The Best Fantasy and Sci-Fi Shows on Netflix Right Now

Within the temper to observe a style collection? Fantasy, sci-fi, superheroes, or a contact of horror? Effectively we (and Netflix) have you ever coated. From classics like Star Trek: the Subsequent Technology to quirky collection The Magicians and Legends of Tomorrow — to not point out nice Netflix originals like Jessica Jones — beneath you may discover a listing of reveals which may make for excellent discoveries or are simply enjoyable to observe time and again.

And naturally, for a full listing of the whole lot Netflix has to supply TV-wise that we advocate, you’ll be able to head over to our grasp listing of The Greatest TV Exhibits on Netflix.

This listing will proceed to develop, however for now take a look at our listing of the very best fantasy (and supernatural and superheroric and sci-fi) reveals on Netflix beneath, and tell us a few of your different favorites within the feedback.

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Picture by way of Starz

Creator: Ronald D. Moore.

Solid: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Duncan Lacroix, Sophie Skelton

Outlander leans extra in direction of historic drama and romance than outright high-genre, nevertheless it hinges on one important fantasy component – the flexibility to maneuver by way of time. Caitriona Balfe stars as Claire, a WWII nurse who’s thrown again into 1743 after visiting some mystical standing stones and finds herself falling for a insurgent Highlander, Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan). However that’s simply the beginning of an epic journey that sends the Frasers from continent to continent, and period to period, in a sprawling drama impressed by the beloved ebook collection from creator Diana Gabaldon. Whether or not you’re swooning over one of many sexiest, genuinely erotic romances on tv or wired of your wits in regards to the limitless sociopolitical world occasions that threaten to tear them aside, Outlander is a heck of a binge-watch to stir the center and thoughts alike. – Haleigh Foutch



Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Matt Groening

Solid: Abbi Jacobson, Eric Andre, Nat Faxon, John DiMaggio, Billy West, and Noel Fielding

The Simpsons and Futurama creator Matt Groening‘s first Netflix collection, and first new collection in a very long time, is probably not excellent however it’s fairly, nicely, enchanting. Disenchantment is a medieval fantasy set in a fictional world referred to as Dreamland, the place a rebellious princess finds herself navigating a sophisticated world. Alongside for the journey is her elf companion Elfo and her “private demon” Luci. The present takes a little bit bit to get going, however as soon as it does it is a charming affair. – Adam Chitwood

The Witcher


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Lauren Schmidt Hissrich

Solid: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Eamon Farren, and Anya Chalotra

The Witcher is an absolute blast and a half. The fantasy collection is certainly very fantasy—it’s extra Lord of the Rings than Recreation of Thrones—nevertheless it additionally doesn’t take itself too severely and whole-heartedly embraces all elements of fantasy storytelling and gaming, together with enjoyable side-quests, POV battles, and even a bard who follows Henry Cavill’s titular human/creature hybrid round singing songs about his glories. The present’s first season follows three tales destined to converge: Cavill’s Witcher is a muscle-for-hire monster hunter who begins to query why so many princesses have been turning into creatures; Yennefer of Vengerberg (Anya Chalotra) is a strong sorceress in coaching who struggles to maintain her feelings in examine; and princess Ciri (Freya Allan) is on the run after the sacking of her metropolis, however harbors secrets and techniques of her personal. Steeped in lore and world constructing however at all times partaking, The Witcher is an ideal type of binge-viewing present. – Adam Chitwood

The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Jeffrey Addiss, Will Matthews

Solid: Taron Egerton, Anya Taylor-Pleasure, Nathalie Emmanuel, Simon Pegg, Mark Hamill, Jason Isaacs, and Gugu Mbatha-Uncooked

It’s exhausting to overstate how superb The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance is. You don’t need to be tremendous acquainted with Jim Henson’s authentic film that created a cult following again in 1982, nevertheless it actually helps to know what goes on on this prequel collection. Nonetheless, you could possibly come into the Netflix present blind and nonetheless stroll away with an appreciation for the strong fantasy story, the unimaginable manufacturing worth, and the world’s prime puppeteers plying their craft in the most effective suspensions of disbelief ever seen on TV.

