Some of those shows were in the top twenty and top ten during their heydays, so could they still be offically called "cult?"
Good question. I'm sure TV Guide has a good answer, but I don't.
They didn't have a solid explanation. The list is an odd collection. Maybe they needed filler.
30) Strangers with Candy (1999-2000)*29) Absolutely Fabulous (1994-2003)28) Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007)*27) H.R. Pufnstuf (1969-1971)26) Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (1975-1978)25) Firefly (2002-2003)*24) Twin Peaks (1990-1991)23) Dark Shadows (1966-1971)22) Doctor Who (1963-present)21) Freaks and Geeks (1999-2000)20) The Avengers (1966-1969)19) Quantum Leap (1989-1993)18) Veronica Mars (2004-2007)*17) Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990)16) Babylon 5 (1994-1998)15) Family Guy (1999-present)14) Battlestar Galactica (2003-present)*13) Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1989-1999)12) Pee-Wee's Playhouse (1986-1991)11) Jericho (2006-present)*10) Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001)9) Twilight Zone (1959-1964)8) The Simpsons (1989-present)7) The Prisoner (1967-1968)6) Monty Python's Flying Circus (1969-1974)5) Lost (2004-present)*4) Farscape (1999-2003)3) Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)2) The X-Files (1993-2002)1) Star Trek (1966-1969)Well, a few have had some, often fleeting, Nielsen success, but the point would be how fanatical a fan-base they inspired. People often joke, I hope, how much they loved/love such tripe as THREE'S COMPANY or WHAT'S HAPPENING!?!, but they haven't actually inspired the kind of fannish/fanzine-publishing/website-maintaing/listserv-chatting/episode-swapping following that these shows have (MH,MH maybe just a bit less than FOREVER KNIGHT, but I'll buy it for now). No company man, I, but that's perhaps the least embarrassing of this sort of list I've seen for a while here on the CriderPop blog.
I think you're right, Todd. These are shows that have a lot of fannish activity related to them, or most of them are.
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