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
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Star Trek
Star Trek
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Humans
Humans
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Blindspot
Blindspot
Alf
Alf
Second Chance
Second Chance
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Smallville
Smallville
Charmed
Charmed
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Colony
Colony
Primeval
Primeval
Defiance
Defiance
Medium
Medium
Dominion
Dominion
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who (1963)
Lost
Lost
Torchwood
Torchwood
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Haven
Haven
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
UFO
UFO
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Heroes
Heroes
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Fringe
Fringe
Moonlight
Moonlight
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
American Gothic
American Gothic
The X-Files
The X-Files
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
MECH-X4
MECH-X4
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
MythBusters
MythBusters
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Eureka
Eureka
Extant
Extant
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
Mermaids
Mermaids
Max Steel
Max Steel
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Misfits
Misfits
11.22.63
11.22.63
Farscape
Farscape
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Best Friends Whenever
Best Friends Whenever
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Firefly
Firefly
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Space 1999
Space 1999
Sliders
Sliders
Dark Matter
Dark Matter
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Dollhouse
Dollhouse
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
John Doe
John Doe
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Revolution
Revolution
Tin Man
Tin Man
Almost Human
Almost Human
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Aftermath (2016)
Aftermath (2016)
Roswell
Roswell
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
Ascension
Ascension
Jericho
Jericho
Psychic Investigators
Psychic Investigators
The River
The River
Galactica 1980
Galactica 1980
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Surface
Surface