The Absolute Best Sci-Fi TV Shows on HBO Max
It’s too late. Westworld is no longer on HBO Max. It’s bad or indifferent news, depending on what you think season 4 finale.
So what can you watch after the HBO Max cost-cutting TV show and 2022 movie culling? Luckily, there are still a few decent options out there. The only one you absolutely must watch is station eleven. If you gave up after the first two episodes, no excuses. Try again.
Here are the best sci-fi TV shows on HBO Max as of January 28.
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This action-adventure out of Spain is fun and fun. The titular Garcia (Francisco Ortiz) is a classic endearing action hero with the twist that he was reanimated from cryogenically frozen sleep. Hailing from the 60s, Garcia must navigate modern-day Madrid – where oat lattes are also a thing – amidst all the spy antics.
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Person of Interest (2011-2016)
This sci-fi crime drama, created by Jonathan Nolan, has earned a place among the best sci-fi TV shows of all time. The series centers around some of the Precog-esque technology used by the government to predict terrorist attacks. The machine can also warn of smaller, but still deadly crimes, and a splinter team of undercover investigators set out to help related persons of interest. Dealing with delicate issues such as the concept of “the greater good”, Person of Interest is a fascinating, spectacular and comprehensive espionage procedure.
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An influential legacy show, Babylon 5 may have dated edges to the present day, but it would be blasphemy to ignore it on this list. The basic premise sees a group of humans and alien species working together on the Babylon 5 space station as Earth carves out a place for itself in the galactic community. Political intrigue, character studies, and the threat of war ensue.
Does The Last of Us count as a sci-fi show? Why not. It’s that good; you should watch it anyway. Pedro Pascal stars as Joel, a man who goes through horrific loss in the midst of a zombie apocalypse. Scene-stealing Bella Ramsey plays Ellie, a hilariously rude teenager who may hold the key to survival. Trust HBO to make this video game adaptation faithful where needed the best ever.
Growing Daisies (2007-2009)
This gem of a comedy-drama wisely exploits the charms of Lee Pace, who plays Ned, an eccentric baker who can bring the dead back to life. This Tim Burton-esque show sees Ned use his abilities to help solve sometimes grotesque murders without sacrificing fairytale eccentricity. A unique, critically acclaimed series worth revisiting.
Falling Skies (2011-2015)
Starring executive producer Steven Spielberg, this post-apocalyptic sci-fi brings family drama to alien invasions. Falling Skies centers on a group of survivors who plan to defend themselves after a global invasion by aliens. Five seasons introduce multiple alien races, space travel, and a satisfying final showdown.
If you were blown away by Russell T. Davies’ It’s a Sin, Years and Years is a must. The ambitious sci-fi series spans 15 years, skipping forward each episode to capture the ups and downs of the eclectic Lyons family. From technological developments to jaw-dropping life upheavals, Lyonnais navigate the ringtone without ever giving up a heartwarming sense of humor.
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Believe everything you hear about Station Eleven. One of the best shows of 2021, the meditative dystopian thriller (that last descriptor can only apply to certain episodes) is prestige television that takes you on a journey to surprising, moving, and unique destinations. After two timelines, the main focus is on the brilliant heroine Kirsten (Mackenzie Davis), a woman who survived a world-destroying pandemic and now roams the remains with a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony. Created by Patrick Somerville, whose writing work on The Leftovers can be felt here, Station Eleven takes an optimistic look at the end of the world.
This spin-off series from Russell T Davies’ Doctor Who centered on Captain Jack Harkness and his team of alien hunters. While it may not have fully achieved its goal of becoming the “adult” Doctor Who, it has found its footing with its shorter story arcs. Season 3, known as Children of Earth, notably produced a truly gripping sci-fi drama. If anything, watch these five episodes.
Despite being 90% a superhero show, Peacemaker features visitors from another planet, so it lands on this list. The Suicide Squad spin-off series centers on the titular peace, an outrageous John Cena who explores where his catchphrase – “I cherish peace with all my heart. I don’t care how many men, women and children that I kill to get it” — comes from. Swearing, gory, and bouncing to a rock soundtrack, the James Gunn-penned series is a turbulent time with a surprising heart.
The Leftovers (2014-2017)
Maybe it’s considered more supernatural than science fiction, and it’s certainly far from hard science fiction, but come on. It’s Leftovers. It’s Damon Lindelof, the genius who turned Watchmen into an acclaimed television show. The Leftovers follows what happens after the inexplicable disappearance of 2% of the world’s population. Amid the emergence of a number of cults, all three seasons focus on two families, the Garveys and the Murphys, and how the “Sudden Departure” event turns their lives upside down.
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At this point, new fans might be hard to find when it comes to this long-running British show. But if you’re interested in diving into wildly inventive, genre-bending, barnstorming adventure, try Jodie Whittaker’s latest episodes. Whittaker takes the place of the Doctor, an alien adventurer who travels through time and space with a kind heart and an offbeat sense of humor. Serious fun.
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Five seasons of this sci-fi procedural await you. Immerse yourself in parallel universes and alternate timelines with the Fringe Division, a team of agents tasked with investigating unexplained phenomena. After a lackluster first season, Fringe found its way, delivering inventive ideas and a stirring emotional core.
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His Dark Matters (2019-2022)
This television adaptation of His Dark Materials is the second attempt to bring Philip Pullman’s classic fantasy novels to the screen. (The 2007 flop The Golden Compass, starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, was grounded in a slow, shallow storyline.) Set in a world where people’s souls manifest as pets, the source material isn’t exactly straightforward. . Launch into parallel universes, talking polar bears and a wildly imaginative story about growing up, and you’re on an exciting philosophical adventure. Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy and Dafne Keen bolster this smoother, more mature attempt. Season 3 premieres on HBO Max on December 5.
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