23 of the Best Cult TV Shows of All Time: ‘Mystery Science Theater’ to ‘Twin Peaks’ (Photos)
TheWrap looks back on some short-lived shows that have built huge followings
Joe Otterson | July 4, 2017 @ 3:26 PM
Last Updated: July 4, 2017 @ 3:27 PM
Even if a show doesn't drive huge ratings, it can live on long after its initial run thanks to a devoted fan following. Here we look back on some shows that have remained popular even decades after they first aired.
"Mystery Science Theater 3000"Aired: 1988-1999
This quirky comedy series followed a man and his two robot sidekicks as they riffed on an endless supply of terrible B-movies. Series creator Joel Hodgson recently held a successful Kickstarter campaign to create a new 14-episode season, now airing on Netflix.
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"Veronica Mars"Aired: 2004-2007Kristen Bell played a street-smart young crime solver who assisted her father at his private detective agency. The series was revived for a one-off movie in 2014 after a Kickstarter campaign.
"Pushing Daisies"Aired: 2007-2009Bryan Fuller created this colorful comedy series starring Lee Pace as a pie maker with the ability to bring people back from the dead.
"Star Trek: The Original Series"Aired: 1966-1969
Perhaps the cult show to end all cult shows, this iconic sci-fi series only aired for three seasons but spawned five TV spinoffs and 13 feature films to date.
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"Freaks and Geeks"Aired: 1999-2000Judd Apatow assembled much of the crew that would go on to star in many of his future films -- including Seth Rogen, James Franco and Jason Segel -- in this high school comedy about two disparate groups of friends.
"Futurama"On the Air: 1999-2003, 2009-2013
"Simpsons" creator Matt Groening led this futuristic sci-fi comedy. It folded after just four seasons, but was revived on Comedy Central for three more almost 10 years later.
"Battlestar Galactica"On the Air: 2004-2009Edward James Olmos played the commander of an old but tough starship filled with the last remaining human beings searching for a new home. They are pursued across the galaxy by the evil robotic Cylons.
"Firefly"Aired: 2002-2003Joss Whedon pops up again as the creator of this sci-fi series about a ragtag group of outlaws aboard a rundown ship on the edge of the galaxy. The cast reunited for the 2005 movie "Serenity."