There is nothing quite like a story with heroes flying across the sky, vanquishing some evil that threatens the world. Whether it’s superheroes in colorful suits foiling criminal geniuses, or mythical warriors bravely slaying endless hordes of magical foes, shows built around science fiction and fantasy have always occupied a special place in the hearts of viewers. Something which is backed up by the ridiculous commercial success enjoyed by both the genres.
However something we do often miss is how big these genres actually are in terms of the amount of content made. Everyone knows about Game of Thrones or Westworld, but there are countless other shows that have produced excellent stories and characters but sadly never quite got the recognition or viewing numbers they deserved.
The factors that held these shows back can be various; from being shifted to unfavourable channels or slots to networks simply not wanting to invest in them any further. But it still does not take away the fact while they lasted, they created – no pun intended – magic on our screens. With all that being said, let’s take a closer look at these deserving shows who unfortunately never got their due. These, are the 10 most underrated sci-fi/fantasy TV shows.
10. SeaQuest DSV
Dystopian fiction when done right, is something to behold. This show from the mid 90s painted a picture of the future that almost 15 years on, feels more and more likely with each passing day. Though, thankfully their version of 2018 didn’t quite turn out to be true.
The story is set at a time when humans have used up most of the earth’s resources, shock horror, and now must expand their operations on the ocean floor in order to extract what still remains. This has led to formation underwater colonies which in turn become embroiled in their own conflicts, as well as those with the surface world.
In order to quell these disputes, the various nations decide to form their own version of the United Nations, called the United Earth Oceans Organization. The major action taken by said organization was to commission the seaQuest DSV, a Jules Verne type underwater vehicle whose job is to protect the colonies and help better understand the deep sea world.
From there on, the seaQuest DSV and its crew tackle various issues, all the while the environmental theme continues to loom over the plot. It takes front and center of the story during the season one finale when the captain of the ship, Nathan Bridger has to sacrifice the DSV in order to stop a massive environmental disaster from happening.