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6 Shows like Continuum: Morally-grey Sci-fi

Adam Pothitos itcherAs the adventures of time-travelling cop, Kiera Cameron, have come to an end, a true fan’s hunger for sci-fi can never be sated. People who enjoy TV shows like ‘Continuum’ will probably appreciate the likes of ’12 Monkeys’, ‘Fringe’, and more of the shows on this list. ~ Adam Pothitos

Enforcing the Law through Time and Space

‘Continuum’ is now one of the most popular Canadian productions ever but that doesn’t mean it had an easy road to success. Simon Barry, the show’s creator, has explained that even though the idea for the show existed for years, the network picked it up almost accidentally.

Of course, once Rachel Nichols signed up, it was only a matter of time before the show made its way onto TV.


Shows Similar to ‘Continuum’…

’12 Monkeys’ (Syfy, 2016- )

A series based on the synonymous 1995 film, ’12 Monkeys’ follows the story of James Cole who travelled from 2043 to our present in order to prevent the release of a deadly virus which will decimate 93.6% of the world’s population.

’12 Monkey’s has managed to make its very own mark on the film’s story, expanding the universe in the best possible way. Go in with an open mind and you’ll be rewarded with compelling storylines full of mystery, action, and harsh questions that have no answers.

Similarity Match: 90%
Time-traveling world saviors are a rare breed, yet both ’12 Monkeys’ and ‘Continuum’ have managed to grab two talented saviors for their main casts.

‘Minority Report’ (Fox, 2015- )

Unlike ’12 Monkeys’, the serialization of ‘Minority Report’ acts as a sequel to the original story. After the events of the film, the Precrime Unit responsible for predicting and stopping crimes has been shut down. Dash, Arthur, and Agatha are all “Precogs”: human beings with the ability to foresee criminal events.

Now that the official organization has been disbanded, some powerful people desperately want to get their hands on these Precogs. The three main characters, with the assistance of Detective Lara Vega, will need to prevent as many crimes as possible while simultaneously avoiding their enemies.

Similarity Match: 80%
Though it’s set entirely in the future, ‘Minority Report’ is also concerned with preventing crimes from ever occurring, similar to what Kiera Cameron attempts to do in our present.

‘Person of Interest’ (CBS, 2011-2016)

Though the series started like a procedural police drama, it’s quickly evolves into one of the best crime and science fiction shows on TV.

Harold Finch is a billionaire who’s secretly build an artificially intelligent surveillance system that’s able to predict violent crime.

Whereas anything that has to do with national security is handled by the U.S. government, Finch hires John Reese, a former CIA agent, to save regular people in New York City. The show has never been more relevant than today as the parallels to real-world issues are all too obvious.

Similarity Match: 75%
Personal identity, privacy, humanity and artificial intelligence are all major themes in ‘Person of Interest’, which is heavily concerned with the human side of crime-solving in the same vein as ‘Continuum’.

‘Orphan Black’ (Space, 2013- )

Sarah Manning, a con artist, witnesses the suicide of a woman who looks exactly like her. After assuming the woman’s identity as a police detective, Sarah learns that she is but one of many identical clones who are scattered throughout the world.

‘Orphan Black’ features some fantastic performances from Tatiana Maslany who plays all of Sarah Manning’s clones. The series will keep you guessing at all times as the truth is constantly twisted and turned by everyone.

Similarity Match: 70%
‘Orphan Black’ raises a lot of important issues without feeling heavy-handed, something that only a select few series similar to ‘Continuum’ have managed to date.

‘Fringe’ (Fox, 2008-2013)

Like with ‘Person of Interest’, ‘Fringe’ needed some time and more than a couple of episodes before it found its true form.

The series follows the members of the fictional Fringe Division of the FBI, tasked with investigating strange occurrences.

The show slowly but surely creates an intricate in-universe mythology with parallel universes and some innovative storylines based on the series’ fringe science.

Similarity Match: 65%
Whereas ‘Continuum’ deals with time-travelling, ‘Fringe’ is mostly concerned about other universes, yet both shows manage to balance their sci-fi and crime drama elements perfectly.


If You Like ‘Continuum’, You Will Like…

After finishing ‘Continuum’, you may be in need of some light-hearted science fiction that still has a compelling storyline. If that’s the case, then allow me to introduce you to your next favorite series.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ (ABC, 2013- )

Despite a slow start, Marvel’s ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ turns everything on its head with some incredible storylines from the middle of the first season and beyond. The series follows specific storylines with individual subplots that expand upon the so-called Marvel Cinematic Universe and flesh out each of the characters.

‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’ makes some mistakes along the way but always finds the right path with some interesting storylines and the signature humor of Marvel.

Neat gadgets, parallel universes, and organizations that wish to rule the world are all common things in ‘‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D’.


Sci-fi with Grey Morals

Black-and-white stories may be entertaining distractions from the real world but they are rarely realistic representations of humans. A number of modern series that deal in science fiction and successfully delve into morally grey areas, though the good and bad guys are often obvious enough. TV series like ‘Continuum’ still present us with some hard questions, which is why they stay on our minds far after they are over.

Do you agree with my recommendations? Would you like to add anything else? Then leave a comment down below!

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