2016 has been a rough year for a lot of people. Thankfully, TV has been exceptional in a year when we really needed it to be. Especially one genre in particular: Sci-Fi/Fantasy.
This genre has given us so many shows in 2016 to enjoy and escape to. So here’s a list of our favorite Sci-Fi and Fantasy shows of 2016.
Warning: SPOILERS ahead.
Westworld has inherited the mantle that shows like Lost and Alias used to hold. In a world of robot hosts slowly trying to find consciousness, the show is widely regarded as one of the best of the year.
Showrunners Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy have made Westworld the show you can’t stop discussing the next day or the next week — from the joy of analyzing your theory to raving about the exceptional award-winning performances of Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thandie Newton.
2. Black Mirror
In its debut season on Netflix, Black Mirror came out with a bang with six of its strongest episodes. Wide-ranging topics were once again touched upon from “Nosedive” and the ways people judge one another. “San Junipero” delivered one of the best episodes of 2016 with a tale of love that goes beyond life.
“Playtest” and “Shut Up and Dance” showed us nasty and terrifying side of the virtual world. “Hated in the Nation” let us see how much social media can truly damage the world.
Black Mirror again showed us that its title of fear and humanity often stand right beside each other no matter what the circumstances are.
3. 12 Monkeys
Based on the mid-90s film of the same name, 12 Monkeys has slowly become one of the most underrated and terrific sci-fi shows on television today. Season 2 gave us Cole and Cassie’s search for “The Witness” in between trips through time from the 1950’s to the year 2044.
A mixture of action-adventure and romance between Cassie and Cole, 12 Monkeys has become a very fun show while trying to see two heroes try their best to stop a virus from destroying the future.
In its second season, iZombie has grown not only to be one of the best shows on The CW, but also on television in general. Rose McIver’s Liv continues to elicit smiles from us each episode as she takes on the persona of whoever’s brain she eats.
One of the best things is how well McIver throws herself into these roles. Add to that an outstanding selection of supporting characters — Ravi, Liv’s friend/sidekick to Major, Liv’s on-again, off-again boyfriend, and iZombie’s use of humor and drama, and you have a show that’s almost second to none on network TV.
One of the most enjoyable shows on network TV right now is Lucifer. Tom Ellis plays the devil with a charm and wit rarely seen from a leading actor these days.
The supporting cast is outstanding with Lauren German’s detective Chloe leading the way in her fun and sexy interactions with Lucifer.
Season 2 as also been boosted by the introduction of Lucifer’s mother to his life and Lucifer’s evolving feelings about the world he lives in now. Forgive the pun, but Lucifer always delivers a devilish good time on monday nights on FOX.
If you were looking for a show that feels like a perfect combo of Quantum Leap and Sliders then I would highly recommend Timeless. It’s a history nerd’s dream to see “The Time Team” of Lucy, Wyatt, and Rufus going to different times in history to stop Garcia Flynn from irreversible damage to time.
We have gotten to visit a Nixon-era America all the way back to Revolutionary War. One part action-adventure with a side of suspense and historical drama, Timeless is one of the most fun new shows of 2016.