This Is Why The X-Files Never Became A Franchise

In addition to science fiction, The X-Files also fit neatly into another genre: the crime procedural. But, unlike other wildly successful crime dramas like Law & Order or CSI, it never managed to truly became a franchise. So what was it that prevented us from seeing The X-Files: Miami? There was a simple reason. » 1/26/15 4:20pm 1/26/15 4:20pm

The 20 Best Cliffhangers Ever Shown on Science Fiction or Fantasy TV

The best science fiction and fantasy television hooks you with endless suspense... including hair-raising cliffhangers. But only the greatest cliffhangers can make you throw your remote at the screen, and keep you wondering for weeks. Here are the 20 awesomest. » 11/22/12 10:00am 11/22/12 10:00am

Now that everybody's already copied The X-Files, is Chris Carter…

It's hard to imagine what television would look like without The X-Files to borrow from. Tons and tons of television shows have lifted pieces of the classic show's format, about FBI agents and mysterious, sinister events. So it's kind of sad to see that Chris Carter is creating a new show that, at first blush, sounds… » 10/07/12 8:30am 10/07/12 8:30am

10 Questions That Never Got a Straight Answer on Television

One of the wonderful things about our television obsessions is, they keep us guessing. But sometimes, when someone asks a straight question and doesn't get a straight answer, it can get a bit annoying. Mysterious non-answers are a staple of television science fiction and fantasy — and sometimes it feels like people… » 4/05/12 12:23pm 4/05/12 12:23pm

The 10 Most Mortifying Seasons of Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows

Television shows are like sports teams: Sometimes they just have an off season. (And sometimes they just dive down a terrible hole and get trapped forever.) When a science fiction or fantasy show has a terrible no-good year, it's especially noticeable, because the fantastical plot devices get dumber and the… » 11/01/11 10:00am 11/01/11 10:00am

When Aliens Smoke: A Video Remix

Aliens who come to Earth inevitably get hooked on our human vices. It's just a natural law of the cosmos. And sooner or later, every extraterrestrial wants to smoke. It's a filthy habit, but just barbaric enough to seem fascinating. » 9/13/11 2:27pm 9/13/11 2:27pm

Did Gillian Anderson just confirm X-Files 3 for 2012?

Remember when David Duchovny said way back when that a third X-Files movie was in the works? Now his co-star Gillian Anderson seems to be following suit. » 9/05/11 9:45am 9/05/11 9:45am

10 Dirt-Cheap Aliens Who Still Look Awesome

Just because science fiction has a low budget, doesn't mean its alien creatures need to look silly or ho-hum. Here are 10 low-budget alien spectaculars that blew our minds. » 5/26/11 10:00am 5/26/11 10:00am

Video proof that Mark Sheppard is science fiction's ultimate badass

With his recent appearance on Doctor Who, Mark Sheppard cemented his place as science fiction's greatest character actor. But we've been loving Sheppard for years...and we assembled this video of every last one of his scifi roles to prove his awesomeness. » 4/28/11 1:37pm 4/28/11 1:37pm

The 10 sickest underground lairs in scifi and fantasy

Whether you're on the side of good or evil, you must respect a sick lair. If there's one thing that brings superheroes, supervillains, and intrepid government employees together, it's an appreciation for a secure, well-equipped base of operations. » 4/02/11 10:00am 4/02/11 10:00am

A writer for X-Files and Breaking Bad reveals the secret aliens among us

John Shiban wrote some of the most acclaimed X-Files episodes, and then went on to work on Smallville, Supernatural, Star Trek: Enterprise and the upcoming Torchwood: Miracle Day. He also has worked on Breaking Bad from its second season onward. » 3/25/11 9:20am 3/25/11 9:20am

The most secret agencies dedicated to making sure you're only seeing a…

The philosopher Plato once posed the Allegory of the Cave in his work, The Republic. He thought that, if prisoners spent all of their lives chained in a cave and facing a wall, their only experience would be watching the shadows on that wall. They never understand that there are things beyond that wall. The… » 3/10/11 9:00am 3/10/11 9:00am

Trash Fights Back: The scariest monsters made of garbage!

Is there anything scarier than a garbage monster? If you even survived a trash-monster attack, you'd have to take one continuous shower for a week to feel clean afterwards. Plus some garbage monsters contain a lot of rusty metal. » 2/24/11 9:00am 2/24/11 9:00am

The ten most miserable fictional couples (And the people you know who…

There are always couples who don't get along. Usually they're fighting about money or who has the most annoying friends. Add clones, robots, and the occasional intergalactic war, and suddenly that couple really has something to fight about. » 2/04/11 10:00am 2/04/11 10:00am

The most iconic, stylish, and just plain wacky opening credits on…

A good opening credit sequence can be more memorable than the TV program it introduces. Luckily, science fiction shows are rife with sleek, quirky, and flat-out bizarre show intros. Here are over 30 of the best. » 1/24/11 8:40am 1/24/11 8:40am

J.J. Abrams offers cryptic clues for Super 8 and Star Trek sequel, plus…

Sebastian Shan explains how he played Captain America sidekick Bucky Barnes. J.J. Abrams offers a couple more hints about Star Trek and Super-8. Plus more Hobbit casting news, and Steven Moffat shuffles the order of next season's Doctor Who episodes. » 1/13/11 6:00am 1/13/11 6:00am

Supernatural's opening credits spoof The X-Files. But which Winchester…

For tomorrow night's abduction-themed Supernatural episode, the show came up with fresh opening credits in the style of the X-Files. Check out the grayscale creepiness! Then watch the episode, written by Ben Edlund, the man who gave us mudder's milk. » 11/18/10 2:40pm 11/18/10 2:40pm

The strange universe of science fiction novelty records

We've all grooved to William Shatner's "singing." But the history of science-fiction novelty records is much bigger, and weirder. From Weird Al's tribute to Yoda to Wonder Woman covering Toto, there have been many bizarre discs that celebrated science fiction. » 10/07/10 4:06pm 10/07/10 4:06pm

Most frustrating TV shows canceled on a cliffhanger

As the fall TV season starts up, shows are resolving their agonizing summer cliffhangers — but for some unlucky shows, that resolution never arrived. Here are the most frustrating "cancel-hangers," cliffhanger endings for shows that got cancelled too soon. » 9/21/10 3:30pm 9/21/10 3:30pm

The best SF/fantasy cliffhangers ever shown on television

The best science fiction and fantasy television hooks you with endless suspense... including hair-raising cliffhangers. But only the greatest cliffhangers can make you throw your remote at the screen, and keep you wondering for weeks. Here are the 20 awesomest. » 9/15/10 5:48pm 9/15/10 5:48pm