Homemade "SciFi Channel" for classic sf video online

Wil Wheaton sez, "This guy really loves science fiction, and REALLY hates the Sci-Fi channel for not airing enough classic SciFi. So he found all sorts of shows online, and has created his own incredibly awesome repository of classic science fiction television show links. As far as I can tell, it's all legal, and there are hundreds of hours of programming to choose from." Link (Thanks, Wil!)


  1. By that I mean that if you reside or are currently outside amerika you can’t get the friggin vids.

  2. not just Hulu, every Star Trek (on CBS) I tried, a robot voice said ‘this content is currently unavailable’ – because I’m not in America, I assume. That site’s two annoying for me unless he rearranges it, as it is i’d have to click everything to see if it’s archive.org or not.

  3. Dammit! I’ve got work to do. Cory, for the good of humanity please quit pointing out such wonderful wastes of time.

    Cory must be an alien sent to retard our technological development by pointing out so many wonderful things.

  4. Though I also hate some of the non-skiffy programming on SFC these days, most of the shows this site has archived have aired on SFC at some point, some even currently. I’d like to see some more obscure series, like “SuperForce,” “Century City” or “Time Trax.” Now that would demonstrate some commitment to the concept.

  5. Personally, while I am happy to see a site like this, I am also pretty happy that the SciFi channel doesn’t air these shows. Given how available these things are on the internet, it makes no sense to air them on television. The larger issue for me is that, aside from things like BSG, the SciFi is largely clogged with crap. Wrestling? Ghost Hunters? Sometimes I’ll read something about the channel making the Diamond Age or something that has some resonance with the genre, and the very next day I see some truly awful “SciFi original” monster movie. I just can’t believe that people intend to tune in and watch things like that, and it’s boggling to me why money is spent on developing the things they do.

  6. darn .. yep .. most of the stuff does not play when you are an evil non-american … nice idea though

  7. Hi all. I’m the guy who loves SF and hates SFC.

    My apologies to those who can’t view the content – I was unaware of that issue and am looking into ways to solve it.

    Apologies also to those who don’t like the site ‘design’ and those who think its ‘just hulu redu'; I put it together out of anger and frustration, not to win awards for looks. It will be changing over time tho.

    I’m also not trying to be hulu or any other streaming video site. TCSFC is there to make it easier for folks to find these shows and as a statement of dissatisfaction with the direction that SciFiChannel is going.

    If I can solve the foreigners problem, I’ll post it here.

  8. Not sure whether I’m looking at the same thing, but I see 3 columns of about 20 entries each. Hovering over those links shows you archive.org items straight away – what’s the problem in terms of determining access?

    Having said that, the Hulu service does actually look quite nice…until it shuts you out at the very last and most important step of playing the fikkin’ thing.

  9. #9: I’m very concerned that they’ll butcher the crap out of The Diamond Age. That’s a story that deserves better than even the best SFC treatment.

  10. FWIW, “Skiffy” refers to the channel. IIRC, it was coined in the forums to avoid confusion b/t the channel and the genre (e.g., “I hate Skiffy” vs. “I hate Sci-Fi.”)

  11. IMO, they’ve been changing the definition of science fiction on the Sci Fi channel for years. I mean c’mon, “Field of Dreams” (which I’ve seen aired) is not science fiction.

  12. #13: I share that concern, but I’d much rather see them go that direction than Tremors XVII or Global Warming Aliens Terrorize Danica McKellar.

  13. What about Farscape? Certainly about as ‘classic’ as Firefly, isn’t it? (That is to say, I think they’re probably both a bit too ‘young’ to be considered classic, but I’m pretty sure they’ll both be considered classic a decade or two from now, so if you include the one, why not include the other?)

  14. This brings tomind one of my favorite things to complain about:

    Anyone else remember how frikkin’ AWESOME cable used to be? The cable networks only had budget for a few (if any) original programs, and often their prime time lineup would be reruns of recent network hits.

    So how to fill the other 22 hours a day? Nothing but pure classic gold reruns. If you were sick in bed for a day in 1995 and you had cable or satellite (REAL satellite) you could absorb a whole hell of a lot of 60 previous years of American and European popular culture.

    Bugs Bunny isn’t on TV the way he was 15 years ago. I remember it used to be a frequent joke that Lucy could be watch 24/7 with a sufficient number of channels.

    And this guy is right: SciFi is one of the channels hardest hit by this. Those endless loops of Night Gallery were great. However there’s a pretty much inarguable worst decline in a cable station:

    The Discovery Channel.

    Cheapo reality gets more bang for the buck than licensing something old but great I guess.

  15. Sadly no pay in Canuckistan. Cry big ice-cube tears. Must make own cheap sci-fi teleplays when winter bound next year…

  16. Thanks i love Sci Fi
    Have been looking for Firefly all week
    Yes i’m in Europe so hate hulu aol too

    Megavideo or Sina or even Youku , Tudou would be nice
    In the end i found Firefly on sina
    So for the others in Europe those are places to check
    The quality isn’t the best but they got a lot of the American series
    So there we get a chance to at least watch it

    Firefly 1-14 Full season 01 [EU Friendly]

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