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Best Sci-Fi TV Series of the 1990's
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With technological advancements including the dawn of CGI, the 1990’s provided some of the best Sci-Fi TV Series that pushed the envelope and brought us a new level of entertainment, while gaining a firm footing as an newly-accepted Genre in the primetime broadcast television industry.


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TV Show: The X-Files ( 1993 )
Two FBI agents, Fox Mulder the believer and Dana Scully the skeptic, investigate the strange and unexplained while hidden forces work to impede their efforts.
Movie: The X Files ( 1998 )
Mulder and Scully must fight the government in a conspiracy and find the truth about an alien colonization of Earth.
Movie: The X Files: I Want to Believe ( 2008 )
Mulder and Scully are called back to duty by the FBI when a former priest claims to be receiving psychic visions pertaining to a kidnapped agent.
TV Show: The Lone Gunmen ( 2001 )
Spin-off of The X-Files featuring the trio of computer-hacking conspiracy geeks popularly known as The Lone Gunmen. Never ones to stray far from the center of corporate and government intrigue, the threesome of John Byers, Melvin Frohike, and Richard Langly play like a misguided Mission Impossible team, embarking on a series of comic adventures that simultaneously highlight their genius and ineptitude. While their newfound independence inspires them to investigate even the most shadowy of conspiracies, their social skills remain stagnant, which only makes their lives more difficult when they learn their chief competitor in the "information business" is the brilliant and beautiful Yves Adele Harlow. Perpetually short of funds to publish The Lone Gunmen newspaper, Byers, Frohike, and Langly begrudgingly take on Jimmy Bond as an unlikely benefactor who bankrolls their missions and joins them in their investigations to uncover the truth.
TV Show: Star Trek: Voyager ( 1995 )
Star Trek: Voyager (VOY) focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Kathryn Janeway aboard the U.S.S. Voyager. Smaller than either Kirk's or Picard's starships—its crew complement is only 150—Voyager is fast and powerful, and has the ability to land on a planet's surface. It is one of the most technologically advanced vessels in Starfleet, utilizing computer circuitry that incorporates synthetic neural tissue. Ironically, Janeway's inaugural mission aboard Voyager was to be her last in the Alpha quadrant. While attempting to capture the crew of a renegade Maquis vessel, both her ship and that of the Maquis were pulled into the distant Delta quadrant by powerful alien technology. Unfortunately, there would be no similar "express" route to take them home again. Stranded 70,000 light-years from Earth, Janeway convinced the Maquis to join her Starfleet crew and serve together during the long voyage back to Federation space.
TV Show: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine ( 1993 )
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (DS9) focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Benjamin Sisko on space station Deep Space 9, an outpost situated near the mouth of a stable wormhole on the far reaches of explored space. Although Sisko commands Deep Space 9, the station actually belongs to the inhabitants of nearby Bajor, who requested Starfleet's protective presence after Bajoran freedom fighters put an end to the brutal Cardassian occupation of their world. Approximately a sixth of the station's 300 permanent residents are Starfleet personnel; there is also a sizable Bajoran militia presence. The rest of Deep Space 9's inhabitants are civilians, most of whom work in the station's Promenade, a kind of indoor marketplace. Initially, Sisko's mandate from Starfleet was to protect Bajor and the station from any hostiles who ventured into the area. But with the discovery of the nearby wormhole—a shortcut through space that leads directly to the uncharted Gamma quadrant—Sisko's mandate has expanded exponentially, as the region becomes the gateway to all manner of visitors, both friendly and extremely hostile.
TV Show: Earth: Final Conflict ( 1997 )
In the early twenty-first century Earth is visited by the Taelons', an alien species, claiming to be companions of humanity. They use their superior technology and wisdom to help Earth solve its most pressing problems – famine, disease, war – but suspicions arise that a darker agenda may be part of the Taelons' ultimate plans.
The only hope to discover the truth falls to a small team of humans lead by William Boone, a former Special Forces soldier turned cop. After rescuing Da'an, the Taelon "overseer" for North America from assassination, Boone is made their interspecies liaison. Along with members of a budding underground human resistance movement, Boone investigates the purpose behind the Taelons' acts of benevolence to uncover the true intentions of their visit to Earth. Only one thing is certain, what they might discover will change humanity forever.
