Netflix Instant Streaming is awesome, you should be using it. Chances are you have some device in your house capable of playing back their content hooked up to a large screen. Ever since they unveiled their ‘Streaming Only’ plan I’ve ditched the discs altogether. My wife and I love getting hooked on a good sci-fi TV series, heres a list of some essentials that are available on Instant Streaming…
This is a no-brain-er around these parts. Lost was practically designed to be experienced commercial free in rapid-fire succession. I guess if you’ve never seen or heard of Lost then classifying it as ‘Sci-Fi’ might be a minor spoiler. Sorry about that!
Battlestar Galactica (2003)
When the end comes, there will only be Edward James Olmos and your screams. Up until a few weeks ago I wouldn’t have recommended this because Netflix didn’t have the first two episodes available to Watch Instantly. Well they have corrected this nonsense and you can now experience BSG in its glorious entirety. Stop being a dick and watch Battlestar, seriously. So say we all… dick.
Dr. Who (2005)
Dr. Who is one of those shows you either lover or hate, I don’t think there is much in the way of middle-ground. The first season is alright, but Season 2 is where things take off when David Tennant (Barty Crouch Jr.) takes over as the Doctor.
One of the finest shows ever made that got cancelled before it could find an audience. Joss Whedon did an amazing job blending Space and Westerns, even better than another certain someone who is often credited with making a Space Western. It’s a bit of an acquired taste and like most of Whedon’s stuff it relies heavily on campy humor, but if you open your heart… you might just find the best group of friends in the galaxy.
The X-Files (1993)
One of my favorite shows of all time. I can’t really recommend watching this past Season 5 or 6… it’s one of those things where asking the questions is a lot more fun than finding out the answers. Still, there are some amazing stories told in those early years and Mulder and Scully’s chemistry is addictive.
I’ve recently come to love this show, and Netflix is to thank for this. This is definitely light sci-fi comedy and you have to go into it with the right attitude. It’s small-town campiness wrapped around the standard ‘problem of the week’ formula. Still, it’s got some really well written characters that you’ll find yourself genuinely caring about. That’s usually the sign of a great show for me.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997)
This show not only features a smoking hot SMG in her early 20’s, it also serves as a beautiful time capsule for the 1990’s. The music, the clothes… it’s a rare occasion where I feel nostalgic for that time, but Buffy takes me back. This was before Vampires looked like they listen to My Chemical Romance and Werewolves were fodder for Suburban Moms to rub one out over. “In Joss We Trust.”
Quantum Leap (1989)
It kind of blows my mind that this was a prime-time show in it’s day. It’s a pretty wild premise for a TV show, guy travels through time taking the place of people to make sure they fulfill their historical destinies. Actually if you go back to Lost… it sounds kind of similar [lol, spoiler?] This show also had some crazy cameos over the years too: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_Leap_(TV_series)#Guest_stars
Honorable Mentions: Farscape, Angel, Sliders, Stargate (There are like 20 of them on there)