Five essential alien encounter series to binge on Netflix this weekend
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Five essential alien encounter series to binge on Netflix this weekend

With Netflix’s biggest release of the week being the adaptation of Liu Cixin’s Three Body Problem, the stage is set for a weekend of intergalactic exploration. The new series was created by David Benioff, D. B. Weiss, and Alexander Woo, and it sets up the story of the trilogy Remembrance of Earth’s Past.

In case you can breeze through 3 Body Problem in one sitting, there’s a universe of alien contact shows waiting to be explored. From fun dramedies to speculative documentaries, we have curated five essential alien encounter series to binge on Netflix this weekend.

These shows can transport you to worlds beyond imagination. From the depths of space to the heart of small-town America, prepare to set on a journey that will leave you questioning the limits of human understanding and the vastness of the cosmos.

So settle in and prepare for mindbending stories of extraterrestrial lives, alien invasions, and stories of peaceful co-existence.

Five essential alien encounter series to binge on Netflix:

3 Body Problem

Adapted from the acclaimed Chinese novel The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin, this American science fiction series follows astrophysicist Ye Wenjie, who, haunted by her father’s murder during the Chinese Cultural Revolution, finds herself entangled in a web of cosmic intrigue. 

As her decisions reverberate through time, a group of present-day scientists grapple with humanity’s greatest threat. Featuring a stellar ensemble cast, including Benedict Wong as Da Shi, Jovan Adepo as Saul Durand, and Eiza González as Augustina Auggie Salazar, among others, 3 Body Problem promises a captivating story of first contact through space.

Resident Alien

Mixing humour with heart, Resident Alien follows an extraterrestrial who crash-lands on Earth and assumes the identity of a small-town doctor. 

As he navigates human interactions and attempts to complete his mission, he finds himself drawn into the lives of the quirky inhabitants of Patience, Colorado. Created by Chris Sheridan, the series stars Alan Tudyk as the titular alien and Sara Tomko as the curious nurse Asta Twelvetrees.

Ancient Aliens

Delving into the realms of speculative history and ancient mysteries, Ancient Aliens explores the possibility of extraterrestrial intervention in human civilisation. 

Through interviews, archival footage, and reenactments, the series probes the enduring question: Could aliens have played a role in shaping our world? Created by Prometheus Entertainment and featuring a rotating panel of speculative experts and enthusiasts, Ancient Aliens offers curious insights into the intersection of ancient lore and modern science.

My Girlfriend is an Alien

Blending romance with science fiction, My Girlfriend is an Alien follows the misadventures of an extraterrestrial girl who crash-lands on Earth and assumes the form of a human.

As this alien navigates the complexities of human emotions and relationships, she must conceal her true identity from those around her. Starring Wan Peng as the endearing alien and Hsu Thassapak as the unsuspecting human love interest, My Girlfriend is an Alien offers a lighthearted take on interstellar romance.

Lost in Space

A modern reimagining of the classic 1960s series, Lost in Space follows the Robinson family as they set on a mission to colonise a distant planet.

When their spaceship veers off course and crash lands on an unknown alien world, they must band together to survive its dangers while uncovering its mysteries. Created by Irwin Allen, Matt Sazama, and Burk Sharpless and featuring Molly Parker as the resolute matriarch Maureen Robinson and Toby Stephens as the determined patriarch John Robinson, Lost in Space offers a thrilling adventure for the whole family.