Science-fiction as a genre has always fascinated us for a long time. From Frank Herbert’s Dune to Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, the genre has grown in leap and bounds over the decades. Having started two centuries ago with Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, the genre is now defined by popular sci-fi shows with stunning visuals.
As the genre keeps evolving with time, the visuals also keep improving for sci-fi shows. Here is a list of 10 popular sci-fi shows with the most stunning visuals.
1. The Mandalorian
Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian became an instant fan-favorite, thus reviving the Star Wars legacy after the lukewarm reception received by the recent trilogy. The Mandalorian won the Outstanding Special Visual Effects at this year’s Emmy Awards.
The German sci-fi show redefined time-traveling with its intricately crafted plot and absolutely stunning visuals.
Before Joss Whedon became famous for Avengers, he was known for Firefly which won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in 2003.
4. Black Mirror
The anthological sci-fi show is known for its disturbing dystopian plotlines. However, Black Mirror is also popular for being a visually stunning sci-fi show.
Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen decimated this year’s Emmy Awards with a staggering 25 nominations. Continuing the story from Alan Moore’s critically acclaimed graphic novel, Watchmen received widespread acclaim for its story, acting, and visuals.
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Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Westworld became one of the most popular sci-fi shows upon its release. From acting to visuals, Westworld received universal acclaim for having some of the most visually striking imagery on television.
7. The Umbrella Academy
Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy is one of those rare gems which has stayed true to its source material. Revolving around a dysfunctional family of superheroes, The Umbrella Academy deftly balances its unique comic-book strangeness and realistic themes.
8. Stranger Things
Created by the Duffer Brothers, Stranger Things became one of the most-watched shows on Netflix. Set in the ’80s, Stranger Things is a perfect homage to the ’80s nostalgia and Stephen King’s thriller. The show has received widespread acclaim since its release.
9. Raised By Wolves
Created by Aaron Kuzikowski, Raised By Wolves is directed by the visionary director Ridley Scott who brings his grandiose to the small screen effortlessly. Raised by Wolves has received praise for exploring the concepts of Artificial Intelligence and religion.
10. Altered Carbon
Netflix’s Altered Carbon is one of the most expensive sci-fi shows ever made. Starring Joel Kinnaman and Anthony Mackie, Altered Carbon is known for its pulpy, striking imagery inspired by cyberpunk classics.