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15 of the Best Sci Fi Shows and Movies To Watch on Netflix Right Now

Here’s what to get hooked on this winter!

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The dead of winter used to come with the curse of boredom — you know, the dark times before Netflix. And if you love science fiction, does Netflix ever have your back! In addition to a number of original series including recent breakout hit The OA and Stranger Things (which recently took home the SAG award for best ensemble in a drama series), the streaming platform has a ton of other great options. Some you have heard of, some will probably be totally new, but all will please your inner sci fi geek.

The OA (Netflix Original)

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This show came a little bit out of nowhere but it quickly becoming one of those must-binge, everyone-is-talking-about-it shows. This thriller starring and also created by Brit Marling blends “science-fiction, fantasy, crime drama, neo-spiritualism, radical sincerity, apocalypse imagery,” according to Decider, and people cannot turn away.

Stranger Things (Netflix Original)

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No explanation really needed here as this was the must-watch show of the summer. Who doesn’t love ’80s nostalgia, young boys coming of age, a great comeback (by Winona Ryder of all people). Plenty of secrets and scares to be had here — no wonder it was on so many critics’ top 10 lists for best show of the year. If you haven’t checked it out yet, turn out the lights and do yourself a favor.

Travelers (Netflix Original)

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Just another time travel show? Not so much. Starring Eric McCormack, it centers on a team of special operatives (known as travelers), sent back in time from the future to try to prevent the collapse of society. I’m hooked already.

Black Mirror (Netflix Original)

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Technology is ruining us all, isn’t it? That is the focus of this important show. The originally British series became part of the Netflix family when they commissioned a third season of 12 episodes that went up late last year. In the same tradition as The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits, each episode has a different cast, a different setting and sometimes a different reality altogether — all united by persistent questioning of technology’s role in society. When it went on Netflix, a whole new audience got drawn into this addictive and thought provoking series.