It’s not uncommon for critics to dismiss TV’s genre
offerings without giving them a chance. After all, it’s hard enough for the
likes of fantasy, horror, and in particular sci-fi movies to be taken seriously
by the critics when they’re packing out multiplexes, so it’s even harder for the
smaller budget small-screen incarnations of these genres to win over sceptical
Sure, there are a few noteworthy exceptions to the
rule—looking at you, Lost and Westworld. Maybe the trick is just to make your
show as confusing as possible in order to win over critics.
But by and large tv critics are quick to dismiss sci-fi
series as silly, far-fetched, and inconsequential, calling any world building
too confusing whilst conversing claiming that a lack of explanation is as big a
problem. It’s a frustrating approach which can make it hard to take critical
views of sci-fi tv seriously, particularly when many great series are slammed
before they even have a chance to impress.
Just look at this list of a dozen stellar sci-fi
series that critics hammered before viewers even got to realize they were
actually fairly solid.