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
Defiance
Defiance
Smallville
Smallville
Haven
Haven
Extant
Extant
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Revolution
Revolution
Being Human
Being Human
MythBusters
MythBusters
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Charmed
Charmed
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Lost
Lost
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Jericho
Jericho
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The X-Files
The X-Files
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek
Star Trek
Misfits
Misfits
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Almost Human
Almost Human
The Lottery
The Lottery
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Heroes
Heroes
Space 1999
Space 1999
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Fringe
Fringe
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Farscape
Farscape
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Chobits
Chobits
Weird Science
Weird Science
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Roswell
Roswell
Survivors
Survivors
Moonlight
Moonlight
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Firefly
Firefly
Angel
Angel
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
Sliders
Sliders
Ark
Ark
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Eureka
Eureka
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Flash Gordon
Flash Gordon
The Wil Wheaton Project
The Wil Wheaton Project
Delirium
Delirium
Shakira
Shakira
Saul of the Mole Men
Saul of the Mole Men
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Supercar
Supercar
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Natsu no Arashi!
Natsu no Arashi!
Torchwood
Torchwood
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
The River
The River
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Aquarion
Aquarion
Primeval
Primeval
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Invasion
Invasion
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
UFO
UFO
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Invasion Earth
Invasion Earth
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Animorphs
Animorphs
Sanctuary
Sanctuary