Best sci-fi shows and movies to watch on Netflix

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We are already living in a world where reality seems stranger than fiction, and we use fiction as a mode of escape from the boring real world sometimes. There are no boundaries to the human imagination, and why should there be any? The creative scope in cinema and every other world is a big boon for humans in discovering, creating, and visualizing things, characters, and worlds that are out of this ordinary, mundane world of ours.

Netflix, being an extensive library for every genre, stands with a good number of mind-bending, futuristic, and awe-inspiring sci-fi movies and shows that are waiting for you to come and witness their magic with a bucket of popcorn and your favorite beverage. So here’s a list for you to start with or finish it off, depending on if you are a newbie to the sci-fi world or an oldie-Goldie who is already enjoying the swim in the pool full of sci-fi wonders.

Alice in Borderland

Alice in Borderland | Official Trailer | Netflix

A sci-fi thriller show which is based on the manga of the same title by Haro Aso, which revolves around the story of an unemployed gamer who gets transported into a world where he is supposed to play some sadistic and twisted games to remain alive.


Dark | Teaser [HD] | Netflix

Dark is a mystery thriller series that will shred your mind in pieces. The Series has a puzzle-like plot of two kids who go missing in a small German village and lead four families to begin a hunt full of mysteries. You will definitely find yourself calculating and solving theories and puzzles this show will give you without even asking.

Stranger Things

Stranger Things | Official Final Trailer | Netflix

A very famous show starring Millie Bobby Brown as the protagonist, it revolves around the story of a group of friends who get to know about the secret experiments happening in Indiana leading to supernatural mysteries.

The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy | Official Trailer | Netflix

This series is a superhero fantasy drama with action and science elements, including Aidan Gallagher, Elliot Page, and Robin Sheehan as its cast. It is based on a comic book with the same title written by Gerard Way, which follows the story of 7 children being adopted by a billionaire man who prepares them to save the world with their special abilities.

Love Death + Robots

LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS VOLUME 3 | Official Trailer | Netflix

It is an animated anthology series that is a total package of different tales, including robotic creatures, dark comedy and post-apocalyptic cities. Telling you more about it might spoil the excitement, so go and watch for yourself.


Annihilation (2018) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

It is a master sci-fi movie released in 2018 and revolves around the story of a group of scientists entering a mysterious quarantine zone that is formed because a meteor hit Earth. The movie is based on the novel of the same name written by Jeff Vandermeer.

Ex Machina

Ex Machina - Official International Trailer 1 (Universal Pictures) HD

Featuring Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac, the film was released in the year of 2014 and is still called a masterpiece in the world of science fiction. The movie revolves around the story of Caleb Smith, who is a young programmer and gets a chance to be a part of a scientific AI experiment. 

Don’t Look Up

DON'T LOOK UP | Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence | Official Trailer | Netflix

A sci-fi movie infused with comedy elements starring Timothee Chalamet, Jennifer Lawrence, and Leonardo DiCaprio was released in 2021. The movie is of 2 hours 25 minutes, and it revolves around the story of two ordinary astronomers who must go on an extraordinary and giant media tour to warn people of Earth in order to warn them about something that is going to happen soon to their planet. Find that something yourself and watch the DiCaprio gem already!