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
Almost Human
Almost Human
Haven
Haven
Defiance
Defiance
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
MythBusters
MythBusters
Charmed
Charmed
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Space 1999
Space 1999
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Alf
Alf
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Lost
Lost
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Heroic Age
Heroic Age
John Doe
John Doe
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Star Trek
Star Trek
Fringe
Fringe
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Heroes
Heroes
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
UFO
UFO
Misfits
Misfits
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Chobits
Chobits
The X-Files
The X-Files
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
The River
The River
Journeyman
Journeyman
Ark
Ark
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Firefly
Firefly
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
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
Farscape
Farscape
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Max Steel
Max Steel
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Survivors
Survivors
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Angel
Angel
Eureka
Eureka
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Medium
Medium
Torchwood
Torchwood
The Resistance
The Resistance
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Supercar
Supercar
Blue Gender
Blue Gender
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Death Valley
Death Valley
Moonlight
Moonlight
Jericho
Jericho
Three Moons Over Milford
Three Moons Over Milford
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
The 4400
The 4400
Total Recall 2070
Total Recall 2070
Roswell
Roswell
Race to Mars
Race to Mars
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Tales of Tomorrow
Tales of Tomorrow
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Daleks