These include those currently airing, and also on-video blasts-from-the-past.
(SF films have a separate listing.)
|24 Nov 2016||||Orphan Black||||season 3|
|1 Oct 2016||||The Expanse||||season 1|
|17 Sept 2016||||Childhood’s End||||mini-series|
|16 Aug 2016||||Grimm||||season 4|
|24 May 2016||||Arrow||||season 3|
|05 Dec 2015||||Dr Who||||new season 9|
|30 Jun 2015||||Continuum||||season 3|
|08 Mar 2015||||Arrow||||season 2|
|05 Oct 2014||||Warehouse 13||||season 5|
|15 Sep 2013||||Once Upon a Time||||season 2|
Babylon 5 why don’t most people realise how great this is? Not only does it have a plot, but that plot unfolds intelligently, surprisingly, and enjoyably!
Farscape seasons 3-5
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1978 theRADIO series, of course. By Douglas Adams. Starring PeterJones as The Book.
The Prisoner 1967-68
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The Clangers 1969-1974 knitted pink whistling puppets, plus Blue String pudding, the Iron Chicken, the Soup Dragon, and the Froglets.
Dark Skies 1997 paranoid conspiracy theory of alien invasion.
Doctor Who #3 Jon Pertwee (1970-74) #9 Christopher Ecclestone (2005) #10 David Tennant (2006)
Farscape season 2
The Flipside of Dominick Hyde 1980 and the sequel Another Flip for Dominick 1982
The Giftie a one-off play two researchers duplicate themselves, but who is real and who is the copy?
Lexx The Dark Zone Stories season 1: 1996 surreal techno-grunge
Neverwhere 1996 Neil Gaiman’s dark fantasy, set in the London Underground
Once Upon a Time 2011
The One Game
Orphan Black seasons 1-3 2013-5 send in the clones
Red Dwarf I–VI 1988-1993 a comedy SF series that really is funny, and SFnal!
Sapphire and Steel 1979-1982 6 Adventures of the time-travelling agents Joanna Lumley as Sapphire, David MacCullum as Steel
Star Cops 1987 9 episodes
Star Trek: Next Generation
The 10th Kingdom 1999 fairy tales are true
The Water Margin “Robin Hood in China”: hero-outlaws fight a corrupt government.
X-Men animation some of the mutant superheroes have interestingly complex characters
Andromeda, season 1, 2
Angel brooding vampires
Arrow, season 1, 2, 3
Babylon 5 films
Battlestar Galactica the re-imagining
Blake’s 7 1978-81
Century Falls 1993
Children of Dune 2002
Dark Angel escaped teenage mutant super-soldiers
Doctor Who early #4 Tom Baker (1974-81) and #7 Sylvester McCoy (1987-89)
Earth: Final Conflict season 1
Eureka seasons 1–4
Farscape season 1
Grimm seasons 1–4
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 1981 the TV series
Ivor the Engine of course it’s SF: it’s got a dragon in it!
Noggin the Nog of course it’s SF: it’s got a talking bird in it!
Roswell [High] 2000-02 teenage aliens
The Sarah Connor Chronicles 2007
Shoebox Zoo 2004-5
Sliders lost in parallel space
Space Precinct 1995 Gerry Anderson’s Cops in Space series
Star Trek: Deep Space 9
Third Rock from the Sun 1996 Comedy as four aliens take on human form to research us. "Why did I have to be the woman?" "Because you lost."
Thunderbirds 1965 Gerry Anderson’s puppet International Rescue Service longer episodes allowed more complex plots, and the model equipment often looked realistically ‘used’: battered and grubby (no, Star Wars wasn’t the first to do this). "F.A.B., Scott!" Like all Anderson shows, the covert organisation is remarkably lightly staffed: what happens if someone gets sick, goes on holiday, wants to leave, or even just wants to sleep? and where are all the maintenance and ground crews?
Timeslip 1970 Liz and Simon slip back to a WWII incident, then forward to The Icebox , an Antarctic research station, then forward to a different future in The Burn Up , where planetary engineering is destroying the climate, then back to the present to discover a clone conspiracy. They meet various versions of themselves, of their parents, and of Commander Traynor, sort out what’s happening, and eventually save the day.
The Tribe season 1: 1999 children surviving in a post-apocalyptic world
Twin Peaks watch for the surrealistic sub-plots
Ultraviolet 1998 hunting urban vampires
The Uninvited 1997 aliens secretly taking over the world (or at least East Anglia)
VR5 1997 Virtual Reality conspiracies
Warehouse 13 seasons 2, 3 2010-2011
Xena: Warrior Princess
A for Andromeda 2006
Andromeda , seasons 3, 4
Batman 1966-69 "Holy weird camera angles, Batman!"
Beauty and the Beast : Vincent (Ron Perlman) is a mutant living under New York, and Catherine (Linda Hamilton) is his friend above.
