Every once in a while, the real world gets a tad too much, isn’t it? Especially now more than ever, since we are all locked up inside our homes because there’s a deadly virus outside waiting to kill us! A little escape from reality through fantasy shows becomes the easiest and in today’s world, our safest bet!
Also, speaking like the true broke Gen Z that I am, this is an extremely cheap way of escaping reality. So, if you are someone who is also looking to travel to another dimension like me, here’s a list of some binge-worthy sci-fi and fantasy shows to keep you entertained and blow your mind!
1. Game Of Thrones
Starting with the obvious one without being super annoying (or not), you’ve got to watch GOT if you haven’t already! An adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s series of fantasy novels- A Song of Ice and Fire, Game of Thrones is a story of nine families that wage a war against each other to win control over the mythical land of Westeros. It features a large ensemble cast and follows multiple story arcs throughout its course that extends over 8 seasons. Game of Thrones has got a massive international fanbase and all for the right reasons! GOT has got everything- knights, swords, ghosts, crowns, dragons…yes…you read that right, DRAGONS!
2. Black Mirror
An anthology series created by Charlie Brooker, Black Mirror is a show that follows a dystopian future where several people struggle to deal with the manipulative effects of cutting-edge technology. The show is a perfect depiction of advanced technology, the way we are addicted to it, and where it could all lead us. Black Mirror weirdly makes you contemplate your future and worry about the coming generations.
Did you know that the name of the series ‘Black mirror’ is a reference to the computer/mobile screens that give a dark reflection of the user when they are switched off? Yeah, I am mind-blown too!
Dark is a sci-fi thriller TV series that tells us the story of a German town Widen where children start disappearing bringing into light broken relationships, double lives, and the dark past of four resident families, revealing a mystery that spans four generations. Dark is…well…super complicated. It is one of the most mind-bending TV shows to exist and could only be explained with the help of flow charts and infographics. But do not let that scare you off. You will not regret watching this show, I assure you!
4. Stranger Things
Stranger Things is a sci-fi horror drama created by Duffer Brothers and is one of the most popular shows on Netflix. Set in the 1980s in the fictional town of Hawkins, Stranger Things is a story of a group of young friends dealing with supernatural events and government exploits. This show takes you to an alternate dimension, quite literally! The series has received critical acclaim and multiple awards for its first three seasons and their viewers across the world are eagerly waiting for the fourth! (Netflix, seriously, you gotta hurry up!)
5. Sweet Tooth
Based on a book of the same name, Sweet Tooth is a fantasy drama that shows a post-apocalyptic world where a hybrid child (part human and part deer) goes on a quest to find his mom only to be confronted with a harsh and disappointing truth. On his adventurous trip far from home he makes several allies and learns the true meaning of home. Sweet Tooth keeps you entertained, engages with you emotionally, and is a perfect show to watch with your family!
6. Rick and Morty
Let me warn you, this show is crazy and bizarre! BUT in a good way. Rick and Morty is an adult animated science fiction sitcom that follows a social misfit scientist/mad professor with mental issues, Rick & his grandson Morty. The show offers great scientific concepts, theories, and presents several philosophic dilemmas that make it one of the most intelligent TV shows ever made. Rick and Morty is brilliant, as it is absurd and will have you talk about it all the time once you watch it!
Lucifer is an urban fantasy television series that focuses on the life of Lucifer Morningstar, a very handsome angel who is cast out of heaven and made the ruler of hell for starting a rebellion. After ruling hell for a few millennia, he abandons hell to visit Los Angeles to live a fancy and exciting life. But a surprising turn of events leads him to join the Los Angeles Police Department as a consultant. Lucifer’s antics make you laugh, and the different murder mysteries presented in each episode keep you engaged. Ngl, Lucifer’s character in the show is borderline annoying, but he makes up for it with his charm :p
8. The Good Place
What happens after we die? Do heaven and hell exist? The Good Place answers all these questions for you. I mean there’s no scientific proof if it’s telling us the truth, but hey at least the show is giving us some good time. All jokes aside, The Good Place is a show about an afterlife in which humans are sent to “the good place” or the “the bad place” after death (obviously based on their behaviour here on Earth). The story revolves around the life…or rather the afterlife of a young woman named Eleanor who wakes up in ‘the good place’ but realizes she has been mistaken for someone else. What happens after that is a laughing riot! Watch this show to have a good laugh and learn about the good and bad things in life.
9. The Vampire Diaries
How do we miss a vampire show when talking about fantasy? The Vampire Diaries is an adaptation of a supernatural teen drama book series written by L.J Smith. TVD revolves around a teenager Elena (played by Nina Dobrev) who loses her parents in a car accident at the age of 16. As she continues to learn to deal with the grief of losing her parents, she falls in love with Stephan, a 162-year-old vampire (Relax, he has been dead since the age of 17). All is merry and romantic until Stefan’s brother Damon comes into the picture. The Vampire Diaries is a perfect blend of supernatural drama and high-school teen romance that keeps you hooked. Not to mention, the cast is super good-looking, which is just an added advantage:p
The makers of the show also come up with a spin-off series, called The Originals. So, if The Vampire Diaries manages to make you fall in love with handsome vampires, you know you have another vampire show to binge on.
