Set in a snowy land called Canada, Scott Pilgrim is a comic adaptation that makes perfect use of director Edgar Wright’s kinetic style. It’s packed with video game references but stands as a great movie on its own.
Penny Dreadful is more supernatural than science fiction, but it’s adapted from classic Gothic horror stories including Frankenstein, widely considered the first sci-fi novel ever.
A priest and a forensic psychologist team up to tackle spooky cases that could have either a scientific or supernatural explanation. Spoiler: They’re pretty much always supernatural.
J.J. Abrams’ action-heavy take on Star Trek irked some diehard fans, but it arguably helped usher in a Renaissance for the series that’s still going on. Even if you don’t know your Vulcans from your Klingons, it’s still a fun watch.
Set 100 years before the original series, Enterprise tells the story of humanity in space before the Federation. After its cancellation in 2005, Star Trek took a 12-year hiatus from TV.
Voyager saw Star Trek travel to a distant part of the galaxy, where it was mostly independent of the storylines explored in previous shows. That makes it work for long-time fans and newcomers alike.
There’s plenty of Star Trek that doesn’t hold up, from its styrofoam sets to casual sexism, but if you can overlook that (or you don’t mind skipping some episodes), there’s just as much to like about the series that started it all.