The best science fiction and Shows offers us the opportunity to reflect on the present by the looking of the future. To quote Tim Bisley, “The thoughts and speculations of our contemporary authors and thinkers have probably never been closer to the truth.”
As the people’s around the world self-isolate and work to help “flatten the curve”, we look to our TVs and streaming services like Amazon Prime for relief and escape. Many of us are turning to sci-fi movies and TV shows to engage our imaginations and offer us a brief moment of relief in space on board a Leviathan, deep in the Delta Quadrant somewhere in the Pegasus galaxy.
So you don’t need to spend hours of time to searching through thousands of movies and shows, we’ve compiled a list of the top and best 10 sci-fi movies and 10 TV shows currently available to watch for free with an Amazon Prime subscription.
1. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
Synopsis: Filmmakers and stars discuss the filming, behind-the-scenes secrets and social effects of Galaxy Quest, a comedic take-off inspired by “Star Trek,” with brilliant commentary not only on Trek but on the real-life actors themselves.
Cast (as themselves): Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Sam Rockwell, Tony Shalhoub, Justin Long, Wil Wheaton, Brent Spiner, Rainn Wilson, Missi Pyle, Dean Parisot
2. Starship Troopers
Synopsis: Set in the near future, the human race lives in a fascist, militaristic age and is at war with giant alien bugs that live on the other side of the galaxy.
Principal cast: Casper Van Dien (Johnny Rico), Dina Meyer (Dizzy Flores), Denise Richards (Carmen Ibanez) Neil Patrick Harris (Carl Jenkins), Clancy Brown (Sgt. Zim) and Michael Ironside (Lt. Rasczak).
Synopsis: A biologist signs up for a dangerous, secret expedition in a mysterious zone where the laws of nature don’t apply.
Principal cast: Natalie Portman (Lena), Jennifer Jason Leigh (Dr Ventress), Tessa Thompson (Josie Radek), Gina Rodriguez (Anya Thorensen) and Oscar Isaac (Kane).
4. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
Synopsis: Adventurer, brain surgeon and rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his crime-fighting team, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, must stop evil alien invaders from the eighth dimension who are planning to conquer Earth.
Principal cast: Peter Weller (Buckaroo Banzai), John Lithgow (Dr. Emilio Lizardo), Jeff Goldblum (New Jersey), Ellen Barkin (Penny Priddy) and Christopher Lloyd (John Bigbooté).
5. Super 8
Synopsis: During the summer of 1979, a group of friends witness a train crash and investigate subsequent unexplained events in their small town.
6. Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Synopsis: With the assistance of the Enterprise crew, Admiral Kirk must stop an old nemesis, Khan Noonien Singh, from using the life-generating Genesis Device as the ultimate weapon.
Principal cast: William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Walter Koenig (Chekov), Bibi Besch (Carol) and Ricardo Montalban (Khan).
7. Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Synopsis: To save Earth from an alien probe, Admiral James T. Kirk and his fugitive crew go back in time to San Francisco in 1986 to retrieve the only beings who can communicate with it: humpback whales.
Principal cast: William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura), George Takei (Sulu) and Catherine Hicks (Gillian).
Synopsis: A Duke’s son leads desert warriors against the galactic emperor and his father’s evil nemesis when they assassinate his father and free their desert world from the emperor’s rule.
9. The Running Man
Synopsis: A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
Principal cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Ben Richards), Maria Conchita Alonso (Amber Mendez), Yaphet Kotto (William Laughlin), Jesse Ventura (Capt. Freedom) Marvin J. McIntyre (Harold Weiss) and Richard Dawson (Damon Killian).
10. The Man Who Fell to Earth
Synopsis: An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and the greed of other men create complications.
Principal cast: David Bowie (Thomas Jerome Newton), Rip Torn (Nathan Bryce), Candy Clark (Mary-Lou), Buck Henry (Oliver Farnsworth) and Bernie Casey (Peters).
1. Stargate: Atlantis
Synopsis: An international team of scientists and military personnel discover a Stargate network in the Pegasus galaxy and come face-to-face with a new, powerful enemy: the Wraith.
Principal cast: Joe Flanigan (Lt. Col. Sheppard), David Hewlett (Dr. McKay), Jason Momoa (Ronon Dex), Rachel Luttrell (Teyla) and Torri Higginson (Dr. Weir).
2. Stargate: Universe
Synopsis: Trapped on an ancient spaceship billions of light-years from home, a group of soldiers and civilians struggle to survive and find their way back to Earth.
Principal cast: Robert Carlyle (Dr. Rush), Louis Ferreira (Col. Young), David Blue (Eli), Alaina Huffman (Lt. Johansen) and Elyse Levesque (Chloe).
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Synopsis: Arthur Dent and his friend Ford Prefect escape the destruction of Earth only to face incredible trials, tribulations and adventures through space and time.
Principal cast: Peter Jones (The Book), Simon Jones (Arthur Dent), David Dixon (Ford Prefect), Sandra Dickinson (Trillian) and Mark Wing-Davey (Zaphod Beeblebrox).
Synopsis: Thrown into a distant part of the universe, American astronaut John Crichton (Ben Browder) finds himself part of a crew of fugitives aboard a living, bio-mechanical spaceship called Moya.
Principal cast: Ben Browder (John Crichton), Claudia Black (Aeryn Sun), Anthony Simcoe (Ka D’Argo), Virginia Hey (Pa’u Zotoh Zhaan) and Jonathan Hardy (Dominar Rygel XVI).
5. The Expanse
Synopsis: A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter, and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens a rebellious Earth colony on the asteroid belt.
Principal cast: Steven Strait (Jim Holden), Dominique Tipper (Naomi Nagata), Wes Chatham (Amos Burton), Cas Anvar (Alex Kamal) and Shohreh Aghdashloo (Chrisjen Avasarala).
6. Star Trek: The Original Series
Synopsis: The crew of the starship USS Enterprise, under the command of Captain James T. Kirk, explore the galaxy, discovering strange new worlds and seeking out new life and new civilizations.
Principal cast: William Shatner (Capt. Kirk), Leonard Nimoy (Mr. Spock), DeForest Kelley (Dr. McCoy), Nichelle Nichols (Lt. Uhura) and James Doohan (Scott).
7. Star Trek: The Next Generation
Synopsis: This time around, the Galaxy-class USS Enterprise-D is under the command of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and an entirely new Starfleet crew continue exploring the galaxy and discovering strange new worlds 100 years after Capt. Kirk’s five-year mission.
Principal cast: Patrick Stewart (Capt. Picard), Jonathan Frakes (Cmdr. Riker), LeVar Burton (Lt. Cmdr. La Forge), Marina Sirtis (Deanna Troi), Brent Spiner (Lt. Cmdr. Data) and Michael Dorn (Lt. Worf).
8. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Synopsis: Adventures abound for the crew of Deep Space Nine, one of the most important space stations in the Alpha Quadrant. Built by the Bajorans for the Cardassians and now under Federation administration, its location next to a vital wormhole makes it the center of all social and political interest in the region.
Principal cast: Avery Brooks (Capt. Sisko), Rene Auberjonois (Odo), Alexander Siddig (Dr. Bashir), Colm Meaney (Chief O’Brien), Nana Visitor (Major Kira) and Terry Farrell (Lt. Cmdr. Dax).
9. Star Trek: Voyager
Synopsis: The crew of the Intrepid Class Federation starship, the USS Voyager, are catapulted to the other side of the galaxy to the Delta Quadrant, 75 years away from home. They then begin the long journey back through uncharted space.
Principal cast: Kate Mulgrew (Capt. Janeway), Robert Beltran (Cmdr. Chakotay), Roxann Dawson (Lt. Torres), Robert Duncan McNeill (Lt. Paris), Tim Russ (Lt. Tuvok), Garrett Wang (Ensign Kim) and Robert Picardo (The Doctor).
10. Star Trek: Enterprise
Synopsis: Long before there were fleets of starships, there was just one — the Enterprise NX-01, humanity’s first warp 5 capable starship. The crew of this historic vessel tentatively steps forth into the unknown and begins to explore the galaxy and seek peaceful relations with alien races.
Principal cast: Scott Bakula (Capt. Archer), John Billingsley (Dr. Phlox), Jolene Blalock (Sub-Cmdr. T’Pol), Connor Trinneer (Cmdr. Tucker), Linda Park (Ensign Sato), Dominic Keating (Lt. Reed) and Anthony Montgomery (Ensign Mayweather).