greatest strengths. At the sweet heart: an innocent bond between the family’s youngest daughter and Gemma Chan’s elegant and efficient synthesizer Anita. A mystery draws the family into the origins of the robots, which explore necessary philosophical themes such as humanity, pain, memories, and reality.
Electric Dreams (2017-2018)
Electric Dreams lives up to its name, each installment in the anthology series is a living, polished product based on the ideas of its source material: the works of Philip K. Dick. As with most anthologies, some episodes are better than others, but if you crave some storytelling with Black Mirror-esque setups, indulge in this reverie.
The Man in the High Castle (2015-2019)
The Man in the High Castle imagines an alternate history in which the Axis powers (Rome-Berlin-Tokyo) win World War II. Based on a novel by Philip K. Dick, the series follows characters in the 1960’s living in a parallel universe where Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire control the United States. But there are impossible newsreel footage of a world where Germany and Japan are losing the war, prompting some to rebel. To really show off its dystopian credentials, The Man in the High Castle is being directed by producer Ridley Scott. Fully realized and with a focused storyline, this is an immersive television.
Counterpart JK Simmons plays against JK Simmons. Look forward to it for a second. Set in Germany during a Cold War, the sci-fi thriller follows a humble office grunt who’s beaten down by his gloomy life. Then one day he rocks at work and meets himself, but a better version from a parallel world. Mysteries, exciting action, and a masterful double lead from Simmons make Counterpart a must-watch.
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Stories from the Loop (2020—)
Not just another show about a small town where strange things happen, Tales from the Loop has layers beneath its beautiful surface. Based on a narrative art book by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag, the series is stunning to watch. Careful, symmetrical frames somehow convey a painterly feel. The interconnected townspeople are similarly nuanced, their stories exploring loneliness, aging and the impact of technology.
In more ways than one orphan black is the show by Tatiana Maslany. Before she becomes a household name thanks to Disney Plus’ She-Hulk, see her play no fewer than 14 characters in one series, including a hallucinated scorpion. Just let that sink in for a second. Orphan Black sews intelligent sci-fi concepts into a fast-paced thriller that gallops with added mysteries and comedy. A must-see sci-fi series that explores the debate between nature and nurturing.
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