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5 sci-fi shows about parallel universes and alternative reality to stream ahead of Parallels

Words like 'space-time', 'parallel universes', and 'multiple realities' sound like they belong in a physics textbook, right? But unlocking such secrets doesn't have to be tedious or headache-inducing. For instance, the show Parallels (Disney+ Hotstar) uses a group of teenagers torn apart by an experiment to explore space-time fractures. However, before Parallels drops, put on your thinking cap and learn more about these mind-bending concepts with these five shows!

5 sci-fi shows about parallel universes and alternative reality to stream ahead of Parallels
  • Team OTTplay

Last Updated: 01.55 PM, Mar 30, 2022


His Dark Materials (Disney+ Hotstar)

Alternate realities, witches' prophecies, and a series of mysterious kidnappings, this show has it all! Set in a multi-world reality, the show follows a young orphan Lyra (Dafne Keen), who unearths a dangerous secret and ends up going on an epic life-altering journey. Visually stunning, along with exceptional performances by stalwarts like Ruth Wilson and James McAvoy, the show is magical and intelligent. As immersive as literally stepping into a different world, this show will instantly reel you in!

The Man in the High Castle (Amazon Prime Video)

If you've stayed up at night pondering over various 'what if' questions, then this show is the perfect watch for you. The show is set in a parallel universe. It explores an alternate history where the Axis Powers, including Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan, have emerged victors of WWII. In this dystopian reality, when characters with intertwined destinies come across footage of the two nations losing the war, chaos ensues. Once you start watching this one, there's no stopping; it's that good!

Stranger Things (Netflix)

Brimming with nostalgia, friendships, 80s references, and spooky shenanigans; Stranger Things is what the doctor ordered! Set in 1980s America, the show picks up when a kid (Noah Schnapp) gets trapped in another dimension. Thankfully for him, his friends and mother (Winona Ryder) set out to track him down, only to encounter a strange girl (Millie Bobby Brown) with kinetic powers. If you don't like this show, stranger things have NOT happened.

Westworld (Disney+ Hotstar)

Set in a dystopian future, a landscape where artificial intelligence is almost lifelike, Westworld focuses on an alternate world, a simulation of sorts. The wealthy treat this world as an amusement park, while the robots inhabiting it believe themselves to be humans. Starring Sir Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton and many prolific actors, Westworld deserves your attention.

Dark (Netflix)

When a young boy goes missing in a small German town, the investigation unravels a time travel portal. Interconnected characters travel back and forth between different eras only to discover shocking truths about not only their lives but the effect of time on humanity. The show slowly eases into inter-universal travel, further blowing viewers' minds. The series might require mental gymnastics, but it's all worth it!

Give your brain a workout and catch these shows before Parallels drops on Disney+ Hotstar!