Science Fiction TV Shows

About Science Fiction

Science fiction plots feature elements that are outside the current reality, but their situations are typically at least plausible. Unlike the fantasy genre, in which there's no problem with plot elements that draw on magic or the supernatural, science fiction plots rely on technology and situations that don't obviously or egregiously disregard the laws of physics and the natural world. Science fiction programming on television evolved from popular literature and radio programming, and it became a popular TV genre especially after the turn of the twenty-first century.

Early television programming often merged science fiction with other genres, such as horror and suspense. Series like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits featured stories of suspense, and sometimes those stories were set in a futuristic context typical of science fiction. In the 1960s, a few space-based science-fiction series-notably Lost in Space and Star Trek-had some limited success, but the genre largely disappeared from television. The success of Star Wars in theaters in the late 1970s drove a short-lived revival of TV science fiction.

In the late 1980s, Star Trek: The Next Generation achieved a level of commercial success that had eluded its predecessor series, and the proliferation of new broadcast networks and cable networks in the 1990s gave a home to a number of new science-fiction series; many of these new series were able to find loyal audiences outside of the mass-market constraints of the major broadcast networks.

Although science fiction had traditionally been more closely aligned with the action and adventure genres, popular series of the last 20 years-The X-Files, Lost and the like-have combined action and suspense with character-driven situations. These series managed to shift the science-fiction audience demographic-which had been predominantly male-and gain a wider audience than traditional science-fiction programs had been able to attract.

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The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
True Blood
True Blood
Extant
Extant
Dominion
Dominion
Smallville
Smallville
Humans
Humans
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Defiance
Defiance
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
MythBusters
MythBusters
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Haven
Haven
Dark Matter
Dark Matter
Lost
Lost
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Star Trek
Star Trek
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Charmed
Charmed
The Messengers
The Messengers
Heroes
Heroes
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Killjoys
Killjoys
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Fringe
Fringe
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Hero Tales
Hero Tales
Misfits
Misfits
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Roswell
Roswell
Tales of Tomorrow
Tales of Tomorrow
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Eureka
Eureka
The X-Files
The X-Files
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Jericho
Jericho
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Space 1999
Space 1999
Medium
Medium
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Moonlight
Moonlight
Sliders
Sliders
Alf
Alf
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Olympus
Olympus
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
Kiddy Grade
Kiddy Grade
Revolution
Revolution
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Max Steel
Max Steel
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Death Valley
Death Valley
Angel
Angel
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
UFO
UFO
Superboy
Superboy
Best Friends Whenever
Best Friends Whenever
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Being Human
Being Human
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Primeval
Primeval
Ascension
Ascension
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The River
The River
Red vs. Blue
Red vs. Blue
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Firefly
Firefly
Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
The Lottery
The Lottery
This is Not My Life
This is Not My Life
Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
Farscape
Farscape
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf