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Shows like For All Mankind: Hard Science Fiction

What makes science fiction "hard" is a respect for logic and adherence to the known laws of physics, versus "soft" science fiction which assumes we can innovate around any limitation (often including holes in a plot). Hardness is pretty subjective (just check out the debates on Reddit), but this list includes series that are generally seen to qualify.

Shows Like Man in the High Castle: Dystopian Futures

Whether the ruling class are Nazis or aliens (no Nazi aliens, fortunately), the societies they enforce are pretty damn unappealing.

Shows like Lost: Survivors Band Together

Whether they are trapped on an island, in a small spacecraft, under a dome, or just the last remnants of the human race, these small groups must maintain a good working relationship to survive.

Shows like The Mandalorian: Resistance is Not Futile

Whether the enemy be oppressive government or alien invaders, the resistance is armed with that most dangerous of mankind's weapons: Hope. Oh, also guns. Those help too.

Graham Yost TV

You may not recognize the name, but Graham Yost has created, produced, and written some of the greatest TV mini-seres of all time including The Pacific and John Adams as well as terrific dramas like Sneaky Pete and The Americans.

Shows like Falling Skies: When Aliens Invade TV

After they got tired of anal probing night-fishermen, the extraterrestrials in this list decided to invade earth; a trickier proposition, but probably less depressing on the day in day out.

Spielberg Science Fiction TV

Science fiction TV series either produced or inspired by the legendary Steven Spielberg, with common themes of absent parents, rag tag heroes fighting the odds, the danger of technology in the near future, expensive production values, and a tendency towards bittersweet endings--ironically the best series--Stranger Things--was not produced by Spielberg although his influence is clear.

Shows Like The Walking Dead: Post Apocalyptic Action

Shows set post-apocalypse, where individuals or bands of survivors must battle aliens, zombies, roving gangs, and sometimes their own allies to survive.

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