TV Show: Stargate SG-1 ( 1997 )
Stargate SG-1 is a science fiction series based on the original film Stargate. It involves the team SG-1 going on various adventures to different alien worlds through Stargates. Throughout the series they encounter various alien threats and allies including but not limited to the Goa'uld and the Asgard.
TV Show: Babylon 5 ( 1994 )
"It was the dawn of the Third Age of Mankind ten years after the Earth-Minbari War The Babylon Project was a dream given form. Its goal: to prevent another war by creating a place where Humans and aliens could work out their differences peacefully. It's a port of call – home away from home for diplomats, hustlers, entrepreneurs, and wanderers. Humans and aliens wrapped in two million, five-hundred thousand tons of spinning metal, all alone in the night. It can be a dangerous place, but it's our last best hope for peace. This is the story of the last of the Babylon stations. The year is 2258. The name of the place is Babylon 5".A five season space opera written by J. Michael Straczynsky.
TV Show: Lexx ( 1997 )
Hailed as "the most imaginative Sci-Fi since The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" (New York Daily News), Lexx follows the nomadic existence of four misfit characters who have inadvertently stolen the most powerful weapon of destruction ever made: a Manhattan-sized, genetically-modified insect-ship. In its debut season, the Lexx's quirky crew-former security guard, Captain Stanley Tweedle; the luscious love slave Zev; the dead-but-deadly assassin Kai; and the robot head 790.
TV Show: Farscape ( 1999 )
Astronaut John Crichton assumes he'll be home in time for dinner. But a freak accident during an experimental space mission catapults him across a thousand galaxies to an alien battlefield. Suddenly, he's trapped among alien creatures wielding deadly technology - a battle that 20th century sci-fi pop culture never prepared him for. Hunted by a merciless military race, Crichton begins his quest for home from a galaxy far, far away...
TV Show: Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars ( 2004 )
When a full-scale war is engaged by the evil Scarran Empire, the Peacekeeper Alliance has but one hope: reassemble human astronaut John Crichton, once sucked into the Peacekeeper galaxy through a wormhole. Crichton's task: Get the entire Peacekeeper race to safety before the last war of an era brings and end to the universe.
TV Show: Roswell ( 1999 )
Human/Alien hybrids, must hide their alien sides to fit into their New Mexico-high school, while attempting to learn about their past, their gifts, and love as outsiders. Their destinies clash with their feelings as they discover the extraordinary circumstances that led them to Earth, and may eventually lead them home.
TV Show: Sliders ( 1995 )
Brilliant grad student Quinn has created a device that opens a wormhole to an infinite number of parallel universes where history has taken different paths. His first test trip goes awry stranding his physics professor Arturo, his friend Wade, and bystander Rembrandt "Crying Man" Brown in parallel San Francisco. Now, this foursome of Sliders must travel from one alternate reality to another in the hope of somehow finding their way home.
TV Show: seaQuest DSV ( 1993 )
The amazing adventure begins in the mid-21st century, as humankind expands its undersea colonization efforts and a tenuous world peace is enforced by the United Earth Oceans (UEO). In order to protect the fledgling underwater colonies from unknown dangers and hostile invaders lurking in the depths of Earth's last frontier, the UEO recruits Captain Nathan Bridger (Roy Scheider) to command the high-tech battle submarine seaQuest and its diverse and eclectic crew.
TV Show: Space: Above and Beyond ( 1995 )
In this cult fan favorite, it's the year 2063. After 150 years of deep space exploration, the people of Earth feel certain they are alone in the universe. Then word comes that two Earth outposts light-years away from home have been brutally attacked by an advanced alien civilization. Now the new young recruits of the United States Marine Corps Space Aviator Calvary are heading for the front lines of space in the toughest battle the world has even faced.
TV Show: 7 Days ( 1998 )
A secret branch of the NSA travels through time using a device found at Roswell.
