I'm sure you guys are already familiar with the most popular sci-fi stuff there: Doctor Who, all the Star Treks, Battle Star Galactica, LOST, etc. etc. (And you ARE already watching Sherlock, right? RIGHT?! [meaningful glare] Good.)
So here's a list of some of the newer and/or lesser-known shows we've tried that I think you might like:
A lady cop from the future accidentally time-travels back to present day with her super suit. ("WHERE IS MY SUPER SUIT?")(Sorry. Had to.) Here she teams up with a teenage computer genius and a local detective to track down baddies and - of course - try to find a way home. Plenty of action and good characters, and they just added the second season to Netflix Streaming!
- The IT Crowd
A BBC cult classic, though not for the easily offended. I just finished re-watching all 24 episodes this last week (it's only a half-hour show) and it has one of the most hilarious pilots ever, so at least watch that. Best of all, the show JUST released an official "final episode" last month, although that's not on Netflix. You can watch it here on Youtube, though!
Kind of like Eureka, minus the town geniuses and with a female Sheriff (though technically she's an FBI agent). We're only a few episodes in, and aren't hugely impressed yet, but it's not bad. (And, hey, it took me a while to warm up to Eureka, too.)
- The Dresden Files
Another older cult-classic starring a gritty modern day wizard who uses a hockey stick for a staff. Like many great shows it was cancelled way too soon, so we only have 12 episodes - but I'm told the books by Jim Butcher are amazing, so maybe pick up there?
If the X-men were regular schmoes, or if Heroes was less angsty. I remember almost hating the first episode of Alphas, but eventually I grew to love a lot of these characters - so definitely stick with it, if you give it a try. There are 2 seasons total, both on Netflix - and I was heartbroken when it wasn't picked up for a third!
- Once Upon A Time
I love the premise of this show - where every fairy tale crashes together in a small Maine town - but to be honest, we didn't last very long even through the first season. Still, give it a shot; I know lots of people who really adore the series, and the first two seasons are available on Netflix. (Maybe John and I will try this one again - right after we finish with the third season of Nikita - which you should also be watching. :))
A geeky SWAT team hunting dinosaurs. I've talked about this one before, and... well... give it a go, and see how long you last. Eventually we couldn't take the gaping plot holes and bumbling idiocy of the main characters any more - but hey, we lasted a good 3 or 4 seasons! (There are currently 5 on Netflix.)
(K, srsly, what the heck did the photoshoppers do to Sam? He looks like some kind of twig-waisted mutant! I'm not the only one seeing this, right?)
I devoted a whole post to this show last year, but I can now add that Supernatural evolves over its 9 seasons from absolutely terrifying to ridiculously campy - but it's ALLLLL good. (Although if you're losing the will to live through season 7, just skip that one and pick up again in season 8. It's BACK, y'all.) The show isn't even remotely scary anymore, which is kind of nice, but it has tons of heart and humor, great writing (minus season 7), and captivating characters. (I know Castiel is everyone's fav, but I love me some Crowley. Mark Shepard is an evil genius, I tell you.) Season 9 is just airing now, but the previous 8 are all available on Streaming.
Then there are a few New Shows I Haven't Watched But Know Other Geeks Like:
- Teen Wolf
- Lost Girl
Again, all on Netflix Streaming, so go browse and report back!
And finally, for something COMPLETELY different: if you're a crazy cat lady trapped in a mostly sane person's body - you know, like me and John - then check out My Cat From Hell.
There are only 9 episodes on Netflix, but it's basically The Cat Whisperer, and several of the stories are just so stinking sweet that John and I MAY have gotten a little weepy. The cat guy, Jackson, is this big tattooed musician with a great personality, which really helps when you want to throttle half of the cat owners on the show. ;)
So, what'd I miss, fellow geeks? Tell me in the comments!