Captain Scarlet 1967 Gerry Anderson’s Spectrum versus the Mysterons puppet adventures, led by the indestructible Captain "This is the voice of the Mysterons" morally ambiguous: we blow them up in an unprovoked attack, then get upset when they strike back "Spectrum is Green"
The Champions 1968-69 three UN Nemesis agents are given superpowers by Himalayan gurus, and become "the Champions of Law, Order, and Justice".
Charmed seasons 1-7 The Halliwell sisters have the Power of Three
Childhood’s End 2015 mini-series
Cleopatra 2525 "in the year 2525..."
Dark Season 1991 early RTD
Doctor Who Late #4 Tom Baker (1974-81) and #5 Peter Davison (1982-84)
The Expanse season 1
First Wave season 1 the alien invasion predicted by Nostradamus
Invasion 2006 a hurricane results in alien hybrids
Lexx season 2 more grunge, less surrealism
Medium 2004-10 psychic crimebusting
Moonbase 3 1973 6 episodes
Mork and Mindy 1978-80
The New Adventures of Superman aka Lois and Clarke (presumably the BBC thought we Brits wouldn’t know who they were?) the emphasis is on the relationship, rather than the super-hero
The Others 2000
Prey 1998 homo dominant battles homo sapiens
Red Dwarf VIII 1999 better than season VII, certainly, but not up to the earlier standards
Sanctuary 2008-9 the TV version of the Webisodes
Seaquest 2032 third season genius kid has become an ordinary crew member, and the plots are less cloying
Seven Days the Backstep project
Space: Above and Beyond
Space Odyssey -- Voyage to the Planets 2004 "Walking with Astronauts"
Star Trek: Voyager some episodes try to raise tension by offering a quick way home, but you know it just can’t happen
Stingray 1964 Gerry Anderson’s undersea puppet adventures "Anything could happen in the next half hour"
Strange 2003 a defrocked priest fights demons
Warehouse 13 2009 season 1
Wilderness 1996 librarian werewolf
The Bionic Woman
Crusade 1998 such a disappointment after Babylon 5
Dinotopia 2002 humans and dinos in perfect harmony
Doctor Who #6 Colin Baker (1984-86)
Fireball XL5 1962 good in its day, but badly dated
Invasion: Earth 1998
Red Dwarf VII 1996 the eagerly awaited return, but what a bitter disappointment!
Seaquest DSV seasons 1 and 2 genius kid, dolphin, super-submarine. [ITV (Anglia region) showed the first half of season 1 ... long pause ... the first half of season 3 ... shorter pause ... the last half of season 1. Then season 2. Continuity? We don’t need no steenkin’ continuity!]
Space 1999 1975 Gerry Anderson would have us believe an explosion on the moon blows it out of orbit [on 13 September 1999, fortunately after the 11 August 1999 total eclipse of the sun ], which incredible event occurs without destroying Moon Base Alpha the moon then behaves as a spaceship, travelling round the galaxy, having various alien adventures.
Star Trek: The Original Series 1966-69 some from the end of series 3
Star Trek: The animated series
Time Trax a cop from a future parallel world comes to our time, to fight time travelling criminals
The Tomorrow People 1973-79 a few children ‘break out’ with psi powers, which make them telepathic and let them ‘jaunt’ (teleport).
U.F.O. 1970 Gerry Anderson’s move into live action (with all the obvious jokes): it is 1980, and (surprisingly humanoid) aliens are stealing human organs for their own use. Early conspiracy stuff: SHADO, fighting the aliens, is a covert organisation but how do they keep Moonbase secret?
Walking with Dinosaurs 1999 "educate, inform and entertain" -- not
Have the old ones just not stood the test of time, or were they really that bad first time around?
Adam Adamant Lives!
Edwardian adventurer, frozen in 1902, thaws out in swinging 1960s London
now in the 1990s even the ‘modern’ scenes look like costume
drama, and the plots and dialogue are cringe-making
Battlestar Galactica the original version
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Crime Traveller 1997 A detective and a research scientist use a time machine to solve crimes before they happen. But the plotting itself is criminal (best bit: the scientist drives to the time machine, parks her car, travels back a few hours, gets in her car , and drives away!)
Early Edition 1997 The protagonist gets tomorrow’s newspaper, and can prevent the tragedies. Great premiss, cloying realisation.
Fringe , season 1 2008
Hex 2004 "British Buffy" flops
Joe 90 1968 just what would the Social Services say today?
Land of the Giants most of the SFX were done with camera angles.
The Last Train 1999 a bunch of passengers get frozen and survive a meteor impact, then bore us to death
Lost in Space I would have spaced Dr Zachary Smith in episode 1. Bill Mumy (Will Robinson) grew up to play Lenier in the infinitely superior Babylon 5 .
The Time Tunnel
The Visitor 1997? A pilot lost in the Bermuda Triangle in 1944 is returned today, with some mysterious mission to complete, possibly that of enacting every cliché in the book.