‘Altered Carbon‘ is a futuristic sci-fi drama that transports us to 360 years in the future, in the year 2384. Set in the fictional metropolis of Bay City, it introduces us to a technologically enhanced society where a person’s memories and consciousness can be transferred to a disk-shaped device called a cortical stack. The gadget is then implanted in the vertebrae at the back of the neck. Even bodies are interchangeable and death is no more a permanent truth. Takeshi Kovacs, the protagonist, is the last living soldier who survived an interstellar war that led to his team being defeated in the battle. Supposedly dead, his mind was however preserved for centuries and now, an extremely rich businessman, Laurens Bancroft, gives him an opportunity to live again, but on one condition: Kovacs would have to solve Bancroft’s murder and discover the person who was behind it.
Created by Laeta Kalogridis and adapted from Richard K. Morgan’s 2002-released eponymous novel, ‘Altered Carbon’ debuted on Netflix on February 2, 2018. Now, if you have watched all of its episodes and are searching for titles that explore similar themes and ideas, then look no further. Here’s the list of best shows similar to ‘Altered Carbon’ that are our recommendations. You can watch several of these series like ‘Altered Carbon’ on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime.
10. Travelers (2016-18)
‘Travelers’ adopts a similar theme as depicted in ‘Altered Carbon’. Set several centuries in the future, it is about technologically superior humans who have discovered means to embody people from the current 21st century. The present human generation is on the brinks of collapse and these time-travelers from the future attempt to prevent the catastrophe from happening.
9. Black Mirror (2011-)
Yet another thought-provoking show like ‘Altered Carbon’, ‘Black Mirror‘ is about how technology radically transforms people’s lives. Exploring the darker side and negative effects of gadgets that control our lives, this series narrates independent stories, which are at times, loosely interlinked to each other. Set in the dystopic future, ‘Black Mirror’ forces us to question our sanity, as we increasingly become dependent on and dominated by technology.