Experience “All of the Ways TV Has Tackled Time Travel” in this fascinating trip by Tolly Wright on Vulture. Videos take you through the travels from Doctor Who to Outlander and Time Tunnel to Planet of the Apes.

Time travel is having quite a moment on TV right now. Though it’s been around TV since the Twilight Zone days, it seems like every network is suddenly trying to get in on the fourth dimension, with NBC’s Timeless, Hulu’s 11.22.63, the CW’s Legends of Tomorrow, Comedy Central’s Time Traveling Bong, Starz’s Outlander, and Syfy’s 12 Monkeys — not to mention the recent debuts of Making History and Time After Time, on Fox and ABC respectively. With so many recent shows mining laughs, violence, or romance from the past and/or future, we decided to take our own trip through the ages to look at the notable time-travel shows from yesteryear and today — but not the future. We don’t have that technology yet.

Like any good trip through time, there are a few rules. One, visiting parallel universes that look like the future or past don’t count as time travel. Two, the characters need to… Read the article on Vulture.


Time travel is the concept of movement (such as by a human) between certain points in time, analogous to movement between different points in space, typically using a hypothetical device known as a time machine, in the form of a vehicle or of a portal connecting distant points in time. Time travel is a recognized concept in philosophy and fiction, but traveling to an arbitrary point in time has a very limited support in theoretical physics, and usually only connected with quantum mechanics or wormholes, also known as Einstein-Rosen bridges.

In a more narrow sense, one-way time travel into the future via time dilation is a well-understood phenomenon within the frameworks of special relativity and general relativity, but advancing a large amount of time is not feasible with current technology. The concept was touched upon in various earlier works of fiction, but was popularized by H. G. Wells’ 1895 novel The Time Machine, which moved the concept of time travel into the public imagination, and it remains a popular subject in science fiction. Read more on Wikipedia.

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