By Jennie Reedy
The 90s is often overlooked when it comes to great television series. In fact, many critics fail to include even one choice from the decade in lists of the best shows ever made. These 5 series are arguably the most underrated selections from this unique time period.
Adventures Of Brisco County Jr.
Running from 1993 to 1994, many insiders predicted the series would be a hit for Fox. Star Bruce Campbell brought with him a devoted group of fans from previous work in the horror genre. Unfortunately, not enough fans were interested in seeing a western with touches of science fiction and comedy. Those involved with the show often state that a Friday time slot made it hard to attract a high number of viewers.
Jim Henson productions created a world set 60 million years ago where dinosaurs lived like people. Characters took cues from classic tv shows such as The Honeymooners. Intricate puppetry meant lifelike movements that helped viewers connect even more with the comedic storylines. As part of the series finale, writers took a more serious tone with the Sinclair family facing certain death due to an oncoming ice age. The show aired 1991 to 1994 on various nights of ABC’s schedule.
Space Ghost Coast to Coast
Beginning in 1994, this Cartoon Network entry helped to change current animation on television. It played a part in creating the now famous Adult Swim block of programming which has spawned numerous hits. The series used footage from the 1960′s Hanna Barbera cartoon Space Ghost and manipulated it to appear as if the characters were hosting a talk show.
The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles
This link to the feature film series is often overlooked, even though it received awards and some critical attention. George Lucas wanted to use the show as a way of highlighting important events from the younger years of Jones’ life. The majority of episodes follow this famous character’s adventures from age 16 to 21. Lead actor Sean Patrick Flannery would later gain a following for the film Boondock Saints. ABC allowed the series to run from 1992 to 1993 but cited a high budget for the abrupt cancellation.
The Ben Stiller Show
The show highlighted Stiller’s work with sketch comedy before his success with roles such as Zoolander. Mr. Show’s Bob Odenkirk as well as comedians Andy Dick and Janeane Garofalo round out the cast of this series which aired from 1992 until 1993.
Jennie is an entertainment blogger residing in the shadows of the Wasatch mountains of Salt Lake City Utah. For the best in Utah Satellite, she recommends Watch Satellite for their broad range of HDTV programming at affordable prices.