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The Most Exciting Sci Fi TV Shows in 2019

Updated January 10, 2020 12.6k votes 1.5k voters 55.3k views43 items

List RulesOnly 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.

  • 1

    The Expanse

    Steven Strait, Cas Anvar

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

    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 colonized...  more
  • 2

    The Mandalorian

    Pedro Pascal, Gina Carano

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Adventure, Action, 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 before...  more
  • 3

    The Boys

    Karl Urban, Jack Quaid

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    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 Robertson....  more
  • 4

    The Orville

    Seth MacFarlane, Adrianne Palicki

    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 400...  more
  • 5

    Stranger Things

    Winona Ryder, David Harbour

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Horror, Thriller

    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), a...  more
  • 6

    The Umbrella Academy

    Elliot Page, Tom Hopper

    Genres (Tv)Action, Adventure, Mystery, Fantasy

    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 their...  more
  • 7

    Star Trek: Discovery

    Sonequa Martin-Green, Doug Jones

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama

    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
  • 8


    Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    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

    Lost in Space

    Parker Posey, Ignacio Serricchio

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction

    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 spacetime...  more
  • 10

    Black Mirror

    Daniel Kaluuya, Toby Kebbell

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Drama, Anthology

    Black Mirror (Netflix, 2011) is a British television anthology series created by Charlie Brooker. The show features speculative fiction with dark and sometimes satirical themes that examine modern...  more
  • 11

    The 100

    Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Adventure

    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
  • 12


    Hannah John-Kamen, Aaron Ashmore

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Science fiction, Crime

    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 they...  more
  • 13

    Love, Death & Robots

    Hayley McLaughlin, Helen Sadler

    Genres (Tv)Anthology, Comedy, Horror, Science fiction, Fantasy

    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, horror,...  more
  • 14

    The Man in the High Castle

    Alexa Davalos, Joel de la Fuente

    Genres (Tv)Historical drama, Science fiction

    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
  • 15


    J.K. Simmons, Olivia Williams

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction, Thriller

    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
  • 16

    Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Clark Gregg, Ming-Na

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Science fiction, Adventure

    Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 2013) is an American action drama superhero series created by Joss Whedon, Jed Whedon, and Maurissa Tancharoen, based on the Marvel Comics organization...  more
  • 17


    Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza

    Genres (Tv)Adventure, Science fiction, Drama

    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
  • 18

    Russian Doll

    Natasha Lyonne, Greta Lee

    Genres (Tv)Comedy drama

    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 from a...  more
  • 19

    Final Space

    Olan Rogers, Fred Armisen

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction, Sitcom, Animated

    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 on...  more
  • 20


    Cameron Cuffe, Georgina Campbell

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Science fiction

    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

    The Flash

    Grant Gustin, Candice Patton

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Action, Adventure, Fantasy

    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 Gustin)...  more
  • 22

    For All Mankind

    Joel Kinnaman, Michael Dorman

    Genres (Tv)Drama, History, Science fiction, Action, Romance

    For All Mankind (Apple TV+, 2019) is an American science fiction drama television series. The show explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended....  more
  • 23

    The Passage

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney

    Genres (Tv)Documentary

    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 row...  more
  • 24


    Priscilla Quintana, Oliver Dench

    Genres (Tv)Science fiction

    Pandora (The CW, 2019) is an American science fiction action television series. Set in the year 2199, a young woman (Priscilla Quintana) who has lost everything finds a new life at Earth's Space...  more
  • 25


    Regina King, Jeremy Irons

    Genres (Tv)Action, Drama

    Watchmen (HBO, 2019) is an American drama television series created by Damon Lindelof and based on the comic book series of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set 34 years after the events...  more