It’s odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space — one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the “final frontier” — was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Rodenberry’s notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last 30 or so years, it seems crazy to think that one of the most groundbreaking SF series was a network pariah and a ratings dud. Today, there’s an entire cable network devoted to this kind of programming. You can’t turn on your TV/Roku/cut-cord viewing device without bumping into spaceships, alien invasion and wonky sci-fi food-for-thought.
Science fiction has been around in one form or another since the early-ish days of television, both here and abroad, and its legacy now looms larger than ever. So what better time to count down the 40 best sci-fi TV shows of all time? From anime classics to outer-space soap operas, spooky British anthology shows to worst-case-scenario postapocalyptic dramas, primetime pop hits to obscure but beloved cult classics, here are our choices for the best the television genre has to offer — submitted, for your approval.
#33: The Man In The High Castle
Philip K. Dick’s 1963 novel entertained a popular thought experiment: What would the United States be like if the Axis powers had won World War II? This Amazon TV adaptation presents its alt-America is a slate-gray nightmare of pick-your-poison oppression, with Japanese imperialists in the West, Nazis in the East and Midwest, and a “neutral” no-man’s-land running along the Rockies. Hitler’s declining health, combined with an ongoing East-West Cold War, turns a bad situation worse; don’t even get us started about that mysterious reel of film that everyone is after. If the series departs from Dick’s book by necessity, its paranoiac grimness perfectly honors the author in spirit. ST
I’ve added over 100 photos of Alexa from yesterday where Amazon shows attended the Emmy: For Your Consideration Screening to promote the series. She looked elegant and lovely as per usual. HUGE thanks to my good friend AliKat for these wonderful photos. Be sure to check out her new fansite for Katheryn Winnick who plays badass Lagertha on Vikings.
Frank Spotnitz has exited as showrunner of The Man in the High Castle in the midst of production on the second season of Amazon’s dystopian drama. A replacement showrunner has not been named.
“Given the ambition and scope of the series, the decision has been made to locate all creative efforts on The Man in the High Castle to the West Coast,” Amazon said in a statement to EW. “Frank Spotnitz will remain as an executive producer and step back from showrunner. His responsibilities will be managed by our deep and talented bench of producers.”
Spotnitz is the chief executive of London-based Big Light Productions, and his other credits include The X-Files, Transporter: The Series, and the upcoming Medici: Masters of Florence.
Based on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel, The Man in the High Castle explores an alternate history in which the Axis powers won World War II and the former United States has been torn apart into areas controlled by Japan and Germany.
With a cast including Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Rufus Sewell, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, the first season comprised 10 episodes, nine of which were was released in November (the pilot debuted in January of last year). The show became Amazon’s most-streamed original program in its first four weeks online and was renewed for a second season in December.
Looking back on the first season of High Castle that same month, Spotnitz told EW, “It’s such a giant narrative, and you’re serving so many characters and story lines. I would like to spend more time with every single one of them, you know?”
He continued, “My problem with the show all along is there has been more stories than I have time, and it’s just prioritizing. That’s why, when I started thinking about season 2, it was not a struggle for me. It was like, ‘Oh yeah, I want to do this, and I want to do this and this and this,’ so I have lots I’m excited to pursue.”
Deadline first reported Spotnitz’s stepping down.
Atleast we still have the amazing cast!
So this weekend Alexa Davalos Web celebrated 11 years online! Can you believe it!? I have never had a website this long and I have loved every minute of working on this one. It seems like just yesterday I was opening a fansite on the amazing Alexa after becoming an insta-fan of her work on Angel and Reunion. From there my admiration and adoration for her and her craft just grew and 11 years have gone by. I want to thank all the lovely Alexa fans who visit the site regularly throughout the years and have shared photos, fan art, and fangirl chatted with me! Thanks for visiting my site! To celebrate this milestone (11 is one of my favorite numbers!) I’ve given the website a brand new design with a matching one at the gallery as well. I thought using old photos and her most recent photo shoot was a nice little touch in commemorating this little milestone. I hope you all like it.
I’ve begun to get the gallery up to date. Check out Alexa’s recent appearance earlier this month with the cast at a Q & A session. I’ve also added a bunch of additions to past events, various magazine scans (thanks to Alikat), and The Man in the High Castle stills, promos, and behind the scenes. Check back for more.
• 2015 SAG-AFTRA Foundation Screening And Q & A
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Premiere: New York
• 2015 The Man In The High Castle Premiere: London
• 2015 TCA Summer Tour
• Magazine: Ciak
• Magazine: Popcorn
• Magazine: Sci Fi Now
• Magazine: The Hollywood Reporter
• The Man In The High Castle: Promotional Episode Stills
• The Man In The High Castle: Cast Promotional Images
• The Man in the High Castle: Behind the Scenes (Unsorted)
Amazon is high on The Man in the High Castle.
The streamer has renewed the dystopian drama for a 10-episode second season less than a month after the first season’s premiere.
Man in the High Castle, an adaptation of the Philip K. Dick novel of the same name, presents an alternate history where the United States has lost World War II. Set in the 1960s, the West Coast is occupied by Imperial Japan and the East Coast is controlled by Nazi Germany. The series, which is written by Frank Spotnitz (X-Files), stars Alexa Davalos, Rupert Evans, Rufus Sewell and Joel de la Fuente. Spotnitz, Ridley Scott and Dick’s daughter, Isa Dick Hackett executive produce.
The pilot for Man in the High Castle was the most-watched pilot in Amazon history, studio chief Roy Price said in February when announcing the pickup of the series. The 10-episode first season premiered in full to Amazon Prime members on Nov. 20.
Amazon came under fire in November after it wrapped the seats on a New York City 42nd Street shuttle train in symbols of Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan. The ads were ultimately removed in late November.
Please check back as I have many more updates to come to the site before the new year!