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The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s 

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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 Gene... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Patrick Stewart, Brent Spiner, Jonathan Frakes

Premiered: 1987

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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

Premiered: 1993

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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

Premiered: 1997

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Star Trek: Deep Space Ni... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Avery Brooks, Rene Auberjonois, Cirroc Lofton

Premiered: 1993

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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Star Trek: Voyager is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Kate Mulgrew, Robert Beltran, Roxann Dawson

Premiered: 1995

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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Premiered: 1989

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Babylon 5 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Jerry Doyle, Mira Furlan, Richard Biggs

Premiered: 1994

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Farscape is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Ben Browder, Claudia Black, Anthony Simcoe

Premiered: 1999

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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

Premiered: 1995

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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

Premiered: 1996

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The Outer Limits is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Kevin Conway, Alex Diakun, Eric Schneider

Premiered: 1995

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Knight Rider is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
David Hasselhoff, Edward Mulhare, Richard Basehart

Premiered: 1982

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ALF is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Paul Fusco, Max Wright

Premiered: 1986

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Mystery Science Theater ... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Joel Hodgson, Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu

Premiered: 1988

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Alien Nation is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Gary Graham, Eric Pierpoint, Michele Scarabelli

Premiered: 1989

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seaQuest DSV is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Jonathan Brandis, Don Franklin, Ted Raimi

Premiered: 1993

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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Roswell is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Shiri Appleby, Jason Behr, Katherine Heigl

Premiered: 1999

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Red Dwarf is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Chris Barrie, Craig Charles, Danny John-Jules

Premiered: 1988

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Seven Days is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Jonathan LaPaglia, Don Franklin, Justina Vail

Premiered: 1998

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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Earth 2 is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Debrah Farentino, Clancy Brown, Sullivan Walker

Premiered: 1994

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Dark Skies is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
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Premiered: 1996

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Crusade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Gary Cole, Tracy Scoggins, Daniel Dae Kim

Premiered: 1999

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Millennium is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Lance Henriksen, Megan Gallagher, Terry O'Quinn

Premiered: 1996

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Time Trax is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Peter Donat, Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander

Premiered: 1993

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Early Edition is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Sci-Fi Shows of the 1990s
Kyle Chandler, Shanesia Davis, Fisher Stevens

Premiered: 1996

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