However in case you want a little bit plot nugget to get you going, primarily The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance sees the elf-like Gelflings overcoming their tribal variations to be able to escape from beneath the oppressive rule of the villainous and reptilian Skeksis. The ten at the moment obtainable episodes introduce compelling characters from all walks of life on the alien planet of Thra and have already impressed an entire new technology of The Darkish Crystal followers. And that is solely section one; there’s hopefully extra to return, however in case you can’t get sufficient from the collection itself, you should definitely search out the behind-the-scenes documentary, additionally obtainable on Netflix. – Dave Trumbore

The Umbrella Academy


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Steve Blackman and Jeremy Slater

Solid: Ellen Web page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Cameron Britton, Mary J. Blige, Colm Feore, and Justin H. Min

The Netflix authentic collection The Umbrella Academy is the proper antidote to these fatigued by the glut of superhero motion pictures and TV reveals. Based mostly on the graphic novel collection by Gerard Approach and Gabriel Ba, the story revolves round seven youngsters with extraordinary powers who have been adopted by a wierd (and really wealthy) man who skilled them to be heroes. Their troubled upbringing drove them aside, however they reunite originally of the primary season when their estranged father turns up mysteriously useless. Not solely that, however their brother — who’s been lacking since they have been youngsters — seems by way of time journey and warns them the apocalypse is coming in a matter of days. This present is extraordinarily joyful and funky and peculiar, giving weight every of its disparate characters whereas carrying on a compelling serial thriller all its personal. If you need a present that is enjoyable and mysterious and a little bit spooky, examine this one out. – Adam Chitwood

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

Solid: Kiernan Shipka, Ross Lynch, Lucy Davis, Miranda Otto, and Probability Perdomo

There isn’t a trick to the deal with that’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Netflix’s adaptation of Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s comedian of the identical title, starring Kiernan Shipka because the titular teen. The up to date story is a far cry from the times of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and but, it encompasses lots of the identical themes of the unique Archie comics and different iterations. It’s simply that this time, the story is wrapped up in a moody, darkish, humorous, and stylishly atmospheric bundle that may very well be not be a greater herald of fall and the Halloween season.

The collection picks up simply earlier than Sabrina’s sixteenth birthday, which will probably be marked not by a standard celebration, however an outdated custom: a Darkish Baptism beneath a blood moon the place Sabrina will signal over her soul to the Darkish Lord. Besides, Sabrina isn’t so positive she desires to try this. She’s solely half a witch (on her father’s facet), and he or she’s spent her complete life residing at dwelling with witches and going to highschool with mortals. However that baptism — and whether or not or not she’s able to tether herself to the Darkish Lord — is simply the beginning of Sabrina’s adventures, not the tip, as she finds a method to honor each her mortal and supernatural heritage. In the end, it’s a delight and an obsession, and the scariest factor about it’s simply how good it’s. — Allison Keene

Legends of Tomorrow


Picture by way of The CW

Creators: Greg Berlanti, Marc Guggenheim, Andrew Kreisberg, Phil Klemmer

Solid: Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, Arthur Darvill, Caity Lotz, Franz Drameh, Dominic Purcell, Wentworth Miller, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Nick Zano, Tala Ashe

Two years in the past you could possibly not have satisfied me that the most effective reveals on tv can be The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, however by God it’s. The collection has actually come into its personal in its third season (after a nonetheless excellent second season), discovering a beautiful rhythm in each weekly adventures an overarching villains — together with the rehabilitation of Damian Darhk from his time on Arrow, in addition to the introduction of magical creatures the place time journey isn’t at all times a cure-all. Plus, it’s opened the door for Constantine!

The collection focuses on a bunch of time-traveling rogues, principally cobbled collectively from elsewhere within the Arrow-verse. The primary season isn’t nice, nevertheless it lays the groundwork for the friendships that outline the present. But when it is advisable to skip forward and begin with Season 2 and even 3, I don’t blame you. One other factor that has made the collection so profitable is its willingness to alter up its storylines and its forged. If one thing doesn’t work, or a dynamic doesn’t take, they scrap it and check out one thing else. And in the meantime, the present additionally brings again what does work — like Beebo, everybody’s favourite fuzzy blue savior.

There have been so many improbable episodes and moments in Legends’ third season, which was additionally simply enjoyable. Grodd vs Barack Obama! Time loops! Pirates! Mick Rory’s ebook! Themyscira! John Noble! That’s what a superhero present a few ragtag bunch of time vacationers ought to be about: bonkers enjoyable. And but, the collection additionally has nice emotional arcs that basically resonate. It does all of it, of us. — Allison Keene

Deep Area 9


Picture by way of CBS

Created by: Rick Berman, Michael Piller

Solid: Avery Brooks, Rene Aberjonois, Terry Farrell, Cirroc Lofton, Colm Meaney, Armin Shimerman, Alexander Siddig, Nana Customer, Michael Dorn, Nicole de Boer

