Another Set Of Shows
Another Life is a dramatic space-faring adventure with a big cast, big explosions and big stakes.
If you’ve finished watching this and are looking for alternate shows, fret not! We’ve combed through the archives and saved you the hassle of having to try and find something similar with our top 10 picks for alternate viewing.
To keep things simple for skim-readers we’ve added what similarities these have.
Of course for all the shows we’ve reviewed, we’ve also added a handy link so you can check out our full thoughts on that series and see if it’s something you want to invest your time with.
So without further ado, we present 10 TV shows that should whet the appetite when you’ve finished streaming Another Life.
Similarities – Space & Episodic Adventures
Stargate SG-1 is sci-fi at its absolute best. With an episodic approach, some classic, charismatic characters and lots of exciting action, this one’s a must-watch.
For those unaware, SG-1 takes place a year after the events of the feature film, Stargate. Someone reactivates the mysterious portal called Stargate, which happens to open various portals that lead to different alien worlds across the universe.
At the center of this lies General Hammond, who brings Colonel Jack O’Neill out of retirement to lead an expedition into the unknown.
What begins as a one-off mission soon turns to a “well, one more time won’t hurt,” as the team embark on episodic adventures. There is a long-running story here too, with the character arcs growing and evolving over time.
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Similarities – Thought-provoking questions & Debates
Star Trek: The Next Generation is quite simply one of the best sci-fi shows ever created. The forward thinking ideologies and concepts show that you don’t need explosions and action to drive a narrative forward.
The fascinating debates and thought provoking questions raised in The Next Generation were way ahead of its time and ultimately what makes this show stand the test of time
Yes there’s still some dud episodes along the way, and many people fondly remember the epic Borg arc, but the show as a whole stands the test of time as one of the quintessential slices of science fiction.
If you haven’t already, you should definitely give this one a watch.
Similarities – Sci-Fi & Mystery
Syfy’s 3 season mystery hit was abruptly cancelled back in 2017 – because of course it was! It’s a real shame too because this sci-fi series does a wonderful job with its mystery and characters.
There’s a constant sense of dread clinging to this one and plenty of twists and turns along the way. It’s best to go into this one blind but do be aware, the show does end without a clear resolution at the end of season 3. Despite that though, the ride there is undeniably entertaining.
For that alone, this is a show that’s worth checking out if you’re looking for a similar mystery box.
Similarities – Epic sci-fi & Politics
When it comes to world-building, The Expanse is unrivaled. The show offers up a glimpse of a possible future where mankind has extended its reach beyond Earth to inhabit Mars and the surrounding asteroid belt.
With the story jumping between Earth, Mars and the Belt, some clever editing and a good attention to detail keeps the tension ticking away between the different characters. When that tension spills over into action, it brings with it one heck of a seismic shift.
To give much more away would be a disservice to this show but suffice to say The Expanse is one of the best sci-fi series out there and a must-watch.
Similarities – Melodrama
Aptly titled Mars, the premise here is certainly intriguing. Documentary and drama styles blend together to depict a fictional Mars colony being set up in the year 2033.
The tricky weaving of both formats actually works reasonably well for the first episode but as the show goes on, Mars devolves into a constant struggle for power.
Having said that though, if you’re a fan of Another Life’s melodramatic tendencies, this show should be right up your alley.
Similarities – Melodrama
The basic premise is pretty simple and revolves around five astronauts from different backgrounds coming together to embark on man’s greatest mission. Commander Emma Green teams up with a Russian named Misha, Chinese national Lu, newbie Kwesi and the second-in-command Indian, Ram.
Together these five set off for the Moon before restocking, refueling and progressing on to Mars. Only, a big incident on the Moon-bound ship causes a rift to grow between the crew and jeopardizes the entire mission. To make matters worse, Emma learns her husband has had a stroke back home and wants to abandon the whole project.
Melodramatic, tense and with lots of squabbling aboard the ship; fans of Another Life should be right in their element with this one.
Similarities – Mystery & Trip Gone Wrong
2018’s sci-fi series Nightflyers revolves around a crew of scientists embarking on a mission to investigate a mysterious alien signal. However, this soon turns into a claustrophobic nightmare as those onboard start to turn on one another.
Heavily influenced by The Thing, this series does require you to suspend your belief a fair amount. However, it should do the trick for those looking for a tantalizing mystery.
The characters however, may leave you scratching your head a little at their illogical actions! For the mystery alone though, this show is worth watching.
Lost In Space
Similarities – Sci-Fi & Characters
Lost In Space is a series designed to be watched with the whole family. Those with fond memories of the series of old should be prepared for a bit of a culture shock as this moody reboot is familiar in name and story only.
The series begins with the Robinson family fighting against the odds to survive and escape, crash-landing on an alien planet and surrounded by dangers. The first season is a little paint-by-numbers in the way it presents its story, but the second season most certainly makes up for it. With a third season on the way too, this one’s certainly worth checking out.
For All Mankind
Similarities – Space & Drama
One of AppleTV’s flagship series last year, For All Mankind is a show about a venture into space. The series builds off its character drama and impressive production design to deliver something that’s both wholly accessible and suitably melodramatic.
The story takes place in an alternative version of 1969, with the Soviet Union beating the United States to the Moon. The space race continues on for decades, with much grander challenges and goals.
Well written and lavishly produced, For All Mankind is arguably one of Apple’s best shows on the platform.
Similarities – Space & Paranoia
Origin’s story begins with a spaceship full of passengers, who slowly awaken to find the rest of the ship abandoned. Chunks of it have been destroyed too, destroyed, including the satellite and radio.
This unnerving set-up is all that’s needed to bring with it a gloomy atmosphere and a big mystery. With some decent tension early on, Origin does squander its potential somewhat around the middle portion of episodes. However, there’s an undeniable “one more episode” pull with this one, making it an enjoyable sci-fi romp regardless of its plot issues.
So there we have it, our 10 TV show alternatives to watch when you’re finished watching Another Life on Netflix.
What do you think of our picks? Do you agree? Are there any notable omissions? Let us know in the comments below!