We are now officially in September. Children are back at school, the college term is starting, and we are getting ready for the autumn routine. So, it's time to sift through the Netflix list and plan the best shows to break the monotony of the autumn months. But, of course, there is nothing that screams escape from reality, quite like a good sci-fi or fantasy show. So, as they seem to be taking centre stage at present on the Netflix menu, let's jump right into some of our favourites.
1. Love, Death and Robots
Created by: Tim Miller Executive produced by Tim Miller (Deadpool)
If you like a little bit of everything, then this is the series for you. The general theme of Sci-fi technology permeates the entire series. But there is a different writer and director for each episode, therefore lending itself beautifully to varying tones throughout the series. The animated anthology meets the requirements of everyone, as it transitions from romantic, comedy and sometimes violence. But definitely, one to add to the list for sci-fi fans.
2. The 100
Cast: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Bob Morley, Marie Avgeropoulos
If you want a series to immerse yourself from beginning to end, The 100 is the show you need. Like a rollercoaster ride, it starts slow and gathers speed taking you on a ride that will thrill your senses. Simultaneously taking you on a journey that will have you question your moral compass as you follow the characters from a dying spaceship to post-nuclear earth and all the challenges they face there. With a great cast and the constant movement through new settings and characters, the pace of the show will have you gasping for breath. So it isn't surprising that the series is considered one of the best genre shows on TV.
3. Stranger Things
Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, and Matthew Modine
If you have not watched this show already, you will at least have heard the buzz about it—one of the most talked-about shows next to Game of Thrones. With plenty of mystery, a little conspiracy and an impressive young cast, this series will keep you on the couch with the popcorn firmly in hand. Matt and Ross Duffer's writing and direction make sure the pace of the series never wavers and makes binge-worthy watching.
4. Star Trek: The Next Generation
Cast: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, LeVar Burton, Denise Crosby, Michael Dorn, Marina Sirtis, Gates McFadden, Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, and Whoopi Goldberg
Whether or not you are a trekky, there is no denying that Star Trek is one of the most iconic television shows. Although the original captain of the Starship enterprise, William Shattner, has long departed, his worthy replacement Sean-Luc Picard held the bridge nicely. Star Trek: The Next Generation boldly goes where no one has gone before. The show remains one of the longest-running franchises in television history. Although a slow burn, there is plenty of action, and each episode takes you on a new journey as the crew navigate the many new worlds of the galaxy.
5. Altered Carbon
Cast: Chris Conner, Renée Goldsberry, Will Yun Lee
If the topic of immortality is what interests you, then this Sci-Fi about stored consciousness and digitalised consciousness is for you. Taking a fresh new look at the subject of life after death, Altered Carbon explores the idea of immortality.
6. Black Mirror
Cast: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel
Although Black Mirror has been around for some time, it is still a binge-worthy series. So load up on the snacks, grab your cosy blanket and snuggle up as you travel into worlds that are simultaneously exciting and scary. Delving into a future world of technology, each episode is different from the last and doesn't follow any particular order. Instead, exploring the dark side of technology is the permeating theme running through each short film like an episode, and each will keep you captivated.
Cast: Oliver Masucci, Karoline Eichhorn, Jördis Triebel, Louis Hofmann, Maja Schöne
Be prepared for a spider web of twists and turns in this series. Set in Germany, this mystery takes you on a journey that often has supernatural elements as a village search for missing children. Secrets are exposed, and the town inhabitants must face a troubled history as the curious puzzle unfolds. Many of the characters are just as curious as to the plot, and all roads lead back to the deep dark secret of the past. Well worth a watch, but be prepared to find yourself in the “dark” a little as you follow the complexities of the plot.
8. Sweet Tooth
Cast: Nonso Anozie, Christian Convery, Stefania LaVie Owen
Set in the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, this series deals with humanity's darker nature. As newborn children are born with specific differences, one young child becomes the focus of the show. Through his character journey, we experience despicable acts of discrimination and cruelty carried by humanity in the face of adversity. Sweet Tooth (Christian Convery) epitomises innocence, curiosity, and humanity's positive aspects fighting to shine in a dark place. A well thought out concept from the DC Comic series. With relevance to current events, with a great cast who give magnificent performances. You may need tissues with your popcorn.
9. Jupiter's Legacy
Cast: Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb
Another offering from the DC comic franchise shows plenty of superhero action, family dynamics, and good against evil action. Taking a fresh perspective at the next generation of superheroes. Inheriting the legacy of their parents, immortality and the responsibility of protecting the world. The series offers a fresh look at the familiar themes.
10. The Handmaid's Tale
Set in a totalitarian, fundamentalist society in New York in a world where women are property of the state. This adaptation of the Margaret Attwood best-seller will take you on a dark journey. Each episode has an intensity that will leave you exasperated and frightened. At times the plot seems like a distinct future possibility. While environmental disasters threaten survival and the birth rate drops, forced sexual servitude becomes the norm. Women who were once independent now serve the needs of the elite to repopulate a dying world supposedly. Following the main character's journey, this series shows you a world that may be scarier than any horror movie. Gripped by an intense plot and even more passionate performances, you may need to de-brief after this one.
As “Netflix and chill” season fast approaches, this helpful guide of some of our favourites offers great choices for your viewing. So whether you want something to keep you on the edge of your seat or just a gentle trip into the potential technological future, you will find what you need. All you need to do is gather the essentials, popcorn, cosy blanket and set your scene for winter watching.