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Five shows to watch if you are a time travel nerd

By Christian Imperio Published Apr 29, 2020 12:00 am

We’re all living in a state of limbo and uncertainty all because of the ongoing crisis spawned by the COVID-19 pandemic. It certainly feels like the end times are upon us. But instead of figuring out our fate come May 15, here are some of the best television shows about time travel that you should watch while you’re pondering about what lies ahead.

The Man In The High Castle

Amazon’s The Man In The High Castle depicts an alternate reality where the Nazi Germany and the Japanese Empire have overpowered the ill-fated states of America following the second world war. On the heels of the United States’ defeat, large banners of swastika mushroomed all over the east coast while what’s left of the west coast is under Japanese occupation.

Although the fictional dystopia focuses on a game of tug-of-war between two unstable superpowers set in a parallel universe, the series adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel also showcases compelling narrative about time travel which ultimately compliments the intricate details of the show.

Dark

Netflix’s sci-fi drama Dark is simply not for the faint-hearted. It’s filled with mind-bending twists and grotesque killings all wrapped-up in a multidimensional loop of hidden secrets and betrayals split between three timelines and three worlds!

The German-language thriller highlights Jonas’ mission to unravel the truth behind the emergence of a wormhole that locked his town Winden in a closed time loop. Dark presents a quintessential narrative about time travel and parallel universes as it transcends beyond the philosophical idea of traveling through time and space.

11.22.63

11.22.63 is Hulu's a fascinating take on time travel as it explores one of the biggest paradoxes of going back in time: altering a major event in history.

The eight-episode Amazon mini-series is based on Stephen King’s sci-fi novel of the same title. It follows the story of Jake Amberson, played by James Franco, who traveled back to 1960 in a bid to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

12 Monkeys

12 Monkeys is a series adaptation of Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film which starred Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt. Apart from being one of most well-crafted time travel series of the decade, 12 Monkeys - like the film Contagion – presents a grim post-apocalyptic scenario that is very relatable today.

The SyFy series revolves around a deadly plague in 2043 that eradicated 98 percent of the world population. In order to alter the outcome, a scavenger played by Aaron Stanford is sent back to 2015 to prevent the people – known as the 12 Monkeys - from releasing the biological weapon.

Doctor Who

With more than 800 episodes spanning five decades and 13 regenerations, BBC’s science fiction program Doctor Who is indisputably the real ‘OG’ of time travel shows. The iconic British series lasted from 1963 to 1989 and undergone a much-needed reboot in 2005 with Christopher Eccleston in the lead role.

Doctor Who follows the story of an eccentric Time Lord only known as The Doctor. The two-hearted alien fights monsters, solves mysteries and travels through time and space with his companions using his (and her) Time And Relative Dimension In Space or TARDIS.