Space serials are the productions that we usually watch in the science fiction genre. Science fiction creates productions in which science and fiction are brought together and blended. There are countless series and movies that we can watch. But when these TV series and movies take place in space, they give the audience a different energy! We have gathered together the space serials, which are productions that leave this effect on you and make you question where we are going as humanity.
1) Rick and Morty (2013- ) | IMDb: 9.2
- Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
- Creators: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon
- Voiced by: Justin Roiland, Chris Parnell, Spencer Grammer, Sarah Chalke
- Number of Seasons: 5
Mad scientist Rick and his grandson Morty are two people who have divided their lives into time with their families and interdimensional time. The series also tells about their adventures. Although it is animated, it is an adult series. They spend their time not only traveling between dimensions, but also sometimes embarking on adventures involving human anatomy.
We can say that it is a production that has managed to blend science fiction and comedy genres wonderfully. In terms of comedy, it is similar to works such as Family Guy and The Simpsons. The 20-minute episodes make it very fluent and easy to watch the series. While the screenwriters of the series inform and entertain us, they do not neglect to refer to many things belonging to popular culture.
2) Firefly (2002 – 2003) | IMDb: 9.0
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Western
- Creator: Joss Whedon
- Cast: Nathan Fillion, Gina Torres, Alan Tudyk, Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin
- Number of Seasons: 1
Firefly is a TV series that tells the story of a crew of nine living on a spaceship called Serenity in the year 2517. The captain of the ship and some of the crew are soldiers who lost in the civil war. These soldiers are space cowboys engaged in illegal activities in places not ruled by the galaxy government.
Although the series was canceled 18 years ago, it has managed to become a kind of production that makes one stop and think when it comes to mind. Although it has only one season, it is considered among the cult productions. Unfortunately, it was canceled after the release of the first season of 14 episodes.
After a long effort, a movie was shot in 2005 that would end the series, and the story was thus concluded. If space series is your special interest, we can say that Firefly is an amazing series that you will watch with admiration.
- Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
- Creators: CE Webber, Donald Wilson, Sydney Newman
- Number of Seasons: 26 (1963-1989), 13 (2005 – Present)
Doctor Who is the longest running science fiction television series since 1963. Subject; It is about the adventures of a human-like extraterrestrial being known as the Doctor, namely a Time Lord. He travels in a spaceship called the TARDIS. From the outside, this ship looks like a 1950’s police station. Although it may seem small at first glance, it is bigger inside than outside. Time travels through the universe with the TARDIS.
He is almost always accompanied by a human companion. Together they explore space and time, solve problems and sometimes intervene in history. It is a very important part of British popular culture. The period called the classic series continued throughout the years 1963-1989. A television movie was released in 1996 and this movie acted as a transitional episode for the series to be aired again in 2005.
The Doctor character is known for not dying but regenerating. For this reason, a new Doctor appears on the screen every 2-3 seasons on average. So far, 13 people have played this role. All are men, that changed in 2017. The person who took on the role from The Last Doctor Peter Capaldi was the famous British actress Jodie Whittaker. The 13th season of the series and Whittaker’s final season will premiere on November 10, 2021. The new Doctor has not been announced yet. We will find out about this with the special episode that will be broadcast in the autumn season of 2022. Among the Doctor Who space series, it is the only production that has been going on for such a long time.
4) Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987 – 1994) | IMDb: 8.6
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
- Creators: Gene Roddenberry
- Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Gates McFadden, Will Wheaton
- Number of Seasons: 7
It is impossible not to make a list of space TV shows and not talk about Star Trek. Set nearly 100 years after the original series, the series chronicles the adventures of the newer and more advanced Enterprise ship and its crew. The villains of the series are the Borg. This Borg has taken on the role of the dark mirror of our heroes. New lives and civilizations are sought, found, and collaborated throughout the series’ duration.
Often new things are learned from these civilizations. Although this fiction changes after the methods of genocide are discovered, the basic principle remains the same. Star Trek: The Next Generation consists of 178 episodes in total. All these sections are independent of each other. There is no subject cohesion. We can say that this series is a series that starts slowly and opens later.
It is one of the most loved series in the Star Trek universe. The reason the series started with a new cast was that the original cast was getting old. In addition, it would be both costly and difficult to keep people who made a name for themselves with the Star Trek series. Many ideas were abandoned until the series came to life, but the result was very happy.
5) The Expanse (2015 – ) | IMDb: 8.5
- Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
- Creators: Mark Fergus, Daniel Abraham, Ty Franck
- Cast: Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham
- Number of Seasons: 5
Humanity, which colonized the solar system, Mars, the Moon, and even the Asteroid Belt, still has not had access to the stars. Jim Holden, the administrative officer of an ice freighter, shuttles between the rings of Saturn and the mining stations in the Belt. One day, he and his crew stumble upon an abandoned ship called the Scopuli and reveal a terrible secret.
