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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American Gods
American Gods
True Blood
True Blood
Westworld
Westworld
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Star Trek
Star Trek
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Blindspot
Blindspot
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who (1963)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Torchwood
Torchwood
Humans
Humans
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Ghost Whisperer
Defiance
Stargate SG1
Colony
Angel
Being Human (UK)
Dark Matter
Smallville
Alf
Jericho
The X-Files
Heroes
Firefly
Star Trek: Enterprise
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
That's So Raven
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Primeval
Second Chance
Dominion
Lost
Charmed
UFO
Extant
Alien Encounters
12 Monkeys
Babylon 5
MythBusters
Blood Drive
Stargate Atlantis
MECH-X4
Kyle XY
Medium
American Gothic
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Flash Gordon
I Dream of Jeannie
Max Steel
Quantum Leap
Roswell
Moonlight
Red Dwarf
Misfits
Stargate Universe
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Lost in Space
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Fringe
Sliders
The River
The Mist
Best Friends Whenever
The Time Tunnel
Eureka
Alcatraz
Stan Lee's Lucky Man
Childhood's End
Space 1999
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Sanctuary
Logan's Run
Dimension W
Revolution
Land of the Giants
Farscape
Dinotopia
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Killjoys
Doctor Who: The Time Monster
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
The Invisible Man
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
V: The Original Mini Series
Aftermath (2016)
Heroic Age
Supercar
Annedroids
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