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List Rules Vote up your favorite Science Fiction series that aired in the '90s.

These are the best 1990s Sci Fi shows, ranked from best to worst by user votes. Some good 90s sci fi series are set centuries in the future, while other great 1990s sci fi programs take place in the far reaches of outer space. A few of the most popular 1990s sci fi shows have been reimagined in films.

What programs are featured on this best 1990s sci fi shows list? Since premiering in 1993, The X-Files kept viewers on the edge of their seats as agents Mulder and Scully found that “The truth is out there.” This great 90s science fiction show was so popular that new episodes were created in 2016, long after it ended in 2002. Stargate SG-1 was another good sci fi series that aired on television in the 1990s.

When an alien expedition landed on earth in 3rd Rock from the Sun, viewers discovered lots of laughs. Other great programs that appear on this top 1990s sci fi shows list include Profiler, Sliders and Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Which 90s sci fi show do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Give the best series a vote up!
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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes
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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399 154
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi
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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324 172
Stargate SG-1 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Richard Dean Anderson, Michael Shanks, Amanda Tapping
Stargate SG-1 is an adventure and military science fiction television series and part of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's Stargate franchise. The show, created by Brad Wright and Jonathan Glassner, is ...more
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223 151
Farscape is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe
Farscape is an Australian/American science fiction television series, produced originally for the Nine Network. The series was conceived by Rockne S. O'Bannon and produced by Jim Henson ...more
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243 162
Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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262 169
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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269 164
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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263 161
Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson
Star Trek: Voyager is a science fiction television series, set in the Star Trek universe. The show takes place during the 2370s, and begins on the far side of the Milky Way galaxy, 75,000 ...more
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223 150
Sliders is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Jerry O'Connell, Sabrina Lloyd, John Rhys-Davies
Sliders is an American science fiction and fantasy television series created by Robert K. Weiss and Tracy Tormé. It was broadcast for five seasons between 1995 and 2000. The series ...more
10
179 115
The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Kevin Conway, Joe Pascual
The Outer Limits is a US-Canadian television series that originally aired on Showtime, the Sci Fi Channel and in syndication between 1995 and 2002. The series is a revival of the original The ...more
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181 159
Mystery Science Theater 3000 is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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195 165
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston
3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very ...more
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173 165
ALF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright
ALF is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 22, 1986 to March 24, 1990. It was the first television series to be presented in Dolby Surround sound system. The title character is ...more
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165 155
Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart
Knight Rider is an American television series that originally ran from September 26, 1982, to August 8, 1986. The series was broadcast on NBC and stars David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight, a ...more
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16 7
Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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155 148
seaQuest DSV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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111 142
Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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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97 146
Roswell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl
Roswell is an American science fiction television series developed, produced, and co-written by Jason Katims. The series debuted on October 6, 1999 on The WB and moved to UPN for the third ...more
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9 6
Seven Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Jonathan LaPaglia, Don Franklin, Justina Vail
Seven Days is a science fiction television series based on the premise of time travel. It was produced by UPN from 1998 to 2001. The television channel Spike syndicated all of the episodes from ...more
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8 9
Crusade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim
Crusade is an American spin-off TV show from J. Michael Straczynski's Babylon 5. Its plot is set in AD 2267, five years after the events of Babylon 5, and just after the movie A Call to Arms. ...more
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4 6
First Wave is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Traci Lords, Roger Cross, Rob LaBelle
First Wave is a Canadian science fiction television series, filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, that aired from 1998 to 2001 on the Sci-Fi Channel and Space in Canada. The show was ...more
22
3 7
Harsh Realm is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Scott Bairstow, D.B. Sweeney, Terry O'Quinn
Harsh Realm is a science fiction television series about humans trapped inside a virtual reality simulation. It was developed by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files and Millennium, and began ...more
23
82 154
Millennium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn
Millennium is an American television series created by Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, that aired on the Fox Network between 1996 and 1999. The series follows the investigations of ex-FBI ...more
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3 8
Nowhere Man is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Bruce Greenwood, Megan Gallagher, Marvin LaRoy Sanders
Nowhere Man is an American television series that aired from 1995 to 1996 starring Bruce Greenwood. Created by Lawrence Hertzog, the series aired Monday nights on UPN. Despite critical acclaim, ...more
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3 9
Time Trax is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Peter Donat, Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander
Time Trax is an American/Australian co-produced science fiction television series that first aired in 1993. A police officer, sent through time into the past, has to track down and return ...more