Monday, May 23, 2016

Time travel shows are all the rage, with 4 new shows coming

Post-apocalyptic TV shows appear to have peaked with 13 now airing on cable and broadcast TV. (See the full list here.) The hot new trend among broadcasters is time travel shows.
Four shows with time travel as a central theme are currently airing: “12 Monkeys” (Syfy), “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” (CW), “Outlander” (Starz) and “Best Friends Whenever” (Disney Channel).
Four more shows are premiering this fall on the broadcast networks: “Time After Time” on ABC, “Making History” on Fox, “Timeless” on NBC, and “Frequency” on the CW.

Time After Time

Based on the 1979 novel and movie “Time After Time,” this drama chronicles the adventures of young H.G. Wells and his time machine. When Jack the Ripper uses the machine to travel to present day New York City, Wells must follow in order to stop him.

Making History

This comedy is produced by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“Lego Movie,” “21 Jump Street”). “Making History” follows two college professors who balance the thrill of time travel with the mundane concerns of their present-day lives. Also, their meddling in the past, messes with history.


“Timeless” is described as a high-octane drama that follows an unlikely trio who travel through time to battle a master criminal intent on altering the fabric of human history with potentially catastrophic results. It’s the latest show from Eric Kripke (“Supernatural” and “Revolution.”)


“Frequency” is a reimagining of the 2000 movie. In this version, a female police detective in 2016 discovers she is able to speak via a ham radio with her estranged father (also a detective) who died in 1996. They forge a new relationship while working together on an unresolved murder case, but unintended consequences of the “butterfly effect” wreak havoc in the present day.

Related article:

Time travel TV series: a complete list

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