16 Sci-Fi Franchises That Are Just As Good As Star Wars

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Ever since the release of The Last Jedi earlier this month, the whole world has gone Star Wars crazy. Everyone and their mother is discussing the plot twists, the highs and lows, and Kylo Ren‘s shirtless scene. Seriously though. More of that in Episode IV please, J.J. Abrams! ANYWAY. The point is, it's pretty much impossible to escape either Star Wars adoration or hatred at the moment. It's like it's the only sci-fi franchise that's ever existed. We can't imagine a time when Twitter won't be flooded with memes, complaints, or cute pictures of Porgs.

Thing is, there are a ton of other amazing sci-fi franchises that don't get nearly as much attention as the Star Wars saga. Don't get me wrong, I love everything Jedi-related and still kind of hope the Force will awaken within me. However, it's time to show some other top-notch space operas some love. Has everyone totally forgotten about Star Trek? What about Red Dwarf, the best space comedy series ever made? And don't even get the Firefly fandom started on the ridiculous lack of love for their franchise. If you're looking for a sci-fi show or movie to watch that is totally Skywalker-free, there are loads of options out there for you to choose from.