The most anticipated sci-fi shows on TV for Fall 2018

The Fall 2018 TV season is right around the corner, and there are plenty of sci-fi shows to get excited for. We’re breaking down the best returning sci-fi TV series and their premiere dates, along with some highly anticipated new sci-fi shows we think you’ll love.

Returning sci-fi shows on TV

Here is a list of some of the best sci-fi TV shows returning in Fall 2018.

American Horror Story: Apocalypse (FX): Season 8 premiering Sept. 12

The Gifted (FX): Season 2 premiering Sept. 25

Van Helsing (Syfy): Season 3 premiering Oct. 5

Z Nation (Syfy): Season 5 premiering Oct. 5

Doctor Who (BBC America): Season 11 premiering Oct. 6

The Walking Dead (AMC): Season 9 returning Oct. 7

Black Lightning (The CW): Season 2 premiering Oct. 9

The Flash (The CW): Season 5 premiering Oct. 9

Supernatural (The CW): Season 14 premiering Oct. 11

Supergirl (The CW): Season 4 premiering Oct. 14

Arrow (The CW): Season 7 premiering Oct. 15

Lore (Amazon Prime): Season 2 premiering Oct. 19

Legends of Tomorrow (The CW): Season 4 premiering Oct. 22

Midnight, TX (NBC): Season 2 premiering Oct. 26

Outlander (Starz): Season 4 returning Nov. 4


New fall 2018 sci-fi shows coming to TV

Here are the brand new sci-fi shows coming to TV in Fall 2018 that we are most excited about.

Manifest (NBC): Premiering Sept. 24

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Calling all Lost fans! We had the pleasure of checking out the pilot for Manifest a little early, and we’re telling you now, you need to add it to your watch-list. The new science fiction series centers around a group of airplane passengers that land after what they think is a flight that lasted a few hours. Come to find out, they’ve been considered missing for five years. Now they attempt to reintegrate into the world and figure out what happened.

Read our spoiler-free review of Manifest

Charmed (The CW): Premiering Oct. 14

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Based off of the original show by the same name, the Charmed reboot centers around three sisters who discover they are witches. We watched the pilot episode early, and we think fans of CW’s similar sci-fi shows will really like this one!

Read our spoiler-free review of Charmed

Legacies (The CW): Premiering Oct. 25

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For fans of The Vampire Diaries universe, this will be a must-watch. It is a spin-off series starring The Originals’ Hope Mikaelson (Danielle Rose Russell) and The Vampire Diaries’ Alaric Saltzman (Matthew Davis).

Watch our SDCC 2018 interview with Executive Producer Julie Plec as she discusses season 1 of Legacies.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (Netflix): Premiering Oct. 26

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Another must-watch for CW fans, the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is based off the comic books of the same name. It was originally intended to be a companion series to The CW’s Riverdale, but it will now be a Netflix series with a guaranteed two seasons. Sabrina Spellman is portrayed by Kiernan Shipka and also stars Michelle Gomez and Ross Lynch.

Nightflyers (Syfy): Premiere date TBD

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This is the highly anticipated new sci-fi show from George R. R. Marting (Game of Thrones). According to Syfy, here is the synopsis for Nightflyers: “Set in the year 2093, Nightflyers is a psychological thriller that follows a team of scientists aboard the Nightflyer, the most advanced ship ever built, as they embark on a journey to find other life forms.”


Streaming sci-fi shows we recommend

Here are some honorable mentions that aren’t technically airing new episodes in Fall 2018, but are sci-fi shows on streaming services that we think are binge-worthy.

Electric Dreams (Amazon Prime)

Often compared to Netflix’s Black Mirror, Electric Dreams is a science fiction anthology series with an all-star cast. Brian Cranston, Janelle Monáe, Steve Buscemi, Terrence Howard, and more bring to life the work of American author Philip K. Dick.

Dark (Netflix)

Dark season 1 was an instant hit and very highly rated. It’s in German, but don’t let that deter you. Throw the subtitles on and enjoy this twisted, time-travel heavy, Netflix thriller.

Altered Carbon (Netflix)

Season 2 won’t be dropping onto Netflix until 2019, but if you haven’t had the chance to watch season 1 yet, now is your chance. We recommend Altered Carbon for lovers of The Expanse (SyFy), Firefly, Lost in Space, Westworld, and science fiction in general.

Lost in Space (Netflix)

Speaking of Lost in Space, if you haven’t watched season 1 yet, we highly recommend it. Season 2 of the sci-fi show will premiere late 2019. The series stars Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Parker Posey, and Ignacio Serricchio. It’s based off the original 1960’s series where a family from earth sets off to explore a distant planet.

Other sci-fi shows not airing in Fall 2018 but that we recommend watching if you’re a science fiction lover: Game of Thrones (HBO), Westworld (HBO), Killjoys (Syfy), Sense8 (Netflix), the X-Files reboot (FOX), and Star Trek: Discovery (CBS All Access).

What sci-shows on TV are you most excited to see this fall?

(Featured Image: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC/Warner Brothers)


Lindi Smith

Lindi is the co-founder of Pure Fandom and a lover of all things Stephen Hawking, Doctor Who, Mexican food, and true crime. When she's not taking every online quiz in existence to confirm that she is in fact a [proud] Slytherin, she can be found moderating and hosting panels at comics cons, geeking out on podcasts, and falling down the rabbit hole of an unsolved crime.

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