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
Outlander
Outlander
True Blood
True Blood
Star Trek
Star Trek
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Westworld
Westworld
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
The Gifted
The Gifted
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Marvel's Inhumans
Marvel's Inhumans
American Gods
American Gods
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Supernatural
Supernatural
Alf
Alf
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Ghost Whisperer
Red Dwarf
Star Trek: Enterprise
Smallville
Second Chance
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
Medium
Extant
Blindspot
Doctor Who (1963)
Stargate SG1
Charmed
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Jericho
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
I Dream of Jeannie
Heroes
Lost
Babylon 5
Eureka
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Dominion
Torchwood
Humans
American Gothic
Sapphire and Steel
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
The Mist
Kyle XY
Firefly
Paranormal State
Quantum Leap
Lost in Space
MythBusters
Colony
The Outer Limits
Primeval
Dark Shadows: The Beginning
Jeremiah
Gunslinger Girl
Angel
Stargate Atlantis
Fringe
MECH-X4
12 Monkeys
That's So Raven
Dark Matter
Blood Drive
Battlestar Galactica Classic
The X-Files
Killjoys
Best Friends Whenever
Caprica
Space 1999
V: The Original Mini Series
Childhood's End
Sliders
Misfits
Revolution
Farscape
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Moonlight
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Haven
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The River
Death Valley
The Greatest American Hero
In Search of Aliens
Surface
FLCL
M.A.N.T.I.S.
Dollhouse
Weird Science
Being Human
Psychic Investigators
Life on Mars
John From Cincinnati
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials