Robot Movies & A.I. Series to Binge-Watch Now

Since Fritz Lang set Metropolis (1927) in a futuristic, urban dystopia we’ve been mesmerized by on-screen droids. Here are some of the latest, best, and brightest robot movies and series to stream right now.

Series


Westworld

Westworld (2016 - 2019)

Westworld is HBO’s addictive reboot of the classic 1976 movie with Yul Brynner. The storyline is similar: a theme park populated with robots entertains humans living out wild west fantasies including shoot-outs and cyborg romances. Thirty years later however, the park is struggling to find fresh ways to entertain guests, and a technical glitch means robotic memories are no longer completely wiped out once visitors leave the park. (HBO Max, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

Better Than Us (2018)

Better Than Us (2018)

The first Russian sci-fi series purchased by Netflix, Better Than Us is a slick thriller set in 2029. China's one-child policy has led to a shortage of women so an engineer programs a robot, Arisa, to become a wife and the mother of adopted children. Arisa’s creator dies, however, and she is sold to a Russian robotics company before she accidentally kills a man and goes on the run. (English language, Netflix)

Person of Interest (2011 - 2016)

Person of Interest (2011 - 2016)

An ex-CIA agent and a programmer try to save lives with surveillance A.I. that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. Person of Interest fully transitioned to a science fiction drama in Season 2, questioning super-intelligence and other issues at the heart of artificial intelligence. (Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

Lost in Space (2018 - )

Lost in Space (2018 - )

Lost in Space is a rethink of the legendary 1965 series following a family of colonists whose spaceship veers off course. In 2046, the Robinson family is sent to colonize the Alpha Centauri star system. An alien robot breaches the Resolute's hull, however and they crash into a nearby planet. (Netflix)


The Mandalorian (2019 - ) 

The Mandalorian (2019 - ) 

A bounty hunter travels to the outer reaches of the galaxy in The Mandalorian, a space western created by director Jon Favreau (The Wolf of Wall Street). It is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise, and critics and fans love every step. Pedro Pascal (Narcos) plays the masked hero. (Disney+) 


Humans, Seasons 1-3 (2015 - 2018)

Humans, Seasons 1-3 (2015 - 2018)

Set in a parallel present, the trendy gadget for busy families is a Synth - a humanoid. Humans follows one particular family living in the suburbs with a machine that may not be content to be just their servant. (Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Apple TV)


Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

The Galactica crew protect a small civilian fleet, the last of humanity, as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, but the Cylons resurface. The series is part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The New York Times placed the show on its 2019 list of ‘20 Best TV Dramas Since The Sopranos’. (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer in the UK) 


Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021 - )

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021 - )

Cloned humans aim to eliminate the Jedi, branding them traitors who must be executed under an Order 66 diktat. They come up against a unit of elite, experimental clones who travel through a changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone Wars. Fans love the series - with a solid 8.3/10 ranking on IMDB and 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes - although critics aren’t so smitten. (Animated, Disney+) 

Movies

Intersteller

Interstellar (2014) 

Mike Nolan’s Interstellar robotics are so seamlessly integrated that A.I. almost steals the movie. You’ll want to keep your eye on Tars, one of four ex-US Marine tactical robots, along with Plex, Case, and Kipp, that inhabit the Interstellar universe. (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Pay)

Matrix

The Matrix franchise (1999-2021)

In a dystopian future, humanity and intelligent machines co-exist but who is really in control? Computer programmer Thomas Anderson, using the hacker alias ‘Neo’ (Keanu Reeves), is drawn into an epic story of rebellion. (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play)

Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

Caleb, a programmer for a search engine company, participates in an experiment to evaluate the human qualities of a humanoid A.I. Ava is far more clever than Caleb realizes, however, and he finds himself attracted to a robot whose memory will soon be wiped out. (Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

Blade Runner with Ryan Gosling

Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)

