Once upon a time I’d spend all weekend in bed reading novels. Now I spend all weekend binge watching TV shows. What can I say? I’m a sucker for a good story. While I still listen to plenty of audiobooks and pick up the occasional paperback, after a long week at work I truly enjoy curling up in bed with my animals, flipping through blogs on my computer, and throwing on episode after episode of an addictive TV show.
It goes without saying that streaming has totally changed the way that we watch TV. Besides, who really LIKES waiting a week for each episode, especially when they end on cliffhangers? My favorite genre of story ever since I was capable of even following a book or movie was sci-fi fantasy. In addition to having supernatural powers and fantastical places, sci-fi fantasy often makes commentary on real world issues in poignant ways that just wouldn’t be possible when constrained by things like reality.
If you like sci-fi fantasy as much as I do, or even if you’re just looking something to melt your brain for the next two days, here are five TV shows available on Netflix I’d recommend:
What It Is: Time travel series Contiuum
What It’s About: When a group of terrorist rebels jump back in time from 2077 to 2012, police officer Kiera Cameron is accidentally brought with them. Although she wants desperately to go back to her son in the future, Kiera has to stop the rebels from altering events without revealing their futuristic secrets.
What I Think About It: Contiuum strikes the perfect balance between entertaining and intelligent, which is unusual for a sci-fi show. Kiera is a complicated yet endearing character and the lines are often blurred between right and wrong, the mark of a sophisticated and thought-out show. The special effects are decent, but don’t expect hardcore science fiction elements.
What It Is: Urban supernatural crime drama Lost Girl
What It’s About: Succubus Bo, who feeds on the sexual energy of humans, begins to learn about the entire supernatural underworld and her own mysterious origins.
What I Think About It: Kind of like a modern, even campier Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Lost Girl is sexy and full of tongue-in-cheek humor. The main character is generally bland and a little annoying, but the supporting cast is incredible, especially the comic relief sidekick Kenzi. Don’t expect anything beyond low-budget special effects, but if you like mythologically rich stories and are prepared to check your brain at the door, it’s certainly worth a watch.
What It Is: Supernatural horror thriller Hemlock Grove
What It’s About: When brutal murders begin occurring in a rural Pennsylvania town, Roman Godfrey, heir to the wealthiest family and a young upier, and Peter Rumancek, a Romani and werewolf, ban together to track down the inhuman killer.
What I Think About It: This Netflix original series is just further proof that Netflix is killing it (so to speak) with their TV shows. Dark and disturbing, yet oddly charming, these two boys are complex and unlikely heroes, and I would certainly not call it a high school drama like Vampire Dairies. Also, it contains the best werewolf transformation scene of all time.
What It Is: Urban supernatural mystery The Dresden Files
What It’s About: Private investigator and wizard Harry Dresden is just out to make a few bucks using his dark arts to solve crimes, but sometimes gets in a little over his head.
What I Think About It: This show is so well done, I truly feel like if it had come out now instead of before the supernatural craze hit, it’d be a raging success. Dark, with a wry sense of humor, the cast absolutely shines. Dresden is ethically questionable but still a good guy at heart and supporting character Lieutenant Murphy is his perfect counterpart as the take-no-shit cop. One of the best shows Sy-Fy ever made – who knows why they ever decided to cancel it.
What It Is: Supernatural sci-fi drama Haven
What It’s About: When FBI agent Audrey Park arives in the seaside down of Haven, Maine, she feels a strange connection despite despite the supernatural afflictions that plague the town.
What I Think About It: Inspired by Stephen King’s novel the Colorado Kid, this show is basically a campier version of Fringe (but don’t let that turn you off too much, it’s still quite entertaining). While it gets a little creepy and a little cheesy, it rarely goes too far and actually builds to some interesting plot twists. The main characters are a little one dimensional and the acting isn’t anything to write home about, but if you like a supernatural story (or, for that matter, a love triangle), Haven weaves in interesting elements.
What TV show have you binge watched recently?