8 Obscure Sci-Fi TV Classics You Need To Watch Right Now

6. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - 1981

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The BBC's first television adaptation of the Douglas Adams classic proves to be just as fun and enjoyable today as it was upon broadcast in 1981. Starring Simon Jones in the role of Arthur Dent, this six episode miniseries follows Dent and his friend Ford Prefect, who after narrowly avoiding the destruction of Earth, find themselves on a Vogon ship as stow aways.

After being subjected to having to listen to some Vogon poetry, the pair are expelled from the ship before being rescued by Zaphod Beeblebrox and his girlfriend Trillian. We are then introduced to some of the other key characters in the show, mainly one of the funniest robots in all of science fiction, Marvin the Paranoid Android, who's depressive tendencies are directly at odds with his robot exterior.

Like Red Dwarf after it, The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy is a brilliant blend of humour along with some deep science fiction concepts thrown in for good measure. There are several hilarious sequences throughout, including one in which it turns out mice are actually a super intelligent species who were directly responsible for the creation of planet Earth.

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