Found one that the Steampunkopedia and I agree on--1995's Legend.
Legend was a very odd show. Not fully drama, not fully comedy, smart in an occasionally brainless way, it starred Richard Dean Anderson as Ernest Pratt, a man making his living writing the "true" stories of "Nicodemus Legend", steampunk savior of the West. He arrives in Sheridan, Colorado, to track down the culprit playing on "his" name--which is actually the name of his character from the dime-store novels--only to find Professor Janos Bartok playing him (not only a thinly disguised Nikola Tesla, but in another brilliant move, portrayed by John de Lancie).
Someone put together a lovely selection of clips for those who've never seen Legend on YouTube.
(John de Lancie on the left, Richard Dean Anderson on the right)
The beauty of the show was its quirky sense of invention, in all things. This was the first show Richard Dean Anderson had ever produced, and the first show he starred in post-MacGyver. One very definitely got the feeling that he was learning his way, learning to split his attention between actor and producer.
But also, the addition of John de Lancie, master of the sardonic look, the casual phrase--and playing the Tesla-like 'mad Spark' inventor--was a stroke of genius. No one could have played Bartok better.
The costuming was top-notch. The inventions ranged from unusual to downright bizarre. And of course the blend of old West and electrical incomprehension nearly sounds familiar, doesn't it? And steam-powered everything...
More scenes from the show.
"I call it the Bartok Steam-Powered Town and Country Quadrovelocipede"....sounds very familiar, doesn't it?
Alas, only twelve episodes were aired, and though DVDs of the show occasionally turn up on eBay, they're not official. The show has never been released since its air date.
It ran from Aprille to August, 1995. Very little has been quite like it on the air. The closest comparison is Bruce Campbell's Western whatever, Adventures of Brisco County, Jr., a show which aired two full years prior to Legend's premiere--and still didn't cover this exact territory.
Twelve episodes is thin to base a fandom on, especially so considering the lack of DVDs to pore over, but there are still fans of the show who hold it in high regard.
One last time--with a balloon!