The 12 Best Science Fiction Web Series That Will Keep You Hooked For Days!

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We have all had days when all we wish to do is curl up in a blanket and forget the world around us. Escapism, but in a small, necessary dose. Speaking of which, few things come close to giving you a well-deserved break as an impeccably made web series. With characters, plot lines, thrilling elements and much more to keep you hooked, fantasy and fiction has a way of taking all imagination to the next level. And if we are on the subject, one cannot forget mentioning science fiction, which creates fantastic worlds you feel like you are a part of. Incorporating comedy, mystery, drama, dystopia and more, we rounded up the best sci-fi web series to watch on OTT platforms. Not only can you view them from your bed, but you can also forget the state of things, meaning the world, your pile of laundry, the dishes and well, you also get it, right? Ready to take a deep dive? We certainly are. 

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    Best Sci-Fi Web Series

    From ones that have been raved about and been all over your feed in the past to new shows you haven’t given a try yet, here's a list of sci-fi web series to choose from. 

    Stranger Things

    Things change rapidly in Hawkins when 12-year-old Will Byers suddenly goes missing. As his three mates and his family, including his mother Joyce Byers (Winona Ryder) and police chief Jim Hopper (David Harbour), start looking for Will, they stumble upon mysteries that go beyond any explanation. To add to it all, an unnamed mysterious girl (Millie Bobby Brown) soon arrives in town, apparently escaping from the Hawkins National Laboratory and having supernatural powers. Set in the 1980s, the multiple award-winning science fiction web series incorporates alternate dimensions, kinetic powers and binge-watch worthy cliffhangers that will keep you hooked. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8.8/10

    Dark 

    Don’t even think of scrolling through your phone when watching this one. And that’s simply because to understand this complex sci-fi web series on Netflix, you will want all hands on deck. A German original, the series ran through three seasons, narrating a complicated fictional take on time travel. Set in a small town called Winden, Dark takes viewers through the lives and difficulties of its many characters and how the handful of families that reside there are more interconnected than one could think. Revolving around the Kahnwald, Nielsen, Doppler, and Tiedemann families, the series runs in three timelines in different years—2019, 1986 and 1953. A take on time travel like never before, you will want to know all the possible theories once you begin. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8.8/10

    Black Mirror  

    The makers of this sci-fi web series have taken it upon themselves to forecast the perils of technology and boy, it will leave you reeling for days. Each episode is unique, meaning you don’t have to watch in any specific order. All of them relay the underlying theme of tech, gadgets, apps and how a dependency on them leads to crises. The dystopian, fictional series by Charlie Brooker also gave way to a ‘choose your own adventure’ film titled Bandersnatch, whose plot also revolved around the same overarching theme, with multiple endings and stories involved based on what the viewer chose. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8.8/10

    Outlander 

    A sci-fi web series that is made on the theme of time travel? Sign us right up! The story follows Clare Randall who, after World War II, travels to Scotland with her husband, a historian. In a strange occurrence at the Craigh na Dun rocks, she finds herself transported to 1743. The customs and traditions of the past aren’t all that she has to soak in; her identity and the fact that she accidentally time-travelled is also to remain hidden. A nurse by profession, Clare starts to lead her life by helping others but in a turn of events, the only way to survive is to marry Jamie Fraser, a Scot she soon falls head over heels in love with. Spanning over many years as she is forced to choose and travel back to her world once again, Outlander, based on the novels by Diana Gabaldon, marries romance, drama and science fiction to present a spellbinding show. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8.4/10

    The Umbrella Academy 

    Based on the comic book series by Gerard Way, The Umbrella Academy is one of the best science fiction web series to watch. The show revolves around seven children, each born inexplicably on the same day and adopted by a billionaire. Surprisingly, all of them have superpowers of their own and when six of them come together under the same roof after several years, distinctive personalities and family drama make up for quite some clash. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8/10

