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
Extant
Extant
Smallville
Smallville
Haven
Haven
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Being Human
Being Human
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
MythBusters
MythBusters
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Lost
Lost
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Revolution
Revolution
Outlander
Outlander
Charmed
Charmed
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Star Trek
Star Trek
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
The Lottery
The Lottery
The X-Files
The X-Files
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Almost Human
Almost Human
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Fringe
Fringe
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Heroes
Heroes
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Angel
Angel
Space 1999
Space 1999
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Misfits
Misfits
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Firefly
Firefly
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The River
The River
Farscape
Farscape
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Roswell
Roswell
Alf
Alf
Ark
Ark
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Primeval
Primeval
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Moonlight
Moonlight
Phoenix
Phoenix
Terminator Salvation The Machinima Series
Terminator Salvation The Machinima Series
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Jericho
Jericho
Sliders
Sliders
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Eureka
Eureka
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Survivors
Survivors
American Gothic
American Gothic
Aquarion
Aquarion
Medium
Medium
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
The Wil Wheaton Project
The Wil Wheaton Project
Earth 2
Earth 2
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Lexx
Lexx
Torchwood
Torchwood
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Neverland
Neverland
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
Animorphs
Animorphs
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Crusade
Crusade
Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling