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
The X-Files
The X-Files
Charmed
Charmed
Outlander
Outlander
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Smallville
Smallville
Star Trek
Star Trek
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Lost
Lost
True Blood
True Blood
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
MythBusters
MythBusters
Heroes
Heroes
Haven
Haven
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Being Human
Being Human
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Defiance
Defiance
Misfits
Misfits
Chobits
Chobits
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Moonlight
Moonlight
Dominion
Dominion
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
Space 1999
Space 1999
Olympus
Olympus
Eureka
Eureka
Fringe
Fringe
Roswell
Roswell
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
The Dead Zone (2002)
The Dead Zone (2002)
Extant
Extant
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Revolution
Revolution
Ascension
Ascension
Firefly
Firefly
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Sliders
Sliders
Kiddy Grade
Kiddy Grade
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
The Lottery
The Lottery
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Death Valley
Death Valley
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
The Sparticle Mystery
The Sparticle Mystery
John Doe
John Doe
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Painkiller Jane
Painkiller Jane
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
Wizards vs. Aliens
Wizards vs. Aliens
Medium
Medium
Surface
Surface
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Neverland
Neverland
Almost Human
Almost Human
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Superboy
Superboy
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Jericho
Jericho
Survivors
Survivors
Jason of Star Command
Jason of Star Command
Angel
Angel
Code Geass
Code Geass
Aquarion
Aquarion
Torchwood
Torchwood
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The 4400
The 4400
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
The River
The River
UFO
UFO
In Search of Aliens
In Search of Aliens
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Max Steel
Max Steel
Ultraviolet
Ultraviolet
seaQuest DSV
seaQuest DSV
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Phoenix
Phoenix
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
FLCL
FLCL
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Farscape
Farscape
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Galactica 1980
Galactica 1980
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
Tremors
Tremors
Gantz
Gantz
Beauty and the Beast
Beauty and the Beast
Birds of Prey
Birds of Prey
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
Primeval
Primeval
Animorphs
Animorphs
Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds
Dark Rising: Warrior of Worlds
American Gothic
American Gothic
Alf
Alf
Vandread
Vandread
Chaos;HEAd
Chaos;HEAd
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Poltergeist: The Legacy
Red vs. Blue
Red vs. Blue
Mermaids
Mermaids
Fear Itself
Fear Itself
Weird Science
Weird Science
Blue Gender
Blue Gender
Bubblegum Crisis
Bubblegum Crisis
Gunslinger Girl
Gunslinger Girl
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Blood Ties
Blood Ties
Saul of the Mole Men
Saul of the Mole Men
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
Doctor Who: Castrovalva
My Living Doll
My Living Doll
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn
Tracker
Tracker
Buck Rogers
Buck Rogers
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
Mad Mad House
Mad Mad House
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Heroic Age
Heroic Age
Eastwick
Eastwick
Lexx
Lexx
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
The Resistance
The Resistance
Race to Mars
Race to Mars
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
School Spirits
School Spirits
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Grudge: The Revolt of Gumiho
Battle of the Planets
Battle of the Planets
Delirium
Delirium
Invasion
Invasion
Journeyman
Journeyman
Max Headroom
Max Headroom
Macross Frontier
Macross Frontier
Mobile Gundam Suit ZZ
Mobile Gundam Suit ZZ
Arjuna
Arjuna
Divergence Eve
Divergence Eve
Futari Wa Pretty Cure
Futari Wa Pretty Cure
Tales of Tomorrow
Tales of Tomorrow
Caprica
Caprica
Paranormal Cops
Paranormal Cops
Starhunter 2300
Starhunter 2300
Mind Control with Derren Brown
Mind Control with Derren Brown
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
Logan's Run
Logan's Run
Alcatraz
Alcatraz
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who, The Matt Smith Specials
Doctor Who: The Green Death
Doctor Who: The Green Death
Warehouse 13: Of Monsters and Men
Warehouse 13: Of Monsters and Men
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Terror of the Autons
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Doctor Who: Time-Flight
Stephen King's Golden Years
Stephen King's Golden Years
Doctor Who: The End of Time
Doctor Who: The End of Time
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who: Planet of the Spiders
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Shakira
Shakira
Ultra Seven
Ultra Seven
Syfy Blastr
Syfy Blastr
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: Cybermen
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who, Monsters: The Sontarans
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who: The Best of The Fourth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Seventh Doctor
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Star Trek: The Next Generation, Redemption
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Doctor Who: The Time of the Doctor
Supernova
Supernova
Sapphire and Steel
Sapphire and Steel
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who: The 50th Anniversary Collection
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Third Doctor
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
The Best of Doctor Who Specials
The Best of Doctor Who Specials
This is Not My Life
This is Not My Life
Town of the Living Dead
Town of the Living Dead
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fifth Doctor
Doctor Who Sampler: The Fifth Doctor
Ghost Stalkers
Ghost Stalkers
K9
K9