TV Show: RoboCop ( 1994 )
In this continuation of the movie franchise, Alex Murphy is RoboCop, a deceased cop brought back to life through cybernetic technology. Now he fights crime on the streets of Detroit and deals with the machinations of OCP, the company that "created" him.
TV Show: First Wave ( 1998 )
In 1564 Nostradamus predicted the destruction of Earth in 3 terrifying waves. . . The First Wave is here! Cade Foster thought he had seen everything; then he learned of the secrets hidden within the quatrains of the ancient prophet Nostradamus, predictions of an alien invasion that would come in three waves and conquer the human race. The invaders would be known as the Gua, and their conquest was foretold... Or was it? Cade, together with his allies Eddie, Joshua, Jordan, and the Resistance, wage an underground battle to protect Earth's future from the First Wave of the Gua invasion, and to seek out clues hidden in the ancient prophecies, clues that might mean the difference between survival and extinction for all humanity. Can disaster be averted? Can the future be rewritten? Can the Gua be stopped? For Cade Foster, surrender is not an option.
TV Show: Earth 2 ( 1994 )
Two hundred years into the future, Devon Adair embarks on a mission to save her son's life and to provide humanity with a second chance. After traveling through space for twenty-two years, Devon and her small Advance team are forced to crash-land onto the far-away planet known as G-889. They are thousands of miles from their destination: New Pacifica, where they're supposed to set up a colony for the 250 families that are following. The survivors start out on a long and perilous journey toward New Pacifica.
TV Show: Dark Skies ( 1996 )
On July 2, 1947, a spacecraft of unknown origin crashed in the New Mexico desert outside Roswell Army Air Base. Four bodies - known as the Grays - were recovered. Everything you think to true about American history, from that moment on, has been influenced by that event.On February 17, 1962, another event occurred, related to the first, but one that has, until now, been kept completely suppressed.You are being trusted with that secret.
TV Show: Time Trax ( 1993 )
A police officer, sent through time into the past, has to track down and return convicted criminals who have escaped prison in the future.
TV Show: Total Recall 2070 ( 1999 )
Total Recall 2070 is a stunning futuristic thriller about a world so high-tech, man is the only flaw! In the year 2070, the planet Earth is ruled by a single government entity and a conglomeration of corporations that hold absolute power. The crime rate is virtually nonexistent and the Citizen's Protection Bureau defends the innocent from unchecked sociotechnological forces. But when the Bureau partner of Agent David Hume is dramatically gunned down, Hume's determination to uncover the dangerous truth behind this shocking crime leads him on a pulse-pounding race through the galaxy!
TV Show: TekWar ( 1994 )
In the year 2045, an addictive computer-based reality drug call "tek" has ignited a war that stretches throughout society. Recruited by a mysterious benefactor to stop the advancing drug is Jake Cardigan, a cop who teams up with a colorful array of partners as the government plots to stop him from revealing the truth. This riveting series is based on the hit sci-fi novel series by William Shatner, who also makes special appearances throughout these 22 action-packed episodes!
TV Show: Space Precinct ( 1994 )
Space Precinct is a British-American television series that was broadcast from 1994 to 1995 on Sky One and later on BBC Two in the UK, and in first-run syndication in the United States. Many US stations scheduled the show in late night time slots, which resulted in low ratings and contributed to its cancellation. The series was created by Gerry Anderson and was a mix of science fiction and police procedural that combined elements of many of Anderson's previous series such as Space: 1999, UFO and Thunderbirds, but with an added dash of Law & Order and Dragnet. Anderson was executive producer with Tom Gutteridge. One of the series' directors was John Glen, who had previously directed five James Bond films.The series was one of the highest-budgeted shows Anderson produced, and was relatively popular in Europe. However, in a repeat of the situation that UFOencountered 25 years earlier, American broadcasters were uncertain what to make of the series that looked on the surface to be aimed at children, yet featured adult-oriented storylines and was usually played straight despite the bizarre storylines and make-up. As a result, Space Precinct was often scheduled in late-night/early morning time slots. It failed to generate sufficient American ratings for a second season to be authorised.