Honest warning: You’re going to need to powerful out two seasons of this collection because the present fought to search out its personal id. Though it already stands other than different Star Trek collection by being based mostly on an area station fairly than exploring the cosmos, lots of the episodes from the primary two seasons really feel like leftover scripts from Star Trek and Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology. It wasn’t till the present began interacting with the Dominion and shifting in direction of battle that Deep Area 9 created a fully fascinating id. Seasons 3 – 5 are nice Star Trek, and the ultimate two seasons are nice tv, interval. The present will get surprisingly darkish, nevertheless it’s at all times mature in its strategy to warfare and the sacrifices that should be made throughout wartime. — Matt Goldberg

Love, Dying and Robots


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Tim Miller

Govt produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool) and legendary filmmaker David Fincher, the animated anthology collection Love, Dying & Robots is type of the proper catch-all for sci-fi followers. Every episode hails from a special author and director, and the theme holding all of them collectively is the thought of sci-fi know-how. In consequence you get a variety of tone from uber-violent to romantic to hysterically humorous. All in all, although, there’s just a few actually nice sci-fi storytelling in right here. – Adam Chitwood

The Shannara Chronicles


Picture by way of Spike TV

Created by: Alfred Gough, Miles Millar

Solid: Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton, Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett

Based mostly on Terry BrooksThe Sword of Shannara Trilogy (which solely scratches the floor of his legendary ebook collection), The Shannara Chronicles is the closest factor TV needed to an RPG fantasy adaptation. The collection follows a half-human/half-elf, Wil Ohmsford, who’s destined to save lots of the 4 Lands from the return of demons banished within the Forbidding. He journeys with an Elven princess, a tricky rover lady, and a strong Druid, as they go up in opposition to warlocks, trolls, dwarves, and extra. However as Wil is studying to wield the magical elf stones handed right down to him as a Shannara, the politics of the 4 Land begin to intrude together with his mission to beat again the demon horde.

The collection isn’t excellent by any means, nevertheless it’s enjoyable, immersive, and has a severe dedication to its world-building (the sensible results and costuming are significantly swoon-worthy). The younger forged improves fairly a bit between the primary and second (closing) season, because the story itself additionally matures. Although the present bounced from MTV to Spike (later renamed the Paramount Community), wrecking havoc on it rankings, Shannara is an underrated and really strong fantasy collection that’s accessible even for individuals who don’t personal 20-sided cube. — Allison Keene



Picture by way of The CW

Created by: Rob Thomas and Dianne Ruggiero

Starring: Rose McIver, Malcolm Goodwin, Rahul Kohli, Robert Buckley, David Anders

Loosely based mostly on the comedian by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred, iZombie stars Rose McIver as Liz, a medical resident with the proper job, excellent fiancee, and ideal life, who loses all of it one evening when she’s remodeled right into a zombie. However this is not a Strolling Useless state of affairs. Her hair could also be chalk white, and her coronary heart could solely beat twice a minute, however she will nonetheless stroll, discuss, act, suppose and really feel like a human – so long as she repeatedly feeds on human brains. The excellent news is that Liz makes use of her medical diploma to land a job on the native morgue the place she has a daily provide. Unhealthy information is she quickly inherits the reminiscences, persona, and abilities of anyone she eats, which places her on the scent of a collection of murders enacted by some much less morally-sound zombies. Working beneath the guise of a psychic, she makes use of her visions to work with a neighborhood detective (Malcolm Goodwin) to be able to remedy the murders and provides her new life a way of goal.

From Rob Thomas and Dianne Ruggiero, the minds that introduced us Veronica Mars, iZombie is commonly oversimplified as “Veronica Mars with zombies”, however that description does a disservice to the originality of each collection. To be clear, there’s one and just one Veronica Mars, and whereas there are similarities, Liz is one other witty blonde sleuth, for one, they’re largely totally different reveals. Regardless of dealing in loss of life, the primary season of iZombie is generally lighter fare that leans in on the procedural component. Fortuitously, the instances of the week are infinitely enjoyable because of McIver’s persistently likable however splendidly variable efficiency as she adopts the persona traits of the victims. –Haleigh Foutch

The Flash


Picture by way of The CW

Created by: Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Geoff Johns

Starring: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Rick Cosnett, Carlos Valdes, Tom Cavanagh, Jesse L. Martin

In the event you aren’t prepared for the completely loopy, true comedian ebook fever of The Flash, then the CW’s superhero present is probably not for you. However for these keen to work with its full embrace of its comedian origins — together with time journey, alternate universes, and Gorilla Grodd — will probably be rewarded. The Flash offers with many darkish and troublesome themes, and but, extra usually seems like a light-weight and enjoyable romp by way of Central Metropolis’s chaotic world. It follows the story of Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) as he involves phrases together with his newly-bestowed tremendous velocity, and his metropolis’s must battle off a myriad of superpowered villains. However, he nonetheless has time for relationship and unrequited love, in addition to some crossover time spent with Workforce Arrow (the identical artistic workforce is chargeable for each reveals).

