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The Best 1990s Cult TV Series

Updated May 27, 2021 2.6k votes 388 voters 7.9k views24 items

List RulesVote up your favorite TV cult classics that were airing new episodes between 1990 and 1999.

These are the best '90s cult TV shows, 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 classics were sci-fi based and others gained cult status because of their irreverent characters. One thing is for sure, the top 1990s cult TV shows have very loyal fans.

What are some of the shows that appear on this list of TV's best 1990s cult classics? 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 '90s cult TV series list include Absolutely Fabulous, The X-Files and The State.

What are the best '90s cult TV shows? Did the shows you think were the best make this list? Vote up the 1990s cult classics you think are the best of the decade and see where the cult TV shows of the '90s you loved to watch rank.

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    • Actors: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Mitch Pileggi, Robert Patrick, Annabeth Gish
    • Premiered: September 10, 1993
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Science fiction

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  • Photo: Buffy the Vampire Slayer / The WB
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    • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Anthony Head
    • Premiered: March 10, 1997
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Horror, Fantasy

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  • Photo: The Simpsons / Fox
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    • Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
    • Premiered: December 17, 1989
    • Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Animated

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    • Actors: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Dennis Wolfberg, W. K. Stratton, Carolyn Seymour
    • Premiered: March 26, 1989
    • Genres (Tv): Drama, Science fiction, Fantasy

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