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
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Lost
Lost
MythBusters
MythBusters
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Charmed
Charmed
Haven
Haven
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Star Trek
Star Trek
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The X-Files
The X-Files
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Heroes
Heroes
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Sliders
Sliders
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Dominion
Dominion
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Being Human
Being Human
Firefly
Firefly
Defiance
Defiance
Extant
Extant
Moonlight
Moonlight
Fringe
Fringe
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Alf
Alf
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Roswell
Roswell
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The River
The River
The Lottery
The Lottery
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Survivors
Survivors
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Eureka
Eureka
Space 1999
Space 1999
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
John Doe
John Doe
The Sparticle Mystery
The Sparticle Mystery
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Misfits
Misfits
Ascension
Ascension
UFO
UFO
Revolution
Revolution
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
Farscape
Farscape
Max Steel
Max Steel
Painkiller Jane
Painkiller Jane
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Torchwood
Torchwood
Animorphs
Animorphs
Medium
Medium
Jericho
Jericho
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
American Gothic
American Gothic
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
Aquarion
Aquarion
FLCL
FLCL
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Death Valley
Death Valley
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Chobits
Chobits
Kiddy Grade
Kiddy Grade
Mermaids
Mermaids
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Angel
Angel
This is Not My Life
This is Not My Life
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
Almost Human
Almost Human
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Superboy
Superboy
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Weird Science
Weird Science
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
Lexx
Lexx
Galactica 1980
Galactica 1980
Forever Knight
Forever Knight
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Martian Successor Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico
Caprica
Caprica
Dollhouse
Dollhouse
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Phoenix
Phoenix
Crusade
Crusade
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
The 4400
The 4400
Hyperdrive
Hyperdrive
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Neverland
Neverland
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Psychic Investigators
Psychic Investigators
Red vs. Blue
Red vs. Blue
Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds
Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds
Surface
Surface
Tremors
Tremors
Paranormal Investigators
Paranormal Investigators
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Kamichama Karin
Kamichama Karin
Heroic Age
Heroic Age
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Gantz
Gantz
The Maury Island Incident
The Maury Island Incident
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Tracker
Tracker
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
The Messengers
The Messengers
School Spirits
School Spirits
Max Headroom
Max Headroom
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
The Messengers
The Messengers
Tales of Tomorrow
Tales of Tomorrow
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
Earth 2
Earth 2
Primeval
Primeval
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
Invasion
Invasion
The New Outer Limits
The New Outer Limits
Stingray (1964)
Stingray (1964)
Timeslip
Timeslip
Best of The Outer Limits
Best of The Outer Limits
Mad Mad House
Mad Mad House
The 1900 House
The 1900 House
Chaos;HEAd
Chaos;HEAd
The Sarah Jane Adventure
The Sarah Jane Adventure
Scarecrow
Scarecrow
Gakuen Heaven
Gakuen Heaven
Blood Ties
Blood Ties
Logan's Run
Logan's Run
Delirium
Delirium
Hybrid
Hybrid
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Psychic Squad
Psychic Squad
Code Geass
Code Geass
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Land of the Lost
Land of the Lost
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Weeping Angels
K9
K9
The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells
The Infinite Worlds of H.G. Wells
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Alien Nation
Alien Nation
The Hunger
The Hunger
Doctor Who, The Companions
Doctor Who, The Companions
Supernova
Supernova
5th Dimension
5th Dimension
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Shakira
Shakira
Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed
Aliens On The Moon: The Truth Exposed
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Sapphire and Steel
Sapphire and Steel
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
The After
The After
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders