Science Fiction TV Shows

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
Westworld
Westworld
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Outlander
Outlander
Supernatural
Supernatural
Humans
Humans
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Alf
Alf
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Star Trek
Star Trek
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Blindspot
Blindspot
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Medium
Medium
Primeval
Primeval
Charmed
Charmed
Colony
Colony
Smallville
Smallville
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Dominion
Dominion
Lost
Lost
Second Chance
Second Chance
Angel
Angel
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Defiance
Defiance
Firefly
Firefly
Heroes
Heroes
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
MECH-X4
MECH-X4
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
The X-Files
The X-Files
Haven
Haven
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Beyblade
Beyblade
Eureka
Eureka
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
UFO
UFO
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Torchwood
Torchwood
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Extant
Extant
Moonlight
Moonlight
Max Steel
Max Steel
Fringe
Fringe
Best Friends Whenever
Best Friends Whenever
Being Human
Being Human
MythBusters
MythBusters
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
11.22.63
11.22.63
Revolution
Revolution
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
The 4400
The 4400
Sliders
Sliders
Roswell
Roswell
Farscape
Farscape
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Mermaids
Mermaids
Jericho
Jericho
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Caprica
Caprica
Misfits
Misfits
Space 1999
Space 1999
Weird Science
Weird Science
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
The River
The River
Dark Matter
Dark Matter
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Psychic Investigators
Psychic Investigators
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
Blue Gender
Blue Gender
Sapphire and Steel
Sapphire and Steel
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Divine Gate
Divine Gate
Gantz
Gantz
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex