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
Extant
Extant
Outlander
Outlander
Defiance
Defiance
Smallville
Smallville
Dominion
Dominion
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Being Human
Being Human
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
MythBusters
MythBusters
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Revolution
Revolution
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Haven
Haven
Lost
Lost
Star Trek
Star Trek
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Lottery
The Lottery
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Charmed
Charmed
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Fringe
Fringe
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The X-Files
The X-Files
Heroes
Heroes
Almost Human
Almost Human
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Misfits
Misfits
Space 1999
Space 1999
Roswell
Roswell
Firefly
Firefly
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Farscape
Farscape
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Primeval
Primeval
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Psychic Investigators
Psychic Investigators
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Ark
Ark
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
American Gothic
American Gothic
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Aquarion
Aquarion
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Torchwood
Torchwood
Angel
Angel
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Survivors
Survivors
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Moonlight
Moonlight
Lexx
Lexx
Neverland
Neverland
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Jericho
Jericho
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
The River
The River
Sliders
Sliders
Animorphs
Animorphs
Shakira
Shakira
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Death Valley
Death Valley
Phoenix
Phoenix
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
The After
The After
Max Headroom
Max Headroom
Crusade
Crusade
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast