Science Fiction TV Shows

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. 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.

Supernatural
Supernatural
Game of Thrones
Game of Thrones
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Outlander
Outlander
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Smallville
Smallville
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Charmed
Charmed
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Blindspot
Blindspot
Lost
Lost
The River
The River
True Blood
True Blood
American Gods
American Gods
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Heroes
Heroes
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Fringe
Fringe
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who (1963)
The X-Files
The X-Files
Star Trek
Star Trek
Beyblade
Beyblade
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
The Gifted
The Gifted
Medium
Medium
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
MECH-X4
MECH-X4
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Westworld
Westworld
Angel
Angel
MythBusters
MythBusters
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Colony
Colony
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Eureka
Eureka
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
Sliders
Sliders
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Firefly
Firefly
Roswell
Roswell
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Farscape
Farscape
Revolution
Revolution
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Torchwood
Torchwood
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Code Geass
Code Geass
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Dominion
Dominion
Gantz
Gantz
Primeval
Primeval
Being Human
Being Human
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
Haven
Haven
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Moonlight
Moonlight
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Alf
Alf
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST
MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST
Humans
Humans
Defiance
Defiance
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
The Almighty Johnsons
The Almighty Johnsons
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Dharmakshetra
Dharmakshetra
The Messengers
The Messengers
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Voyagers!
Voyagers!
Manifest
Manifest
Survivors
Survivors
Almost Human
Almost Human
Surface
Surface
Superboy
Superboy
Killjoys
Killjoys
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
Jericho
Jericho
Best Friends Whenever
Best Friends Whenever
Monsters
Monsters
TRON: Uprising
TRON: Uprising
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Space 1999
Space 1999
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
Extant
Extant
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Dark Shadows: The Beginning
Dark Shadows: The Beginning
Paranormal State
Paranormal State