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The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018 

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Updated December 22, 2018 3.5k votes 1.1k voters 75.9k views 13 items

List Rules Only shows that premiered in 2018.

The best sci-fi shows of 2018 were certainly not disappointing. Whether you're a fan of dystopian settings or outer space, essentially any sci-fi series released in '18 will satisfy your wants and needs. But what is it about these great sci-fi series that are so captivating? Could it be that these plots and ideas aren't so far-fetched like that of fantasy shows? And maybe one day we actually will need to fight aliens in space? Whatever it is, these shows are often instant hits. 

While it may only be a year's worth of new sci-fi shows, this list of 2018 series features some shows you seriously don't want to miss. If you're having trouble getting started, be sure to check popular shows like Lost in Space, Krypton, and Altered Carbon - just to name a few. 

Vote up your favorite 2018 sci-fi shows from the list below, and vote down those you didn't care for. You can also add any new ones that may have not made the list. When you're done, check out what sci-fi shows premiered in 2019.

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Mystery, Action

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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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi

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 Orville is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
ChristopherMoor added Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes

Genres (Tv): Comedy-drama, Science fiction

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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Philip K. Dick's Electri... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama, Anthology

Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams (Amazon Video, 2018) is a British-American science fiction television anthology series developed by Ronald D. Moore and Michael Dinner. Based on the works of ...more

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Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
J. K. Simmons, Olivia Williams, Harry Lloyd

Number of Seasons: 2

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller, Drama

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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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action, Sci-fi

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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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Thriller

The Rain (Netflix, 2018) is a Danish web series created by Mosholt Esben, Toft Jacobsen, and Christian Potalivo. After a brutal virus wipes out most of the population, two young siblings embark ...more
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The First is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Sean Penn, Natascha McElhone, LisaGay Hamilton

Genres (Tv): Drama, Sci-fi

The First (Hulu, 2018) is an American-British drama web television series created by Beau Willimon. A team of astronauts become the first humans to visit Mars.
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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Weston Anthony added Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Romance, Supernatural drama

The Innocents (Netflix, 2018) is a British supernatural television series created by Hania Elkington and Simon Duric. After running away from her repressive family to be with her lover Harry ...more
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Hard Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess

Network: BBC One (UK), Hulu (US)

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Crime, Drama

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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Stargate Origins is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Ellie Gall, Connor Trinneer, Aylam Orian

Number of Seasons: 1

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Adventure

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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B: the Beginning is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Hiroaki Hirata, Yūki Kaji, Asai Seto

Genres (Tv): Anime

B: the Beginning (Netflix, 2018) is an anime series directed by Kazuto Nakazawa and Yoshiki Yamakawa. In a world powered by advanced technology, crime and action unfold in the archipelagic ...more

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Black Lightning is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Black Lightning Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: The CW

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

Black Lightning (The CW, 2018) is an American superhero drama based on the DC comics character of the same name. Jefferson Pierce (Cress Williams), who retired from his superhero persona Black ...more

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