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
True Blood
True Blood
Westworld
Westworld
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Alf
Alf
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
American Gods
American Gods
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
The X-Files
The X-Files
Star Trek
Star Trek
Blindspot
Blindspot
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Smallville
Smallville
Medium
Medium
Ghost Whisperer
Jericho
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Star Trek: Enterprise
Life on Mars
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Lost
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dominion
Charmed
Heroes
Stargate SG1
Falling Water
Red Dwarf
The Gifted
Fringe
The River
Defiance
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Stargate Atlantis
Kyle XY
Angel
Babylon 5
Quantum Leap
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
MECH-X4
Lost in Space
Doctor Who (1963)
That's So Raven
MythBusters
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
Stargate Universe
One Step Beyond
Humans
Eureka
Moonlight
Childhood's End
Colony
Firefly
V: The Original Mini Series
Haven
The Outer Limits
12 Monkeys
Paranormal State
Being Human
Sliders
Farscape
Caprica
Space 1999
Battlestar Galactica Classic
I Dream of Jeannie
Torchwood
The Time Tunnel
Amazing Stories
Dark Matter
Blade: The Series
Marvel's Inhumans
Land of the Giants
Misfits
Killjoys
Weird Science
Best Friends Whenever
Serial Experiments Lain
Dinotopia
Ultra Q: The Complete Series
Blood Drive
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Primeval
The Greatest American Hero
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
John Doe
Death Valley
In Search of Aliens
Superboy
Ascension
Code Geass
The Hunger
UFO
3rd Rock from the Sun