As a society we've been obsessed with time travel and the future. H.G. Wells was given credit for starting the time traveling trend with his science fiction novel "The Time Machine", which follows a time traveler as he discovers a utopian above world and the dark dystopian below preying upon it. Figuring out what our future will be is what started the obsession with utopia/dystopia. We all want to predict where our world is heading. Several popular works have come from this genre.

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"Oryx and Crake" by Margret Atwood is a popular literary work that follows the story of how our world caves in to all it's darkness. YA novels "Divergent" by Veronica Roth, "The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins, and "The Maze Runner" by James Dashner have been popular at the box office. They show bleak futures, but follow themes of revolution and rebuilding our doomed society.

The return to the time travel trend

"Doctor Who" is a long time fan favorite on BBC.

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The Doctor and his companions travel to different time periods, revealing grim pasts, dark futures, and a potential for hope. Fans have adored this time travel show since it began decades ago. Other than the fan favorite, actual time travel has decreased over the years. The dystopian stories we love so much are typically happening in real time. There isn't a jump from time to time. Yet this past season has seen an increase.

This fall season consists of new shows that feature characters traveling through time.

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An interesting concept away from our futuristic ideas is the rise in traveling to the past or bringing the past to the future. "The Flash" is a successful show on the CW, bringing back to the U.S. our craze over time travel. The show has tipped into traveling into the past with Barry's ability to speed his way through the timeline. He travels to the moment of his mother's murder in order to stop it which causes several consequences. The recent trend keeps reiterating that messing with our past doesn't solve anything. It only causes problems.

We have to accept our past in order to move forward with our present. 

The time travel shows this season 

"The Flash" and "Doctor Who" aren't the only shows to feature a time traveler. New shows "Frequency" and "Timeless" both feature connections to the past that cause harm to the future yet the main characters are fighting to save their present. "Frequency" is a unique story of a woman who discovers she can contact her father in 1996 through a radio.

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Together they're working to catch a serial killer and prevent her mother's murder. "Timeless" follows a small group as they chase after a man bent on destroying American history.

Spin-off from "The Flash" and "Arrow", "Legends of Tomorrow" season 2 has been compared to "Doctor Who" for its quirky style and the way it's characters seem to find (and cause) trouble every time period they find. ABC has midseason show "Time after Time", a show about H.G.

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Wells using a real time machine to follow Jack the Ripper to the present. Fox sitcom "Taking History" features a man going on a zany adventure to the past, which involves Paul Revere's daughter. 

Various theories suggest why we've become obsessed with time travel again. Is it a desire to correct the past we've messed up? Is it nostalgia for different eras? Is it easy marketing by using what people already know? Is it because we're fed up with the events of today? Or is it just a coincidence that networks are jumping on the time travel band wagon? 

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