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
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Smallville
Smallville
MythBusters
MythBusters
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Lost
Lost
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Haven
Haven
Defiance
Defiance
Misfits
Misfits
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Heroes
Heroes
Dominion
Dominion
Charmed
Charmed
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Star Trek
Star Trek
Space 1999
Space 1999
Alf
Alf
Doctor Who (Classic)
Doctor Who (Classic)
American Gothic
American Gothic
Scare Tactics
Scare Tactics
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Being Human
Being Human
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Extant
Extant
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Ascension
Ascension
Roswell
Roswell
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
UFO
UFO
Firefly
Firefly
The X-Files
The X-Files
Fringe
Fringe
Jericho
Jericho
Chobits
Chobits
Revolution
Revolution
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Negima! Magister Negi Magi
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Death Valley
Death Valley
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
John Doe
John Doe
FLCL
FLCL
Moonlight
Moonlight
Syfy Original Movies
Syfy Original Movies
Eureka
Eureka
Angel
Angel
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
The Sparticle Mystery
The Sparticle Mystery
Survivors
Survivors
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Max Steel
Max Steel
The River
The River
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The Invisible Man
The Invisible Man
Farscape
Farscape
Medium
Medium
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Sanctuary
Sanctuary
Sliders
Sliders
Almost Human
Almost Human
Neverland
Neverland
Aquarion
Aquarion
Caprica
Caprica
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Torchwood
Torchwood
Supercar
Supercar
The Booth at the End
The Booth at the End
The Lottery
The Lottery
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
Kiddy Grade
Kiddy Grade
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters