Top 25 Best Sci-Fi Shows on Netflix Of All Time

By Amanda Guarragi
Published: January 30, 2023 (Last updated: 4 weeks ago)

Bookmark this page as we celebrate and list what are deemed to be the Top 25 Best Sci-Fi shows on Netflix of all time.

Science fiction books are one thing, but when sci-fi is translated into live-action, there’s something special about it. To be able to go to space or deal with different technology, especially in shows, adds another layer to how we live. The shows on this list are the best sci-fi shows on Netflix of all time. By using IMDb and its rating scale, the films below are listed from lowest to highest to give the most accurate score. 

Top 25 Best Sci-Fi Shows on Netflix Of All Time

25. Jupiter’s Legacy (2021)

There are plenty of superhero shows out there, but Jupiter’s Legacy had promise. Netflix tried to try something different to keep up with the competition but it was hard to get invested in these new characters.

Official Premise: The first generation of superheroes has kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must live up to their legacy in an epic drama that spans and navigates the dynamics of family, power and loyalty.

Cast: Josh Duhamel, Ben Daniels, Leslie Bibb

IMDB Rating: 6.7

24. Yakitori: Soldiers of Misfortune (2023) 

This sci-fi anime takes audiences on a fun adventure in space. The characters are well-written, and the events that unfold are intense. 

Official Premise: A young man rebels against authorities on a future version of Earth after he has been recruited into an interplanetary military unit that suffers a 70% casualty rate. 

Cast: Alejandro Saab, Stephen Fu, Bill Rogers 

IMDb rating: 6.8

23. Biohackers (2020)

There are many ways to hack into certain devices and the more we see technology evolve the scarier it becomes. So when a med student takes a different approach things turn upside down.

Official Premise: A fast-paced thriller following medical student Mia Akerlund who discovers the use of highly advanced biohacking technology in her university town.

Cast: Luna Wedler, Jessica Schwarz, Thomas Prenn

IMDB Rating: 6.8

22. The Silent Sea  (2021)

There are many things the government doesn’t tell us, but for some reason astronauts seem to uncover the most secrets. In a days time, astronauts land on the moon and find more than they bargained for.

Official Premise: During a perilous 24-hour mission on the moon, space explorers try to retrieve samples from an abandoned research facility steeped in classified secrets.

Cast: Bae Doona, Gong Yoo, Joon Lee

IMDB Rating: 6.9

21. Sijipeuseu: The Myth (2021)

When past and present meet during a time where secrets have been exposed, they end up helping each other uncover the truth about a certain incident. The journey is rocky, but it’s interesting to see what happens.

Official Premise: An unfathomable incident introduces a genius engineer to a dangerous secrets of the world, and to a woman from the future who’s come looking for him.

Cast: Cho Seung-woo, Park Shin-Hye, Dawn Anderson

IMDB Rating: 7

20. Manifest (2018)

Possibly one of the best Netflix series to come out in recent years that loosely uses the concept from Final Destination to build out a new story. Premonitions and a connection to the spirit world are more realistic than you think and that’s what is explored with these characters.

Official Premise: A commercial airliner suddenly reappears after being missing for five years. As those aboard reintegrate into society, they experience guiding voices and visions of events yet to occur, and soon a deeper mystery unfolds.

Cast: Melissa Roxburgh, Josh Dallas, J.R. Ramirez.

IMDB Rating: 7.1

19. Raising Dion (2019)

Sci-fi isn’t only about space exploration and it’s not only for adults. Little Dion has superpowers and his mother tries to find a safe way to raise her son properly under some conditions.

Official Premise: A widowed single mom discovers that her son has super powers and tries to figure out how to raise him safely and responsibly.

Cast: Alisha Wainwright, Ja’Siah Young, Jason Ritter

IMDB Rating: 7.1

18. Lost in Space (2018)

Getting stuck on an unknown planet is definitely scary and the Robinson family has to dodge all the obstacles so they can survive. It can be hard to adapt in certain cases and that’s why this is a fun journey.

Official Premise: After crash-landing on an alien planet, the Robinson family fight against all odds to survive and escape, but they’re surrounded by hidden dangers.

Cast: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins

IMDB Rating: 7.3

17. Archive 81 (2022)

This is a different approach to finding a dangerous cult, as a filmmaker’s desire for research goes south. What starts as a personal investigation becomes something bigger than they could ever imagine.

Official Premise: An archivist hired to restore a collection of tapes finds himself reconstructing the work of a filmmaker and her investigation into a dangerous cult.

Cast: Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi, Evan Jonigkeit

IMDB Rating: 7.3

16. Better Than Us (2018)

When you have advanced technology you have to worry about people stealing it and one family bands together to defend what they’ve created. The more high-tech it is, the more in demand it becomes.

Official Premise: A family on the brink of splitting up become the owners of a cutting-edge robot being sought by a corporation, homicide investigators and terrorists.

Cast: Paulina Andreeva, Kirill Karo, Aleksandr Ustyugov

IMDB Rating: 7.4

15. I Am Not Okay With This (2020)

The teen years are difficult to navigate already, but throw superpowers into the mix and it can completely change the process. The growth of one’s identity with superpowers is explored and there are some nice parallels.

Official Premise: Sydney is a teenage girl navigating the trials and tribulations of high school while dealing with the complexities of her family, her budding sexuality, and mysterious superpowers just beginning to awaken deep within her.

Cast: Sophia Lillis, Wyatt Oleff, Sofia Bryant

IMDB Rating: 7.5

14. Maniac (2018)

Stone and Hill are reunited in this very obscure series involving a drug trial that will alter their lifestyle. Things do not go as planned as they go through the process and each episode has a new obstacle for them to overcome.

