36 best science fiction TV series, ranked worst to first

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14. Westworld

Westworld was a groundbreaking science fiction movie from 1973, directed by Michael Crichton. The story is about an amusement park that has androids playing out scenes of the Wild West for visitors — their prime directive to play out the same storylines but never hurt the paying customers.

However, they malfunction and start killing the patrons.

In 2016, a Westworld science fiction TV series hit HBO and the same storyline took place — in the start. However, the TV show had much higher aspirations and really dealt with the idea of what it meant to be alive.

On the TV show, high paying clients paid to visit Westworld and interact with the androids with no fear of danger — until the “hosts” as they are called decided they had enough and an uprising began.

A second season was not as beloved by many fans but went even deeper into the philosophical meanings of what it meant to be alive and the entire focus on free will. At the end of the day, there might not be a more thought-provoking sci-fi TV show on today.

Westworld has an amazing cast that included Anthony Hopkins in the first season and standout performers like Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, James Marsden and Ed Harris.

The third season will premiere in 2019, with 20 episodes spread out through the first two seasons to date.