The 12 Plot Ideas That Every Single Classic TV Show Did To Death

Making a TV show is a terrible grind — especially back in the day, when shows were entirely made up of standalone episodes. So it's no wonder that so many classic shows reached for the same handful of plots, over and over. Here are 12 storylines you'll find in every old science fiction and fantasy show. » 3/27/15 1:46pm Friday 1:46pm

How Did Edgar Allan Poe Manage To Describe The Big Bang In 1848?

They mocked when Edgar Allan Poe published his prose poem "Eureka" in his last year of life, describing how the universe had begun with a single "primordial particle" that exploded outwards in "one instantaneous flash." But 80 years later, cosmologists started realizing that Poe had been on to something. » 1/28/15 7:00pm 1/28/15 7:00pm

The Whole Crazy Process Of Creating A TV Show, From Pitch To Pilot

Right now, it's pilot season — which means you're going to be hearing about a lot of TV shows getting ordered. And then, nine months from now... most of those shows will not be on television. What is this mysterious crucible? Here's our step-by-step guide to the process of pitching a brand new television show. » 1/23/15 11:00am 1/23/15 11:00am

Independence Days from across the Multiverse

Where there's society, there's a foundation story. And where there's government, there's a holiday to instill patriotism and pride. So here are the ways fiction has commemorated independence from an oppressor, the end of a civil war, or just the day certain documents were signed and the current government came into… » 7/04/13 1:00pm 7/04/13 1:00pm

This episode of Warehouse 13 felt like Eureka... only a shade darker

Remember Eureka? Syfy's other goofy show about quirky people who solve wacky problems, with a large dose of good humor? Eureka used to be known for its endless genre pastiches — and now, Warehouse 13 is doing them too. Except with a huge dose of metafiction, and a kernel of emotional pain. It works way better this way. » 5/14/13 2:30pm 5/14/13 2:30pm

This Week's TV: The best new British show in years, Misfits, is finally…

This week, we bid a sad farewell to Eureka — but the good news is, one of the greatest British shows in forever is finally on our screens. And if you haven't become obsessed with Misfits yet, you should get ready to clear your Thursday evenings. There's also a detailed look at the history of the Batmobile, just in… » 7/16/12 9:00am 7/16/12 9:00am

How Actual Science Can Make Science Fiction Stories Cooler

How do the minds behind Battlestar Galactica, Prometheus, X-Men: First Class, and Torchwood go about juggling science fact and science fiction, to tell a believable story? Bad Astronomy's Phil Plait hosted a panel at San Diego Comic-Con yesterday to discuss this issue, along with the making and breaking canon in… » 7/13/12 8:40am 7/13/12 8:40am

This Week's TV: The Best New Cartoon You're Not Watching!

This week on television, Breaking Bad returns for its final season. Syfy does an original movie about vampires and humans teaming up to fight super-vampires... and it's called True Bloodthirst! But also, there's another episode of the best new cartoon series on TV right now. Also, check out new sneak peeks of Eureka,… » 7/09/12 9:00am 7/09/12 9:00am