Official Premise: Two strangers are drawn to a mysterious pharmaceutical trial for a drug that they’re assured will, with no complications or side-effects whatsoever, permanently solve all of their problems. Things do not go as planned.

Cast: Emma Stone, Jonah Hill, Sonoya Mizuno

IMDB Rating: 7.7

13. Alice in Borderland (2020)

There’s nothing better than a group of teens navigating an alternate reality with different technology to use. It takes the standard survival video game and brings the teens into a new world.

Official Premise: A group of bored deliquents are transported to a parallel dimension as part of a survival game.

Cast: Kento Yamazaki, Tao Tscuchiya, Nijiro Murakami

IMDB Rating: 7.7

12. The OA (2016)

Lives can change in an instant and it’s hard to return as a different person to a community that used to know you through and through. The OA is a series that really changes the perspective of trusting another person.

Official Premise: Having gone missing seven years ago, the previously blind Prairie returns home, now in her twenties with her sight restored. While many believe she is a miracle, others worry that she could be dangerous.

Cast: Brit Marling, Jason Isaacs, Scott Wilson

IMDB Rating: 7.8

11. Memories of Alhambra (2018)

Sometimes being at the right place at the wrong time can affect your life in the long-run with the decisions you make. In this case, an unlikely pairing gets lost in a mystery they need to solve.

Official Premise: After suffering a setback following a friend’s betrayal Yoo Jin Woo travels to Spain on a business. There, he stays at an old hostel owned by a former classical guitarist Jung Hee Joo. The two get entangled in a mysterious incident.

Cast: Park Shin-Hye, Hyun Bin, Jin-Woong Min

IMDB Rating: 7.8

10. Lost Ollie (2022)

On the flip side of a child wanting to find their lost toy, the toy named Ollie, ends up trying to find his owner. It’s a heartfelt sci-fi tale that makes you feel for both best friends.

Official Premise: A lost toy, searching across the countryside for the boy who lost him, and the story of the boy who lost more than a best friend. 

Cast: Jake Johnson, Gina Rodriguez, Kesler Talbot

IMDB Rating: 7.8

9. The Umbrella Academy (2019)

This is the one superhero show that actually did well on Netflix because it was about a family learning to come together again for the greater good. The characters are all fun and have great chemistry with one another.

Official Premise: A family of former child heroes, now grown apart, my reunite to continue to protect the world.

Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, David Castaneda

IMDB Rating: 7.9

8. Kid Cosmic (2021)

This is a dream fulfillment for any child wanting to become a superhero. Even though the young child gets his wish, he sees that there is a lot of responsibility that comes with his wish.

Official Premise: A young boy who dreams of becoming a hero, stumbles across some cosmic stones of power. His dreams appear to have come true.

Cast: Amanda Celine Miller, Lily Rose Silver, Keith Ferguson

IMDB Rating: 7.9

7. Altered Carbon (2018)

The concept of Altered Carbon is the reason why many have hyped up the series. To have your consciousness and then return to life in an entirely different body changes the way your mind works.

Official Premise: Set in a future where consciousness is digitized and stored, a prisoner returns to life in a new body and must solve a mind-bending murder to win his freedom.

Cast: Chris  Conner, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Dichen Lachman

IMDB Rating: 7.9

6. Travelers (2016)

This series is a mixture of time travel and the way our minds work. To be able to send consciousness back through time is an interesting concept, as the “travelers” try to change the future.

Official Premise: Hundreds of years from now, surviving humans discover how to send consciousness back through time, into people of the 21st century, while attempting to change the path of humanity.

Cast: Erick McCormack, MacKenzie Porter, Nesta Cooper 

IMDB Rating: 8

5. The Uncanny Counter (2020)

The spirit world can be both good and bad. So when there are hunters that come out a night to protect everyone, it makes for an entertaining series. Sometimes the banter is there between everyone which just adds to it.

Official Premise: Noodle shop employees by day and demon hunters by night, the Counters use special abilities to chase down malevolent spirits that prey on humans.

Cast: Byeong-gyu Jo, Joon-Sang Yoo, Se-Jeong Kim

IMDB Rating: 8.1

4. Love Death and Robots (2019)

This anthology series explores different forms of storytelling through many genres. It’s a series that takes risks and reaches a wide audience with its stories.

Official Premise: A collection of animated short stories that span various genres including science fiction, fantasy, horror and comedy.

Cast: Fred Tatasciore, Scott Whyte, Nolan North

IMDB Rating: 8.4

3. Dark (2017)

Dark leans on the horror elements a bit more to create such a strong atmosphere that sucks in the viewer. When children go missing, there are four families that come together to bring those boys home but uncover something else entirely.

Official Premise: A family saga with a supernatural twist, set in a German town where the disappearance of two young children exposes the relationships among four families.

Cast: Louis Hofmann, Karoline Eichhorn, Lisa Vicari

IMDB Rating: 8.7

2. Stranger Things (2016)

The first Netflix original series that took the world by storm and made stars of the young cast. Stranger Things has the perfect balance of suspense and sci-fi to tie everything together for an entertaining and immersive experience.

Official Premise: When a young boy disappears, his mother, a police chief and his friends must confront terrifying supernatural forces in order to get him back.

IMDB Rating:  8.7

1. Black Mirror (2011)

This anthology series has kept many viewers up at night with how it incorporates technology in very obscure situations that could very well happen. There are dark, twisted tales that can resonate with anyone who watches. 

Official Premise: An anthology series exploring a twisted, high-tech multiverse where humanity’s greatest innovations and darkest instincts collide

Cast: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Michaela Coel

IMDB Rating: 8.8 

And that completes our Top 25 Best Sci-Fi Shows on Netflix of All Time list. What’s your favorite Sci-Fi series on Netflix? Comment below.

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