Total Nerd The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018  

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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. 

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
acc3ssBG added Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar The Expanse (Syfy, 2015) is an American science fiction television series developed by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, based on the novels by James S. A. Corey. In a future where humanity has ...more

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Altered Carbon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Joel Kinnaman, Renée Elise Goldsberry, James Purefoy Altered Carbon (Netflix, 2018) 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 ...more

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Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Toby Stephens, Molly Parker, Ignacio Serricchio 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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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
acc3ssBG added Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp 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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Travelers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Eli Kroninfeld added Eric McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper Travelers (Netflix, 2016) is a science fiction television series created by Brad Wright. Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into ...more

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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard Stranger Things (Netflix, 2016) is an American science fiction-horror web television series created by The Duffer Brothers. When a young boy (Noah Schnapp) disappears, his mother (Winona Ryder), ...more

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The Orville is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki, Scott Grimes 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 Electric Drea... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Timothy Spall, Anthony Boyle, Tuppence Middleton 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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The Rain is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Iben Hjejle, Alba August, Lucas Lynggaard Tønnesen 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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Salvation is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Charlie Rowe, Jacqueline Byers, Santiago Cabrera Salvation (CBS, 2017) is an American suspense drama television series created by Liz Kruger and Craig Shapiro. An MIT grad student and a tech superstar bring a low-level Pentagon official a ...more

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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Josh Hutcherson, Eliza Coupe, Derek Wilson Future Man (Hulu, 2017) is an American comedy television series directed by Brandon Trost, Seth Rogen, and Evan Goldberg. Josh Futturman (Josh Hutcherson), a janitor by day and a gamer by night, ...more

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Krypton is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell, Ian McElhinney 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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Timeless is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Abigail Spencer, Matt Lanter, Starring Abigail Spencer Matt Lanter Malcolm Barrett Timeless (NBC, 2016) tollows the adventures of an unusual trio—a history professor (Abigail Spencer), a scientist (Malcolm Barrett), and a soldier (Matt Lanter)—as they attempt to stop Garcia ...more

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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system on the brink of a bloody interplanetary class war, a fun loving ...more

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Doctor Who is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith Doctor Who (BBC, 2005) is a British science-fiction television show created by Sydney Newman, C. E. Webber, and Donald Wilson. The further adventures in time and space of the alien adventurer ...more

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The Innocents is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Weston Anthony added Sorcha Groundsell, Percelle Ascott, Guy Pearce 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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Orphan Black is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Kirimi Karan added Tatiana Maslany, Dylan Bruce, Jordan Gavaris Orphan Black is a Canadian science fiction television series created by screenwriter Graeme Manson and director John Fawcett, starring Tatiana Maslany as several identical people who are, in ...more

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Reverie is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
QueenLevine added Sarah Shahi, Dennis Haysbert, Jessica Lu Reverie (NBC, 2017) is an American dramatic thriller series created by Mickey Fisher. Mara Kint (Sarah Shahi) is former detective specializing in human behavior who is brought in when the launch ...more

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Hard Sun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Agyness Deyn, Jim Sturgess 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) 20 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Stargate Origins Ellie Gall, Connor Trinneer, Aylam Orian 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) 21 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Hiroaki Hirata, Yūki Kaji, Asai Seto 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) 22 on the list The Best Sci-fi TV Shows Of 2018
Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams 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