The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows on Peacock Right Now: Twisted Metal, Farscape, Resident Alien & More

The 20 Best Sci-Fi TV Shows on Peacock Right Now: Twisted Metal, Farscape, Resident Alien & More
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Aliens, superheroes, dystopias, and more! If you're looking for good sci-fi — and it’s never a bad time to cozy up on the couch and watch some solid sci-fi television — Peacock has you covered.

Peacock has an impressive sci-fi TV roster, but if you don't want to do all the browsing yourself, here are some shows we highly recommend to help you scratch that sci-fi itch, whether you’re looking for something funny or lighthearted, or you're just in the mood for some serious space drama.

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The Best Sci-Fi Shows Streaming Now on Peacock


1. Twisted Metal

Who’s ready for a road trip? Twisted Metal is riding high on a wave of love from critics and fans who’ve been vibing with Peacock’s recent original series, with MCU veteran Anthony Mackie in the driver’s seat for a hellish do-or-die delivery mission across post-apocalyptic America. The warped, wacky, and wickedly funny sci-fi series brings the classic cars, characters, and carnage of the old-school Twisted Metal PlayStation video game franchise into bold and bloody live action, with fun starring turns from Mackie alongside costars Stephanie Beatriz (Encanto, Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Thomas Haden Church (Spider-Man: No Way Home, Sideways), and the tag-team duo of Will Arnett (BoJack Horseman, the LEGO movie franchise) and wrestler Samoa Joe as demented killer clown Sweet Tooth.

Stream all 10 episodes of Twisted Metal on Peacock here.

2. Mrs. Davis

Betty Gilpin (GLOW, The Hunt) plays a devout nun searching for the Holy Grail in Mrs. Davis, Peacock’s inventively wild original sci-fi series from the creative minds of Damon Lindelof (HBO's Watchmen, Lost) and Tara Hernandez (The Big Bang Theory). Part comedy, part drama, and part thriller (with a big dash of magical realism thrown in), it’s a totally unpredictable goose chase of a show as Sister Simone (Gilpin’s determined nun) takes aim at ending the societal stranglehold that the series’ titular AI seems to have on just about everyone on Earth besides Simone and her eclectic little band of AI-averse allies.

Stream Season 1 of Mrs. Davis on Peacock here.

3. The Ark

The Ark got off to a hot start with one of SYFY’s biggest new series launches ever. Left on their own with no real-time contact with Earth, the surviving crew of the Ark One colony ship deals with threats both natural and human-made as Lt. Sharon Garnet (the Twilight saga’s Christie Burke) steps up as the ship’s emergency commander. Conceived by Stargate and Independence Day creative alum Dean Devlin alongside Jonathan Glassner (Stargate SG-1), it’s a tense setup for an ensemble-cast space survival series where no one’s coming to the rescue.

Watch the entire first season of The Ark on Peacock here.

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4. Quantum Leap

There’s a new leaper at NBC, with Dr. Ben Song (Raymond Lee) following three decades later in the footsteps of Scott Bakula’s iconic Sam Beckett from the 1990s original Quantum Leap series. The freshly-revived sci-fi show comes from O.G. Quantum Leap mastermind Donald P. Bellisario, with Bellisario, Steven Lilien & Bryan Wynbrandt executive producing. Of course that means Ben is tackling tons of topical issues as he careens from one historical era (and body) to the next, a winning formula that assured the series — which also features Caitlin Bassett, Mason Alexander Park, Nanrisa Lee, and Ernie Hudson — a Season 2 green light.

Watch the entire first season of Quantum Leap on Peacock here. All five seasons of the original show can be found here.

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5. Poker Face

Natasha Lyonne stars in Peacock’s Poker Face as Charlie Cale, a regular gal with an almost-supernatural gift for being able to suss out the lies that people tell. It’s a useful skill as she ducks and dodges her way across the country, solving Columbo-style murder whodunnits while staying on the run from the vile Vegas sharks who want her dead. Bearing loads of the same witty story intrigue that’s made creator Rian Johnson’s Knives Out movies such a smash, Poker Face warranted an early Season 2 pick up.

Watch the entire first season of Poker Face on Peacock here.

6. The War of the Worlds

Set in Edwardian England, this three-part event series adaptation brought an appropriately deft British flair to H.G. Wells’ timeless science fiction story. Throwing a socially frowned-upon unmarried couple (played by The Nevers’ Eleanor Tomlinson and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom actor Rafe Spall) in the midst of turn-of-the-20th Century chaos, the effects-lavish tale pits them and their scientist employer (Stargate Universe alum Robert Carlyle) against threats both alien and inhuman.

