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
Outlander
Outlander
Supernatural
Supernatural
True Blood
True Blood
Smallville
Smallville
Haven
Haven
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Being Human
Being Human
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Extant
Extant
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
MythBusters
MythBusters
Charmed
Charmed
Defiance
Defiance
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Star Trek
Star Trek
Lost
Lost
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Dominion
Dominion
The Lottery
The Lottery
Space 1999
Space 1999
Fringe
Fringe
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
The X-Files
The X-Files
Misfits
Misfits
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Revolution
Revolution
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
Xenosaga: The Animation
Xenosaga: The Animation
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Farscape
Farscape
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Heroes
Heroes
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Roswell
Roswell
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Survivors
Survivors
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Mermaids
Mermaids
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Wil Wheaton Project
The Wil Wheaton Project
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Firefly
Firefly
Moonlight
Moonlight
Almost Human
Almost Human
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Weird Science
Weird Science
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
Jericho
Jericho
UFO
UFO
Max Steel
Max Steel
Alf
Alf
Supercar
Supercar
The River
The River
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
John Doe
John Doe
Torchwood
Torchwood
Eureka
Eureka
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Angel
Angel
American Gothic
American Gothic
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Animorphs
Animorphs
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet
Shakira
Shakira
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
The Sparticle Mystery
The Sparticle Mystery