Thursday Movie Picks: TMP Television Edition – Space/Aliens

Here’s my last post this year for ‘Thursday Movie Picks’, a long-running series started by Wandering through the Shelves. This week we’re being asked to list three to five TV shows related to space and/or aliens.

When I first read this week’s theme my initial reaction was to not take part, as I haven’t watched that many space-related TV shows recently: I watched the first three episodes of Space Force (2020) but gave up, and have yet to start Away (2020).

However, there are some older shows, as well as a brilliant new one, that I have enjoyed.

Firefly (2002-2003)

Ah, Firefly, the show that first brought Nathan Fillion to my attention. This short-lived show, about the crew of the ‘Serenity’, a ‘Firefly-class’ spaceship, was a fan favourite and led to the production of Serenity, a follow-up film that was released in 2005.

Farscape (1999-2003)

I used to watch the odd episode of this American-Australian production on BBC 2 after school. I can’t remember any of the plot details, but there was a wonderful array of fantastic aliens and quite an epic soundtrack.

The Mandalorian (2019)

I’m a little late to the party on this one, having only watched it this month, but I am hooked on this Space Western about a lone warrior. It’s fantastic being back in the Star Wars universe, and while a lot of elements from the show are familiar, the length of the 30-40 minute episodes is refreshing, the new planets are exciting and the music has a new vibe all of its own.

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  1. Your mention of other Netflix space series reminded me that I did watch Lost in Space, which I was not really a fan of.

    I haven’t seen any of your picks. Disney plus will only be made available to us sometime in Feb so I’ll get to The Mandalorian then.

    1. Oh, whereabouts are you? I really hope you enjoy The Mandalorian!

      I haven’t bothered watching the TV show of Lost in Space… I kinda like the film, but for comedy value only!

  2. I LOVED Firefly!! It was so short-lived but I made sure to see it each week of the brief period it was on. Nathan Fillion was the initial draw for me, he started out on a soap I used to watch “One Life to Live” and so when he started to get work otherwise I made sure to at least check it out and I’ve liked all the series he’s done since. Always cool to see someone starting out and then move on to bigger success-it’s happened for me through soap operas with Kathleen Turner, Ray Liotta, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Sullivan and John Stamos-it gives you a bit more investment in them.

    As far as the other two I’ve heard of Farscape but never watched and the other is new to me.

    I’m not much for sci-fi on a regular basis so I had to hunt a bit for ones that fit. I saw you talking about Lost in Space a bit above, the series is a bit rough around the edges and definitely lightweight but much better than that dog of a movie they made out of it!

    The Jetsons (1962-1963)-Meet George Jetson…his boy Elroy…daughter Judy….Jane, his wife….they’re the modern space age fam-i-ly. Fun animated series is a sort of futuristic spin on The Flintstones.

    Lost in Space (1965-1968)-The five members of the Robinson family-Professor John Robinson (Guy Williams), wife Maureen (June Lockhart), and their three children: Judy (Marta Kristen); Penny (Angela Cartwright); and Will (Billy Mumy) set off on a mission to an Earth-like planet in another galaxy accompanied by U.S. Space Corps Major Donald West (Mark Goddard) as co-pilot. Once cryogenically frozen the controls of the ship are sabotaged by foreign agent Dr. Zachary Smith (Jonathan Harris) who becomes trapped on the ship and the next thing you know they are all “Lost in Space”!

    Life on Mars (2008)-New York City police detective Sam Tyler (Jason O’Mara) is struck by a car in 2008 and regains consciousness in 1973. As he struggles to adapt to his new circumstances without tipping his hand he butts heads with Gene Hunt (Harvey Keitel) his chief of detectives and a determined policewoman Annie Norris (Gretchen Mol) who is fighting the inherent sexism of the era. As time passes Sam begins to suspect that not only may he be in another time but another dimension as well.

    1. Excellent choice with Life on Mars, Joel! I watched the UK series when it aired, and Ashes to Ashes, which followed it. They were brilliant shows. I’ll rewatch them if I have the chance.

      The Jetsons sounds quite fun.

  3. Hi Claire! I missed this week’s TMP, but I’d definitely put The Mandalorian on my list as well. I LOVE Battlestar Galactica of the mid 2000s and The Expanse, so those three would be my picks of great sci-fi series.

  4. I had quite a few to choose but a bummer is that I never saw Firefly and hope to one day. I have not seen the other 2 but I know the Mandelorian is very popular.

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