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
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Alf
Alf
Supernatural
Supernatural
Outlander
Outlander
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
American Gods
American Gods
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The X-Files
The X-Files
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Star Trek
Star Trek
Alien Encounters
Alien Encounters
Blindspot
Blindspot
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Lost
Lost
Smallville
Smallville
Star Trek: Enterprise
Ghost Whisperer
Torchwood
Medium
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Charmed
Stargate SG1
The Gifted
Dominion
Heroes
Kyle XY
Jericho
Red Dwarf
The Greatest American Hero
The River
Stargate Atlantis
Babylon 5
Falling Water
Earth: Final Conflict
Colony
Lost in Space
MythBusters
Doctor Who (1963)
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
V: The Original Mini Series
Quantum Leap
Best Friends Whenever
Teen Titans Go! Robin and Friends
Eureka
Firefly
That's So Raven
Revolution
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
12 Monkeys
Angel
Haven
Stargate Universe
Fringe
Space 1999
Moonlight
MECH-X4
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
The Time Tunnel
Paranormal State
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Sliders
I Dream of Jeannie
The Outer Limits
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Land of the Giants
Amazing Stories
Blade: The Series
Farscape
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Misfits
Dark Matter
Caprica
Death Valley
The Messengers
Blood Drive
Weird Science
The Mist
Life on Mars
UFO
Doctor Who Christmas Specials
One Step Beyond
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Marvel's Inhumans
Team Knight Rider
Superboy
Dinotopia
11.22.63
John Doe
In Search of Aliens
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Prey
Voyagers!
Serial Experiments Lain
Galactica 1980