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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Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
True Blood
True Blood
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
Westworld
Westworld
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
American Gods
American Gods
The X-Files
The X-Files
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Star Trek
Star Trek
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Lost
Lost
Alf
Alf
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Blindspot
Blindspot
Falling Water
Ghost Whisperer
Medium
Charmed
The Gifted
Smallville
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Heroes
Stargate SG1
Star Trek: Enterprise
Earth: Final Conflict
Red Dwarf
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Humans
Dominion
UFO
Lost in Space
That's So Raven
Doctor Who (1963)
Supercar
Life on Mars
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Torchwood
Marvel's Inhumans
Stargate Atlantis
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Babylon 5
Quantum Leap
Fringe
MythBusters
Kyle XY
The Mist
MECH-X4
The Outer Limits
Dirk Gently
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Primeval
I Dream of Jeannie
Paranormal State
Land of the Giants
Buck Rogers
Eureka
Colony
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Roswell
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Haven
Revolution
Firefly
12 Monkeys
Stargate Universe
Misfits
Second Chance
Sanctuary
Childhood's End
The 4400
Team Knight Rider
The Time Tunnel
Alcatraz
Forever Knight
Dinotopia
The Greatest American Hero
Defiance
The River
Space 1999
Moonlight
Farscape
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Killjoys
Death Valley
One Step Beyond
Sapphire and Steel
Best Friends Whenever
The Invisible Man
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
John Doe
School Spirits
Cyborg
Flash Gordon