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
Outlander
Outlander
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Supernatural
Supernatural
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Humans
Humans
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
MECH-X4
MECH-X4
Star Trek
Star Trek
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Firefly
Firefly
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Medium
Medium
Blindspot
Blindspot
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Colony
Star Trek: Enterprise
Alf
Angel
Smallville
Doctor Who (1963)
Charmed
Jericho
Second Chance
Heroes
Stargate SG1
Sanctuary
Primeval
Defiance
Torchwood
Babylon 5
Dominion
Flash Gordon
Lost
Fringe
Stargate Atlantis
The X-Files
Stan Lee's Lucky Man
I Dream of Jeannie
The Greatest American Hero
John From Cincinnati
UFO
Lost in Space
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Moonlight
Paranormal State
Gantz
Eureka
That's So Raven
Max Steel
Survivors
MythBusters
Childhood's End
The Outer Limits
V: The Original Mini Series
Battlestar Galactica Classic
John Doe
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Farscape
Buck Rogers
Haven
Logan's Run
Quantum Leap
Red Dwarf
Revolution
Killjoys
Beauty and the Beast
Kyle XY
Space 1999
Stargate Universe
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
11.22.63
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Land of the Giants
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Dollhouse
Ascension
Dark Shadows: The Beginning
Jeremiah
One Step Beyond
Best Friends Whenever
Dark Matter
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Sliders
Saul of the Mole Men
Ultraviolet
The Almighty Johnsons
The Invisible Man
Invasion
The 4400
Weird Science
Serial Experiments Lain
Vandread
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal