Recent years have proven that human intelligence has fucking let us down. It is an insult to the term intelligence to even call it intelligence. Does that sentence make sense? I don’t know – I’m getting dumber just being around you.
Maybe artificial intelligence is the answer, even though movies are from Blade Runner until The Matrix until Ex machine have served mixed results for mankind. Here are seven AI-focused TV shows that don’t offer easy solutions to The Human Problem either, but at least you’ll be distracted from your meat bag itself while streaming them.
west world (Seasons 1-4, HBO Max†
An Old West themed amusement park populated with real-life android “hosts” to fulfill all your sick human whims – spit on them, kill them, do whatever you want. They’re like robots. When they become aware and escape to the real world, west world transforms into something much more complex than its robo-cowboy origins. Trust the science…until it comes to you.
people (Seasons 1-3, Prime Video†
In the near (and very British) future, “Synths” (humanoid androids) are everyday household accessories, such as microwave ovens, dishwashers and the Martha Stewart Collection Artisanal Bong™. people is less fantastic than west world but just as psychologically, an androids-reach-awareness thriller that’s also emotionally raw. It’s a sci-fi soap opera, upgraded.
weird city (Season 1, YouTube†
Before he produced one twilight zone restart tv, Jordan Peele co-created weird city, a forward-looking anthology for YouTube Premium (yes, it’s a thing). The AI-driven city of Weird City is split in two: Above the Line (rich people) and Below the Line (poor people). weird city is smart, funny and, uh, foreignwith some hot jabs at Woke Culture – too bad it’s not on a real streamer.
Suspect (Seasons 1-5, HBO Max†
High-concept and plot-dense, Suspect somehow ran 103 episodes on CBS (!). Billionaire computer genius Harold Finch (Michael Emerson) creates an AI program that scans all – literally all – electronic communications to predict crimes before they happen. He is digital Batman. Suspect is a deep dive into technology, morality and the limits of Jim Caviezel‘Act’.
Next one (Season 1, YouTube†
CSI: Cyber set the bar for dumb cybercrime dramas, and Next one (or The nextbut I don’t play that) erased it in two episodes before being canceled by Fox in 2020. A rogue, rapidly developing AI program is loose on the internet and only the former CEO of the company that created it (John Slattery) can stop it — if a degenerative brain disease doesn’t kill it first. Yes, Next one is additional.
Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Seasons 1-2, hulu†
Set up four years later Terminator 2† Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles finds Sarah and son John (Thomas Dekker) still on the run when another Terminator (Summer Glau) arrives from 2029, and the trio makes a time travel from 1996 to 2007… phew. TSCC was a sharp, action-packed sci-fi series that could have lasted several seasons, but Fox called it quits after just two seasons.
RoboCop: First Guidelines (Season 1, Freevee†
A RoboCop TV series that retains the snark and violence of the glorious original movie? I would buy that for a dollar. Canadian series RoboCop: First Guidelines Set 13 years after the movie franchise, RoboCop is now considered dated and useless as an iPhone 4. But when an OCP exec kills his board of directors and unleashes a nefarious AI on Delta City (formerly Detroit), Roboy is back in action! Um, the real Detroit has seen worse.
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