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 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 7:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I need some recommendations of good sci fi/paranormal TV shows from the 1990's and onwards, preferably from the 2000s!

Since I've gone "dry", you can imagine that I've seen a lot. So no point in recommending X-FILES, LOST or BATTLESTAR GALACTICA etc. You get the point.

I should also say that my taste runs towards SERIOUS sci fi or paranormal stuff, not quirky or comedy (although things like SUPERNATURAL is fine, where the comedy comes naturally from the characters). And except for B5, I've never really liked fantasy/"pointed ear"-type sci fi a la STAR TREK, FARSCAPE or earlier STARGATE incarnations.

Thanks! smile

Here's a listing of the shows mentioned in this thread.

* = completed show
(*) = ongoing show I'm following
¤ = suggested shows that aren't exactly what I'm looking for
# = show I've cut off because I didn't like it

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. (*) -- returns ?? (season 3)
ALCATRAZ *
ALPHAS *
AMERICAN GOTHIC *
AMERICAN HORROR STORY (*)
ANGEL *
BABYLON 5 *
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA *
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA: BLOOD & CHROME *
BEING HUMAN *
BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER *
CAPRICA *
CARNIVALE *
CHARLIE JADE *
COSMOS - A SPACETIME ODYSSEY *
CONSTANTINE (*)
CONTINUUM (*) -- returns 2015 (season 4)
DARK ANGEL #
DEAD LIKE ME ¤
DEAD SET *
DEATH VALLEY *
DEEPWATER BLACK *
DEFIANCE (*) -- returns 2015 (season 3)
DOLLHOUSE *
DOMINION (*) -- returns 2015 (season 2)
DR. WHO (*) -- returns Christmas 2014
DRESDEN FILES *
EUREKA ¤ *
EXTANT (*) -- returns 2015 (season 2)
FALLING SKIES (*) -- returns 2015 (season 5)
FARSCAPE ¤
FIREFLY *
FLASHFORWARD *
FRINGE *
GAME OF THRONES (*) -- returns in April 2015 (season 5)
GHOST WHISPERER
GRIMM (*)
HAUNTED *
HAVEN (*)
HELIX (*) -- returns winter 2015 (season 2)
HEROES *
HYPERDRIVE ¤
IMPACT *
IN THE FLESH (*) -- returns ?? (season 3)
INVASION *
JEKYLL *
JEREMIAH *
JERICHO *
JOURNEYMAN *
KINGS ¤ *
LEGEND ¤
LES REVENANTS (*) -- returns 2015? (season 2)
LOST *
LOST TAPES #
MASTERS OF HORROR
MEDIUM
MILLENNIUM *
MIRACLES *
MISFITS *
NOEIN - TO YOUR OTHER SELF ¤
NOW AND AGAIN ¤
ODYSSEY 5 *
ONCE UPON A TIME... (*) -- returns March 1, 2014 (season 4, ep. 14)
ONCE UPON A TIME: WONDERLAND #
ORPHAN BLACK (*) -- returns 2015 (season 3)
OUTCASTS *
OUTLANDER (*) -- returns April 22, 2015 (season 1, episode 9)
PARADOX *
PENNY DREADFUL (*) -- returns in 2015 (season 2)
PERSON OF INTEREST
POLTERGEIST: THE LEGACY ¤
PRIMEVAL *
PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD *
PUSHING DAISIES ¤ *
QUANTUM LEAP ¤ #
REAL HUMANS (*) -- returns ?? (season 3)
REAPER ¤
REGENESIS #
REVOLUTION *
RIGET *
SANCTUARY *
SEVEN DAYS #
SLIDERS ¤ #
SPACE ISLAND ONE ¤ #
STAR TREK: ENTERPRISE ¤ #
STARGATE UNIVERSE *
STRANGE *
SUPERNATURAL (*)
SURFACE *
SURVIVORS *
TAKEN *
TERMINATOR: THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES *
TERRA NOVA *
THE 100 (*) -- returns ?? (season 3)
THE 4400 *
THE AFTER (*) -- first season coming in early 2015
THE ALMIGHTY JOHNSONS ¤
THE BIBLE *
THE DEAD ZONE #
THE EVENT *
THE FADES *
THE LAST SHIP (*) -- returns 2015 (season 2)
THE LEFTOVERS (*) -- returns 2015 (season 2)
THE MIDDLEMAN ¤
THE RIVER *
THE SECRET OF CRICKLEY HALL *
SIBERIA
THE STRAIN (*) -- returns summer 2015 (season 2)
THE TICK ¤
THE TOMORROW PEOPLE ¤ #
THE WALKING DEAD (*) -- returns February 8 (season 5, ep. 9)
THRESHOLD *
TORCHWOOD *
TOTAL RECALL 2070 ¤ #
TOUCH *
UNDER THE DOME (*) -- returns summer 2015 (season 3)
UTOPIA *
V *
VIRTUALITY
WAREHOUSE 13 *
WONDERFALLS ¤
X-FILES *
Z NATION (*) -- returns 2015 (season 2)


