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
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Being Human
Being Human
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Dominion
Dominion
MythBusters
MythBusters
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Charmed
Charmed
Misfits
Misfits
Lost
Lost
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Defiance
Defiance
Space 1999
Space 1999
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
John Doe
John Doe
Extant
Extant
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Jericho
Jericho
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Star Trek
Star Trek
Fringe
Fringe
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The X-Files
The X-Files
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Farscape
Farscape
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Heroes
Heroes
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
UFO
UFO
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
FLCL
FLCL
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Ascension
Ascension
Revolution
Revolution
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Bodacious Space Pirates
Bodacious Space Pirates
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Alf
Alf
The Lottery
The Lottery
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
The River
The River
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Shakira
Shakira
Firefly
Firefly
Roswell
Roswell
Moonlight
Moonlight
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Blue Gender
Blue Gender
Medium
Medium
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Torchwood
Torchwood
Survivors
Survivors
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
Angel
Angel
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Death Valley
Death Valley
Chobits
Chobits
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Max Steel
Max Steel
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
The 4400
The 4400
Marry Him If You Dare
Marry Him If You Dare
The Storm
The Storm
Weird Science
Weird Science
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Almost Human
Almost Human
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace