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The Forgotten Sci-Fi Series Everyone Should Binge On Amazon

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Sci-fi is a popular but overflowing genre, so it's not unheard of for a sci-fi movie or show to be flushed down the memory hole. Classics such as Star Trek and Quantum Leap pervade the pop culture subconscious, but who remembers shows like Manimal and Cleopatra 2525 (not to be confused with Cleopatra in Space)? There are too many sci-fi properties to keep track of, so it's only natural for audiences to forget about the bottom of the barrel. But every now and then, an award-winning sci-fi property escapes the gravity well of human memory. That's where streaming services such as Amazon come in.

Amazon Prime is nothing if not full of bingeable sci-fi programs that have been forgotten for one reason or another. You can watch shows such as Metal Hurlant Chronicles, By Night Origins, and Warehouse 13, but the service also has plenty of programs that deserve far more attention, including the award-winning Farscape.

Farscape is the best sci-fi show you've never seen ... powered by Muppet technology

Farscape is a novel science fiction epic that ran from 1999 to 2003 on the Sci-Fi Channel, now known as Syfy. The show revolved around John Crichton (Ben Browder), an astrophysicist astronaut who flew into a wormhole and was flung to the far side of the galaxy. He found himself allied with a ragtag group of aliens living inside an organic ship, all on the run from the corrupt military authority known as the Peacekeepers.

Unlike most sci-fi shows, Farscape's crew didn't slap some prosthetic ears and contact lenses on actors and call them aliens. Instead, the production staff went the extra mile and teamed up with the silicone savants and puppeteering prodigies at the Jim Henson Company to create prosthetics for the show's cast of extraterrestrials. In fact, two of the show's characters, Pilot and Dominar Rygel XVI, were nothing but puppets. Throughout its run, Farscape was nominated for a Primetime Emmy and won three Saturn Awards for Best Syndicated/Cable Television Series three years in a row.

Farscape ended its four-season run on a cliffhanger that was resolved in the TV movie Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars. Luckily for fans, all four seasons of the series and Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars (released in two, 91-minute episodes for streaming) are available to watch on Amazon Prime Video.