Which Streaming Service is Best for Space Fans?

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More And More Of Us Are Cutting The Cord These Days, But How’s A Space Fan Supposed To Choose A Streaming Service?

We live in the golden age of television. Or so they say. Regardless of the truth of that statement, television over the last decade and a half or so has been incredible. What started with high-quality premium TV shows, like The Sopranos, Deadwood, Dexter, and the like soon turned into a trend for regular cable networks, too. From Lost to Sons of Anarchy and Breaking Bad to The Walking Dead, networks started churning out gold. Then the model morphed even more, and now chances are your favorite show is on an exclusive streaming service.

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If you’re like me, you stopped subscribing to a cable or satellite TV provider a long time ago. I made the decision when I looked at my cable box and realized I hadn’t even turned it on in six weeks. I’d just paid a giant media conglomerate over $90 for something I didn’t use at all. It’s not that I wasn’t watching TV; it’s that I was watching Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime instead. At the time, those three services were running somewhere around $35-$40 per month in total, so it seemed like an easy decision. Now, though, there are a lot more than only three choices, and if one isn’t careful, one can easily end up right back in triple-digit subscription fees.

With that in mind, we thought we’d give you a rundown of some of the space content options on each streaming service. We’ve even included trailers so you can make a more informed choice about which services you sign up for. 

Netflix

Netflix has a ton of documentaries and science content in general. But with regard to space drama or comedy, there are two series that stand out – for completely different reasons.

Another Life

I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched this one because the reviews haven’t been so good. Nevertheless, it’s back for a second season this year, and some people really like it.

Lost in Space

This re-imagining of the classic family space-drama has received a lot more critical acclaim, but again, it is a family drama. If you want dark doom and gloom, you might look elsewhere. 

In addition to these two originals, Netflix also has quite a few classic space dramas—specifically within the Star Trek universe.

As for price, Netflix’s streaming-only option will run you anywhere from $9 to $16 per month.

Hulu Premium

Hulu is just getting into the original programming game, and they started a series last year called “The First,” but it was canceled after one season. Instead, space fans should look to Hulu for all of the classic space television programming that you love. Since these aren’t new, original series, I won’t post trailers, but here’s a list of just some of your options on Hulu Plus right now:

  • Rick and Morty (Yeah, it’s a cartoon, but it’s freaking brilliant and hilarious)
  • The Orville (This is a FOX show by Seth McFarlane that can best be described as what would happen if Star Trek were a comedy)
  • Firefly (One of the best space TV shows ever made)
  • Battlestar Galactica (2000’s—Again, one of the best space TV shows ever made)
  • The X Files
  • Several Star Trek series.

Hulu has several levels of pricing available, from $5.99/month (with ads) to $50.99 (Premium + Live TV) If you just want to stream with no ads, though, it’ll run you $11.99 a month.

Amazon Prime

The Expanse

This is really the only “original” space-related show that Amazon has right now, and they picked it up after SyFy canceled it. It’s been acclaimed by critics across the board and the fourth season is coming out soon.

In addition to this, Prime Video is constantly moving titles in and out, so some of your favorite space movies and series may show up. Combine this with the other perks of a Prime membership and this service might be well worth it.

Amazon also has a couple of different subscription options. If you pay for a full year, you pay just under $10/month and you get free two-day shipping and lots of other benefits. On the other hand, you can do a month-by-month option for $12.99, too, if you don’t want to commit to a year. 

Disney Plus

On to the new kids on the block.  Currently, you can still watch The Last Jedi and Solo on Netflix, but they’re going bye-bye this month. Disney’s in the game now, and they’re coming out swinging. They have a brand new original series, “The Mandalorian” that I’m absolutely in love with, as well as ALL other Star Wars content (once the two previously mentioned films move over, at least). Additionally, most of the Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff can be found on Disney Plus as well. The real kicker, though, is the price. You get all of that, and what you’re about to see below, for only $6.99/month.

The Mandalorian

This show is top-notch (but remember, I’m a fanboy). And the rest of the content means that for me, Disney Plus is a no-brainer.

Apple TV+

Finally, we come to the other new kid on the block—Apple TV+. Apple is launching its own streaming service that promises a lot of quality original content. One such show space lovers should keep an eye out for is “For All Mankind.”

For All Mankind

Like Amazon’s “The Man in the High Castle,” “For All Mankind” is an alternate history story. The premise, so far as we know, is that the Soviet Union put the first person on the moon, and the space race never really ended. It’ll be interesting to see where they go with it. However, whether or not Apple can provide enough other compelling content to justify another $5/month is still up in the air.

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Brandon Humphreys

Brandon Humphreys

I'm a wizard. I write stuff and it goes from my head into yours - Magic! Apart from that, I am the Senior Editor for Space Porn, a veteran, a rock guitarist, and a teacher.

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  1. Netflix also has Altered Carbon. That is absolutely a must see. And yes, Space is mentioned.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-bzJJ1dDj5E

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