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
Outlander
Outlander
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Supernatural
Supernatural
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Humans
Humans
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Alf
Alf
Star Trek
Star Trek
Heroes
Heroes
Blindspot
Blindspot
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Firefly
Firefly
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Second Chance
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dominion
Colony
Smallville
Star Trek: Enterprise
Charmed
Angel
Jeremiah
Lost
Sanctuary
Primeval
Stargate SG1
Medium
Defiance
UFO
Being Human (UK)
Babylon 5
Jericho
Alien Encounters
Paranormal Matrix
Lost in Space
Doctor Who (1963)
That's So Raven
I Dream of Jeannie
Fringe
MECH-X4
Moonlight
Stargate Atlantis
Beauty and the Beast
Eureka
The Greatest American Hero
The X-Files
John Doe
Dinotopia
Quantum Leap
Red Dwarf
Gantz
Best Friends Whenever
Stargate Universe
Misfits
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Kyle XY
Farscape
MythBusters
Team Knight Rider
Being Human
The Time Tunnel
11.22.63
Killjoys
Haven
Caprica
Paranormal State
3rd Rock from the Sun
Dollhouse
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Hunters
12 Monkeys
Battlestar Galactica Classic
The Outer Limits
Space 1999
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
V: The Original Mini Series
Alcatraz
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Childhood's End
Weird Science
Blade: The Series
Logan's Run
Death Valley
Doctor Who: The Time Warrior
Dark Matter
Flash Gordon
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
One Step Beyond
Stingray
OTHER
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Roswell