These shows may not make every critic's top 10 list for '90s TV, but that doesn't mean they aren't deserving of praise. For whatever reason, they're rarely part of the conversation today, but these forgotten '90s shows are definitely worth a revisit.
Airing from 1996 to 1997, NBC's Dark Skies was a sci-fi drama that delved into the world of aliens, government conspiracies, and 1960s pop culture icons. Starring Eric Close as Congressional aide turned alien hunter John Loengard, Dark Skies jumped on the sci-fi bandwagon that Fox's X-Files had built and rode it for everything it could. It never quite caught on, and NBC canceled the show in its first season, in spite of series creators Bryce Zabel and Brent Friedman having much more story to tell.
The show had at least one really good thing going for it: the Hive, the invading alien race at the center of the series' conflict. Comprised of parasitic creatures called Ganglions, the Hive would infiltrate by means of attaching to a host's brain and taking control of its body.
They began their invasion of Earth in the '40s, when they hitched a ride with the Greys, those Roswell aliens famous for human abduction and experimentation. In the world of Dark Skies, the Greys are just as much victims of the Hive as humans are, and everything we think we know about them is a lie.
Dark Skies takes this alien conspiracy and partners it with historical characters and events, everything from the Beatles' first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show to the JFK assassination now has ties to the Hive and the secret government organization Majestic 12. One thing's for sure: you'll never look at cows the same way.
Eerie, Indiana arrived at the onset of the teen supernatural craze that took hold in the mid-to-late '90s, but unlike more popular successors like 1995's Goosebumps or 1997's Buffy the Vampire Slayer, it was relegated to a one-season run, between 1991 and 1992. The show centered on Marshall Teller, who moves with his family to Eerie, Indiana, population 16,661, and quickly discovers that things are not as idyllic as they appear.
Along with his best friend Simon, Marshall takes stock of all the weirdness he runs into, preserving evidence in a locker that only he holds the key to.
The show may have been marketed to kids, but its appeal stretched much further. The show's stories vacillated between quirky and genuinely dark, often finding space between. Gremlins' Joe Dante directed several of the series' best episodes, including the premiere, and his signature comedic style set the tone for the entire season. Fox made an attempt to recreate the series in 1998 with Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension, but it, like most copies, couldn't recapture the magic of the original. Keep watching the video to see all the underrated '90s TV shows you forgot about.
Dark Skies | 0:00
Eerie, Indiana | 1:43
Are You Afraid of the Dark? | 3:00
Northern Exposure | 4:14
Living Single | 5:29
Sports Night | 6:46
Farscape | 7:52
The Adventures of Pete & Pete | 9:05
Parker Lewis Can't Lose | 10:17
La Femme Nikita | 10:54
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