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List of Sci-fi Shows Set in Space or on Other Planets

Many science fiction fans love space adventures like Star Trek and Star Wars. Luckily for these sci-fi fans, several great television shows that are set in space are available on various streaming services. This list includes streaming platforms currently offering these shows. Availability on the listed streaming platforms may be subject to change, so check if the show you want to watch is available before purchasing a subscription.

Battlestar Galactica is an award-winning TV series set in space

Battlestar Galactica is an award-winning TV series set in space

Star Trek

Star Trek is the most famous TV show that is set in space. The franchise is available on CBS All Access. Trekkies have a lot of series to enjoy from the original Star Trek to new CBS All Access originals like Star Trek: Discovery starring Sonequa Martin-Green and Star Trek: Picard starring Patrick Stewart. The various series are:

  • Star Trek
  • Star Trek The Next Generation
  • Star Trek Deep Space 9
  • Star Trek Voyager
  • Star Trek Enterprise
  • Star Trek Discovery
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Lower Decks (Animated)

Battlestar Galactica

There are two Battlestar Galactica series. The original was released in 1978. In 2003, a two-part miniseries was released starring Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Katee Sackhoff, Jamie Bamber, and Grace Park. The miniseries laid the foundation for the series. Commander Adama is about to retire and the Galactica is about to become a museum when the Cylons invade Caprica. Dozens of spacecraft protected by the Galactica flee with the Cylons in pursuit. The show ran for four seasons between 2004 and 2009. It received a Peabody Award for overall excellence and several Emmy Awards. The miniseries and the episodes in seasons 1 to 4 are available for free on NBC's Peacock.

Lost in Space

Inspired by The Swiss Family Robinson, Lost in Space first aired in 1965. In 2018, a new series starring Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, and Maxwell Jenkin was released on Netflix and will run for three seasons.

The Expanse

The Expanse is based on a series of novels by science fiction author duo James S. A. Corey. The series is set in the future when humanity has colonized the Solar System. The series originally aired on the SYFY channel and ran for three seasons. When it was canceled, Amazon Prime picked it up. There are currently four seasons available for free on Amazon Prime, and a fifth on the way.

The Mandalorian

The Mandalorian is an Emmy Award-winning show available on Disney+. It stars Pedro Pascal as a bounty hunter on a mission for a mysterious client who wants him to bring back a vague target called the Child. The Mandalorian becomes like an adoptive father to the Child, called Baby Yoda by fans.

Stargate SG-1

Starring Richard Dean Anderson, Stargate SG-1 begins a year after the events in the movie Stargate, which was released in 1994. The US government learns that an alien device, the Stargate, can access a network of devices on several planets and in space. SG-1 is an elite Air Force special operations team from Earth. They explore the galaxy and defend against hostile aliens. Stargate SG-1 is available on Hulu.

Babylon 5

Starring Bruce Boxleitner, Michael O'Hare, and Claudia Christian, Babylon 5 was originally released in 1993. The series takes place aboard a space station and the stories revolve around human military figures and alien diplomats. The series is available for purchase.


Starring Tricia Helfer, Gil Bellows, and Brian Van Holt, Ascension takes place on a spaceship half-way into a 100-year journey to colonize a planet orbiting Proxima Centauri. When a young woman is murdered, they begin to question the true nature of the mission. Available for free on NBC's Peacock service.

Odyssey 5

Astronauts aboard the space shuttle Odyssey witness the Earth dissolving into a fiery ball. A being called the Seeker rescues them and offers to send them five years into the past, so that they can prevent the disaster. Available on Sony's free Crackle service.

Top 10 TV Space Operas

Other Shows and Where to Watch Them

Firefly - The crew of a small transport ship experience a cosmic civil war - Hulu

The Orville - comedy featuring the crew of an exploratory vessel - Hulu

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - after escaping the destruction of Earth, Arthur Dent and Ford Prefect face trials, tribulations, and adventures in space and time - Hulu

Farscape - astronaut John Chrichton tries to return to Earth after landing on an alien world - Prime

Pandora - Prime

Dark Matter - the crew of a derelict spaceship is awakened from stasis with no memories of who they are - Netflix

Nightflyers - Netflix

Another Life - Netflix

Lexx - disparate fugitives from an interplanetary tyranny find themselves in control of a powerful starship - PlutoTV, tubi

Andromeda - tubi

Extant - astronaut Molly Woods's mystifying experiences in space lead to events that will ultimately change the course of human history - CBS All Access, PlutoTV

Origin - a group of strangers are stranded on a spacecraft bound for a distant planet - YouTube Premium

Red Dwarf

Defying Gravity

The Outer Limits (1995 version)

Top 10 Sci-Fi Television Series

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