3. 'The X-Files'
It was tough being a nerd in 1993. Prodigy, AOL and Compuserve were slow and cumbersome, Star Trek: The Next Generation was whiffing in its final season (Worf dating Counselor Troi?) and Devo remained stubbornly broken up. Then Fox started airing a new series about two FBI agents that investigate paranormal events. One is a believer. The other is a skeptic. They have chemistry, but will they ever take their relationship to the next level? Who is the mysterious Cigarette Smoking Man? What happened to Mulder's sister? Questions like these kept AOL message boards humming for years.