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
The X-Files
The X-Files
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
True Blood
True Blood
Smallville
Smallville
Second Chance
Second Chance
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Colony
Colony
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Charmed
Charmed
Haven
Haven
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Lost
Lost
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
MythBusters
MythBusters
11.22.63
11.22.63
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
Heroes
Heroes
Star Trek
Star Trek
Humans
Humans
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Defiance
Defiance
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Dominion
Dominion
Alf
Alf
Fringe
Fringe
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Misfits
Misfits
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Jericho
Jericho
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
The Messengers
The Messengers
UFO
UFO
Angel
Angel
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Eureka
Eureka
Moonlight
Moonlight
Space 1999
Space 1999
Extant
Extant
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Max Steel
Max Steel
Mermaids
Mermaids
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Medium
Medium
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
The River
The River
Best Friends Whenever
Best Friends Whenever
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Being Human
Being Human
Olympus
Olympus
Firefly
Firefly
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Doctor Who: The End of Time
Doctor Who: The End of Time
Superboy
Superboy
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Revolution
Revolution
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
Painkiller Jane
Painkiller Jane
Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Land of the Lost
Land of the Lost
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Tin Man
Tin Man
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Hyperdrive
Hyperdrive
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
Almost Human
Almost Human
American Gothic
American Gothic
Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
Roswell
Roswell
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Torchwood
Torchwood
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Primeval
Primeval
Neverland
Neverland
Dinotopia
Dinotopia