The Flash has an immediately lovable forged, a unending provide of nice hooks, and a myriad of long-form arcs that assist anchor its Villain of the Week plots. It’s wholly accessible to non-comic readers (or to these not sometimes superhero style followers), but in addition has loads of insider references to maintain comedian followers completely satisfied. Above all, it by no means loses its coronary heart or its mirth — even within the midst of saving the world. – Allison Keene

The Magicians

Picture by way of Syfy

Created by: Sera Gamble and John McNamara

Solid: Jason Ralph, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Stella Maeve, Arjun Gupta, Hale Appleman, and Summer season Bishil

Based mostly on the terrific ebook trilogy by Lev Grossman, Syfy’s The Magicians may very well be crudely described as an R-rated Harry Potter. Jason Ralph stars as Quentin Coldwater, a melancholic late-twentysomething who discovers that not solely is magic really actual, however he’s a magicians. He goes to Brakebills, a graduate faculty for magicians of types, and shortly discovers there’s an excellent larger twist concerned. The present, just like the books, tackles problems with despair, sexual assault, and psychological sickness in a practical however entertaining means. Its darkly humorous humorousness retains issues from getting too darkish, and the performances are nice. The present actually comes into its personal in Season 2, however the first season is an entertaining introduction into the f*cked up world of The Magicians. – Adam Chitwood

Black Lightning


Picture by way of The CW

Developed by: Salim Akil

Solid: Cress Williams, China Anne McClain, Nafessa Williams, Christine Adams, Marvin “Krondon” Jones III, Damon Gupton, James Remar

Simply after I was beginning to suppose we had reached peak superhero fatigue, Black Lightning hit the scene and shook issues up. The CW’s dynamic collection is laudable for plenty of causes, the obvious one being that it focuses on a black household, and the second most evident one being that its lead character isn’t a youngster. However the collection additionally is likely to be the superhero style’s most clever; it is aware of what it desires to say about race and politics with out ever being preachy. The primary season additionally made lots of sensible selections about when to introduce the powers of characters aside from Jefferson Pierce (an enthralling Cress Williams), and likewise didn’t really feel the necessity to dispatch of its Massive Unhealthy by the season’s finish (although it did deal with a bunch of extra minor villains all through). The story of a vigilante-turned-principal seeking to get again into the sport due to drug violence on his streets is a refreshing one, and helped hold Black Lightning grounded and related all through its run. It is a hero to unequivocally root for. — Allison Keene

Stranger Issues


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: The Duffer Brothers

Solid: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine

You’ve little question heard the hype, so allow us to set you straight: imagine it. Stranger Issues popped up nearly out of nowhere as a brand new Netflix authentic collection that had little buzz surrounding its pre-release. However the 80s-set thriller thriller is equal elements It, Stand by Me, and The Goonies because it mashes up the creepy environment of a Stephen King novel with compelling characters and a robust narrative drive. The true take a look at of Stranger Issues is whether or not the present works with out the nostalgia-inducing 80s setting, and the reply is sure. There’s a authorities thriller, spectacular results, and most of all memorable characters which can be a pleasure to observe, and creators/writers/administrators Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer craft every season like one lengthy film divided into chapters. Certainly, one might simply watch a whole season in in the future with out feeling prefer it’s dragging or hitting upon a straightforward “stopping level,” as that is extra tv as novel than episodic TV. Which makes it a pleasant binge. So have at it! – Adam Chitwood

Jessica Jones


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Melissa Rosenberg

Solid: Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Rachael Taylor, David Tennant, Eka Darville, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Wil Travail

