18 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows Set In Space, Ranked

15. Virtuality

Virtuality was one of the most anticipated TV shows when it first released in 2009, and it was surrounded by a great deal of noise as it marked the return of Ronald D. Moore, the creator of Battlestar Galactica, to sci-fi TV production. The pilot was directed rather flawlessly by Peter Berg, and it managed to round-up a spectacular cast of some of the most talented TV actors.

It included Ritchie Coster from Happy!, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau from Game of Thrones, Jose Pablo Cantillo from The Walking Dead, Joy Bryant from Parenthood, Kerry Bishe from Halt and Catch Fire, James D’Arcy from Cloud Atlas, Omar Metwally from The Affair, and Clea DuVall from Veep amongst other talented artists.

The storyline opened up into exciting new world of intrigue, which happened to be falling along the same lines of Defying Gravity, another show that was released during the same year. The spectacular cast of the show sets out on a highly challenging mission deep into the mysterious corners of the space. The mission is being live recorded to be broadcasted as a reality show for viewers on Earth.

Instead of introducing you to bizarre meteor movements and sparkly spatial rocks, Virtuality revolved around two incredibly important notions. First, it focused on the ongoing environmental crisis faced by Earth, our planet, and how this challenged threatens to end the existence of the human race, a challenge that made the crew’s mission a crucial milestone in saving mankind.

Secondly, a virtual reality system that allowed the crew members to enact all kinds of fantasies and entertainment began to malfunction. It was a juxtaposed blend of intrigue, drama, adventure, action and humor. Even though the show only aired one-time on Fox during 2009, you can always pick out the full-length pilot in a DVD version.

14. Red Dwarf

Red Dwarf, a classic cult space show and a fan favorite for decades, is probably the only-one-of-its-kind comedy show that has been known for both, its longest running time and its incredibly engrossing storyline and plots. It follows the space adventures of Lister and his friends, which include some incredibly challenging ordeals and some action-packed humor.

It was earlier premiered in the United Kingdom back in 1988, and it went onto release new series and episodes until 2017. It has introduced us to some of the craziest plot twists ever, for instance, many of the major characters have been killed and then resurrected, along with some epic rests that kept taking place with the passage of time. Very quickly, this show began endorsing a unique and charming way of regarding the world, blended in with some hilarious sci-fi tropes.

Red Dwarf X Photocall - 03 Oct 2012
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Red Dwarf X Photocall at the Prince of Wales Cinema Leicester Square Robert Llewellyn Craig Charles and Chris Barrie
Red Dwarf X Photocall – 03 Oct 2012

13. Black Mirror: USS Callister

When the PR images for the Season 4 premier of this incredibly intriguing anthology series, backed by Netflix and Charlie Brooker, first came out, they triggered a great deal of speculation and criticism on being a postmodern riff on Star Trek, giving the show a peculiar kind of homage. Even though the show is based in a world that seems quite similar to earth, it did seem to being paying a homage to the legendary Trek series.

However, the answer to these speculations turned out to be most mindboggling plot twists in the history of television. It introduced us to an intriguingly adventurous universe of Space Fleet, which was reconstructed by victim turned bully Robert, played by Jesse Plemons, who now uses his virtual universe to torture all those who tortured and bullied him. Despite being a unique postmodern take on the Star Trek franchise, USS Callister manages to deliver a solid punch of drama and action, along with one of the most immersive climaxes.

Black Mirror: USS Callister Season 4
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12. Star Trek: The Next Generation

The show that was on air from 1987-1994 is a blatant reminder that Star Trek didn’t entirely revolve around Spock and Kirk, and still managed to churn out some legendary scenes and grippingly dramatic moments. Even though the narrative was not as intriguingly complicated as the Star Trek installments that followed, and of course, the next generation visuals and narrations that were mind-blowing. But as opposed to other ships, the life on the Enterprise was so complicated and challenging. There were appropriate moments of action and adventure, but life in space was much easier and simpler.

Star Trek: The Next Generation
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11. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2003)

The animated series of 2003 Clone Wars have been eliminated from the Star Wars legacy, and even though the shows that preceded, such as the Clone Wars (2008) and Star Wars: Rebels were phenomenal masterpieces that opened new artistic and creative dimensions to the show, nothing can ever beat the unparalleled charisma and charm of this iconic show.

Lucasfilm collaborated with Gendy Tartakovsky, the creator of the iconic Samurai Jack, to narrate the events that shook the universe between the Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. The show Tartakovsky created was utterly groundbreaking and filled with an extravagant display of superior quality visuals, action-packed adventures and an excitement that cannot be felt in the series that came out later. It appears that Tartakovsky has been having some discussions with Uproxx, and he might have a significant influence upon the upcoming releases from this franchise.

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