10. Shadow and Bone
Based on the two series of books in the Grishaverse, Shadow and Bone is the story of Alina Starkhov who resides in a war-torn world. An unexpected turn of events makes Alina realize that she has extraordinary powers that could be the key to setting her homeland free from a dark entity called The Fold that is filled with monstrous creatures. Shadow and Bone is an extremely delightful show that gets everything right- from the quality of cinematography to the world it builds, from visual effects to the soul-stirring music, everything is just top-notch!
11. Once Upon a Time
Platform: Disney+ Hotstar
Imagine having all your favourite fairy tale characters in one show! Could it be any more exciting? Once Upon a Time, a fantasy adventure drama show is set in the fictional seaside town of Storybrooke, Maine, in which the residents are fairy tale characters that were transported to the real-world town and robbed of their memories by Regina, an Evil Queen. Their only hope now is Emma Swan, the long-lost daughter of a king. If fairy tales are your thing, Once Upon a Time gives you a lot of that but with a bunch of interesting twists and turns!
12. The 100
The 100 (pronounced The Hundred) is a science fiction drama that follows a post-apocalyptic world where a nuclear conflict has decimated human civilization. The only survivors being the inhabitants of orbiting space stations at the time. Three generations later, when they begin to run out of resources in space, a group of 100 juvenile prisoners are sent to Earth’s surface to test whether it is inhabitable. The 100 is captivating and keeps you hooked right from the pilot episode. It does what many shows can’t do, it gets better with every season!
13. The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy, a superhero television series, is one of the most talked-about shows on Netflix. Based on the comic book series ‘The Umbrella Academy’, the show is about a dysfunctional family of superpowered children who fight evil for much of their childhoods under the mentorship of their guardian Dr. Reginald Hargreeves. But the team soon breaks up only to reunite 9 years later due to the death of the only parental figure they have ever known. The show has a compelling story with features a bunch of great actors. Moreover, who doesn’t love themselves a good old superhero team-up?
14. The Flash
Platform: Amazon Prime Video
If superheroes excite you, you should not be missing The Flash! The show is based on the DC Comics character Barry Allen, a crime scene investigator who gains super-human speed (explaining the name) after he is struck by lightning one day. He then uses his superpowers to fight criminals, including others who have also gained superhuman abilities. The Flash is entertaining and light-hearted. So, if you aren’t in the mood to watch complex shows like Dark, The Flash is the show you are looking for!
15. Fate: The Winx Saga
Yup! It’s the Winx Club from your favourite childhood show but in a live-action teen drama series on Netflix this time. The show is centred around the life of Bloom (a fire fairy) who enrols herself at a magical boarding school called Alfea College. There she meets her fairy friends Stella (a light fairy), Aisha (a water fairy), Terra (an earth fairy), and Musa (a mind fairy), along with whom she learns more about her past. But that’s not it. During Bloom’s journey of gaining control over her powers and bonding with other magical beings, a dangerous army of creatures come to threaten Alfea. I mean…it has fairies in it!
That’s all folks! See you on the other side of the real world.
15 Binge-Worthy Shows for Every Sci-Fi & Fantasy Genre-Lover Ever!
1. Game Of Thrones (2011)
Cast: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
2. Black Mirror (2011)
Cast: Daniel Lapaine, Hannah John-Kamen, Toby Kebell
3. Dark (2017)
Cast: Louis Hofmann, Lisa Vicari, Oliver Masucci, Maja Schöne
4. Stranger things (2016)
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour
5. Sweet Tooth (2021)
Cast: Christian Convery, Nonzo Anozie, Stephanie LaVie Owen, Adeel Akhtar
6. Rick and Morty (2013)
Cast: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, Spencer Grammer, Chris Pernell
7. Lucifer (2016)
Cast: Tom Ellis, Lauren German, D.B. Woodside, Rachel Harris
8. The Good Place (2016)
Cast: Kristen Bell, Jameela Jamil, Ted Danson, D’Arcy Carden
9. The Vampire Diaries (2009)
Cast: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder, Kat Graham
10. Shadow and Bone (2021)
Cast: Ben Barnes, Jesie Mei Li, Freddy Carter, Amita Suman
11. Once Upon a Time (2011)
Cast: Jennifer Morrison, Lana Parrilla, Josh Dallas, Ginnifer Goodwin
12. The 100 (2014)
Cast: Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, Bob Morley, Christopher Larkin
13. The Umbrella Academy (2019)
Cast: Elliot Page, Tom Hopper, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman
14. The Flash (2014)
Platform: Amazon Prime Video
Cast: Grant Gustin, Candice Patton, Danielle Panabaker, Carlos Valdes
15. Fate: The Winx Saga (2021)
Cast: Abigail Cowen, Hannah Van Der Westhuysen, Precious Mustapha, Eliot Salt