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4 Shows like Firefly: Space Is the New Frontier

Thanasis Karavasilis itcherGrab your banjo and your cowboy hat. Your wagon through the stars awaits you. There are planets to visit and nebulae to cross. Aliens to cross and bullets to avoid. There are endless adventures to be sang in ‘Star Trek: DS9’, ‘Battlestar Galactica’, and ‘Farscape’. ~ Thanasis Karavasilis

“You can’t take the sky from me…”

I feel this sudden grip in my poor heart as I write this article.

How, oh how, am I going to recommend similar shows to one of the best sci-fi shows in the history of sci-fi shows?

How will I be able to live myself knowing that I dared to compare Captain Malcom’s crew to any other crew out there?

Ok, I may be overreacting just a little bit.

But still, ‘Firefly’ is one of the greatest sci-fi TV shows out there. A true space western about a renegade crew aboard a small spacecraft called Serenity (renegades, serenity, awesome) which struggles to survive as they travel the galaxy trying to escape fellow criminals and persistent authorities.

And it has only one season. Because it was cancelled.

As you read about these TV shows like ‘Firefly’, I am going to contain my anger, grab my Samuel Colt revolver and head over to FOX for a friendly chat.

Be right back. *firefly theme playing*

‘Farscape’ (Rockne S. O’Bannon, 1999 – 2003)

“Ah, screw it. But I am not Kirk, Spock, Luke, Buck, Flash or Arthur frelling Dent. I’m Dorothy Gale from Kansas…”

Read the quote above. How many characters do you recognize?

That is an actual quote from the series. And yes, it is a sci-fi series set in the future. And in a distant part of our universe. With aliens.

John Crichton is an Earth astronaut who finds himself a couple of billion light years away from home (or million, I am not an expert on planetary distances) and becomes a part of a fugitive alien starship crew.

Crichton makes references to numerous movies and television shows throughout the series. Real movies and television shows. This is heaven for the reference-freaks like me.

Similarity Match: 95%
‘Farscape’ is a deep, intense, with lots of twists and a very engaging plot. Thank the Sci-fi God it has more than one seasons.

‘BattleStar Galactica’ (Glen A. Larson & Ronald D. Moore, 2004-2009)

“Life has a melody, Gaius. A rhythm of notes which become your existence once played in harmony with God’s plan…”

This reimagined version of the 80’s show by the same name provides the blueprint every future sci-fi show must follow.

It is not too long nor too short: 4 seasons.

The script is superb. It is so deep a super ugly light headed fish could live in it. The writers are worried with matters of religion, hierarchy, and morality.

The acting is so natural you might forget you are watching a TV show.

The show is not preoccupied with the special effects. They are just the little red cherry on top of the cake.

A stunning show about the journey of the BattleStar Galactica spaceship to the promised land, Earth.

Similarity Match: 80%
Along with ‘Firefly’, ‘BSG’ is one of the best sci-fi shows you can watch. Mesmerizing crews and superb storylines.

‘Star Trek: Deep Space Nine’ (Rick Berman & Michael Piller, 1993 – 1999)

“Think of it! Five years ago no one had ever heard of Bajor or Deep Space Nine, and now, all our hopes rest here!”

When you have a list of shows similar to ‘Firefly’ you have little choice but to include at least one of the ‘Star Trek’ spinoffs.

‘Deep Space Nine’ is the only Star Trek series that comes closer to what Joss Whedon’s space western is all about.

Gloomy characters, dark secrets, ambiguous moral decisions. Captain Sisco and his crew will have to swim through some very rough waters if they want to defend the Alpha Quadrant from one of the most vicious enemies the Federation has ever encountered.

Similarity Match: 75%
Genuine characters, a steady plot, and a well known universe. Like ‘Firefly’, ‘DS9’ is a sci-fi classic.

‘Star Wars: Rebels’ (Simon Kinberg, Carrie Beck &Dave Filoni, 2014- )

“Your Master has deceived you, into believing you can become a Jedi…”

Na naaaaaa nan a na naaaaa naaaaaaaaa!

In a galaxy far far away an epic story took place. A story that came to be one of the most recognizable science fiction brands of all time: ‘Star Wars’.

And now that Disney has all the rights, we get a new canon universe and tons of new stories.

Like this incredible TV series like ‘Firefly’, about a renegade rebel crew against the evil Galactic Empire.

If you love Star Wars you are going to admire the complexity and incredible storytelling of ‘Rebels’.

Similarity Match: 70%
This series shares more traits with ‘Firefly’ than you think. Both shows are intelligent, witty, often dark and sometimes moving. Set between Episodes III and IV, it is a story you want to experience.


We’ve Done the Impossible…

That is what Mal (captain of Serenity) would have said if he was here.

We’ve done the impossible. We managed to find some series like ‘Firefly’.

There are more, of course, and I am sure you have some in mind.

Why don’t you share your recommendations with a comment below?

Keep watching, listening, reading, and playing!

Hey there! I′m Thanasis, a writer and lover of stories who was educated to be a teacher of English. I spend my time between worlds and inside pages; written or otherwise. I roam the endless void called The Internet in a constant quest to discover pieces of great storytelling in every artistic medium imaginable.
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