Don’t panic! All three The War of the Worlds event series episodes are streaming on Peacock here.

7. Grimm

Grimm enjoyed a meaty six-season run at NBC, where the Grimm’s Fairy Tales of yesteryear got a modern-day refresh embodied by detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli), the heir to a long lineage of “Grimm” hunters tasked with keeping dark supernatural menaces — collectively known by their “Wessen” German name — at bay. Set in the appropriately moody U.S. northwestern environs where Nick stretches the job-description boundaries of his Portland police gig, Nick and sidekick detective Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby) join lupine Wessen pal Monroe for an addictively binge-able serial fantasy that mixed a little bit of humor with a whole lot of horror-tinged thrills.

Watch all six seasons of Grimm on Peacock here.

8. Resident Alien

Resident Alien 208 PRE-AIR
Resident Alien 208 PRE-AIR

Photo: James Dittiger/SYFY

Resident Alien is SYFY's hit series about an alien who crash lands on Earth and takes over the body of Dr. Harry Vanderspeigle (Alan Tudyk). Harry is most certainly a hilarious fish-out-of-water while posing as the local town doctor, but he is also still mostly bent on his original extraterrestrial mission — to destroy Earth. The series, which just wrapped shooting the upcoming third season, is full of laughs — it stars Alan Tudyk, after all — and will fill your heart with joy.

Watch the first two seasons of Resident Alien on Peacock here.

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9. Highlander: The Series

Inspired by the 1986 motion picture Highlander starring Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert (the latter of whom appeared in the series’ pilot episode to establish continuity), Highlander: The Series expanded on the film’s epic fantasy and science fiction mythology to pit the “Immortal” warriors of an ancient Scottish clan against the forces of evil — many of which resided among their fellow clansmen. Few sci-fi shows built out a lore-verse as rich and well-received by both critics and fans as Highlander: The Series, which probably explains how the show — starring Adrian Paul in the main role as titular Highlander Duncan Macleod — enjoyed a lengthy six-season run.

Stream all six seasons of Highlander: The Series on Peacock here.

10. Farscape

Farscape
Farscape

Credit: SYFY

Farscape still has a dedicated fanbase even though it's been more than two decades since the show's premiere. The series follows human astronaut John Chrichton (Ben Browder) as he finds himself stranded on an alien world after accidentally getting sucked through a wormhole. In his effort to make it back to Earth, he joins a ragtag group of aliens on the run who soon become his newfound family. It's a show well worth a watch (or rewatch) if you're looking for some awesome space adventure.

You can watch Farscape on Peacock here

11. Heroes

Heroes 121 YT
Heroes 121 YT

Photo: Peter Controls His Power Reproduction | Heroes YouTube

"Save the cheerleader, save the world," reads the tagline for the first season of Heroes, a show about ordinary people who started gaining extraordinary powers. The ensemble series centers around a group of these newly superpowered folks and how they react to discovering their abilities. Unsurprisingly, some become villainous rather quickly, and it’s up to the others to stop them, whether they want to or not.

You can watch Heroes on Peacock here.

12. Code 404

Code 404
Code 404

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CODE 404 follows Detective Inspectors Major and Carver (played by Daniel Mays and Stephen Graham, respectively). The two are like many cop duos on television, except that Major was brought back from the dead via some Artificial Intelligence technology after he was gunned down on the job. Major's new A.I. persona is a bit buggy, to put it mildly, and the resurrected Detective Inspector also faces tension with Carver, who has gotten close to his partner's wife after Major's passing. Hijinks and case-solving ensue!

You can watch CODE 404 on Peacock here

13. Brave New World

Kylie Bunbury as Frannie in BRAVE NEW WORLD
Kylie Bunbury as Frannie in BRAVE NEW WORLD

Kylie Bunbury as Frannie in BRAVE NEW WORLD Photo: Steve Schofield/Peacock/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

This series is an adaptation of the eponymous 1932 classic sci-fi book by Aldous Huxley. The 2020 show — a Peacock launch title — modernizes the story somewhat (there’s now an A.I. presence, for example), but the crux is the same — people in this future are living in a so-called utopia where everything (and we mean everything) is meticulously controlled by the government.

You can watch Brave New World on Peacock here.

14. The Triangle

The logo for the sci-fi mini-series The Triangle featuring the outline of people within a glowing green triangle.
The logo for the sci-fi mini-series The Triangle featuring the outline of people within a glowing green triangle.

