"Fringe" will be no more after the upcoming final 13-episode Season 5. As the last fully fledged sci-fi show on network TV, what is a sci-fi fan to do? Well, cable is always an option, but there is not much left there either. There are some great alternatives, however, that may be the perfect outlet for sci-fi diehards.
Any sci-fi or fantasy show on BBC America/BBC
BBC America shows rock! The best things about sci-fi and fantasy shows coming out of the U.K. are that they are not afraid to take chances and experiment with really strange ideas. Most of the actors on these shows are actually classically trained in acting, ensuring that the shows will not disappoint in that area.
One of the best sci-fi shows of all time, "Doctor Who," is still going strong. Not only is the acting fantastic, but the show is truly out-there -- in a good way. Don't stop with pure sci-fi though. The U.K. has a knack for exceptional fantasy, as well. "Being Human" is constantly reinventing itself and is a truly fun watch. Another fantastic fantasy show out of the U.K. is "Merlin." Thankfully, it can now be found on the Syfy channel.
Fantasy is not dead, and there are still a few terrific fantasy shows on network TV. "Supernatural" has never disappointed and continues to live on far beyond what was ever expected. "Grimm" and "Once Upon a Time" are each beginning their second seasons and have interesting takes on traditional fairy tales.
Lower budget, but good-enough sci-fi
Sci-fi shows on various cable channels usually have smaller budgets than their network counterparts, but they are still creative and fun to watch. "Falling Skies" is a bit like "War of the Worlds," except that the alien invaders are much more difficult to kill off. "Alphas" is a somewhat standard take on a group of people with supernatural abilities, kind of like "The 4400."
"Warehouse 13" is probably the most unusual of the remaining sci-fi shows. It is a combination of sci-fi and fantasy with a humorous twist. The quirky characters and interesting mythology may have you coming back for more.
Touches of sci-fi
"Touch" and "Person of Interest" are well-made dramas with touches of science fiction. Great acting, network budgets, a nice dose of action, and plot lines that nudge the stories beyond the believable make these shows perfect alternatives for sci-fi fans.
"Revolution" is a brand new post-apocalyptic sci-fi show on NBC. The show has more of a fantasy feel, but time will tell whether it will begin to take more of a sci-fi slant, or a combination of both sci-fi and fantasy. Either way, it looks like the type of show that could be a hit with sci-fi fans.
All is not lost, sci-fi fans! Sci fi will live on beyond "Fringe"!
Watch the Season 5 premiere episode "Transilience Thought Unifier Model-11" of "Fringe" on Friday, 9/28, at 9PM EST on FOX.
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