Top 15 Flicks For Friends of Science Fiction Fantasy Fanatics

*This Article Contains Affiliate Links*


Everyone has a friend who doesn’t like science fiction or fantasy stuff. You’ve had this conversation I’m sure. It inevitably happens to every one of us.

“Hey did you see ______?”

“No, I can’t watch those movies.”

(long pause)

“I’m sorry, we can’t be friends anymore.”

It doesn’t have to be this drastic or dramatic, but I think you get the idea.

However, for the people in your life who are interested in going to see movies, TV shows, and read books to support you, here’s a list to help ease them into our world. Don’t get excited, these may not convert them to the dark side but you may be able to save your relationship.


These are not for the advanced techie, world-builder, or alien aficionado. These are for the layperson who just wants to get through one of your genre favorites without falling asleep or wanting to bore their own eyes out.

Depending on your level of engagement and relationship you will have a varying amount of their time and attention to your favorite subject.

silhouette image of man and woman arguing with the words what do you mean you don't like my movies?


The 30-45 Minute Option:

TV shows are a great way to introduce them to your favorite worlds. They are short enough that they may not fall asleep. (Choose your times wisely). Also, the segments can be broken up by commercials where you can pause to explain anything they may not understand while allowing them to enjoy the show. The following have been chosen based on their ease of understanding whether or not viewed in episodic order.


image of The Orville cast posterFollows the crew of the not-so-functional exploratory ship in the Earth’s interstellar fleet, 400 years in the future.





The Big Bang Theory

image of The Big Bang Theory cast posterA woman who moves into an apartment across the hall from two brilliant but socially awkward physicists shows them how little they know about life outside of the laboratory.





image of Eureka poster with castA U.S. Marshall becomes the sheriff of a remote cozy little Northwestern town of Eureka where the best minds in the US have secretly been tucked away to build futuristic inventions for the government which often go disastrously wrong.



Star Trek (The Next Generation)

image of Star Trek TNG poster with cast

Set decades after Captain Kirk’s five-year mission, a new generation of Starfleet officers set off in a new Enterprise on their own mission to go where no one has gone before.




Once Upon A Time

Once Upon A Time TV poster imageA young woman with a troubled past is drawn to a small town in Maine where fairy tales are to be believed.





The 90 Minute Option:

Movies are the next level up. Your loved one is committing to sitting in a comfortable seat, eating comfort foods while trying to keep their eyes open to your long awaited favorite film that they’ve never heard of. Go easy on them. The following movies were chosen based on themes easy to understand or characters that may already be familiar to them.

Black Panther – in theaters now

Black Panther movie poster imageT’Challa, the King of Wakanda, rises to the throne in the isolated, technologically advanced African nation, but his claim is challenged by a vengeful outsider who was a childhood victim of T’Challa’s father’s mistake.




Superman (Man of Steel)

image of Superman Man of Steel posterClark Kent, one of the last of an extinguished race disguised as an unremarkable human, is forced to reveal his identity when Earth is invaded by an army of survivors who threaten to bring the planet to the brink of destruction.



Wonder Woman

image of Wonder Woman movie posterWhen a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.




Star Trek (2009)

Star Trek 2009 poster imageThe brash James T. Kirk tries to live up to his father’s legacy with Mr. Spock keeping him in check as a vengeful Romulan from the future creates black holes to destroy the Federation one planet at a time.




Galaxy Quest

Galaxy Quest movie poster image The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord.




The Reading Option:

The nice thing about books is that you don’t have to read them together. They can be completed on their time and at their pace. The bad thing about books is that they may not get through the entire thing before giving up. There are still a few ways around this.

One option is to choose shorter works of fiction. Even short stories can be enough to immerse them in your world. Do not start with an epic story of 500-900 pages. That’s just mean.

Anthologies work best for this because there are a variety of stories on the same theme by several different authors. The length of each story is usually short making it digestible to the new SFF reader. *A word of warning most of the short anthologies with multiple authors are limited editions only.  If you can’t find these look for something recently published with lost of popular authors.

1 Comment

  1. Fortunately for me, all my friends are fans. 😁 My workmates who aren’t fans are not usually tolerant enough to give it a go. But some good suggestions for people who do have tolerant friends who are prepared to try. A bit like I got my younger brother into opera by taking him to Offenbach comedies. He loved them – and married a girl who also liked opera!

Comments are closed.