For most people, summer means getting outside, going to the beach and soaking up the sun. For others, it means finding any air-conditioned refuge with a good wifi connection and your streaming service of choice. If you identify more with the latter option, we totally get you and we're here to help.

Summer binges are a great way to escape the heat, and nothing hooks us in better than a great sci-fi show, whether it's about spaceships, time travel or killer robots. If you're looking for your next great show this summer, look no further!

We've got a complete list of all the best sci-fi shows for you to dive into instead of going to that pool party you didn't really want to go to anyways.

Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis; <em>Black Mirror</em>Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mackenzie Davis; Black Mirror


Black Mirror
What it's about: This anthology series tells different tales each episode about the dangers of technology and the depravities people will use it for. From digital worlds to dark dystopias, Black Mirror will have you second guessing whether you should cut every cord you own just to be safe.
Why it's worth watching: If you're in the mood to start hating the human race, Black Mirror is the summer show for you. While most of these stories are a little bit depressing (and some are borderline horrific), a few are uplifting enough to cleanse your palate. The best part about this binge is that while you'll definitely get hooked, the fact that it's an anthology series means you won't necessarily find yourself powering through episodes at 3 a.m. since each episode is a standalone story.
How many seasons: 4
Where to watch: Netflix

Brian J Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman and Jamil Walker Smith, <em>Stargate Universe</em>Brian J Smith, Elyse Levesque, David Blue, Alaina Huffman and Jamil Walker Smith, Stargate Universe

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Stargate Universe
What it's about: A group of scientists, military personnel and a few civilians accidentally find themselves transported onto an ancient ship, thousands of lightyears from Earth. While stranded in strange galaxies, tensions run high as they attempt to explore the unknown universe and find a way back home.
Why it's worth watching: Out of all the Stargate series that could have made this list, we picked Stargate Universe because it combines all of our favorite sci-fi elements: a brilliant group of stranded strangers, space, time travel, political infighting and terrifying aliens. It's literally a one-stop shop for every nerd-tastic fantasy you've ever had with the bonus of great performances and top-notch storytelling. We do warn you, however, Stargate Universe was canceled after Season 2 and ended on a pretty huge cliffhanger, so you should go into this binge knowing that when you get to the end, you'll want to pull your hair out wishing there was more. You're welcome for the heads up.
How many seasons: 2
Where you can watch: Hulu

Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull, <em>12 Monkeys</em>Aaron Stanford and Amanda Schull, 12 Monkeys


12 Monkeys
What it's about: After a deadly virus kills 7 billion people, the survivors living in 2043 send a scavenger named James Cole (Aaron Stanford) to the past to stop the virus from being released in the first place. Naturally, time loops and even forbidden romance get in the way of his mission to save the human race.
Why it's worth watching: 12 Monkeys is a show you have to pay close attention to in order to keep track of the changing timelines and loops, but ultimately the mythology and the world building are just too good to pass up! Plus, this show has some of the most kick-butt women on TV, which is harder to find than it should be in the sci-fi genre. With the fourth and final season coming to a close this summer, you'll be able to binge the whole thing start to finish!
How many seasons: 4
Where you can watch: Hulu

Peter Capaldi, <em>Doctor Who</em>Peter Capaldi, Doctor Who

Doctor Who
What it's about: The Doctor, a humanoid alien of an extinct race called the Time Lords, travels the universe in his Tardis, a time-traveling spaceship that takes that shape of a phone booth. Together with his human companions, The Doctor regularly saves the world from destruction with his quick wit and timey-wimey adventures.
Why you should watch: If you're looking for something a little less intense and more whimsical, Doctor Who is the show for you. Typically, each episode travels to a new time period or galaxy (often both) where the Doctor and his companion of the moment have wild adventures while escaping the evil clutches of the Daleks and Cybermen. Although, when you least expect it, the show knows just how to hit you where it hurts. So although it's a show of whimsy, be prepared to cry your eyes out too.
How many seasons: 10
Where you can watch: Amazon Prime

