The second season of Steve Carell’s Space Force premieres this week (February 8). The series is a workplace comedy, revolving around a newly created division of the government that helps maintain space initiatives.
While Space Force focuses on taking care of outer space, there are series that actually take us into outer space.
1. Lost in Space
With this genre being sci-fi and all, let’s time travel back to the 1960s. In 1965, Lost in Space kicked off, running through 1968. We saw a family, The Robinsons, who find themselves stranded on a planet that is unfamiliar to them. Luckily, they have a trustee robot companion, who can warn them of dangers.
In 2018, we saw a reboot of the beloved classic.
2. Star Trek
Star Trek is still going strong today with spin-off series and movies, but the original premiered in 1966. We see a space crew on a five-year mission, with the plan to seek out new life and new civilizations. The members of the U.S.S. Enterprise are set “to boldly go, where no man has gone before.”
3. Red Dwarf
In 1988, we saw the premiere of Red Dwarf, which tells the story of the last surviving human. He’s been in suspended animation for three million years and is traveling into deep space on a mining ship. He has the company of three friends, made-up of a hologram, a cat-being and an android.
4. Stargate SG-1
Fast-forwarding to the 1990s, Stargate SG-1 revolves around a military team who move from planet to planet via an alien device, called a Stargate. It’s not just about exploration but protecting Earth. Every time they step through a Stargate, they risk their lives, with no promise of being able to return.
Firefly (2002-2003) takes us 500 years into the future, where we see a renegade crew doing their best to survive. Their aircraft is small, but even so, they’re able to travel intergalactically. It seems everywhere they go, they run into trouble. It doesn't help their cause, as they’re being pursued by the authorities.
You may remember this fun Firefly/The Big Bang Theory crossover:
6. Battlestar Galactica
BBC America’s Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009) took us on quite the adventure. We not only see a battle between humans and aliens, known as Cylons, but a battle of wills. The last remaining survivors of the human civilization are living in space, with the battleship in search of the mythical 13th Colony. The hope is to set-up a new home.
8. Dark Matter
In 2015, Dark Matter premiered, running for three seasons. The series kicks off with six strangers waking up on a spaceship with no memory of how they got there. But, they retain their skill sets, like flying a spaceship. Someone has stolen their memories, which leads one of them to say, “We’re dangerous.”
9. Avenue 5
On a lighter note, 2020’s Avenue 5 revolves around a luxury space cruiser for tourists. But, the vacation is cut short when the ship is thrown off course, and it will take three years to return to Earth. So, actually, maybe the vacation is extended, assuming they have enough fuel and supplies.
10. Doctor Who
Doctor Who has stood the test of time. If you go back to the start (1963) and keep watching up to current day, you will have 50 years-plus of content. The story follows a Time Lord, known as the Doctor, who is part of the alien race Gallifreyans. You can look for plenty of adventures that take us out of this world.
Are you getting the itch to have a space-themed marathon?