It’s now fairly clear that Jessica Jones is without doubt one of the finest issues to return out of a Marvel adaptation to this point, beating out notable frontrunners corresponding to Netflix’s Daredevil collection, the primary and third Iron Man movies, and Peyton Reed’s rowdy, joyous Ant-Man. In contrast to its brethren, Jessica Jones has a sturdy thematic spine of survival, one which retains every change within the narrative, whether or not verbal or bodily, teeming with perception and sly fascination. It’s not simply the titular hardened tremendous heroine (a improbable Krysten Ritter) who has the injuries of survival on her, but in addition Mike Colter’s equally indestructible Luke Cage, making a each day wage as a bar proprietor, and Rachael Taylor’s Trish Walker, Jessica’s finest buddy and well-known radio persona. Their interactions are startlingly, subtly expressive in the best way they evoke their barely healed ache and their collective need to reside on, however the present turns into all of the extra enveloping in its closing stretch, when its revealed that their nice nemesis, Kilgrave, performed by a perfectly egomaniacal David Tennant, can be a survivor of types. This offers the collection its closing kick of empathy that nobody had anticipated but provides a whole new dimension to what might have been a easy, pleasurable leisure, like Age of Ultron or The Winter Soldier. The present’s super triumph is seeing the roots and messy impulses of ache that without delay exemplify and push past that outdated saying: damage individuals damage individuals. — Chris Cabin

Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia


Picture by way of Netflix

Created by: Guillermo del Toro

Solid: Anton Yelchin, Charlie Saxton, Jonathan Hyde, Kelsey Grammer, Ron Perlman, Amy Landecker, Steven Yeun, Clancy Brown, Mark Hamill, Emile Hirsch, and Angelica Huston

Guillermo del Toro’s authentic animated collection Trollhunters is an absolute delight. The DreamWorks Animation manufacturing takes place within the quiet city of Arcadia, the place a younger boy named Jim not solely stumbled upon an amulet that makes him a “Trollhunter,” however who additionally discovers that there’s a whole world filled with trolls residing in secret underground. The present combines the basic Saturday morning cartoon vibe with the serialized narrative drive of one thing like Breaking Unhealthy, leading to a collection that’s as pleasant as it’s addicting. – Adam Chitwood

The 100


Picture by way of The CW

Developed By: Jason Rothenberg, based mostly on the novel by Kass Morgan).

Starring: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos

The CW’s post-apocalyptic sci-fi collection takes just a few episodes to search out its footing, however as soon as it does, The 100 ratchets up the stakes and stress to the utmost and by no means lets up once more. The collection ostensibly follows a bunch of 100 juvenile delinquents, despatched down from a dying spaceship to the floor of a post-nuclear earth to find out if the land has turn out to be liveable once more. However the present’s title rapidly turns into a misnomer when an enormous chunk of the children are rapidly dispatched and the scope of the collection expands breathlessly, introducing a bunch of latest settings and characters, every bringing with them a special microcosmic world and tradition. Certainly, what makes The 100 the most effective style collection on TV is the best way it careens by way of sci-fi subgenres, pulling them collectively in a single narrative that has infinite room to develop and discover.

The collection additionally units itself aside by by no means giving its characters a straightforward out. Because the stakes proceed to escalate, the younger survivors are wrapped up in politics and warfare far past their realm of information and expertise. They’re persistently introduced with horrifying life or loss of life selections, and they’re made to undergo the implications of their actions. On the heart of that is Clarke, the purported hero of the present, who is without doubt one of the most ruthless, strategically-minded characters on tv, able to dealing with morally bleak survival eventualities with a self-assuredness that places Jack Bauer to disgrace. There isn’t a different character like Clarke on tv — a realistic, unyielding, bisexual warrior girl who wields her energy unapologetically with out changing into an unfeeling “powerful chick.” That distinctive high quality expands to the present as an entire in its resolute exploration of the ethical contradictions of governing, warfare, and survival. — Haleigh Foutch

Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology


Picture by way of CBS

Created by: Gene Roddenberry

Solid: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, and Whoopi Goldberg

You may’t argue in opposition to this collection. One of the iconic reveals within the historical past of tv, this long-running award winner picked up a long time after the unique collection captained by William Shatner. Effectively Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) makes a robust case for finest Enterprise captain within the franchise together with his efficiency in Star Trek: The Subsequent Technology. One of many few reveals in historical past to run this lengthy and by no means “leap the shark,” The Subsequent Technology adopted the crew of the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D as they explored unusual new worlds, sought out new life and civilizations, and boldly went the place no house crew had gone earlier than.

For followers of cerebral, philosophical, and slow-burn kind reveals, TNG is the gold customary. There’s loads of motion to be discovered, nevertheless it’s not the primary order of enterprise to fireside photon torpedoes as quickly because the Enterprise runs up in opposition to an impediment. In actual fact, there are a lot of cases through which the Galaxy Class Starship is outmatched when it comes to weapons and protection, so it’s as much as the crew’s cleverness and cooperative talents to maintain them alive, and perhaps earn a brand new ally alongside the best way. Trendy TV has but to see its equal, so it’s a superb factor that every one 178 episodes can be found to assimilate on-line. – Dave Trumbore

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