The recent explosion of streaming networks has provided an unprecedented amount of content to consumers. Now more than ever, viewers have access to older series and movies, classics, and guilty pleasures. One of the services that you may not have heard of is Comet TV. You can find it on CometTV.com or as an app on Roku, Apple TV, over the air by satellite, and as a cable channel. The sci-fi all-day-everyday service is full of many series and movies you can’t get anywhere else.
The channel works more like a traditional television channel. It has scheduled programming instead of loading any series you want whenever you want. That does mean you have to be a little more organized than with most streamers, but it is worth a little extra effort, especially if you are on a budget and love science fiction. The best thing is, it is completely free! Here is a list of all the best series and movies you can watch on Comet TV right now.
Editors note: May 2021-Bookmark this page as it will be updated monthly.
The Best Series on Comet TV
Quinn Mallory has a problem: He’s discovered a way to travel to other dimensions. So, what’s the issue? Like Sam in “Quantum Leap,” he can’t get back home. But don’t worry; he’s not lost alone.
I can hear the eye rolls from here. This is actually a really good series that was far better than people remember. Jerry O’Connell is adorable, and with five seasons, there is plenty to keep you busy. The cast added and subtracted characters, especially in the later seasons, but they were all good with standout John Rhys-Davies playing Professor Maximillian Arturo. As a concept, Sliders is fantastic. In the early episodes, it was just that. Some of the later seasons lacked the tight story writing the show had been known for, but there is still enough for fans, especially when you are jonesing for a multiverse plot focus.
“The truth is out there.” FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) investigate unexplained, mind-bending cases known as “X-Files.”
J.H. Wyman is a sci-fi God. He created The X-Files, Fringe, and NBC’s newest Debris which has been slowly building buzz. The X-Files is where it all began, though. Mulder and Scully are a great team, and there are a few flat-out chilling episodes.
A collection of short supernatural plays. Hosted by Rod Serling of The Twilight Zone fame, takes us on journeys into the supernatural and macabre.
Serling’s more horror forward series is a bit hit or miss, but as a whole, it is quality television that is less known than The Twilight Zone. Most of the episodes have a similar moral question attached to the story, and all of them explore the reality that humans are usually more monstrous than any monster. My personal favorite is the ambiguous Brenda with its creepy kid and strangely sad ending.
This update of the late-1970s series takes a decidedly darker tone as what’s left of humankind struggles for survival against the robot Cylons, who have killed millions. The Galactica, led by William Adama, protects a patched-together fleet of civilians — led by de facto president Laura Roslin — in search of a mythical planet called Earth.
This reboot proves that it is possible to best the original. It was a critical and fan darling in every season. Even with the confounding ending, this series sets the bar very high for all future reboots of any show ever. The acting is fantastic across the board, and the plot rarely misses a step.
The Best Movies On Comet TV
Empire Of The Ants
Con artist Marilyn Fryser (Joan Collins) has a steady and profitable racket. Along with an unscrupulous ship captain (Robert Lansing), she takes gullible investors on a cruise of the Everglades and persuades them to invest in a housing development that will never be. But when she and her latest group of suckers go ashore on a small island, they’re horrified to discover that illegally dumped toxic waste has created a breed of giant ants set on human destruction.
This is the first horror movie I ever saw, and it scarred me for life. To this day, I am terrified of ants. The film is dated, and the effects aren’t great, but there is something about those massive Formicidae attacking people that stuck with me. Forget the hokey dialogue and obvious 70’s styling and just focus on the insects.
Astronauts Payton (Dennis Quaid) and Bower (Ben Foster) awake in a hypersleep chamber with no memory of who they are or what their mission might be. While Payton stays behind to monitor the radio transmitter, Bower ventures out of the chamber into the seemingly abandoned spaceship. The men quickly realize that they are not alone and that the fate of mankind hinges on what they do next.
Pandorum is easily my favorite film on this list. It is a gritty, brutal film about what survival means. The ending is guaranteed to make you think, and Dennis Quaid and Ben Foster deliver stellar performances. This is what true horror sci-fi should look like. Pay close attention because the film messes with your mind from the very beginning.
A Los Angeles writer (George Newbern) discovers his new roommate and lover (Drew Barrymore) is on the run from her evil ghostly double.
It’s a guilty pleasure that is sexy and weird. Barrymore is good in this bizarre role. Doppelganger isn’t high cinema, but it is worth watching, especially if you are looking for a slightly erotic weirdo film that will creep you out just enough.
The Death Artist
Plaster-encased corpses of people and animals make a dimwitted busboy (Anthony Michael Hall) the toast of the art community.
Speaking of guilty pleasures, The Death Artist might be guilty of compelling perfectly reasonable people to watch it. From 1995 it stars Anthony Michael Hall, Justine Bateman, and Shadoe Stevens. It’s a little-known movie that deserves to be seen if for no other reason than the cast is fun and the film is so obscure it could be a conversation starter.
The full schedule can be found here. Remember, this service will require you to either start watching when the show or movie airs or record it to a DVR or cloud service to watch at a more convenient time. Come back each month as the lineup is constantly changing, and you will no doubt find yourself resisting old favorites and uncovering some hidden gems.
As the Managing Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre entertainment. I grew up with old-school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. My work can be found here and Travel Weird, where I am the Editor in Chief.