comedy The Best '90s Sitcoms  

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List Rules The top situation comedies & comedy shows that originally aired in the 1990s

It’s hard to choose the best sitcoms of the ‘90s: so many quality theme songs, so many outlandish misunderstandings, and so many will-they-or-wont-they plotlines. Though Seinfeld dominated much of the era, the show actually began its run in the ‘80s, so for the purposes of this best-of list, we begin at the beginning: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Home Improvement, and Beavis and Butt-head are just a few of the greatest sitcoms to start the ‘90s.

By the time Clinton was sworn into office, Blossom, Martin, and Mad About You were already must-see mainstays. Building on the successes of ensemble comedies like Cheers and Night Court, other sitcoms of the 90s like Wings, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show boasted a core group of characters getting equal airtime and intersecting storylines.

Then, there were the cultural phenomena. Friends took off like a pop-culture rocket, influencing music, fashion, hairstyles and vernacular. The long-running South Park launched on Comedy Central and neither animation nor celebrity spoofing would ever be the same. Cable broke new programming ground with Sex and the City, among other shows, setting a course for the ‘00s and teens, where subscription cable dominates the zeitgeist and awards shows.

Some critics’ darlings, like NewsRadio, saw abbreviated runs, while worn-out premises, like The Nanny, exceeded expectations. Shows like Will & Grace, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Living Single, and Step by Step reflected how the culture was redefining the traditional family. The funniest shows of the ‘90s entertained, but were also informed by the way we live today.

Every popular 1990s sitcom should be included on this list, so if your favorite is missing for some reason, add it to this list and leave a comment about why it was the best!

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

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Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Nanny Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles

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Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Step by Step Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call

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Wings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Mad About You Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

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South Park is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Just Shoot Me! Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

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NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
NewsRadio Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Spin City Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

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Dharma & Greg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Dharma & Greg Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray

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Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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Saved by the Bell: The College... is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Saved by the Bell: The College Years Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond

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Blossom is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Blossom Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

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Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Rocko's Modern Life Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler

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Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

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Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Wayans Bros. Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

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Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Smart Guy Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver

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Living Single is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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Norm is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms

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The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Ren & Stimpy Show John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet

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Becker is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Becker Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell

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The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
The Kids in the Hall Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

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Dream On is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Dream On Brian Benben, Chris Demetral, Denny Dillon

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Get a Life is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Get a Life Chris Elliott, Bob Elliott, Robin Riker

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Saved by the Bell: The New Cla... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best '90s Sitcoms
Saved by the Bell: The New Class Dennis Haskins, Dustin Diamond, Samantha Esteban