77 episodes (2006-2012) 60m
As the promo blurb says… small town, big secret. Colin Ferguson stars as US Marshall Jack Carter. A car accident leads him to Eureka, a safe haven research facility for the nation's greatest minds. While there are plenty of sci-fi elements to the show, it also has its quirky offbeat sides that make it a nice mix of speculative fiction genres. Great fun and a well-deserved ratings winner.
78 episodes (2006-2010) 60m
Hit serial about a group of people carrying a special gene that gives each of them different special powers. Episodes follow various storylines related to the main characters as they are somewhat innocently drawn together in order to avert a cataclysmic disaster set to strike New York City. Of course, there are bad guys with mysterious ulterior motives along the way as well.
In production (2007-present) 45m
A team of scientists investigate the appearance of prehistoric creatures that arrive in Great Britain through temporal anomalies. From its relatively humble beginnings at ITV, the show is now produced by a conglomerate and has grown to attract a global audience. Its mainstays are topnotch special effects, terrific (but not too cerebral) storylines and generally family-friendly production.
59 episodes (2007-2011) 20/60m
Starting life on the net with eight 20-minute 'webisodes', this genre blending Canadian production was soon picked up by Syfy to fill a one-hour timeslot. Amanda Tapping stars as a 158-year-old English scientist who leads up the Sanctuary organisation - dedicated to learning from and helping the intelligent non-human Abnormals, while doing some damage control along the way.
In production (2008-present) 60m
Lost creator J.J. Abrams promised this series would be a little easier to follow for the casual viewer. An attractive FBI agent, an eccentric scientist, and his ingenious (but wayward) son take on X-Files-style investigations of 'fringe science' - all of which are interconnected by 'The Pattern'. Also involved is a leading global technology corporation and their bioterrorist opposition.
40 episodes (2009-2011) 60m
This series features a strong ensemble cast and some moody dramatic tension, but is a little short on the tongue-in-cheek verve that has been a trademark of the Stargate franchise. A multinational exploration team gets stuck in the far-reaches of the universe after being forced to evacuate to the Ancient starship 'Destiny'. A mixed critical reception picked up on the show's "edgier" feel.
26+pilot episodes (2009) 60m
Writer and director Joss Whedon (of Buffy fame) couldn't keep this series going for more than a season, but his name alone ensures it an element of cult status. 'Dollhouses' are secretive centres where volunteer 'Actives' get their memories wiped and reprogrammed. They are then hired out for any number of purposes. One of them, Echo (Eliza Dushku), retains traces of self-awareness.
In production (2011-present) 60m
Executive producer Steven Spielberg finally gets a taste of small-screen success with this terrific post-apocalyptic alien invasion story. An assortment of super-cool aliens (Mechs, Skitters and Overlords) wipe out 90% of the planet's population and set about installing obedience devices in 8-18 year olds. The story follows the resistance movement's Second Massachusetts regiment.
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