This is such a secret that there are people who are ready to commit murder for the sake of it. It’s a secret on a scale that Jim and his crew couldn’t even imagine. Unless Jim finds out who left this ship there and why, a war in the solar system is possible. Meanwhile, Detective Miller is chasing a single girl in a system of billions.
This girl comes from a wealthy family and the one who pays blows the whistle! The clues Miller follows lead him to Holden and Scopuli. Thanks to this, Miller realizes that this girl could be the key to everything.
This is where the story gets even more complicated and events begin to happen. The series started broadcasting on Syfy channel in 2015 and aired there for 3 seasons. It was subsequently canceled, but Amazon Prime bought the show. Continuing here for two more seasons, 5 seasons were broadcast and 6. It was decided to make the final with the season. After The Expanse was rescued by Amazon, it became a popular production of the last period among space serials.
6) Final Space (2018 – 2021) | IMDb: 8.3
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Adventure
- Creators: Olan Rogers, David Sacks
- Voiced by: Olan Rogers, David Tennant, Coty Galloway, Steven Yeun, Tika Sumpter
- Number of Seasons: 3
Gary in space prison is serving the end of his five-year sentence. There are two goals he wants to achieve; one to send Quinn a video every day and eat cookies! But he is grounded and therefore not allowed to eat cookies. He has two friends with whom he shares his time in prison. One is the HUE, which controls the ship, and the other is the KVN, which is placed next to him to prevent him from losing his mind. But there is a problem here too; Gary hates KVN.
The real beginning of the story takes place after Gary befriends a green creature he calls Mooncake while on a spacewalk one day. After Mooncake is included in the story, characters such as Lord Commander, Queen and Avocato join his pursuit. In this way, the episodes become quite entertaining and emotional at the same time. If one of the elements that puts the quality of the series forward is the story line, we can say that the other is the side characters.
The idea for Final Space was conceived in 2010 as a web series called “Gary Space”. Thereupon, Rogers, the creator of the series, shared the first three episodes on his YouTube channel. However, the project was left unfinished as a result of disagreements with his friends. Then Gary Space is reworked for marketing to Cartoon Network, but Rogers still doesn’t get what he hoped for.
After that, the name of the series is changed to Final Space and a new pilot episode is being prepared. Again, he caught Conan O’Brien’s attention with the episode he published on YouTube, and he went to present to TBS and stayed there. You can now watch the series on Netflix. Final Space space series is one of the most solid animation examples of its kind.
7) Babylon 5 (1993 – 1998) | IMDb: 8.3
- Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
- Creator: J. Michael Straczynski
- Cast: Michael O’Hare, Bruce Boxleitner, Claudia Christian, Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan
- Number of Seasons: 5
The story of the series takes place between 2257 and 2262. Babylon 5 was founded 10 years after the war between the Earth Alliance and the Minbari Republic. Its purpose is to eliminate the differences between humans and other alien races, to create a diplomatic and commercial environment and to prevent wars. The reason why the name of the station is Babylon 5 is because the first four stations that were established could not fulfill their duties due to various reasons.
The station is located near the Epsilon 3 ship, which has no signs of life. The five races in Babylon 5 are represented at ambassador level. In addition, the Commonwealth of Independent Planets -like the five dominant races- has the right to vote and veto. Issues such as religion are very important parts of the story. The writing of the script began in 1986 and took 7 years to complete. There are no fixed characters.
It was planned in advance that the series would spread over a long period of time. Therefore, the times for each character to leave and rejoin the series were predetermined. His script was first submitted to Paramount, but when they refused, Warner Bros. got the project. This is the first time a science fiction series has spanned such a long time with this project. This situation has succeeded in being a source of inspiration for many series.
8) Battlestar Galactica (2004 – 2009) | IMDb: 8.7
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure, Action
- Creators: David Eick, Ronald D. Moore
- Cast: Mary McDonell, Edward James Olmos, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, James Callis
- Number of Seasons: 4
People living on the planet Caprica in the 12 Colonies have been living in harmony with the artificial intelligences called Cylon for over 40 years. But the Cylons disrupt this peace and change everything with their sneaky nuclear attack. These artificial intelligences were made by humans a long time ago, but these robots, whose intelligence and consciousness have developed over time, have been organized against humans. The entire army and organization of the 12 Colonies do their best to subdue the Cylons, but they cannot cope with the new machines they have invented.
The Battlestar Galactica ship, which will be inducted during this attack, is about to complete its final patrol, so it can escape the attack with little damage. With the death of the head of the colonies, then Education Minister Laura Roslin is by chance on an off-planet ship. Galactica Captain Adama and Roslin, along with the few surviving ships, will lead humanity to salvation. They believe that this salvation lies in finding the planet Earth…
Our legend, which started to be shot on the series shot between 1978-1980, first returned to the screens as a two-part mini-series. Later, a 4-season series was shot, and movies and mini-episodes related to the series were also shot and broadcast. The series received positive reviews from writers with Emmy nominations, and stars Oscar-nominated Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos. One of the first examples that comes to mind when space series is mentioned is undoubtedly Battlestar Galactica.
9) Altered Carbon (2018 – 2020) | IMDb: 8.0
- Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
- Creator: Laeta Kalogridis
- Cast: Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Martha Higareda, Kristin Lehman
- Number of Seasons: 2
The series is adapted from the comic book of the same name. In the future they live, people can transfer their characters and souls to new bodies. Takeshi Kovacs belongs to a team of elite interstellar warriors in this future. But this team suffers a heavy defeat after a rebellion. After the defeat, Kovacs is the only survivor.
His mind is imprisoned “in ice” for 250 years. But one day, a wealthy man offers Kovacs a chance to come back to life. What he wants in return is to conclude a murder that is very difficult to solve. Our hero finds it difficult to adapt to this world and seeks ways to escape. As he is about to find what he is looking for, he learns the reason for his resurrection and begins a war of existence.
The first season of the series consists of 10 episodes and the second season consists of 8 episodes. You can access it through Netflix. In the series, consciousness transfer, technology, etc. We see that the issues are approached from a religious point of view. Such a large budget was allocated for the first season of the series that it even exceeded the budget allocated for the first 3 seasons of the Game of Thrones series. A magnificent production that will satisfy you visually!
10) The 100 (2014 – 2020) | IMDb: 7.6
- Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
- Creator: Jason Rothenberg
- Cast: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonnell, Eli Goree, Bob Morley
- Number of Seasons: 7
Armageddon destroyed most of the world 97 years ago and caused the collapse of many civilizations. Only 12 nations survived and left the world with a total of 400 people. During the time they lived in space, 3 generations of people have grown and now a total population of 4000 has been reached. In their new life they have established, they have many harsh rules such as population control and the death penalty.
In this period when their resources are starting to run out, 12 nations come together and start looking for ways to survive. They decide to return to earth as a solution, but they are not sure whether the earth is habitable or not. To find out, they send 100 young prisoners to the world. There are many differences between these young people and there is friction between them.
But overcoming these problems; It is very important for their survival in a world full of unknowns and dangers. The series is an adaptation of Kass Morgan’s book of the same name and was developed for publication by Jason Rothenberg. Some scenes are therefore suitable for audiences aged 18 and over.
11) Lost in Space (2018 – 2021) | IMDb: 7.3
- Genre: Science Fiction
- Creator: Irwin Allen
- Cast: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins, Taylor Russell, Mina Sundall
- Number of Seasons: 2
Set 30 years from now, the series is a modern interpretation of the classic 1960s TV series of the same name. Living in their own world, which is in a very bad situation, the Robinson family deserves to live in a better world. For this, they pass many tests and receive training. After completing these, they set out to form a new colony in space.
In this process, unexpected events happen and they go out of their determined route. They crash-land on an unknown planet and try to survive as a family tens of light years from their home. It is a series written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
It is produced by Legendary Television, Synthesis Entertainment, Clickety-Clack Productions, and Applebox Entertainment. It started airing the series on Netflix in 2018. It has been announced that the highly anticipated third season will be released in 2021, but there is no season published yet. Also, this season will be the final season of the series. We can say that Lost in Space has an important place between the storytelling and the recent space series.
12) Nightflyers (2018) | IMDb: 5.9
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Psychological Thriller
- Creator: Jeff Buhler
- Cast: Eoin Macken, David Ajala, Maya Eshet, Sam Strike, Gretchen Mol
- Number of Seasons: 1
The little spaceship The Nightflyer 2093 is on a journey through space. The purpose of this journey is to find a space object that is believed to save our world from extinction. Its crew consists of eight scientists and a telepath. While exploring the solar system, they experience a few frightening events.
A great battle for survival begins on the ship, where everyone questions and blames each other. The series is adapted from the book of the same name by George RR Martin and takes a retrospective narrative. Although the book attracted great attention due to its author, the series consisted of only one season and was canceled by the Syfy channel. Still, Nightflyers draws a lot of attention with its interesting subject among recent space series.
13) Another Life (2019- ) | IMDb: 5.1
- Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama
- Creator: Aaron Martin
- Cast: Katee Sackhoff, Justin Chatwin, Samuel Anderson, Blu Hunt, AJ Rivera
- Number of Seasons: 2
A monolith-like object from an unknown planet has landed and settled in different parts of the Earth. People have trouble understanding what these objects are and why they are here. The CIA immediately initiates projects to communicate with objects. Scientist Eric Wallace also participates in one of these projects.
Wallace’s wife, Niko, is a qualified astronaut who has successfully participated in many space missions. As soon as it is learned that the monoliths that descended to Earth are also in other celestial bodies, a space mission is immediately designed and Niko is appointed to lead this mission. Niko experiences very interesting events on the way and during the mission with his team. It is one of the remarkable productions of Netflix.
Katee Sackhoff, whom we know from the Battlestar Galactica TV series, plays the role of Niko! The year the series takes place is not specified throughout the series, but it is mentioned that the population is 9.4 billion people. I can’t help but mention that it has a slow-moving story. But with a little patience, you can reach a beautiful ending and you won’t regret waiting.
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