(Some good & exciting NON-paranormal shows from the period that are also worth checking out:

BREAKING BAD *
HOMELAND (*)
THE WIRE *
OZ *
JUSTIFIED (*) -- returns January 2015 (season 6)
SHERLOCK -- returns Christmas 2015 (season 4)
DEADWOOD *
VIKINGS (*) -- returns 2015 (season 3)
HOUSE OF CARDS (*) -- returns February 2015 (season 3)
TRUE DETECTIVE (*) -- returns summer 2015 (season 2)
DA VINCI'S DEMONS (*) -- returns 2015 (season 3)
LAST RESORT *
24 *
BLACK SAILS (*) -- returns 2015 (season 2)
CROSSBONES *

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 7:42 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

I'll recommend "The Dead Zone" tv series (lasted for 6 seasons); great writing and story arc.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 7:45 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Cool! I've seen the film ages ago (I don't remember anything of the plot, only that it was very bleak), but never the series.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 8:12 AM   
 By:   Mr. Jack   (Member)

The 4400 was a great series (basically the "smart" version of Heroes), but it was cancelled before it could finish its storylines. frown

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 8:27 AM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Futurama. Often brilliant.

Supernatural -- Started off strong and often quite scary. Reactions are mixed to later seasons in the first 5-year arc -- each season escalated the threat, but the escalation eventually took it in some annoying directions with unbelievable angst. Still, it's managed to keep the funny coming, the characters have great chemistry, and the intensity at the end of the first season and throughout the second is unbelievable. I'm still watching even though the current season is not so great.

Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles -- An uneven series that had a bit too much filler, but at its best is the best thing to happen to the Terminator franchise since James Cameron left. Far better than the other sequels and novels and so forth.

If you haven't seen it, check out American Gothic. It was ahead of its time, I think airing before or around the same time as The X-Files, and only lasted one season, but Gary Cole was simply delicious in it.

Reaper -- Another of the paranormal shows that keeps up the funny. Our hero is an ambitionless slacker when some unknown stuff from his past comes to light and he ends up reaping escaped souls for the Devil, played awesomely by Ray Wise. The protagonist is kind of dull, but his supporting cast is strong and hilarious.

Have you tried Bryan Fuller's shows? It's much more whimsical fantasy sort of stuff, kind of reminiscent in offbeat energy to Jean-Pierre Jeunet's films, and almost uniformly delightful. Dead Like Me is about a girl who dies and ends up part of a team that reaps the newly dead. Her boss is played by Mandy Patinkin. His next show, Wonderfalls, didn't even last a season but is one of my favorite shows of all time (or at least that's how I remember it, I haven't re-watched it. Pushing Daisies is his most recent show, about a guy whose touch can bring back the dead -- but if he doesn't touch them again within a minute to re-de-animate them, something else will die in their place. And then the girl he loves dies. . . Anyway, offbeat stuff and not for everyone, but I love it.

Also with the offbeat charm is Eureka, which I can only take in small doses but quite enjoy when I try it.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 8:45 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thanks! Of those mentioned, I've only seen SARAH CONNOR, which I loved (and which was disappointingly cancelled, which happens with all the shows I like, while the ones I DON'T like go on forever).

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   LeHah   (Member)



One of the best series of the last decade. I picked it up on DVD on something of a whim and was AMAZED at how good it was. And it was creepy as hell a couple of times, especially the pilot episode and the one involving the doctor and the paraplegic patient.

Its basically a ballsier version of The X-Files - just replace the UFOs with "miracle" events.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 10:21 AM   
 By:   Midnight Mike   (Member)

Did you ever watch "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" or "Angel"?

They are both very good! Excellent I'd dare say!

Mike

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 11:10 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Did you ever watch "Buffy The Vampire Slayer" or "Angel"?

They are both very good! Excellent I'd dare say!

