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    Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    Past 25 years only

    Buffy
    Arrested Development
    MST3K
    X-Files
    The Wire
    It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
    Star Trek:TNG
    The Comback
    My So-Call Life
    Lost
    Firefly
    Twin Peaks
    Veronica Mars
    Battlestar Galactica
    Community
    Undeclared
    Fringe
    Wonder Showzen
    Super-Natural
    Popular
    Party Down
    Farscape
    Better off Ted
    Archer
    Pushing Daisies

    Interestingly, paired with a cover story on Doctor Who which they omitted from their list.
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    Re: Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    I can't believe they left out __________ !

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    Re: Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    Yeah, some are -inducing, some are head scratchers. That they left off Doctor Who was weird.

    And Stargate made it 10 seasons, about 3 after the network wanted to dump it and didn't because of the fans.

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    Undeclared over Freaks & Geeks seems like an odd choice. But there are a lot of good picks on there.
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    Re: Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    I wouldn't consider Lost to be cult tv - that was pretty mainstream, imho, despite the supernatural storyline.


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    Re: Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    Quote Originally Posted by dasNdanger View Post
    I wouldn't consider Lost to be cult tv - that was pretty mainstream, imho, despite the supernatural storyline.


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    Just because it was popular doesn't make it not cult.

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    Re: Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    Quote Originally Posted by capntightpants View Post
    Just because it was popular doesn't make it not cult.
    So what is a cult show? Is it just a show that has super obsessed fans?

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    Quote Originally Posted by capntightpants View Post
    Just because it was popular doesn't make it not cult.
    I always thought the basic definition of something cult was something that underperformed but found a loyal following later on.

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    Better Off Ted. Didn't expect to see that mentioned ever again. It was a funny show, mostly due to the two scientists.

    Pushing Daisies.

    Sledge Hammer is missing though.

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    Re: Entertainment Weekly 25 Best Cult TV Shows

    Quote Originally Posted by Ben View Post
    So what is a cult show? Is it just a show that has super obsessed fans?
    Quote Originally Posted by SighClops View Post
    I always thought the basic definition of something cult was something that underperformed but found a loyal following later on.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cult_following

    A cult following is a group of fans who are highly dedicated to a specific area of culture. A film, book, musical artist, television series, or video game, among other things, will be said to have a cult following when it has a small but very passionate fan base. A common component of cult followings is the emotional attachment fans have with the object of the cult following, often identifying themselves and other fans as members of a community. Cult followings are also commonly associated with niche markets. Cult media are often associated with underground culture, and are considered too eccentric, bizarre, controversial or anti-establishment to be appreciated by the general public.
    While it says a small but very passionate fan base, the article also goes onto say:

    There is not always a clear difference between cult and mainstream media. The film Pink Flamingos is known for its disgusting scenes, and only a small number of people are drawn to this movie. Therefore it can be classified as a cult movie. Franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Batman, Transformers, Harry Potter, Ren and Stimpy, Invader Zim, Rocko's Modern Life, Hey Arnold, The Hunger Games, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show have core groups of fanatical followers but still attract mass audiences, so some (e.g. actor Bruce Campbell, see below), argue they cannot be considered true cult films. Professors Xavier Mendik and Ernest Mathijs, authors of 100 Cult Films, argue that the devoted following among these films make them cult classics.
    Really, it's just a debated subject.

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