’70s Sci-Fi

’70s Sci-Fi

19 Episodes

The maverick spirit that defined the New Hollywood of the 1970s resulted in a wave of fascinating, wild, and often way-out-there science-fiction head trips that carried on the radical experimentation of the sixties while paving the way for the blockbuster boom of the eighties. It was during this decade that directors like Stanley Kubrick, George Lucas, John Carpenter, David Cronenberg, and George Miller pushed the boundaries of the genre with visionary space operas, chilling dystopian freak-outs, and mind-bending speculative thrillers that examined the era’s anxieties about technology, consumerism, overpopulation, and environmental collapse. From genre-defining landmarks like A Clockwork Orange and Mad Max to cult classics like Westworld and Rollerball to unclassifiable oddities like God Told Me To and A Boy and His Dog, this expansive survey offers a deep dive into a uniquely fertile moment when filmmakers gazed towards the future with awe and terror.

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’70s Sci-Fi
  • ’70s Sci-Fi Teaser

    Episode 1

  • No Blade of Grass

    Episode 2

    Directed by Cornel Wilde • 1970 • United States
    Starring Nigel Davenport, Jean Wallace, John Hamill

    No room to run! No place to hide! Maddened by fear, they turn against each other! An environmental catastrophe destroys civilization. Thousands are starving. Millions are dead. Resources are used ...

  • A Clockwork Orange

    Episode 3

    Directed by Stanley Kubrick • 1971 • United Kingdom
    Starring Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates

    Stomping, whomping, stealing, singing, tap-dancing, violating . . . Derby-topped hooligan Alex (Malcolm McDowell) has a good time—at the tragic expense of others. His journey from amoral p...

  • The Omega Man

    Episode 4

    Directed by Boris Sagal • 1971 • United States
    Starring Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash

    The second screen adaptation of Richard Matheson’s oft-filmed science-fiction novel I AM LEGEND stars Charlton Heston as Neville, seemingly the sole human survivor of a biological catastrophe, w...

  • THX 1138

    Episode 5

    Directed by George Lucas • 1971 • United States
    Starring Robert Duvall, Donald Pleasence, Don Pedro Colley

    Before STAR WARS, director George Lucas created this haunting vision of the future starring Academy Award winner Robert Duvall. In the twenty-fifth century, humans exist in a computer-contr...

  • Z.P.G.
    1:34:40
    Episode 6

    Z.P.G.

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michael Campus • 1972 • United States
    Starring Oliver Reed, Geraldine Chaplin, Don Gordon

    Zero population growth: that’s the goal of the government controlling a smog-choked future Earth where human-caused environmental catastrophe has made life increasingly unsustainable and having ...

  • Westworld

    Episode 7

    Directed by Michael Crichton • 1973 • United States
    Starring Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin

    Welcome to the adult playground designed to cater to any fantasy, where lifelike robots are programmed for romance, violence, or anything you desire—a place called Westworld. Peter Martin (Ri...

  • Soylent Green

    Episode 8

    Directed by Richard Fleischer • 1973 • United States
    Starring Charlton Heston, Leigh Taylor-Young, Edward G. Robinson

    SOYLENT GREEN is a landmark in science fiction, a riveting entertainment, and a cautionary tale of looming ecological disaster. Action titan Charlton Heston plays Thorn, a detect...

  • Dark Star

    Episode 9

    Directed by John Carpenter • 1974 • United States
    Starring Brian Narelle, Dan O'Bannon, Cal Kuniholm

    John Carpenter made his feature debut with this gleefully gonzo science-fiction satire, which began life as a student film and went on to become a cult classic. Onboard the titular spaceship, a t...

  • The Terminal Man

    Episode 10

    Directed by Mike Hodges • 1974 • United States
    Starring George Segal, Joan Hackett, Richard Dysart

    Mind control: advances of modern science have moved it from the realm of the mythical into that of the all-too-probable. But science creates a killer in THE TERMINAL MAN, adapted by Mike Hodges fro...

  • Rollerball

    Episode 11

    Directed by Norman Jewison • 1975 • United Kingdom
    Starring James Caan, John Houseman, Maud Adams

    The year is 2018. There are no wars. There is no crime. There is only . . . the Game. In a world where ruthless corporations reign supreme, this vicious and barbaric “sport” keeps the masses enterta...

  • A Boy and His Dog

    Episode 12

    Directed by L. Q. Jones • 1975 • United States
    Starring Don Johnson, Susanne Benton, Jason Robards

    World War IV has ravaged the Earth, and its survivors must battle for food, shelter, and companionship in a postatomic wasteland. This classic sci-fi tale follows the exploits of a young man, Vic (...

  • Death Race 2000

    Episode 13

    Directed by Paul Bartel • 1975 • United States
    Starring David Carradine, Simone Griffeth, Sylvester Stallone

    In a dystopian future, society is enthralled by the Transcontinental Death Race, a cross-country car race that requires contestants to run down innocent pedestrians, rewarding points for ...

  • Shivers
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    Episode 14

    Shivers

    Episode 14

    Directed by David Cronenberg • 1975 • Canada
    Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry

    Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has spent much of his career mining our fears about sex, technology, and corporeal existence, but this breakout feature is perhaps the most shocking of all his body-horror ...

  • The Ultimate Warrior

    Episode 15

    Directed by Robert Clouse • 1975 • United States
    Starring Yul Brynner, Max von Sydow, Joanna Miles

    Yul Brynner and Max von Sydow star in this lively science-fiction thriller set in the year 2012. After a worldwide plague decimates humanity and destroys virtually all plant life, survival depends ...

  • Logan’s Run

    Episode 16

    Directed by Michael Anderson • 1976 • United States
    Starring Michael York, Richard Jordan, Jenny Agutter

    In the Year of the City 2274, humans live in a vast, bubbled metropolis, where computerized servo-mechanisms meet all needs so that everyone can pursue endless hedonism. Endless, that is, unt...

  • God Told Me To

    Episode 17

    Directed by Larry Cohen • 1976 • United States
    Starring Tony Lo Bianco, Deborah Raffin, Sandy Dennis

    A rooftop sniper guns down fourteen pedestrians on the streets of New York City. A mild-mannered dad takes a shotgun and blows away his wife and children. A cop goes on a sudden shooting spree at...

  • Demon Seed

    Episode 18

    Directed by Donald Cammell • 1977 • United States
    Starring Julie Christie, Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham

    Susan Harris (Julie Christie) is alone in the house when, suddenly, doors lock, windows slam shut, and the phone stops working. Susan is trapped by an intruder—but this is no ordinary thug. Her...

  • Mad Max
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    Episode 19

    Mad Max

    Episode 19

    Directed by George Miller • 1979 • Australia
    Starring Mel Gibson, Joanne Samuel, Hugh Keays-Byrne

    Filled with eye-popping stunts and charged with adrenaline, George Miller’s action classic MAD MAX proved wildly influential in its vision of a ruthless postapocalyptic future. Terrorizing innocent ...