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The Best 1990s Cult TV Series 

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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
The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more

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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
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Buffy the Vampire Slayer is an American television series which aired from March 10, 1997 until May 20, 2003. The series was created in 1997 by writer-director Joss Whedon under his production ...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
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The X-Files is an American science fiction horror drama television series created by Chris Carter. The program originally aired from September 10, 1993 to May 19, 2002 on Fox, spanning nine ...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
Quantum Leap is an American television series that originally aired on NBC for five seasons, from March 1989 through May 1993. Created by Donald P. Bellisario, it starred Scott Bakula as Dr. Sam ...more

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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
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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
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more

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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
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
Xena: Warrior Princess is an American/New Zealand television series filmed in New Zealand. The series aired in syndication from September 4, 1995, until June 18, 2001. The series was created in ...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
Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...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
Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television science fiction sitcom that aired on BBC Two between 1988 and 1993 and from 1997 to 1999, and on Dave ...more

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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
SeaQuest DSV is an American science fiction television series created by Rockne S. O'Bannon. It originally aired on NBC between 1993 and 1996. In its final season, it was renamed seaQuest 2032. ...more

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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
Freaks and Geeks is an American teen comedy-drama television series, created by Paul Feig with Judd Apatow as executive producer, that aired on NBC during the 1999–2000 television season. ...more

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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
Mystery Science Theater 3000, often abbreviated MST3K, is an American television comedy series created by Joel Hodgson and produced by Best Brains, Inc. The show premiered on KTMA in ...more

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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
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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton
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
The Kids in the Hall is a Canadian sketch comedy group formed in 1984, consisting of comedians Dave Foley, Kevin McDonald, Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, and Scott Thompson. Their eponymous ...more

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Newhart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Bob Newhart, Mary Frann, Tom Poston
Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October 25, 1982, to May 21, 1990. The series starred comedian Bob Newhart and actress Mary Frann as an ...more

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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
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more

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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
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
Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J. Michael Straczynski, under the Babylonian Productions label, in association with Straczynski's Synthetic ...more

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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
Strangers with Candy is a television series produced by Comedy Central. It first aired on April 7, 1999, and concluded its third and final season on October 2, 2000. Its timeslot was Sundays at ...more

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli
Alien Nation is a science fiction television series in the Alien Nation franchise. Adapted from the 1988 movie of the same name, it stars Gary Graham as Detective Matthew Sikes, a Los Angeles ...more

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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
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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