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
Outlander
Outlander
True Blood
True Blood
Smallville
Smallville
Haven
Haven
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
MythBusters
MythBusters
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Defiance
Defiance
Lost
Lost
Being Human
Being Human
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Dominion
Dominion
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Misfits
Misfits
Charmed
Charmed
Fringe
Fringe
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Ascension
Ascension
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Extant
Extant
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
The X-Files
The X-Files
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Heroes
Heroes
The Lottery
The Lottery
Space 1999
Space 1999
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
UFO
UFO
Jericho
Jericho
Revolution
Revolution
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Roswell
Roswell
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Star Trek
Star Trek
Alf
Alf
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
American Gothic
American Gothic
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Firefly
Firefly
FLCL
FLCL
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Survivors
Survivors
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Farscape
Farscape
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Chobits
Chobits
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Angel
Angel
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Max Steel
Max Steel
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
This Ugly Yet Beautiful World
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Ark
Ark
Blue Gender
Blue Gender
Moonlight
Moonlight
Torchwood
Torchwood
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
Garth Marenghi's Darkplace
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
Mermaids
Mermaids
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Death Valley
Death Valley
John Doe
John Doe
Max Headroom
Max Headroom
Weird Science
Weird Science
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Medium
Medium
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Heroic Age
Heroic Age