Mike


Yeah, watched both. Not too hot on the whole comedy+horror idea, especially not in the high school/teenage setting like BUFFY, but I somehow returned week after week. A testament to Whedon's storywriting skills, I guess. My father watched it for 10 minutes once. He hated it. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 11:22 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Did you catch the BBC "Jekyll"? It was a limited series but I quite liked it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/jekyll/

I loved, adored, couldn't get enough of "Haunted" with Matthew Fox. It was such a strong series with great potential -- and often quite scary/creepy. Alas it tanked in the ratings:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Haunted_%28TV_series%29

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 11:34 AM   
 By:   Michael24   (Member)

I'll recommend "The Dead Zone" tv series (lasted for 6 seasons); great writing and story arc.



I second the recommendation, although for me the show went to hell in the sixth and final season when they killed off a main character, wrote out others, and introduced an annoying new one, basically changing almost everything that made it so good to begin with. But the first five seasons were very enjoyable.

And, personally, I loved Star Trek: Enterprise. Even though it only ran four seasons and was canceled before its time, it was my favorite show of the 2000s.

For paranormal, I also really enjoyed Ghost Whisperer, which ran for five seasons (2005-2010). It could be spooky and suspenseful, and even a little romantic (don't know it that would be a turn-off for you, though it's not really heavy-handed and all the time). It's certainly not as grisly a paranormal show as The X-Files or especially Millennium (another recommendation), but it had its dark moments, and it was nice to see a show that was generally uplifting and had a nice sense of hope, when so much else these days seems to just want to depress you.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 11:45 AM   
 By:   John McMasters   (Member)

Thor and others, is Primeval, worth the time? I just added a bunch of seasons it to my netflix instant view account -- but I've got a LOT of catching up to do -- should I go ahead and make the "commitment"?

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 12:34 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Thor and others, is Primeval, worth the time? I just added a bunch of seasons it to my netflix instant view account -- but I've got a LOT of catching up to do -- should I go ahead and make the "commitment"?

A lot of people seem to love it, but even though I bought it blind I've been unable even to make myself finish the first 6-episode series -- I think I've gotten through 4 of them. I thought it was just ridiculously silly and amateurish, and each episode was a chore to watch, feeling more like 3 hours each than 1.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 3:28 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Thor, I'm guessing that you must know about the Danish miniseries Riget, a.k.a. The Kingdom, from 1994? If not, you HAVE to see this.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 3:36 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thor, I'm guessing that you must know about the Danish miniseries Riget, a.k.a. The Kingdom, from 1994? If not, you HAVE to see this.

Oh yeah, great series, a fav of mine from the 90s. It's all in the atmosphere; there is practically NO effects or anything like it. Von Trier at his best.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 3:37 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Thor and others, is Primeval, worth the time? I just added a bunch of seasons it to my netflix instant view account -- but I've got a LOT of catching up to do -- should I go ahead and make the "commitment"?

I like it, although I didn't at first. Takes some time getting used to the somewhat "light" tone. The episodes with the "future creatures" are really scary, though. Loved those.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 4:43 PM   
 By:   Redokt64   (Member)

Thanks! Of those mentioned, I've only seen SARAH CONNOR, which I loved (and which was disappointingly cancelled, which happens with all the shows I like, while the ones I DON'T like go on forever).

I really wish they had not cancelled this one. It was a great show with a terrific cast. Not to mention, Bear McCreary provided the show with excellent scores.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 5:14 PM   
 By:   DeputyRiley   (Member)

Watch Threshold, Thor. WATCH IT. smile My favorite show of all time, only lasted 13 episodes, but it was glorious, glorious, glorious.



Otherwise, I recommend:

Supernatural
Invasion (only one season)

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 5:19 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Invasion (only one season)

I've been meaning to watch this, because it's from the creator of American Gothic.

 
 Posted:   Mar 24, 2011 - 5:35 PM   
 By:   TominAtl   (Member)

Strictly speaking in terms of paranormal series, a great but virtually unsung here on this board would be the US series SUPERNATURAL.

The first season is more episodic and some rough going at times, but it soon found its footing and by season 3 the show is on a awesome roll. There are several things great about this series: The writing/dialogue is top notch. Sharp, witty and at times HILARIOUS one liners, mostly uttered by the older brother Dean. Sam, the younger, soon develops a serious "addiction" which is a great story arc in and of itself. The effects are good and effective, but are not the star of the show. The spark is the reparte and humor between the brothers and a friend or 2. And they bring up just about every spook, demon, monster, etc ever known and add their own creative spin. Its gloriously spooky, gory(for tv) and fun.

This years shows had the toughest rough patches at the years start and the writing and story line goes nowhere, but the 2nd half has regained its footing and creativity and spark and is fun again.

 
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