10 TV Shows That Hooked Us In The First 5 Minutes (And How They Did It)

We're just a few days away from the start of the fall TV season in earnest. Tons of new TV shows will be displaying their bright plumage for you. But these days, a TV show has to move fast to hook people. Here are 10 TV shows that won us over in just five minutes — and what they did to grab us. » 9/17/14 10:00am 9/17/14 10:00am

10 Weird TV Show Ideas That The Networks Keep Trying Over And Over

Just like with movies, you sometimes see a few television shows about the same idea come down the pike. Recently, we had two "supernatural child" shows (Touch and Believe), and a handful of supernatural medical shows. But here are 10 TV show ideas that keep coming back again and again. » 9/12/14 10:06am 9/12/14 10:06am

What's the most contrived twist ending in a science fiction story?

One major reason we love science fiction is for its ability to surprise us — and a great twist ending makes the whole preceding story feel better. But when a final twist feels random or silly, then there's nothing worse. What's your least favorite twist ending from science fiction or fantasy? » 7/31/13 2:06pm 7/31/13 2:06pm

NASA is getting ready to search for signs of life on Mars

The goal of NASA's Curiosity rover is to determine if Mars was ever capable of supporting life. But the Agency's next rover, set to launch in 2020, could take things one giant step further. Given recent findings, says Jack Mustard, chairman of the Agency's Science Definition Team, "past Martian life seems possible,… » 7/10/13 12:17pm 7/10/13 12:17pm

The creator of the British Life on Mars creates a new show about the…

This actually sounds amazingly promising — Matthew Graham, best known for creating the original British Life on Mars, has a deal with Fox to create a new show called Para Time. According to Heat Vision, the show "revolves around a group that polices parallel worlds." So, sliders meets police procedural? We're in. [… » 8/24/12 2:37pm 8/24/12 2:37pm

Why look for life on Mars when you can make life on Mars?

Biologists who study extremophiles are dramatically expanding our sense of just how amazingly resilient microorganisms can be — insights that have serious implications in our search for extraterrestrial life. At the same time, these hardy microbes are also inspiring synthetic biologists to create their own strains of… » 8/09/12 12:00pm 8/09/12 12:00pm

When insanity is your superpower, reality will eventually become your…

From the beginning, Awake's Michael Britten has seen his delusion about seeing two different versions of reality as a possible strength: He can learn something in one world and use it in the other. As he tells Bird in last night's episode, sometimes he knows stuff that he shouldn't be able to know. So being out of… » 5/18/12 11:40am 5/18/12 11:40am

Awake really is the best show you're not watching

Every once in a while, one TV show comes along that does it all: explore characters at a deep level, delve into major philosophical issues in a fresh, meaningful way, and keep you white-knuckled with suspense. Awake is one such show, and if you're not watching it, you're missing something extraordinary. The last two… » 4/07/12 10:44am 4/07/12 10:44am