Science Fiction TV Shows

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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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True Blood
True Blood
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
Extant
Extant
Smallville
Smallville
Defiance
Defiance
Dominion
Dominion
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Being Human
Being Human
Haven
Haven
MythBusters
MythBusters
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Revolution
Revolution
Charmed
Charmed
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Lost
Lost
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
The Lottery
The Lottery
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Star Trek
Star Trek
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Space 1999
Space 1999
Heroes
Heroes
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Fringe
Fringe
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Misfits
Misfits
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
The X-Files
The X-Files
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Jericho
Jericho
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Almost Human
Almost Human
American Gothic
American Gothic
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Alf
Alf
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Farscape
Farscape
Firefly
Firefly
Texhnolyze
Texhnolyze
Roswell
Roswell
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Animorphs
Animorphs
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Ark
Ark
Moonlight
Moonlight
Blue Gender
Blue Gender
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
UFO
UFO
The Sarah Jane Adventure
The Sarah Jane Adventure
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Eureka
Eureka
Psychic Investigators
Psychic Investigators
Blood Ties
Blood Ties
Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
Weird Science
Weird Science
Superboy
Superboy
Angel
Angel
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Max Steel
Max Steel
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
FLCL
FLCL
Sliders
Sliders
The 4400
The 4400
Charlie Jade
Charlie Jade
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Tracker
Tracker
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Vandread
Vandread
Chobits
Chobits
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal