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The Best 1990s Cult TV Series 

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Updated June 15, 2019 2.5k votes 342 voters 6.6k views 24 items

List Rules Vote up your favorite cult shows that aired in the '90s

These are the best 1990s cult TV series, ranked from best to worst by your votes. It's hard to put your finger on what made a show a great 1990s cult TV series. Some of the best 90s cult TV shows were sci-fi based and others gained cult status because of their irreverent characters. One thing is for sure, the top 1990s cult TV series have very loyal fans.

What are some of the shows that appear on this best 1990s cult TV series list? In the early-1990s, Twin Peaks had viewers on the edge of their seats as they waited to learn who killed Laura Palmer. This cult classic gained in popularity over the years provoking its creators to make a new season over 20 years after its finale. Strangers With Candy is another great cult TV show that aired in the 1990s.

Judd Apatow first entertained comedy fans with his 1999 cult TV show, Freaks and Geeks. Other good shows that appear on this top 1990s cult TV series list include Absolutely Fabulous, The X-Files and The State.

Do you have a favorite cult TV show from the 1990s? Give the best shows a thumbs up and get in on the conversation in the comments section.
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action, + more

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Star Trek: The Next Gene... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Comedy-drama, + more

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Comedy-drama

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Daria is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Comedy, Animated series

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Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Comic science fiction, Comedy, Puppet

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction, + more

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Children's television series, Comedy, Puppet, + more

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Premiered: 1982

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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seaQuest DSV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, Science Fiction

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Umberhaven added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Military science fiction, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, Action, + more

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong, Wilson Cruz

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Teen drama

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Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley, Julia Sawalha

Premiered: 1992

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Space opera, Science Fiction

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Strangers with Candy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello, Stephen Colbert

Premiered: 1999

Genres (Tv): Black comedy, Comedy

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Drama, Science Fiction

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The State is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black, Robert Ben Garant

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

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