Los Angeles Police Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a secret that could plunge society into chaos. He sets out to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), an ex-blade runner who's been missing for 30 years. The 2017 film is the sequel to the not-to-be-missed 1982 Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner. (Amazon Prime, Hulu, Google Play, Apple iTunes, HBO Max)


Space Sweepers (2021) 

 Space Sweepers (2021)

The year is 2092 and a crew of space junk collectors is aboard a ship called The Victory when they discover Dorothy, a humanoid robot believed to be a weapon of mass destruction. An impressive South Korean space Western film shot on a $22m budget. (English subtitles, Netflix) 


I am Mother (2019) 

I Am Mother (2019) 

This Australian film explores the bond between a robot mother and child living in a shelter after the end of the world. I Am Mother examines the love-hate relationship with artificial intelligence in a compelling, enjoyable, watchable film. (Netflix) 


The Terminator franchise (1984-2019)

The Terminator franchise (1984-2019)

Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the franchise in 1984 as The Terminator, a cyborg assassin disguised as a human who travels from 2029 to 1984 for a hit job. Meanwhile, Skynet, an artificial intelligence system, threatens to trigger a nuclear holocaust. The action classic was followed by five sequels including (above) 2019’s The Terminator: Dark Fate. (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play)


Alien

Honorable Mention

Honorable mention goes to the Alien franchise (1979-2017); Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015); Dr. Who (2005 - ); Passengers (2016); I, Robot (2004); Archive (2020); Chappie (2015); WALL-E (2008); and the Transformers series (2007- 2022). 


Star Wars robots

Robot favorites

A special shout out to Star Wars’ R2D2, C3PO and L3-37; 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000; Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Data; Battlestar Galactica’s robot race of Cylons; the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series’ paranoid android Marvin; and The Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man.

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Since Fritz Lang set Metropolis (1927) in a futuristic, urban dystopia we’ve been mesmerized by on-screen droids. Here are some of the latest, best, and brightest robot movies and series to stream right now.

Series


Westworld

Westworld (2016 - 2019)

Westworld is HBO’s addictive reboot of the classic 1976 movie with Yul Brynner. The storyline is similar: a theme park populated with robots entertains humans living out wild west fantasies including shoot-outs and cyborg romances. Thirty years later however, the park is struggling to find fresh ways to entertain guests, and a technical glitch means robotic memories are no longer completely wiped out once visitors leave the park. (HBO Max, Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

Better Than Us (2018)

Better Than Us (2018)

The first Russian sci-fi series purchased by Netflix, Better Than Us is a slick thriller set in 2029. China's one-child policy has led to a shortage of women so an engineer programs a robot, Arisa, to become a wife and the mother of adopted children. Arisa’s creator dies, however, and she is sold to a Russian robotics company before she accidentally kills a man and goes on the run. (English language, Netflix)

Person of Interest (2011 - 2016)

Person of Interest (2011 - 2016)

An ex-CIA agent and a programmer try to save lives with surveillance A.I. that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. Person of Interest fully transitioned to a science fiction drama in Season 2, questioning super-intelligence and other issues at the heart of artificial intelligence. (Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

Lost in Space (2018 - )

Lost in Space (2018 - )

Lost in Space is a rethink of the legendary 1965 series following a family of colonists whose spaceship veers off course. In 2046, the Robinson family is sent to colonize the Alpha Centauri star system. An alien robot breaches the Resolute's hull, however and they crash into a nearby planet. (Netflix)


The Mandalorian (2019 - ) 

The Mandalorian (2019 - ) 

A bounty hunter travels to the outer reaches of the galaxy in The Mandalorian, a space western created by director Jon Favreau (The Wolf of Wall Street). It is the first live-action series in the Star Wars franchise, and critics and fans love every step. Pedro Pascal (Narcos) plays the masked hero. (Disney+) 


Humans, Seasons 1-3 (2015 - 2018)

Humans, Seasons 1-3 (2015 - 2018)

Set in a parallel present, the trendy gadget for busy families is a Synth - a humanoid. Humans follows one particular family living in the suburbs with a machine that may not be content to be just their servant. (Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, Apple TV)


Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009)

The Galactica crew protect a small civilian fleet, the last of humanity, as they journey toward the fabled 13th colony, but the Cylons resurface. The series is part of the Battlestar Galactica franchise. The New York Times placed the show on its 2019 list of ‘20 Best TV Dramas Since The Sopranos’. (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, BBC iPlayer in the UK) 


Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021 - )

Star Wars: The Bad Batch (2021 - )

Cloned humans aim to eliminate the Jedi, branding them traitors who must be executed under an Order 66 diktat. They come up against a unit of elite, experimental clones who travel through a changing galaxy in the aftermath of the Clone Wars. Fans love the series - with a solid 8.3/10 ranking on IMDB and 83 percent on Rotten Tomatoes - although critics aren’t so smitten. (Animated, Disney+) 

Movies

Intersteller

Interstellar (2014) 

Mike Nolan’s Interstellar robotics are so seamlessly integrated that A.I. almost steals the movie. You’ll want to keep your eye on Tars, one of four ex-US Marine tactical robots, along with Plex, Case, and Kipp, that inhabit the Interstellar universe. (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Pay)

Matrix

The Matrix franchise (1999-2021)

In a dystopian future, humanity and intelligent machines co-exist but who is really in control? Computer programmer Thomas Anderson, using the hacker alias ‘Neo’ (Keanu Reeves), is drawn into an epic story of rebellion. (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play)

Ex Machina (2015)

Ex Machina (2015)

Caleb, a programmer for a search engine company, participates in an experiment to evaluate the human qualities of a humanoid A.I. Ava is far more clever than Caleb realizes, however, and he finds himself attracted to a robot whose memory will soon be wiped out. (Apple TV, Amazon Prime, YouTube, Google Play)

Blade Runner with Ryan Gosling

Blade Runner: 2049 (2017)

Los Angeles Police Officer K (Ryan Gosling) unearths a secret that could plunge society into chaos. He sets out to find Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford), an ex-blade runner who's been missing for 30 years. The 2017 film is the sequel to the not-to-be-missed 1982 Ridley Scott movie Blade Runner. (Amazon Prime, Hulu, Google Play, Apple iTunes, HBO Max)


Space Sweepers (2021) 

 Space Sweepers (2021)

The year is 2092 and a crew of space junk collectors is aboard a ship called The Victory when they discover Dorothy, a humanoid robot believed to be a weapon of mass destruction. An impressive South Korean space Western film shot on a $22m budget. (English subtitles, Netflix) 


I am Mother (2019) 

I Am Mother (2019) 

This Australian film explores the bond between a robot mother and child living in a shelter after the end of the world. I Am Mother examines the love-hate relationship with artificial intelligence in a compelling, enjoyable, watchable film. (Netflix) 


The Terminator franchise (1984-2019)

The Terminator franchise (1984-2019)

Arnold Schwarzenegger kicked off the franchise in 1984 as The Terminator, a cyborg assassin disguised as a human who travels from 2029 to 1984 for a hit job. Meanwhile, Skynet, an artificial intelligence system, threatens to trigger a nuclear holocaust. The action classic was followed by five sequels including (above) 2019’s The Terminator: Dark Fate. (Amazon Prime, Apple TV, YouTube, Google Play)


Alien

Honorable Mention

Honorable mention goes to the Alien franchise (1979-2017); Steven Spielberg’s A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001); Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015); Dr. Who (2005 - ); Passengers (2016); I, Robot (2004); Archive (2020); Chappie (2015); WALL-E (2008); and the Transformers series (2007- 2022). 


Star Wars robots

Robot favorites

A special shout out to Star Wars’ R2D2, C3PO and L3-37; 2001: A Space Odyssey’s HAL 9000; Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Data; Battlestar Galactica’s robot race of Cylons; the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series’ paranoid android Marvin; and The Wizard of Oz’s Tin Man.

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