April’s about to get nerdy.
From returning series “West world” to debuting series (“The Crossing,” “Lost in Space”), science-fiction shows are surging on TV this spring.
And while the genre’s hardly new, sci-fi experts think there’s a reason they’re taking over our screens right now.
Charlie Jane Anders, who’s the author of Nebula Award-winning sci-fi novel “All the Birds in the Sky,” tells The Post that sci-fi simultaneously scratches two societal itches: the need for escapism, and the need for warnings of what could come to pass in a worst-case scenario.
“Science fiction continues to provide an inexhaustible supply of metaphors for real-life problems like war, international tensions, climate change — but also reasons for optimism that humans can still solve our problems and make it to the stars.”
John Scalzi, who’s the Hugo Award-winning author of sci-fi novels such as “Redshirts” and served as a creative consultant on “Stargate Universe,” adds that one reason the genre is so popular is that it doesn’t have a particular demographic.
“It’s for everybody,” he says. “What used to be ‘geek’ entertainment is now mainstream. At this point, it’s one of the most reliable genres to make a film or television series from. Someone will always show up to watch.”
Clearly, networks are banking on people showing up in April. Here are some geeky-good debuting and returning shows to watch for:
This new show follows refugees from a war-torn country fleeing to an American small town. The premise is standard enough — except for that, mysteriously, the war they’re escaping hasn’t happened yet. It’s 180 years in the future. Premiere date: April 2 on ABC.
Is David Haller (Dan Stevens) schizophrenic, or does he have special mental superpowers? This question began in the trippy first season of Noah Hawley’s show, and it continues into the second. Premiere date: April 3 on FX.
“Lost in Space”
The classic campy ’60s show featuring the Robinson family’s misadventures in space is being remade as a sleek big-budget Netflix series starring Parker Posey as Dr. Smith. Premiere date: April 13 on Netflix.
This universe-trotting space opera, based on the popular books by James S.A. Corey, is set in a colonized solar system. It gives just as much attention to its interpersonal relationships as its science and politics. Season 3 premieres April 11 on Syfy.