Get your popcorn ready. If this is the golden age of television, it’s the platinum, supersonic, nirvana age of science fiction and fantasy TV shows. Last year’s Emmys included nominations (and few winners) from HBO’s Westworld, Hulu’s Handmaid’s Tale, and BBC’s Orphan Black. There’s also Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle, CBS’s revived Star Trek franchise, and the cult hit The Expanse, which was cancelled by the Syfy network only to be scooped up by Amazon. Oh yeah, and HBO has some show about dragons and ice zombies.
But if you thought that was enough of the genre fare, you’re about to be positively blown away. A proven money maker with audiences, sci-fi is now one of the hottest areas for online streaming services. As fans today mourn the death of actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in Star Wars, let’s ponder a cheerier future and decide which streaming service has the best new science fiction shows.