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
Outlander
Outlander
Supernatural
Supernatural
True Blood
True Blood
Smallville
Smallville
Haven
Haven
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Extant
Extant
Being Human
Being Human
MythBusters
MythBusters
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Defiance
Defiance
Charmed
Charmed
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Lost
Lost
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
The Lottery
The Lottery
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Star Trek
Star Trek
Space 1999
Space 1999
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Dominion
Dominion
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Fringe
Fringe
The X-Files
The X-Files
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Farscape
Farscape
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Revolution
Revolution
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Heroes
Heroes
Xenosaga: The Animation
Xenosaga: The Animation
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Misfits
Misfits
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Supercar
Supercar
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Roswell
Roswell
Flash Gordon (1936)
Flash Gordon (1936)
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Survivors
Survivors
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
American Gothic
American Gothic
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
The Wil Wheaton Project
The Wil Wheaton Project
John Doe
John Doe
Almost Human
Almost Human
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Jericho
Jericho
Firefly
Firefly
Animorphs
Animorphs
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Riese: Kingdom Falling
Weird Science
Weird Science
Moonlight
Moonlight
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
Neverland
Neverland
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
30 Days of Night: Blood Trails
Shakira
Shakira
Death Valley
Death Valley
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet
Angel
Angel
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Torchwood
Torchwood
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
Max Steel
Max Steel
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Alien Nation
Alien Nation
Blood Ties
Blood Ties
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi