These series cut across genres--superheroes, post-apocalyptic action, supernatural thrillers, and classic science fiction--but they should all come with a warning from the Surgeon General. Don't blame us when you mutter "one more episode" to yourself at 3 am.
It's true the quality of storytelling slipped once the showrunners pulled ahead of George R.R. Martin's books. But the first five seasons were some of the most powerful television ever made, and even the last three seasons dazzled with special effects and world-class cinematography.
Terrific premise--a Western-themed amusement park populated by robotic hosts where guests can live out their fantasies. The show is ambitious--tackling lots (too many?) Big Questions and delivers visually stunning special effects. Like Game of Thrones, the series relies on production value to compensate for sub-par writing as the seasons move on.
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 the Earth's rebellious colony on the asteroid belt.
An FBI agent is forced to work with an institutionalized scientist and his son in order to rationalize a brewing storm of unexplained phenomena. The third and fourth seasons take place in dystopian futures.