    Altered Carbon

    What would happen if human bodies could be changed amongst one another, and it were possible to live forever? Set in the future where technology has made both of these possible, Altered Carbon is one of the best sci-fi web series on Netflix. With a gripping plot spread over two seasons, the action-packed series has mystery, drama, thrills and all that you could expect from an overall gamechanger. Trust us when we say that you will want to watch all of the 18 episodes in one go once you begin. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8/10

    Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency 

    Still looking to choose from the best science fiction web series? We got one that merges it with on-point comic timing, meaning you can expect a light-hearted watch at the end of a tiring day. Nothing really seems to be going well for Todd, but when he becomes embroidered in a murder that he has nothing to do with, things get much worse. Enter the fascinating Dirk Gently who solves crimes and in whose words ‘Everything is connected. Nothing is also not connected’. Take a deep dive into it for some more of that eccentricity. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 8.3/10

    Gotham 

    If you are a long-time Batman fan, this one is worth a watch. Though more action and crime and less science-fiction, Gotham does have its moments of the genre. For one, you will get the backstory on how Bruce Wayne became the way he did, exploring the billionaire’s life as a child. It also introduces detective James Gordon, who is solving the murder of Bruce’s parents, along with a slew of villains who are thriving in Gotham city. A thriller+ sci-fi web series that explores the superhero’s prior life, Gotham will keep you busy. 

    Stream on: Netflix
    Rating on IMDb: 7.8/10

    Watchmen 

    A must-watch, this sci-fi series on Hotstar is based on the eponymous 1986 version by DC Comics. Set in a dystopian world while drawing from instances that happened in history, the limited drama series begins with scenes from the Tulsa Massacre, before going on to move towards present day and age, and the rise of white supremacy. When the entire police force of the city is targeted by a racist group of supremacists called the Seventh Kavalry, the government reforms laws for police to hide their faces. Between the rising wave of polarisation, constant attacks and vigilantes, a detective tries to solve the murder of the police chief but there is more than what meets the eye. With a number of awards and accolades under its belt, the sci-fi meets drama series will keep you glued till the very end. 

    Stream on: Disney Hotstar
    Rating on IMDb: 8.1/10

    Westworld

    Spanning different timelines, this show tops most of the sci-fi web series list, thanks to its engaging and unique plot. Arnold Weber and Robert Ford work as partners, creating a distinct theme park that humans can visit. The ones who run it are the hosts or robots, who are created by the two partners and unknown to them, run on the whims of their creators. Soon, chaos erupts when the robots begin to sense things and gain ‘consciousness’. A dystopian show that will keep you hooked, Westworld is much like a puzzle that goes on. 

    Stream on: Disney Hotstar
    Rating on IMDb: 8.7/10

    The Mandalorian 

    Another addition to the Star Wars franchise, The Mandalorian is one of the best sci-fi web series to watch. Following the events of The Return of the Jedi, the show revolves around a bounty hunter and his adventures. With Pedro Pascal (of Narcos fame) in the lead, the Emmy award-winning series has a gripping plot, and not just for Star Wars fans alone! In case you need further hints, it’s where all those baby Yoda memes are from. 

    Stream on: Disney Hotstar
    Rating on IMDb: 8.7/10

    Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams 

    Based on stories written by Philip K. Dick, the anthology series comprised 10 episodes, each one different. Engaging and new, the science fiction web series on Amazon Prime explores new territories through its stories, ones that keep you hooked right till the end. Add to that a stellar cast and you will be binge-watching this one for certain!

    Stream on: Amazon Prime Video
    Rating on IMDb: 7.3/10

    More Web Series To Binge

    Read through our sci-fi web series list? We got some more genres picked out for you. Continue reading to see what else is up for a cool at-home viewing experience.

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    Now if you have picked your favourite sci-fi web series (and the rest) to watch, all that remains is getting under the covers and giving that binge-watch the green light.  

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