Photo: SYFY/Lionsgate via Amazon

Back in the Sci-Fi channel days at SYFY, this star-studded event series took a twisting, time-splitting journey through one especially intriguing theory to explain the sinister mysteries lying at the heart of the Bermuda Triangle. Jurassic Park royalty Sam Neill starred alongside Eric Stoltz, Bruce Davison, and Lou Diamond Phillips, with the show boasting a creative pedigree that counted sci-fi masterminds Dean Devlin (Stargate, The Ark, Independence Day) and Rockne S. O’Bannon (Farscape, Alien Nation) among its writers.

Dive into The Triangle if you dare: All three installments in one of 2005’s most original miniseries are streaming on Peacock here.

15. The Greatest American Hero

WILLIAM KATT in THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO
WILLIAM KATT in THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO

WILLIAM KATT as THE GREATEST AMERICAN HERO Photo: ABC Photo Archives/Disney General Entertainment Content via Getty Images

The Greatest American Hero is another sci-fi comedy, though this one is from the early 1980s compared to Eureka’s 2006 premiere date. The story centers around Ralph Hinkley (William Katt), a lowly substitute teacher who meets some aliens who bequeath him a suit that gives him superpowers. The suit is jacked with superpowers — Hinkley, however, doesn’t really know how to use any of them, and comedy ensues.

Watch three seasons of The Greatest American Hero on Peacock here

16. Sliders

(L-R)  Kari Wuhrer, Jerry O'Connell, Melinda Clarke, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd in SLIDERS
(L-R) Kari Wuhrer, Jerry O'Connell, Melinda Clarke, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd in SLIDERS

SLIDERS, Kari Wuhrer, Jerry O'Connell, Melinda Clarke, Cleavant Derricks, Sabrina Lloyd, 'This Slide of Paradise', (Season 3, aired May 16, 1997). Photo: Universal Television / Courtesy: Everett Collection

Sliders is a 1990s television series that was way into multiverses before the MCU even existed. In it, a group finds themselves traveling through different universes after their “sliding” technology breaks down and they lose the coordinates to their home universe. It’s a fun show and it will make you remember the '90s fondly, if you happened to have been alive in that multiverse.

Watch all five seasons of Sliders on Peacock here

17. SeaQuest DSV

seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV

The Season 2 cast of seaQuest DSV. (Credit: NBC/Universal)

SeaQuest DSV is another ‘90s show, but this one brings sci-fi to the ocean. In this series set in the “future” (2018, in the timeline of the show), we follow the voyage of the submarine called seaQuest DSV 4600, a vessel that protects Earth’s underwater colonies after humanity has basically used up all the resources on the surface. Intergovernmental strife still exists at the bottom of the ocean, however, and seaQuest’s crew finds themselves in the thick of it from the first episode.

Watch SeaQuest DSV’s two seasons on Peacock here

18. Emerald City

(l-r) Adria Arjona and Oliver Jackson in Emerald City
(l-r) Adria Arjona and Oliver Jackson in Emerald City

(l-r) Adria Arjona as Dorothy, Oliver Jackson as Lucas in Emerald City Season 1 Episode 1 Photo: David Lukacs/NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images

Framed by lavish visuals sprung from the fantastical mind of director Tarsem Singh (The Cell), NBC’s Emerald City ran for just a single season before the TV winds of change swept in for an early 2017 cancellation. It’s still a fun series ride through a darker, moodier take on author L. Frank Baum’s iconic Oz-bound wonderland. Anchored by Adria Arjona in the role of Dorothy, Emerald City ventured far from Kansas with a standout cast that also featured Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Haunting of Hill House), Ana Ularu (Outbound), and the always-amazing Vincent D’Onofrio behind the curtain as the Wiz himself.

Watch Emerald City on Peacock here.

19. RoboCop: The Series

Running for just a single season, the 1994 small-screen spinoff series inspired by Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 original film starred Richard Eden as the titular cyber-crime fighter in a tamer, more kid-friendly TV version of RoboCop’s dystopian city-scape.

Watch RoboCop: The Series on Peacock here.

20. Space: 1999

Martin Landau Space 1999 GETTY
Martin Landau Space 1999 GETTY

Actor Martin Landau in TV show 'Space:1999', Series 2, USA, 1977. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)

Sadly, we didn't actually have a lunar base at the turn of the century, let alone one that went flying into space by accident. But that’s beside the point! Co-created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson — the masterminds behind the puppet-based Thunderbirds — Space: 1999 stars Martin Landau as Commander John Koenig, the intrepid leader of a lunar outpost hurtling through the cosmos.

Catch the short-lived series Space: 1999 in its entirety on Peacock here.