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
Supernatural
Supernatural
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Westworld
Westworld
True Blood
True Blood
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Charmed
Charmed
Blindspot
Blindspot
Lost
Lost
Heroes
Heroes
Smallville
Smallville
Outlander
Outlander
Colony
Colony
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
American Gods
American Gods
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
The River
The River
The Gifted
The Gifted
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Alf
Alf
Fringe
Fringe
The X-Files
The X-Files
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
MythBusters
MythBusters
MECH-X4
MECH-X4
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Eureka
Eureka
The Outer Limits
The Outer Limits
Haven
Haven
Angel
Angel
Roswell
Roswell
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who (1963)
Moonlight
Moonlight
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Humans
Humans
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Revolution
Revolution
Jericho
Jericho
Dinotopia
Dinotopia
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
Firefly
Firefly
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Survivors
Survivors
Defiance
Defiance
Falling Water
Falling Water
Medium
Medium
Marvel's Inhumans
Marvel's Inhumans
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Sliders
Sliders
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
The 4400
The 4400
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
Killjoys
Killjoys
Earth: Final Conflict
Earth: Final Conflict
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Farscape
Farscape
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
Dominion
Dominion
Bodacious Space Pirates
Bodacious Space Pirates
American Gothic
American Gothic
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Team Knight Rider
Team Knight Rider
UFO
UFO
11.22.63
11.22.63
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Death Valley
Death Valley
My Ghost Story
My Ghost Story
Is It Real?
Is It Real?
FLCL
FLCL
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Lexx
Lexx
Prey
Prey
Supernova
Supernova
The Mist
The Mist
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Terry Pratchett's Going Postal
Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man
Marvel Action Hour: Iron Man
Tin Man
Tin Man
Primeval
Primeval
Stingray
Stingray
Naked Vegas
Naked Vegas
Star Trek
Star Trek
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe