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The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years

Updated October 7, 2020 13.2k votes 6.1k voters 89.7k views39 items

List RulesOnly shows that premiered Season 1 after January 1, 2017.

With so many great TV series currently airing, we’re ranking the best sci-fi TV shows since 2017. Our list of the highest rated sci-fi shows of the past three years is ranked by viewers from everywhere, so make sure you vote up the best new sci-fi series on television. What is the best new sci-fi TV show?

Featuring new Netflix shows, CW superhero series, critically acclaimed miniseries and more, the best recent sci-fi shows include Altered CarbonLegion, The Orville, and The Mandalorian. Netflix's Marvel series are easily considered to be some of the most exciting and binge-worthy shows today, while CBS's Star Trek: Discovery is commonly known as the sci-fi show to watch now.

Vote up the best new sci-fi shows and feel free to add any new science fiction series missing from the list.

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  • 1
    Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Altered Carbon

    Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry

    Premiered2018

    Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 2
    The Orville is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    862

    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    Premiered2017

    The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 3
    Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Premiered2017

    Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek:... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 4
    Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    153

    Lost in Space

    Toby Stephens, Molly Parker

    Premiered2018

    Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 5
    Legion is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    622

    Legion

    Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller

    Premiered2017

    Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 6
    The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    15

    The Mandalorian

    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

    Premiered2019

    The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 7
    Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Counterpart

    J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams

    Premiered2018

    Counterpart is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 8
    The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    The Gifted

    Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker

    Premiered2017

    The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 9
    Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    21

    Star Trek: Picard

    Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera

    Premiered2020

    Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 10
    Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Cloak & Dagger

    Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph

    Premiered2018

    Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 11
    Upload is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    7

    Upload

    Robbie Amell, Andy Allo

    Premiered2020

    Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 12
    Krypton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Krypton

    Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell

    Premiered2017

    Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 13
    Avenue 5 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Avenue 5

    Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura

    Premiered2020

    Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 14
    Into The Night is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
    5
    10

    Into The Night

    Jan Bijvoet, Mehmet Kurtulus

    Premiered2020

    Into The Night (Netflix, 2020) is a Belgian sci-fi drama thriller television series written... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 15
    Salvation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Salvation

    Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers

    Premiered2017

    Salvation (CBS, 2017) is an American suspense drama television series created by Liz Kruger,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 16
    Another Life is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    29

    Another Life

    Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair

    Premiered2019

    Another Life (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Aaron Martin.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 17
    Strowlers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    8

    Strowlers

    Trin Miller, G. Valmont Thomas

    Premiered2018

    Strowlers (ZOE, 2018) is an American fantasy science fiction television series. Magic has... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 18
    Wu Assassins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    24

    Wu Assassins

    Iko Uwais, Katheryn Winnick

    Premiered2019

    Wu Assassins (Netflix, 2019) is an American action television series. A young chef (Iko Uwais)... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 19
    Stargate Origins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
    8
    15

    Stargate Origins

    Ellie Gall, Connor Trinneer

    Premiered2018

    Stargate Origins (Stargate Command, 2018) is an American science fiction adventure web series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 20
    Star Trek: Short Treks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    18

    Star Trek: Short Treks

    Mary Wiseman, Rainn Wilson

    Premiered2018

    Star Trek: Short Treks (CBS All Access, 2018) is an American science fiction anthology web TV... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 21
    The Mist is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    The Mist

    Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland

    Premiered2017

    The Mist (Spike, 2017) is an American science fiction-horror thriller television series... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 22
    Away is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    1

    Away

    Hillary Swank, Josh Charles

    Premiered2020

    Away (Netflix, 2020) is an American sci-fi television series created by Jessica Goldberg and... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 23
    Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Time After Time

    Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman

    Premiered2017

    Time After Time (ABC, 2017) is an American period drama science fiction television series by... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Tales from the Loop is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    12

    Tales from the Loop

    Rebecca Hall, Duncan Joiner

    Premiered2020

    Tales from the Loop (Amazon, 2020) is a sci-fi drama television series created by Nathaniel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
  • 25
    Spides is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
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    Spides

    Rosabell Laurenti Sellers, Falk Hentschel

    Premiered2020

    Spides (Crackle, 2020) is a German sci-fi television series created by Rainer Matsutani.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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