Joss Whedon's underappreciated 2002 Space-Western TV series that later became a movie.
Earth has moved on. Overpopulation among other things has caused humanity to leave Earth and colonize new planets. The Inner planets became The Alliance, who wanted to unite humanity. The Outer planets wanted to live their lives like they always did became the Independents. War broke out, in which the Independents were defeated and now live oppressed and poor.
Capt. Malcolm 'Mal' Reynolds and his crew travel throughout the new solar system, doing whatever job comes there way. Legal and otherwise.
Nathan Fillion as Malcolm Reynolds- Captain of the Serenity, a Firefly class vessel
Gina Torres as Zoe Washburne- Second in Command
Alan Tudyk as Hoban 'Wash' Washburne- The Pilot
Adam Baldwin as Jayne Cobb- The Hired Gun
Jewel Staite as Kaylee Frye- The Engineer
Sean Maher as Dr. Simon Tam- A Medical Doctor
Summer Glau as River Tam- Simon's sister and telepath
Ron Glass as Sheperd Book- A Preacher
Morena Baccarin as Inara Serra- A Companion(similar to a prostitute, but more dignified)
The 14 Episode show follows the group as they do an assortment of jobs from planet to planet, such as a train heist, people smuggling, and medical supply theivery.
Sadly, the show was cancelled by Fox near the end of its run due to lack of viewers. The show has now attained a cult status.
A few months after the final episode of Firefly, an Alliance agent known as the Operative is tasked to bring in River Tam. While this is happening, Reynolds and the crew (sans Inara and Book), attempt to pull off a bank heist, bringing (for the first time) River with them, against the demands of Simon. The robbery goes off without a hitch, until they are attacked by the Reavers, a cannabilistic race of humans who saw the edge of the universe, and went mad. After they nearly escape, Simon tells Reynolds that he is leaving with River, because of her being in danger. But, when River goes crazy and starts a random outburst of violence in a bar while looking for a new ship, Reynolds must harbor the fugitives, learning that the Alliance is on their trail.
A good film. If you haven't seen the film or Firefly, I recommend seeing the film. You don't need to know the exact details of the TV show, but it helps.
Recommended for those who enjoy: Sci Fi, Westerns, Action, deep characters.