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Altered Carbon
What it's about: Far in the future, scientists have found a way to digitize and save human consciousness, allowing people's minds to be copied and transported from one body to another, essentially making humans immortal. When one of the richest men in the universe is murdered — though his copied consciousness obviously survives — he hires a mercenary hundreds of years old to figure out who "killed" him.
Why it's worth watching: This futuristic series will have your head spinning with awesome technological advancements and a mystery that's almost too tangled to unravel. The kicker, though, is the flashback portion of the saga that not only ties well into the overall narrative but will have you begging for a spin-off based completely in the past.
How many seasons: 1
Where you can watch: Netflix

Marie Avgeropoulos, <em>The 100</em>Marie Avgeropoulos, The 100

The 100
What it's about: Nearly 100 years after nuclear war wipes out the human race on Earth, the only survivors are the members aboard a joint-space station called The Ark circling the globe. When overpopulation becomes a problem, The Ark decides to send 100 teenage delinquents to the ground to see if the Earth is habitable, but these misfits find more than bargained for when they arrive.
Why it's worth watching: Assuming the words "apocalypse" and "teens" didn't get you, The 100 is worth a binge simply for the dynamic storytelling alone. Rather than focus on hot teens running a community, the show hones in on the lengths to which humans will go to stay alive and whether that survival requires you to lose what it is that makes you human. It's a pretty insightful look into the future, and with four seasons (and a fifth currently airing) under its belt, it's a good, long binge to keep you out of the heat this summer.
How many seasons: 5
Where you can watch: Netflix

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Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin, <em>Firefly</em>Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Gina Torres and Adam Baldwin, Firefly


Firefly
What it's about: Space cowboys. Enough said.
Why it's worth watching: What list would be complete without the cult classic Firefly? This short-lived series took fans by storm back in 2002, though it was canceled after only 14 episodes. That makes it a quick binge full of shoot-outs and smuggling that will leave you begging for more. If you want an end to the story, you'll have to pony up and buy the wrap-up movie, Serenity, since it's not currently streaming anywhere.
How many seasons: 1
Where you can watch: Hulu

Evan Rachel Wood, <em>Westworld</em>Evan Rachel Wood, Westworld


Westworld
What it's about: A western-themed amusement park serves as a playground for the ultra-wealthy, but the locals aren't actors — they're robots. Revolutionary advancements in artificial intelligence technology have allowed for stunningly life-like "hosts" to mimic human behavior and serve as the park's entertainment, but unfortunately these hosts aren't aware that the world they live in (and repeatedly die in) isn't actually real — or are they?
Why you should watch: Despite having a shaky Season 2, Westworld is a great binge that will keep you on the edge of your seat. You'll also have the added benefit of getting the answers to each season's burning questions much faster than week-to-week viewers, who had to watch and speculate at a much slower speed. So long as you remember that literally anyone can be a robot at any time, you'll enjoy your trip to Westworld.
How many seasons: 2
Where you can watch: HBO Now, HBO Go, Hulu, Amazon Prime

Louis Hofmann, <em>Dark</em>Louis Hofmann, Dark

Dark
What it's about: Thanks to a wormhole in the underground caves beneath the local power plant, strange things start happening in the small German town of Winden. Time travel, disappearing children and family secrets intertwine in a thrilling mystery that spans three generations.
Why you should watch: Dark is Netflix's first German-language Original, meaning you've either got to watch with subtitles or the English dub. That means it may take you a minute to get into it, but once you do, you're in for a wild ride. Tangled webs of time travel and family secrets pair well with the show's odd sense of humor, making for a cool mystery that will keep you binging late into the night.
How many seasons: 1
Where you can watch: Netflix

<em>The Expanse</em>The Expanse

The Expanse
What it's about: Set in a future where humans have colonized the solar system, prejudices have divided humanity into three camps: Earth, Mars and The Belt. But when a mysterious alien technology is discovered and a political conspiracy spanning the solar system begins to unravel, it becomes up to the idealist James Holden to try and save humanity from the potential alien weapon — and themselves.
Why you should watch: The most intriguing part of The Expanse is the intricate world-building and political machinations that underscore the cool sci-fi stuff like space battles and even gravity torture. The interplanetary conflict at the core of the show's story creates a ton of juicy arcs that all build toward some seriously unpredictable reveals.
How many seasons: 3
Where you can watch: Amazon Prime