I remember watching "War Of The Worlds" back in the late 80's early 90's in syndication and late at night on television; sometimes airing at 2 or 3 AM on Sunday mornings.
The first season was campy, goofy, had a lot of bad acting and ridiculous plot lines. Instead of moving on into new territory, it derived too much from the 1953 film.
The Second Season with it's darker, cyber-punkish, paranoid, socially chaotic, Blade Runner-esque atmosphere was much better and was the forerunner of The X-Files with aliens bleeding glowing green blood and melting, etc. I wouldn't be surprised if Chris Carter watched the second season while creating The X-Files.
ADDENDUM: Someone put all of Season 2 on YouTube so now all War of the Worlds fans can watch it You can find it here;