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Dark Matter is a dark space western kind of show with many mysteries. One of the shows it has the most similarities with is Firefly, and it is almost as good. Keep reading if you want more recommendations similar to Dark Matter.


A spaceship out in the farthest reaches of space is on its way to a remote mining colony.

Inside it has a crew of six people who have had their memories wiped clean, they have no recollection of who they are or how they got on board.

The ship has a cargo bay full of weapons and the mining colony is about to become a war zone.

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TV-Shows like Dark Matter


Tv Show cover: Killjoys
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A trio of bounty hunters lives in a solar system ruled by a tyrannical corporation known only as The Company. The Company is a class-based corporation that rules the system with an iron fist.

The bounty hunter trio lives hard, party all night, and they work for an Independent interplanetary organization of assassins and retrieval experts called R.A.C.

People working for R.A.C. are known as reclamation agents or more commonly Killjoys. Killjoys only follow one law, and that is "The Warrant is all". Warrants are official documents issued by the R.A.C. which authorize Killjoys to conduct missions.

The whole system is verging on revolutionary war against The Company and the trio's own bloody pasts is starting to catch up with them. In this chaos, the three Killjoys struggle daily to maintain their R.A.C neutrality.

Is Killjoys good?

Killjoys is an exiting space western kind of show. Character development can sometimes take second place to world-building. Personally I would prefer more focus on character development, but the story is stellar.

Initially, it reminded me a little of Firefly, only not as good. But even if it is not as good as Firefly it is still a must-see show for science-fiction fans.

Why is Killjoys recommended?

Dark Matter and Killjoys have many similarities going for them. Both shows are about a crew with special members that have a spaceship. Killjoys are more on the bounty hunter side while Dark Matter is more on the mercenaries side.

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Tv Show cover: Farscape
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Astronaut John Crichton is on an experimental space mission. Its goal is to test a new spacecraft slingshotting around the globe.

He is accidentally sucked into a wormhole. When he emerges he is in the midst of an intergalactic conflict far out in the universe.

John joins the crew on Moya. A living sentient bio-mechanical space ship. They picked him up after his unfortunate wormhole ride.

He has to get to grips with living among alien creatures wielding deadly technology. And if that was not enough, they are being hunted by the Peacekeepers, a merciless military race

Is Farscape good?

Farscape is a cool science-fiction show, but not the best.

I could for some reason not stomach the actor playing John Crichton. I had problems with him when he was on SG-1 also. This is probably just me, and many will likely disagree with me on this. If you have no problems with him, then this show is pretty good.

Farscape is absolutely worth watching.

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The Mandalorian

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The Mandalorian is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order.

It follows the travels and exploits of a lone bounty hunter known as The Mandalorian, a member of the nearly extinct ancient martial order Mandalorian.

But one day a job changes his life drastically.

Is The Mandalorian good?

So far The Mandalorian is the Star Wars story and atmosphere I have been waiting for. I like many of the existing movies, but they are all about grand galaxy-wide consequences. The Mandalorian is a more small scale and on the outskirts and lawless parts of the galaxy. Probably why I liked the Solo: A Star Wars Story so much.

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The Expanse

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Police detective Josephus Miller is a cynical belter. Belter's are people born and risen in the asteroid belt. His newest assignment is to find Julie Mao, a missing young rich girl turned political activist.

At the same time, James Holden, the first officer of an ice freighter, is witness to an unprovoked attack. An attack by a craft believed to be from Mars (MCRN Federation). News of the attack spreads throughout Earth, Mars and The Belt.

The already tenuous relationship between them is on the brink of no return.

Chrisjen Avasarala is a high ranking United Nations executive and diplomat. Far away from the struggles in deep space, on Earth, she works to prevent war between Earth and Mars by any means.

Police detective Josephus Miller, fright officer James Holden, and diplomat Chrisjen Avasarala, discovers something scary.

A vast covert conspiracy involving the missing woman and the ice freighter's fate which threatens all humanity.

Is The Expanse good?

The Expanse is one of the better space TV-Shows.

It has excellent world-building and well-paced story. This show has it all! From high-level political intrigues to low-level street action and with everything in between.

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Captain Dylan Hunt and his sentient warship Andromeda have been frozen in time for 300 years. They have been circling around the border of a black hole.

