The 5 Most Popular Sci-Fi TV Series So Far This Year
People spend hours watching their favorite TV Shows and Movies. According to a research, an average time spent watching TV Series in America is estimated to be 35 hours per week which is approximately 77 days in a year. In today's scenario, it is odd to think about a TV series set in Space or a science fiction like Star Trek which was clearly ahead of time a few decades back, featuring in 1969 in an American television series. It has been around for quite a time and has been dynamic and adapting time to time. Today, sci-fi is so much popular that it is being featured on all the streaming platforms available. From time and space to superheroes to all the creepy sci-fi stuff, we have combined a list of "5 Most Popular TV Series So Far" as in 2018.
1. Westworld (2016-Present)
"Westworld" is one of the most popular sci-fi TV Series as in 2018. Rated 8.9/10 on IMDb and 91% on Rotten Tomatoes, it is ranked as the most watched and top rated season of any HBO series. It is liked by 95% of the audience with close to 300,000 ratings on IMDb.
The first season aired on 2nd October 2016 and since then a total of 14 episodes including season 1 & 2 at present being premiered on HBO. Moreover, HBO has renewed the series for the 3rd season in 2019.
Based on the 1973 film 'Westworld' and its sequel 'Futureworld', Westworld is an American Drama, Mystery & Sci-Fi TV series produced by HBO and created by Jonathan Nolan, starring Evan Rachel Wood, Jeffrey Wright and Ed Harris as lead actors. The story revolves around a fictional, technologically advanced one of the six themed park called Westworld. The park allowed people to experience and cater to the American Old West in an Android 'hosts' environment to fulfill the guests wildest dreams and fantasies. This comes to an end when these android hosts begin to malfunction.
The series has won Prime-time Emmy Awards in various categories with 29 wins and was nominated for 3 Golden Globes.
2. Black Mirror (2011-17)
"Black Mirror" is one of the most popular sci-fi TV Series as in 2018, despite being last aired in 2017. Rated 8.9/10 on IMDb and 97% Rotten Tomatoes, it is liked by 94% of Audience. The series was regarded as one of the most controversial and was seen as a positive increase in interest internationally by its viewers. Black Mirror has 225,000 of user ratings on IMDb. The show was premiered on British network for first two seasons and remaining two was purchased and aired by Netflix.
The first season aired on 4th December 2011 and since then a total of 19 episodes and 4 seasons are premiered. However, the 5th seasonwas announced on 5th March 2018.
Inspired from old anthology series like "The Twilight Zone", Black Mirror is a British drama, sci-fi & psychological thriller TV series created by Charlie Brooker, starring Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, and Michaela Coel as the main lead. The story revolves around a group of people from modern society and examines how human dependency on technology can lead to unanticipated consequences. The series contains standalone episodes set in near future or alternate reality, featuring the stories "the way we are living presently and the way we might be living in near future".
Black Mirror has won 2 Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Television Movie and Outstanding Writing with other 13 wins and 43 nominations.
3. Stranger Things (2016-Present)
"Stranger Things" is one of the most popular and liked sci-fi TV Series. Rated 8.9/10 on IMDb and 94% Rotten Tomatoes, it is liked by 97% of Audience. The series has approximately 500,000 of user ratings on IMDb. Stranger Things have received critical praise for its characters, soundtrack, acting, directing and writing.
The first episode of the series aired on 15th July 2016 as a Netflix Original Series. The series premiered total of 17 episodes with 2 seasons. Netflix has renewed the series for a third season to be aired in 2019. The makers have said that the series is likely to end after its 4th or 5th installment.
Stranger Things is an American horror-drama, fantasy & sci-fi TV series directed by the Duffer Brothers, starring Millie Bobby Brown, Winona Ryder, Finn Wolfhard and others. The first season's story is set in 1980's, fictional town of Hawkins, Indiana focuses on investigating the disappearance of a young boy in a supernatural event. A girl with psychic abilities helps the missing boy's friends to find him. During their search, they encounter with extraordinary mysteries which involved secret government experiments and supernatural powers. The second season of the series is set a year later, attempting the characters to return to normal from the consequences occurred in the first season.
The series has won a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance in 2016 and has been nominated for 4 Golden Globes with another 35 wins & 121 nominations.
4. Doctor Who (2005-Present)
"Doctor Who" is one of the oldest and most popular sci-fi TV Series from our list. Rated 8.7/10 on IMDb and 89% Rotten Tomatoes, it is liked by 95% of Audience. The series has close to 200,000 of user ratings on IMDb. The show has a significant role in British culture and has influenced decades of British TV viewers who grew up watching the series.
The series originally featured from 1963-1989. The Doctor Who TV series was relaunched and its first episode aired on 26th March 2005 with a total of 11 seasons and 177 episodes on the BBC network.
Doctor Who is a British adventure-drama, sci-fi TV show created by Sydney Newman and produced by BBC network, starring Peter Capaldi, Pearl Mackie, Jenna Coleman and others. The story shows the adventures of an extraterrestrial from Gallifrey planet known as "Doctor" who can change appearance and gender by regenerating. The time lord (Doctor) explores the universe in a spaceship called the 'TARDIS'. With the help of his companions, the Doctor work to save civilizations and help the people in need.
The series was recognized as one of Britain's finest TV shows, winning the British Academy Television Award in 2006 and 5 consecutive awards at the National Television Awards from 2005-10. The series has total 110 wins & 174 nominations.
5. The Flash (2014-Present)
"The Flash" is one of most popular superhero sci-fi TV Series. Rated 8/10 on IMDb and 92% Rotten Tomatoes, it is liked by 96% of Audience. Flash has close to 250,000 of user ratings on IMDb. The series is the 2nd most watched premiere in the history of the CW network and has been acclaimed well by the critics and the audience.
The series first episode premiered on October 7, 2014, in North America with a total of 4 Seasons and 90 episodes on the CW Network. The series has crossover events with "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow". The series has been renewed for a 5th season.
The Flash is an American action-adventure, drama superhero TV series created by Greg Berlanti, starring Grant Gustin as "Flash", Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker and others. The series is based on the DC Comics superhero Barry Allen, who is a CCPD forensic scientist and also happens to be the Flash who fight crimes and metahumans. After the explosion of Particle Accelerator, Barry was struck by the lightning and waking up after nine months, he discovers that he has superhuman abilities and can run with great speed.
The series has won the People's Choice Award in 2014 and another 19 wins. It was also nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy.