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Best New and Returning Sci Fi Shows You Need to See

Fall Premiere season is upon us and, while we love that summer has become something of a season unto itself, there’s just something about the fall lineup that still feels magical, especially for science fiction and fantasy fans and especially since the mainstream entertainment industry seems to have finally grokked: science fiction, fantasy, superheroes, smart people–they are all super cool and fun to watch.

Even the people who are most likely to deny any semblance of geekery within themselves love Game of Thrones and the Walking Dead. But there is more to this genre than death and zombies.

Here are some of the new shows we’re most excited to check out…and some old friends we’re really happy to see again.

Quick Caveat: Before we get into the list of “must see Sci TV” let’s make one thing clear: the best way to watch these shows is as they air. Sure you can wait forever until they show up on streaming media or use other, less than legal means of obtaining them but if you don’t want to have to worry about spoilers or memes ruining your fun, buy a television package so you can watch the shows in real time. Extended packages aren’t expensive anymore. Seriously, even the All-Included Directv packages start at $50. That’s not bad at all (especially when you consider how much you’ll save buying season passes online).

Okay, caveat over. Here’s the list:

The CW-DC Verse

Rather than list these shows individually, we’re just going to encourage you to watch them all together. The shows, for those not familiar with them already, are: Arrow, The Flash, Legends of

Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Supergirl’s first season aired on CBS but now that it’s been shifted to the CW there are more opportunities for crossovers (we hear there’s a musical episode in the works) and those are always really fun.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency

Douglas Adams is the original creator of this awesome story and now it’s being brought to life and we have to tell you, it looks really really good. It’ll be airing on BBC America starting at the end of October and seriously? It can’t get here fast enough. We’re wondering if Dirk will be carrying a towel. You know you are too.


We’re a little bit apprehensive about this one. While we’re grateful that the time traveller in this story is a ham radio signal and not a mailbox and we admit we did enjoy the movie with Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel, this is the sort of premise that often gets shut down by the networks pretty quickly. We love, though, that the story is being reimagined with a female protagonist instead of yet another dude.


This is the origin story we’ve all been waiting for! Who doesn’t have warm fuzzy feelings about the man who knew how to build bombs out of chewing gum and locks of his own hair? Now, thanks to CBS, we can see how the man, the myth, the legend, got his start. The show premieres in late September on CBS.

Time After Time

Okay, we’re cheating with this one a little bit too, because it isn’t due out until 2017. This will likely get the axe pretty quickly but we hope it is allowed enough episodes to resolve it’s advertised arc: the story of the real life HG Wells who really builds his time machine and uses it to follow one of his friends (who, spoiler alert, turns out to be Jack the Ripper) to contemporary New York City. It’s a hodgepodge of gimmicks to be sure, but hopefully, since it’s being done by Kevin Williamson and Marcos Siega, it’ll be a fun ride.


Originally a Michael Crichton film, WestWorld explores the dark and twisty world of artificial intelligence, sin, and…a theme park? Okay. Whatever the setting, we’re down because check out this cast list: Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, James Marsden, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris…and that’s just a few of them. Westword hits HBO in October.

The Magicians

Okay, fine, another slight cheat since the second season won’t premiere until January on SyFy. Still: The Magicians is getting a second season and we’re stoked. As huge (huge) fans of the books (seriously, we would totes wear Brakebills uniforms if we could afford to commission them) we were intrigued by the changes made for the show and we’re looking forward to seeing how the television show progresses.

These are just some of the great new and returning shows that will be coming to your set top box this fall (and okay in 2017). Who’s ready for some TV? That’s right: we all are!

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