For Captain Dylan Hunt, the time of the Commonwealth was yesterday and not 300 years ago.

He is rescued from the black hole by a salvage ship and its crew. They, of course, have no idea he is still alive and onboard. They are only after the money the can get for the ship.

The crew of the salvage ship is left for dead by their captain. Then they end up joining Captain Dylan Hunt on his quest to restore the Commonwealth and bring unity to the galaxy once again.

Is Andromeda good?

I remember I loved it the first time I watched this show. But when I tried to watch it a second time I was bored.

However, I still believe it is worth giving this show a try.

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Tv Show cover: Firefly
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Captain Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds is a former galactic war veteran.

Now Mal is the captain of the transport ship Serenity.

Mal is kind of like Han Solo from Star Wars. A small-time smuggler hiding behind his legal transport services.

His crew consists of. Zoe, his old war buddy. Wash, the pilot. Jayne Cobb, the muscle. Kaylee Frye, the mechanic. Simon Tam, the medic, and his sister River. Inara Serra, a courtesan. And the last one, Shepherd Book, a preacher.

Together they do any jobs, legal or illegal. They travel across the outskirts of outer space sparking up trouble wherever they go.

Is Firefly good?

Firefly is a superb show. I can't fathom why it got canceled after only one season. I want a new show like this.

Watch it now! Just do it.

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Stargate Universe

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The secret of the Stargate's ninth chevron is discovered.

It opens a wormhole to the unmanned starship Destiny. Its an experiment launched by the Ancients hundreds of millennia ago.

A team of explorers from Earth is sent to investigate this starship. They are led by Dr. Nicolas Rush and Colonel Everett Young.

When they enter the ship by the stargate they get trapped. Unable to call back home or too change its programmed mission, they are forced to complete its original mission.

On Destiny they travel far out into the universe, in a distant galaxy, encountering new races and enemies.

Is Stargate Universe good?

I know some SG-1 fans dislike SG-Universe, but I love it. It a little darker than the other SG shows, but that actually makes it better. Sad it only lasted two seasons.

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Battlestar Galactica

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The Cylons returns and devastate the human population.

Only a ragtag fleet of refugees lead by President Laura Roslin remains. Their only defense is the historic ship Battlestar Galactica, commanded by Commander Adama.

They are searching for the fabled lost thirteenth colony, Earth. But they also has to avoid the Cylon army and infiltrators and deal with political intrigues.

Is Battlestar Galactica good?

Battlestar Galactica is one of the best TV-Shows of all time.

Even people who hate sci-fi might enjoy this show.

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The year is 2046 and over 30 years have passed since the aliens arrived.

They drastically altered earth by terraforming it and colonizing it.

In the frontier town of Defiance, the different alien species and humans are living side by side.

This, of course, is not without tension between the different spices. It makes for a lot of small, and not so small, problems to overcome.

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Falling Skies

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Falling Skies starts in the aftermath of an alien attack. An attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated.

Humanity has for the most part lost.

The few remaining survivors have banded together in a last desperate attempt to survive.

Each day is a test of survival as they work to protect against the occupying alien force, whose purpose remains a mystery.

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Animes like Dark Matter

Outlaw Star

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Gene Starwind and his partner Jim Hawking run a small business on the planet Centinel 3.

They claim that they can do any job.

One day they are hired by a woman to be her bodyguard. Unknown to them, she is an outlaw in disguise, which is kind of awkward because Gene makes money on the side by bounty hunting.

They are unwillingly trusted into a mystery where they have to deal with intergalactic cops, pirates, aliens, and assassins. Luckily for them, they have the galaxy's most advanced ship on their side.

Is Outlaw Star good?

Outlaw Star ranges from light-hearted humor to dark philosophical questioning.

Gene Starwind kind of reminds me of Starlord, which is a very good thing.

If you are into animes then you should definitely give this one a try.

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Cowboy Bebop

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Spike Spiegel is a bounty hunter.

Together with his partners Jet Black, Faye Valentine, Edward, and their dog Ein, they hunt across the galaxy. They are looking for any high bounty fugitives to bag.

Is Cowboy Bebop good?

This is one of the classics must-see anime.

Cowboy Bebop is recommended even if you are not a big fan of animes.

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