TV Show: Now and Again ( 1999 )
A salesman is brought back from the dead by a secret government project. The man's body is inserted into a specially designed superhuman body and he is sent on secret missions for the government to test his abilities. However, he is forbidden to make contact with his old family... a temptation he finds irresistible.
TV Show: Prey ( 1998 )
Forty thousand years ago, the most advanced species on Earth was wiped out by a powerful new life form... Us. Now another new species has evolved -- stronger, smarter, and dedicated to our annihilation. Leading the fight against them is Dr. Sloan Parker, the bioanthropologist who uncovered their existence. Once again, it's survival of the fittest...and this time we are the prey.
TV Show: VR.5 ( 1995 )
VR.5 was a Sci-Fi series that aired on the Fox network 1995."VR.5" is a region of cyberspace that hobbyist Sydney Bloom stumbles into with her homemade VR gear. She discovers by accident that she can draw people into a virtual landscape wherein events can subconscious effect the person's waking behavior, and can reveal information that the person may be hiding even from themselves.
TV Show: Strange World ( 1999 )
Paul Turner investigates 'criminal abuses of science' while battling a mysterious disease related to the Gulf War.
TV Show: Mann & Machine ( 1992 )
Futuristic crime story in which an L.A. cop is partnered with a cyborg partner, who has the sparkle of Data from `Star Trek' combined with the body of Julie Newmar from `My Living Doll.' Plus, as her partner puts it, `She's never had the experience of being wrong.'
TV Show: Alien Nation ( 1989 )
As Newcomers -- fugitive slaves from the planet Tencton -- Detective George Francisco and his family face prejudice and intolerance as they struggle to assimilate to life on their adopted planet. Together with his human partner, hard-edged Detective Matt Sikes, George walks the beat in Slagtown, Los Angeles, a Newcomer slum teeming with vice and corruption. More than just another cop show or science fiction show, Alien Nation utilizes a unique and exciting blend of action, suspense, humor, and social drama to explore the sociology of what it means to be an outsider striving to fit in.
Movie: Alien Nation: Dark Horizon ( 1994 )
An Overseer named Ahpossno comes to Earth to take the slaves, and all humans, back to the mothership.
Movie: Alien Nation: Body and Soul ( 1995 )
Sikes and Francisco are called in to a case when a mysterious young girl, who looks part Newcomer, part human, appears. Her huge, brutish counterpart tries to free her from the precinct, and their bizarre relationship turns out to be the result of a slaveship medical experiment. Meanwhile, Cathy and Matt are going to sex school, in preparation of becoming intimate, while Buck distresses his parents by his anti-human opinions.
Movie: Alien Nation: Millennium ( 1996 )
It's December 1999 and as the end of the millennium approaches, people are attempting to find spiritual enlightenment. However, a few people want to skip all the work that entails. A holy Tenctonese relic in the hands of a heretic is giving them a shortcut but it's not quite as easily controlled as she says.
Movie: Alien Nation: The Enemy Within ( 1996 )
When Detectives Sikes and Francisco are presented with the mysterious death of an Eeno, Matt is stupefied to discover that George had rudely snubbed the case. He, like most Newcomers, reviles the outcast Eenos. As the case unfolds, George has to reassess his prejudices, and George's family help save the city from an alien threat originating in an Eeno waste disposal facility.
Movie: Alien Nation: The Udara Legacy ( 1997 )
Matt and George investigate a series of strange occurrences involving Newcomers, who are found to be programmed to carry out someone's dirty work. The method by which they are brainwashed dates back to the slave ship's resistance movement, the Udara, of which Susan was a part. Susan and George's lives are further disrupted when Buck enrolls in the police academy.
TV Show: Wild Palms ( 1993 )
A dark, sexy, noir Los Angeles of the future is the backdrop for Oliver Stone's haunting, sci-fi saga of greed, treason and virtual reality. Harry Wyckoff is about to become a player in a dark and terrifying battle where everything is at stake and no one is who they seem. Featuring an all-star cast, this story about a cult, a corporation, and a conspiracy to rule the country, is one of the most original movie events in recent history.
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