And lord knows there were some very upset John Doe fans at the time. I have no idea if there are still John Doe fans, though.
A golden age of television but not a golden age of science fiction.
True enough. I'd agree that the 1990s were a much better decade for sci-fi TV, and that one of the best sci-fi shows of the last decade is one that only lasted fourteen episodes says something about the health of the genre.
Although Farscape had most of its seasons in the 2000s, so there is that.