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The Best 1990s Cult TV Series 

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Updated June 15, 2019 2.4k votes 327 voters 5.9k 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

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

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

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 95

Network: NBC

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

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

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

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 178

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

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Daria is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes, Julian Rebolledo

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 66

Network: MTV

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

Daria is an American animated television series created by Glenn Eichler and Susie Lewis Lynn for MTV. The series focuses on Daria Morgendorffer, a smart, acerbic, and somewhat misanthropic ...more

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Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Xena: Warrior Princess ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1995

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 134

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

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: American Broadcasting Company

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

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 61

Network: British Broadcasting Corporation, Dave

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

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seaQuest DSV is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: NBC

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

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Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco

Premiered: 1999

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 18

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Drama, Period piece, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 198

Network: Comedy Central, Syfy

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

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Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping

Premiered: 1997

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 214

Network: Showtime, Syfy

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

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Umberhaven added Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 176

Network: UPN

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

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is a science fiction television series set in the Star Trek universe. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy, in the years 2369–2375. In contrast to the setting of ...more

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

Premiered: 1988

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 111

Network: CBC Television, HBO

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Comedy

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
RobLein added Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston

Premiered: 1982

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 184

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

Premiered: 1994

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 19

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, 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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 39

Network: Comedy Central, BBC America, BBC One, Logo, Oxygen

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Absolutely Fabulous, also known as Ab Fab, is a BBC television sitcom created by Jennifer Saunders, based on an original idea by her and Dawn French, and written by Saunders, who plays the ...more

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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

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 110

Network: Prime Time Entertainment Network, TNT

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

Number of Seasons: 3

Network: Comedy Central

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
Umberhaven added Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli

Premiered: 1989

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 22

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

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

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 26

Network: MTV

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

The State is a half-hour sketch-comedy television show, originally broadcast in the USA on MTV between December 17, 1993, and July 1, 1995. The show combined bizarre characters and scenarios to ...more

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