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

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List Rules Only 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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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Jereme Pierce added Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Premiered: 2017

The Orville (Fox, 2017) is a science fiction comedy-drama series created by Seth MacFarlane. Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) is captain of the U.S.S. Orville (ECV-197), a mid-level exploration starship ...more
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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Sally Lake added Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Premiered: 2018

Altered Carbon is an American science fiction television series created by Laeta Kalogridis, based on the novel by Richard K. Morgan. In a future where human minds are digitized and downloaded ...more
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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Premiered: 2017

Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access, 2017) is the first Star Trek series since Star Trek: Enterprise concluded in 2005. Set roughly a decade before the events of the original Star Trek series, ...more
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Legion is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

Premiered: 2017

Legion (FX, 2017) is an American cable television series created by Noah Hawley, based on the Marvel Comics character. Diagnosed with schizophrenia at a young age, David Haller (Dan Stevens) ...more
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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Premiered: 2018

Lost in Space (Netflix, 2018) is an American science fiction web television series created by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and a reboot of the 1965 series. After encountering a rip in ...more
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The Gifted is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Sean Teale

Premiered: 2017

The Gifted (Fox, 2017) is an American superhero TV series based on Marvel Comics's X-Men properties. Two ordinary parents (Stephen Moyer and Amy Acker) take their family on the run from the ...more
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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Premiered: 2019

The Mandalorian (Disney+, 2019) is an American space opera web television series set in the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas. Taking place after the events in Return of the Jedi, but ...more
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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd

Premiered: 2018

Counterpart is an American sci-fi thriller television series created by Justin Marks. When lowly UN employee Howard Silk (J. K. Simmons) discovers his agency is guarding a gateway to a parallel ...more
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Salvation is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Santiago Cabrera

Premiered: 2017

Salvation (CBS, 2017) is an American suspense drama television series created by Liz Kruger, Craig Shapiro, and Matt Wheeler. An MIT grad student (Charlie Rowe) and a wealthy tech superstar ...more
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The Mist is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Morgan Spector, Alyssa Sutherland, Gus Birney

Premiered: 2017

The Mist (Spike, 2017) is an American science fiction-horror thriller television series developed by Christian Torpe. Based on Stehphen King's horror novella, the series centers on a small town ...more
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Cloak & Dagger is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth

Premiered: 2018

Cloak & Dagger (Freeform, 2018) is an American cable television series created by Joe Pokaski, based on the Marvel Comics characters. Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey ...more
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Time After Time is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Freddie Stroma, Josh Bowman, Genesis Rodriguez

Premiered: 2017

Time After Time (ABC, 2017) is an American period drama science fiction television series by Kevin Williamson, based on the 1979 Karl Alexander novel of the same name. British author H. G. Wells ...more
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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney

Premiered: 2017

Krypton (SyFy, 2018) is an American television series developed by David S. Goyer and Damian Kindler. Set 200 years before Superman's birth on the planet Krypton, the show centers on Kal-El's ...more
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Star Trek: Picard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Patrick Stewart, Santiago Cabrera, Michelle Hurd

Premiered: 2020

Star Trek: Picard (CBS All Access, 2020) is an American television series featuring the Star Trek character Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) as part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise. ...more
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Hard Sun is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess

Premiered: 2018

Hard Sun (Hulu, 2018) is a pre-apocalyptic British television drama series created by Neil Cross. While investigating a death of a hacker in London, two police officers stumble upon proof that ...more
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Upload is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Robbie Amell, Andy Allo, Zainab Johnson

Premiered: 2020

Upload (Amazon Video, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy satire television series created by Greg Daniels. In the future, Nathan (Robbie Amell) meets his early death, and is uploaded ...more
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Strowlers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Strowlers Trin Miller, G. Valmont Thomas, Tanesha Ross

Premiered: 2018

Strowlers (ZOE, 2018) is an American fantasy science fiction television series. Magic has returned to the modern world. In response, the U.S. Dept of Arcanology has tasked government magic users ...more
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Stargate Origins is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Ellie Gall, Connor Trinneer, Aylam Orian

Premiered: 2018

Stargate Origins (Stargate Command, 2018) is an American science fiction adventure web series created by Mark Ilvedson and Justin Michael Terry, based on the 1994 film by Dean Devlin and Roland ...more
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Wu Assassins is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Iko Uwais, Katheryn Winnick, Byron Mann

Premiered: 2019

Wu Assassins (Netflix, 2019) is an American action television series. A young chef (Iko Uwais) discovers he is chosen to round up the powers of an ancient, supernatural, triad as the Wu
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Avenue 5 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Hugh Laurie, Suzy Nakamura, Rebecca Front

Premiered: 2020

Avenue 5 (HBO, 2020) is an American science fiction comedy television series created by Armando Iannucci. Space captain Ryan Clark of the Avenue 5 tries to get along with others in the space ...more
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Star Trek: Short Treks ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Mary Wiseman, Rainn Wilson, Doug Jones

Premiered: 2018

Star Trek: Short Treks (CBS All Access, 2018) is an American science fiction anthology web TV series created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman. A spin-off from the series Star Trek: Discovery, ...more
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Dimension 404 is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Robert Buckley, Lea Michele, Matt Jones

Premiered: 2017

Dimension 404 (Hulu, 2017) is an American science fiction black comedy drama anthology series created by Dez Dolly and Will Campos. From outrageous horror comedy to mind-bending action ...more
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Vagrant Queen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Adriyan Rae, Alex McGregor, Paul du Toit

Premiered: 2020

Vagrant Queen (Syfy, 2020) is a sci-fi television series created by Jem Garrard. Elida built a life as a scavenger and outlaw, but when an old frenemy, Isaac, turns up with news about her ...more
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Another Life is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Katee Sackhoff, Selma Blair, Tyler Hoechlin

Premiered: 2019

Another Life (Netflix, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Aaron Martin. An astronaut, Niko Breckinridge-Wallace (Katee Sackhoff) commands a crew on a mission to explore the ...more
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Tales from the Loop is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New Sci-Fi Shows of the Last Few Years
Rebecca Hall, Duncan Joiner, Daniel Zolghadri

Premiered: 2020

Tales from the Loop (Amazon, 2020) is a sci-fi drama television series created by Nathaniel Halpern. The townspeople who live above "The Loop," a machine built to unlock and explore ...more