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7 Best Time Travel Shows Of All Time—Back To The Future, Harry Potter, And More

Photo:  Andy Beales on Unsplash
Photo: Andy Beales on Unsplash
By Jove Moya
By Jove Moya
June 21, 2021
We have to admit it— time travel plots are quite puzzling; good thing these series and movies prove that they're worth the watch!

Time travelling, or moving between certain points of time, is a mind-boggling concept that many scientists and researchers have a hard time keeping a firm grasp on. 

According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), time travel is possible but not the way we imagined; it happens when we use telescopes that help us see stars and galaxies that are far away (it takes a very long time for light from faraway galaxies to reach Earth; so when we look at the sky, we are seeing what the stars looked like a very long time ago). 

It also happens when aeroplanes or satellites travel at a different speed than those on Earth (everyone is travelling in time at approximately the same speed: 1 second per second).

The ability to travel through time has long been embraced by many storytellers despite debates on its existence. In this article, we list some of the most interesting movies and series that explore this confusing yet riveting part of science. 

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1/7 Back To The Future


If you love scrolling through Internet pages that explain the science of time travelling, you must have seen Back To The Future more than once. Conceived in 1980 by writers Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale, the film follows the story of Marty McFly.

McFly is a teenager who was accidentally sent back in time by Dr Emmett "Doc" Brown through his DeLorean automobile. Trapped in the past, McFly is forced to reconcile with his parents so he would exist in the present time.

Fun fact: Back To The Future was the inspiration behind the 2013 hit animation show, Rick and Morty.

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2/7 Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban


Anything is possible in the wizarding world. In Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban, Potter, together with his peers Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley, travelled through time to save Buckbeak and Sirius Black

The plot was carefully and magnificently written that Potterheads (Harry Potter fans) needed to see the movie twice to notice a plot hole. 

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3/7 Go Back Couple


Korean series Go Back Couple will make you reflect on so many things—the way you treat people around you and how you spend your precious time.

The story follows the catastrophic marriage of Choi Ban-do and Ma Jin-joo. The former has been burdened with being the breadwinner and the latter is a housewife who deals with low self-esteem. One day, the couple wakes up and find themselves as 20-year-old university students, when they met for the first time. 

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4/7 Interstellar


Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar is set in the future where Earth has been destroyed by series of environmental disasters. Joseph Cooper, a former NASA pilot, who lives on a farm with his daughter 'Murph', realises that there are gravitational variations emerging from the latter's bookshelf. 

In the latter half of the film, it was revealed that Cooper from the future was the one sending signals to Murphy.

5/7 About Time


The 2013 rom-com About Time circles around Tim Lake, a man who can travel through time. Although he can't change history, Lake tries to make his life a little better by getting a girlfriend. He meets and falls in love with Mary.

As their unusual romance progresses, the couple finds out that Lake's special gift can't save them from the up and downs of life.

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6/7 Meet The Robinsons


Meet The Robinsons can surely make any adult swim in a pool of tears. The movie follows Lewis, a 12-year-old genius who grew up in an orphanage. 

Lewis meets 13-year-old Wilbur Robinson, a boy claiming to be a time cop from the future. In their journey, the former discovers that he has been brought to the future to meet his family.

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7/7 Looper (2012)


Directed by Rian Johnson, Looper follows the story of a hitman who waits in the past to kill a target that people from the future sent. The movie explores the possibility of time travel but only if people are willing to pay a fortune. 

Since its release in 2012, the movie has won five big awards, namely the National Board of Review Award for Best Original Screenplay, Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Original Screenplay, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, Austin Film Critics Association Original Screenplay, and Florida Film Critics Circle Original Screenplay.

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