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Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
110 episodes (1964-1968) 60m


Cheap but never nasty - this Irwin Allen production set the standard for low-budget SFX for years to come. Spun-off from the successful film, high-tech sub Seaview battles secret agents, femme fatales, monsters and other disasters. Grumpy Admiral Nelson and handsome Captain Crane never seem to agree - and the world is saved time and time again.





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Babylon 5
115 episodes (1993-1999) 60m


Despite stiff competition from the Star Trek franchise, B5 was able to build a surprisingly healthy and enduring fan base. In a UN-style setting, an Earth alliance is trying to prevent another war like the one recently fought with the Minbari. It jumped around a bit, but terrific character development combined with action-packed space operatic fare saw it survive to franchise status.





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Stargate SG-1
214 episodes (1997-2007) 60m


Archaeologists find a long-forgotten stargate which makes travel to far-distant planets possible. A disillusioned military officer leads the SG-1 team of explorers to other planets where they constantly run into the nasty ancient-Egyptian looking Goa'uld System Lords. Richard Dean Anderson is perfect as the droll team-leader, taking on a lesser role for the last couple of seasons.





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Stargate Atlantis
100 episodes (2004-2009) 60m


A spin-off from the popular Stargate SG1 series in which a search for the Lost City of the Ancients has uncovered Atlantis and its Stargate to another galaxy. There's new technologies, new allies and a dreaded new enemy - but the catch is the SG team that visits may not be able to get back home. Tough to top the original, but this usually managed to be great fun.





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The Expanse
48+ episodes (2015-pres) 60m


A thriller set two hundred years in the future, after mankind has colonized the solar system. A hardened detective and a rogue ship's captain come together for what starts as the case of a missing young woman and evolves into a race across the solar system to expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. A United Nations executive works to prevent war between Earth and Mars.





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Krypton
20 episodes (2018-2019) 60m


Set two generations before the destruction of Superman's home planet, Krypton follows Seg-El, the legendary Man of Steel's grandfather, whose House of El was ostracised and shamed. With Krypton's leadership in disarray, Seg-El encounters Earthly time-traveler Adam Strange who warns he's under the clock to save his beloved world from chaos. Sort of superhero-ish, but good fun.





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Tales from the Loop
8 episodes (2020) 60m


A year after the volcano Katla erupts and remains active, a small Icelandic town has had most of people evacuated and it is declared a danger zone. For the few that remain the town is only accessible by crossing a river. Then, somewhat mysteriously, people covered in ash and naked begin emerging from the melting ice of a glacier. Entrancing show that keeps you coming back for more.





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Katla
8+ episodes (2020-present) 60m


A year after the eruption of the volcano Katla a nearby Icelandic town has been mostly evacuated. With the volcano still active and the area declared a danger zone, the few that remain can only access the town by crossing a river. When bodies covered in ash and naked start walking out of the melting ice of a glacier, the mystery of who they are begins. Ethereally entrancing.





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Foundation
10+ episodes (2021-present) 60m


Based on Isaac Asimov's original Foundation trilogy, renown psycho-historian Hari Seldon predicts the fall of the Galactic Empire. This does not go down well with its ruler and he sets out to stave off the fall and prove Seldon wrong. Lots of space operatic fare and court intrigue, but lacking the intelligence of the novels. Not surprising, as it is an almost impossible task to achieve.


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