The best sci-fi shows on HBO Max
HBO Max has a slowly growing collection of quality sci-fi TV shows packing its streaming shelves. Prestige dramas with high production values and long episode lengths frame smaller, more original entries that offer something new.for example, was one of the best TV shows of any genre last year (just wait for the airport episode and you’ll be blown away).
Scroll down for the best sci-fi shows on HBO Max.
HBO’s first Norwegian series is an addictive sci-fi crime drama starring the weirdest detective couple you can imagine. Senior Detective Lars teams up with Alfhildr, a rookie from the Viking Age, to investigate the murder of a Stone Age woman. Oh, that’s right – the series is set in an Oslo where migrants, or “Beforeigners”, from the Viking Age and many more appear in the present day. With plenty of fertile comedy lands out of the water, Beforeigners is a unique murder mystery.
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What would you do if your husband installed a chip in your brain to monitor your every move? Hazel Green (Cristin Milotti) faces this dilemma and quickly goes on the run with the not entirely helpful help of her father (Ray Romano). Traverse tricky territory in this satirical relationship drama with a Black Mirror side and a helpful dolphin. Yes, Made for Love is as full of surprises as it is ultimately disturbing.
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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.
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.
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Raised by Wolves will satisfy those who want to spend a ground of time (nearly 10 hours) in a world brought to the screen with the help of Ridley Scott. Two androids, Mother and Father, attempt to establish an atheist human colony on a new planet, after a war with a religious order destroys Earth. But they soon discover that controlling the beliefs of humans is a tricky business. Directing the first two episodes, in addition to pulling the strings as executive producer, Scott sets up a provocative exploration of AI and religious beliefs. There’s blood, great performance and a powerful lead in Amanda Collin’s mother.
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.
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Sure, you better catch Snowpiercer, the 2013 sci-fi actor directed by Bong Joon-ho, but the TV adaptation offers some great gear. One of them is Jennifer Carpenter’s Melanie Cavill, the hospitality manager on the ever-moving luxury train that protects its passengers from the frozen wasteland the world has become. Yet this small part of humanity cannot escape the class struggles, the lower wagons heading towards revolution. An exceptional story that works on the big and small screen.
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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.
Alice in Wonderland meets a lot of robots. The truly mind-bending sci-fi western might be spinning in complex circles by Season 3, but its exhilarating first season kicked down the barn door. Set in a violent and sinister amusement park, where wealthy guests can shoot, kill and rape the android hosts in various ways, the focus is on Dolores, a host who begins to become sentient. No, she’s not happy with the way she was treated. Addictive and challenging, Westworld asks you to figure out the pieces of its puzzle.
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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. However, 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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