One of the most ambitious sci-fi shows of 2018 is hitting Netflix this month in Altered Carbon, but that's not the only genre-driven entertainment to keep you busy in February. From new original films to deep-cut sci-fi flicks, here are all the genre movies and television shows to binge on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu in February 2018.
Altered Carbon will likely grab the headlines, but Duncan Jones' new film Mute is also landing on Netflix this month. The fourth season of SYFY's Z Nation will also drop, along with original horror flick The Ritual. Hulu will have some mostly forgotten sci-fi that's well worth checking out (don't sleep on Daybreakers). And Amazon is treating you to the back half of its original superhero comedy The Tick, along with the second season of SYFY's space opera The Expanse.
Check out our full rundown below and let us know what you'll be streaming.
Z Nation (Season 4): If you’re jonesing for a different take on the zombie apocalypse from what you've gotten used to, SYFY’s Z Nation has carved out one bizarre, ambitious, hilarious, and heartfelt niche over the past few years. Like The Walking Dead, it isn’t afraid to kill off fan favorites — but it’s also not afraid to get weird in the best ways possible. This is the apocalypse we deserve.
Altered Carbon (Season 1): The buzzy Netflix original sci-fi series drops its entire first season this month, digging into a murder mystery in a world where the rich can download their minds into younger bodies. It has the neon tinge of Blade Runner and a whole lot of interesting world-building. The series is based on the 2002 novel of the same name by author Richard K. Morgan and stars Joel Kinnaman, James Purefoy, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Kristin Lehman.
Mute: After working on Moon and Source Code, Duncan Jones has carved a path that makes him a director to watch in the genre space — and his latest film is a legit passion project. Jones has been trying to make Mute for years, and Netflix finally stepped in to give him the resources to make it a reality. It’s described as a thriller about a mute bartender (Alexander Skarsgård) who goes into the seedy, near-future underbelly of Berlin in search of his missing girlfriend (Seyneb Saleh).
Aeon Flux (2005)
Ella Enchanted (2004)
Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001)
Men in Black (1997)
Scream 3 (2000)
Z Nation (Season 4)
Altered Carbon (Season 1) (Netflix Original Series)
Cabin Fever (2016 remake)
The Emoji Movie (2017)
Fate/Apocrypha (Part 2) (Netflix Original Anime Series)
The Ritual (Netflix Original)
Re:Mind (Season 1) (Netflix Original)
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge (Season 6) (Netflix Original Series)
Evan Almighty (2007)
FullMetal Alchemist (Netflix Original)
Bates Motel (Season 5)
The Frankenstein Chronicles: Season 1 and Season 2 (Netflix Original)
Forgotten (Netflix Original)
Atomic Puppet (Season 1) (Netflix Original Series)
Mute (Netflix Original)
Jeepers Creepers 3 (2017)
Daybreakers: This largely forgotten 2010 vampire pic stars Ethan Hawke, Willem Dafoe, and Sam Neill in a future where vampires run the world. The only problem? After hunting humans to near-extinction, the vampires are close to running out of food. It has action, blood, and corporate intrigue. A weird combination, to be sure, but well worth checking out if you missed it on the first go-round.
Archer: Dreamland: Complete Season 8: FX’s cult hit animated series went back in time, kinda, for its latest season and found some fresh creative juices to work with that had been previously lacking. The snarky tale of a super spy is reimagined as a hardboiled private eye, looking into a twisty noir-murder mystery that gets funnier, and makes a bit less sense, with each passing episode. If you like your animation with a bit of bite, go ahead and queue it up. You won’t be disappointed.
The PJ’s: Complete Seasons 1-3: This one is admittedly not all that genre, but it’s a thin month for sci-fi fare on Hulu and this one is well worth a look. This 1999 stop-motion animated series was created by Eddie Murphy and was a hilarious, boundary-pushing comedy about the residents of the Hilton-Jacobs projects. It was bold, funny, and way ahead of its time — the animation style was also groundbreaking for television. To this date, there’s never really been anything else like it on the small screen.
Agent Cody Banks (2003)
Agent Cody Banks 2: Destination London (2004)
The Haunting (1999)
Red Dawn (1984)
Sin City (2005)
The Spirit (2008)
Archer: Dreamland: Complete Season 8 (FXX)
The PJ’s: Complete Seasons 1-3 (ABC)
Star Trek (2009)
Once Upon A Time (2017)
Alien Psychosis (2017)
The Expanse (Season 2): This SYFY original is one of the best science fiction shows on television (and we’re not just saying that). Put simply, it’s the spiritual successor to Battlestar Galactica, with a dose of Game of Thrones thrown in for good measure. Critics have applauded the nuanced tale of space politics and action, which is set in a near-future where factions, including Earth and Mars, are in the midst of a brewing cold war, made that much more complicated by the presence of a mysterious new bio-weapon. The third season premieres later this year, so February is the perfect time to catch up.
The Tick (Season 1B): The low-key hit superhero series returns with the back half of its debut season, as the titular hero and his sidekick, Arthur, try to take down the big bad villain The Terror. The first run of episodes was an eclectic mix of humor and drama, and the show really seemed to be finding its way by the midseason finale. With a second season already on the way, the final run of Season 1 should be well worth checking out.
The Haunting (1999)
Red Dawn (2012)
The Expanse (Season 2)
The Tick (Season 1B)
Thunderbirds Are Go! (Season 4)