The weather outside is frightful, which means there’s nothing more delightful than binge-watching an entire series on Netflix. We’re giving you the best five sci-fi/fantasy shows you may not have given a chance, but definitely should.
The shows on this list (well, all but one) are currently off the air, so you don’t have to worry about power-watching two seasons in 10 days and then having to watch the show live on TV and wait for a new episode each week … because that’s pretty much torture.
Being Human (U.S.): The Syfy channel created its own version of BBC’s Being Human, and we highly recommend you give the show’s four seasons a watch. It follows the lives of three roommates: vampire Aidan (Sam Witwer), werewolf Josh (Sam Huntington), and ghost Sally (Meaghan Rath). This character-driven show goes dark at times (especially where Aidan is concerned), but it’s also witty and comedic, almost poking fun at the supernatural situations they find themselves in. If you watch the show, you won’t be able to help falling in love with this group of friends. The show also stars Kristen Hager and Mark Pellegrino.
The X-Files: If you didn’t watch this show while it was on the air between 1993 and 2001, here’s your chance. Fox has said they are in the logistical stages of rebooting the show, and it seems that show leads Gillian Anderson (Scully) and David Duchovny (Mulder) are game. Whether or not a reboot of some sort ever comes to fruition, only time will tell, but the show is still worth the binge. Sure, it’s considered a cult classic, but there’s a new generation of sci-fi fans who may have never experienced the amazingness of The X-Files. The show features a pair of FBI agents—Scully and Mulder—who investigate unsolved paranormal crimes and explore government conspiracy theories and the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Witches of East End: This Lifetime show was tragically canceled after only two seasons, but we’re still not ready to accept it. The show follows the life of four female witches—sisters Freya (Jenna Dewan Tatum) and Ingrid (Rachel Boston), their mother, Joanna (Julia Ormond), and their aunt, Wendy (Madchen Amick). What we love so much about this show is that these leading ladies were fierce, they were powerful, they had impeccable hair, and they protected and supported each other. The show was a lot of fun, and the whole cast gave wonderful performances. We’d call it a guilty pleasure, but we don’t feel guilty about it at all.
Dollhouse: Two words: Joss Whedon. Yes, he created Dollhouse, and that alone should be a good enough reason to watch. The highly original series stars Eliza Dushku (who’s also a producer), and focuses on a corporation that runs an underground “dollhouse” full of people known as “dolls.” These dolls sign away years of their lives and have their memories wiped in return for money. The dolls are kept in a childish, blank state and used in secret missions at the request of wealthy clients. As Dushku’s character, Echo, becomes self-aware, she chooses to fight back against the corporation. Whedonites, Enver Gjokaj, Fran Kranz, Alexis Denisof, Alan Tudyk, Summer Glau, and Amy Acker also make appearances in the series.
Doctor Who: Believe the hype. This show is by far the most popular on the list, but with good reason. It’s also still on the air, but there are so many episodes available on Netflix that it doesn’t really matter. If you haven’t taken the plunge and given this BBC show a chance, you’re seriously missing out. Just beware: The show will suck you in and make you a die-hard fan whether you like it or not. Doctor Who has been on the air since 1963, but we suggest starting with the eight seasons contained in the reboot (which started in 2005) if you’re a first-time watcher. Here’s a quick rundown of what the show is about: Doctor Who follows the Doctor, a time-traveling alien who lives in his spaceship (the TARDIS) and has ever-changing companions who help him save the universe. He has the ability to regenerate himself into other bodies instead of dying. The Doctor has regenerated four times in the rebooted series, and has been portrayed by Christopher Eccleston, David Tennant, Matt Smith, and Peter Capaldi.
Take our advice and add these shows to your Netflix watch list right now. Let us know what lesser-known but equally binge-worthy sci-fi shows we missed!
TeamTSD (Liz and Lindi)