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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The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Supernatural
Supernatural
True Blood
True Blood
Smallville
Smallville
Being Human
Being Human
Revolution
Revolution
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Defiance
Defiance
Haven
Haven
Charmed
Charmed
Almost Human
Almost Human
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
MythBusters
MythBusters
Lost
Lost
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Star Trek
Star Trek
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Space 1999
Space 1999
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Alf
Alf
Fringe
Fringe
Heroes
Heroes
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Misfits
Misfits
The X-Files
The X-Files
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
John Doe
John Doe
Heroic Age
Heroic Age
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
UFO
UFO
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
Farscape
Farscape
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
The River
The River
Moonlight
Moonlight
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Roswell
Roswell
The 4400
The 4400
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Angel
Angel
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Torchwood
Torchwood
Martian Successor Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico
Ark
Ark
The Resistance
The Resistance
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Medium
Medium
Firefly
Firefly
School Spirits
School Spirits
Weird Science
Weird Science
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Sliders
Sliders
Chobits
Chobits
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Jericho
Jericho
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Animorphs
Animorphs
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Max Steel
Max Steel
Max Headroom
Max Headroom
The After
The After
Galactica 1980
Galactica 1980
Eureka
Eureka
Shakira
Shakira
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Dinotopia
Dinotopia