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The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019 

Molly Gander
Updated January 10, 2020 8.9k votes 1.4k voters 51.2k views 43 items

List Rules Only science fiction television series airing new episodes during the 2019 calendar year that offer galactic levels of excitement.

UPDATED: Check out The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows of 2020!

The most exciting sci-fi TV shows new or ongoing in 2019 are some of the most fun and entertaining to watch on television, but which is the most exciting new or returning show? Determining which science fiction TV series is the best isn't an easy task given the plethora of options available, but this list might make it just a bit easier. These days, with the use of digital streaming via multiple options such as Netflix, Hulu, and others, there is a ton of content available but which of these current sci-fi shows are the best of them all in terms of excitement?

For a science fiction series to be truly exciting, it has to be the kind that depicts more than just cool new tech, it has to show a conflict between one or more groups of people, aliens, robots, or whatever in which survival is key. The only way to find out which is the best is to vote up your favorite science fiction series below, but remember, this list is all about excitement! Which new sci-fi series available in 2019 is more exciting than the one below it? For this list, the series either has to be new to 2019 programming, or it has to be a pre-existing series with new episodes premiering in 2019.

Don't forget to add your favorite new or returning sci-fi show to the list if it's missing and vote for your favorites below! Then check out what exciting sci-fi series are back in 2020.

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The Expanse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Thomas Jane, Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

Genres (Tv): Mystery, Sci-Fi

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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Stranger Things is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Sci-fi, Horror, Supernatural, Period drama

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) 3 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
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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Star Trek: Discovery is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones, Anthony Rapp

Number of Seasons: 2

Network: CBS All Access

Genres (Tv): Science Fiction

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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The Boys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
kdevlin747 added Karl Urban, Elisabeth Shue, Erin Moriarty

Network: Amazon Videoi

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Drama, Action

The Boys (Amazon Video, 2019) is an American superhero drama web television series created by Eric Kripke, Evan Goldberg, and Seth Rogen, based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick ...more
6
Lost in Space is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
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
7
The Umbrella Academy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Superhero, Action

The Umbrella Academy (Netflix, 2019) is an American television series developed by Steve Blackman, based on the comic book series by Gerard Way. A disbanded group of superheroes reunite after ...more
8
Westworld is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright

Network: HBO

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

Westworld (HBO, 2016) is an American science fiction western thriller television series created by Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, and based on the 1973 film. In a technologically advanced Wild ...more
9
The 100 is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
yurewitch.ron added Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Thomas McDonell

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

The 100 (The CW, 2014) is an American post-apocalyptic science fiction drama television series developed by Jason Rothenberg, loosely based on the book by Kass Morgan. 97 years after a nuclear ...more
10
Black Mirror is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell, Rory Kinnear

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Channel 4

Genres (Tv): Drama, Thriller, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Black Mirror is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker that features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern society, ...more
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The Mandalorian is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano, Nick Nolte

Number of Seasons: 1

Network: Disney+

Genres (Tv): Drama, Space Opera, Science Fiction

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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Killjoys is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
yurewitch.ron added Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore, Luke Macfarlane

Number of Seasons: 5

Network: SyFy

Genres (Tv): Sci-Fi

Killjoys (Syfy, 2015) is a Canadian space adventure drama series created by Michelle Lovretta. In the Quad, a planetary system a fun loving trio of bounty hunters attempt to remain impartial as ...more
13
Love, Death & Robots... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
yurewitch.ron added Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler, Stefan Kapicic

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Television anthology, Horror, Comedy, Fantasy, Science fiction

Love, Death & Robots (Netflix, 2019) is an American animated television anthology series. A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, ...more
14
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Brett Dalton

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 13

Genres (Tv): Drama, Action, Adventure Film, Science Fiction, Fantasy

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., or simply Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., is an American television series created for ABC by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel ...more
15
The Man in the High Cast... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Luke Kleintank

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

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Video, 2015) is an American dystopian alternative history television series created by Frank Spotnitz, based on the novel by Philip K. Dick. In an alternative ...more
16
Legion is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Dan Stevens, Rachel Keller, Aubrey Plaza

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

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
17
Counterpart is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
yurewitch.ron added 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
18
Russian Doll is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
susannevincent2016 added Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee, Yul Vazquez

Network: Netflix

Genres (Tv): Comedy

Russian Doll (Netflix, 2019) is an American comedy web television series created by Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler, and Leslye Headland. A young woman (Natasha Lyonne) in New York tries to escape ...more
19
The Flash is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 114

Network: The CW

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

The Flash (The CW, 2014) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Geoff Johns, based on the DC Comics character. CSI Barry Allen (Grant ...more
20
Krypton is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
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
21
Treadstone is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Imani Henry added Treadstone Omar Metwally, Tracy Ifeachor, Hyo Joo Han

Network: USA

Genres (Tv): Action, Drama

Treadstone (USA, 2019) is an American action drama television series, based on the Bourne Film series, created by Tim Kring. The show explores the origin story and present-day actions of CIA ...more
22
Final Space is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
yurewitch.ron added Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen, Tom Kenny

Genres (Tv): Adult animation, Sci-fi, Comedy

Final Space (TBS, 2018) is an American adult animated science fiction television series created by Olan Rogers. An astronaut named Gary and his planet-destroying sidekick called Mooncake embark ...more
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The Passage is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Vincent Piazza

Genres (Tv): Drama

The Passage (Fox, 2019) is an American drama television series developed by Liz Heldens, based on the novels by Justin Cronin. When a botched U.S. government experiment turns a group of death ...more
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Future Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
yurewitch.ron 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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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 170

Network: The CW Television Network

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Adventure film, Action, + more

Arrow (The CW, 2012) is an American superhero television series developed by Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, and Andrew Kreisberg, based on the DC Comics character. Five years after being ...more