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The Best 1990s Cult TV Series

Updated June 15, 2019 2.6k votes 352 voters 7.2k views24 items

List RulesVote 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 X-Files is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    The X-Files

    David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson

    Premiered1993

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

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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Buffy the Vampire Slayer

    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan

    Premiered1997

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

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    The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

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

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    Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Quantum Leap

    Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell

    Premiered1989

    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
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    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Star Trek: The Next Generation

    Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner

    Premiered1987

    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
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    Daria

    Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes

    Premiered1997

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

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    Xena: Warrior Princess is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Xena: Warrior Princess

    Lucy Lawless, Renée O'Connor

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, Adventure film, 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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    Twin Peaks

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  • 10
    Freaks and Geeks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Freaks and Geeks

    Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley

    Premiered1999

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama, Comedy-drama

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    Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1991

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

    Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26,... more on Wikipedia

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    Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Mystery Science Theater 3000

    Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Comic science fiction, Comedy, Puppet

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    Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Stargate SG-1

    Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks

    Premiered1997

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

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  • 14
    My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    My So-Called Life

    Claire Danes, Bess Armstrong

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Teen drama

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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

    Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois

    Premiered1993

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

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    seaQuest DSV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    seaQuest DSV

    Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin

    Premiered1993

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

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    The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    The Kids in the Hall

    Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy

    The Kids in the Hall (HBO, 1989) is a Canadian sketch comedy TV series starring the comedy... more on Wikipedia
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    Newhart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Newhart

    Bob Newhart, Mary Frann

    Premiered1982

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Newhart is an American television situation comedy which aired on the CBS network from October... more on Wikipedia
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    Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Red Dwarf

    Chris Barrie, Craig Charles

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy, Science Fiction

    Red Dwarf is a British comedy franchise which primarily comprises ten series of a television... more on Wikipedia

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    Absolutely Fabulous is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Absolutely Fabulous

    Jennifer Saunders, Joanna Lumley

    Premiered1992

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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    Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Babylon 5

    Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Space opera, Science Fiction

    Babylon 5 is an American space opera television series created by writer and producer J.... more on Wikipedia
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    Strangers with Candy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s Cult TV Series
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    Strangers with Candy

    Amy Sedaris, Paul Dinello

    Premiered1999

    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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    Alien Nation

    Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint

    Premiered1989

    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
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    The State

    Kevin Allison, Michael Ian Black

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Sketch comedy, Sketch, Comedy

    The State is a half-hour sketch-comedy television show, originally broadcast in the USA on MTV... more on Wikipedia
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