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
Outlander
Outlander
True Blood
True Blood
Smallville
Smallville
MythBusters
MythBusters
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Ascension
Ascension
Lost
Lost
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Haven
Haven
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Defiance
Defiance
Misfits
Misfits
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Charmed
Charmed
Star Trek
Star Trek
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Space 1999
Space 1999
Dominion
Dominion
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
The X-Files
The X-Files
Jericho
Jericho
Extant
Extant
Heroes
Heroes
Being Human
Being Human
Alf
Alf
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Chobits
Chobits
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Roswell
Roswell
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
FLCL
FLCL
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Fringe
Fringe
Firefly
Firefly
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Revolution
Revolution
Death Valley
Death Valley
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Angel
Angel
Survivors
Survivors
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
UFO
UFO
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Eureka
Eureka
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
John Doe
John Doe
Moonlight
Moonlight
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
American Gothic
American Gothic
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Max Steel
Max Steel
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
The River
The River
The Lottery
The Lottery
The Storm
The Storm
Animorphs
Animorphs
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
This is Not My Life
This is Not My Life
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
Mermaids
Mermaids
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
Sliders
Sliders
Torchwood
Torchwood