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
Supernatural
Supernatural
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
The Gifted
The Gifted
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
American Gods
American Gods
Star Trek
Star Trek
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
Westworld
Westworld
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Alf
Alf
Marvel's Inhumans
Marvel's Inhumans
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Smallville
Medium
Battlestar Galactica
Humans
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Second Chance
Torchwood
Blindspot
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Dominion
Jericho
Extant
Sapphire and Steel
Stargate SG1
Charmed
Fringe
Heroes
Battlestar Galactica: The Mini-Series
American Gothic
Doctor Who (1963)
Lost
MECH-X4
Colony
MythBusters
Lost in Space
Quantum Leap
Eureka
Angel
Ghost In The Shell: Stand Alone Complex
Paranormal State
The Mist
Earth: Final Conflict
Gunslinger Girl
Ghost Stalkers
Stargate Atlantis
Babylon 5
That's So Raven
Stargate Universe
The Outer Limits
Battlestar Galactica Classic
The X-Files
Dark Matter
Moonlight
Haven
Sliders
Star Trek: Enterprise
Blood Drive
12 Monkeys
Kyle XY
Caprica
Farscape
Survivors
Halcyon
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Killjoys
In Search of Aliens
Misfits
Space 1999
Being Human
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
3rd Rock from the Sun
Best Friends Whenever
Revolution
Surface
Sanctuary
Alcatraz
Team Knight Rider
Hunters
Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal
Beyblade
Dinotopia
Max Steel
Weird Science
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Firefly
I Dream of Jeannie
John From Cincinnati
Star Wars Rebels
Code Geass
Doctor Who: The David Tennant Specials