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
Outlander
Outlander
The Vampire Diaries
The Vampire Diaries
Manifest
Manifest
Ghost Adventures
Ghost Adventures
The Gifted
The Gifted
The Twilight Zone
The Twilight Zone
True Blood
True Blood
Blindspot
Blindspot
Colony
Colony
Lost
Lost
American Gods
American Gods
Fringe
Fringe
Smallville
Smallville
Charmed
Charmed
Ghost Whisperer
Ghost Whisperer
Westworld
Westworld
Paranormal State
Paranormal State
Killjoys
Killjoys
MECH-X4
MECH-X4
Heroes
Heroes
Doctor Who (2005)
Doctor Who (2005)
Ghost Hunters
Ghost Hunters
Roswell
Roswell
MythBusters
MythBusters
Babylon 5
Babylon 5
Blood Drive
Blood Drive
The X-Files
The X-Files
Alf
Alf
I Dream of Jeannie
I Dream of Jeannie
Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Voyager
Farscape
Farscape
Moonlight
Moonlight
Kyle XY
Kyle XY
Doctor Who (1963)
Doctor Who (1963)
Firefly
Firefly
Stargate SG1
Stargate SG1
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate Atlantis
12 Monkeys
12 Monkeys
Battlestar Galactica
Battlestar Galactica
John From Cincinnati
John From Cincinnati
That's So Raven
That's So Raven
Monsters
Monsters
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Jeremiah
Jeremiah
Martian Successor Nadesico
Martian Successor Nadesico
Being Human
Being Human
Sliders
Sliders
Revolution
Revolution
Defiance
Defiance
Quantum Leap
Quantum Leap
Eureka
Eureka
Invasion
Invasion
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
V: The Original Mini Series
V: The Original Mini Series
Lost in Space
Lost in Space
Angel
Angel
Humans
Humans
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Dharmakshetra
Dharmakshetra
Childhood's End
Childhood's End
3rd Rock from the Sun
3rd Rock from the Sun
Extant
Extant
Surface
Surface
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Mystery Science Theater 3000
The River
The River
The Time Tunnel
The Time Tunnel
Gantz
Gantz
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Marvel's Avengers: Ultron Revolution
Medium
Medium
Red Dwarf
Red Dwarf
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Star Trek: The Original Series - Fan Favorites
Land of the Giants
Land of the Giants
The Mist
The Mist
Serial Experiments Lain
Serial Experiments Lain
Being Human (UK)
Being Human (UK)
Star Trek: Enterprise
Star Trek: Enterprise
Survivors
Survivors
Amazing Stories
Amazing Stories
Almost Human
Almost Human
Dominion
Dominion
MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST
MORTAL KOMBAT: CONQUEST
Stargate Universe
Stargate Universe
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Metal Hurlant Chronicles
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Beauty and the Beast (1987)
Haven
Haven
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius
One Step Beyond
One Step Beyond
The Greatest American Hero
The Greatest American Hero
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Star Trek: The Original Series (Remastered), Best of
Crusade
Crusade
Babylon 5: The Movies
Babylon 5: The Movies
Life on Mars
Life on Mars
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Blade: The Series
Blade: The Series
Weird Science
Weird Science
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Battlestar Galactica Classic
Falling Water
Falling Water
Dark Matter
Dark Matter