The Best '90s TV Shows TV Programs
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The Best '90s TV Shows

List Criteria: TV shows that aired between 1990 and 1999.

In the 1990s, television was one of the fastest growing mediums. More TV shows were popping up than ever before, and ratings were at all-time highs. Viewers tended to be interested in laugh-out-loud moments, which is why sitcoms like "Friends," "Roseanne," and "Seinfeld" were the biggest hit TV shows of the decade. While comedies were extremely popular in the 90s, procedural dramas also reigned, with shows like "The Practice," "JAG," and "NYPD Blue" becoming popular with large audiences.

 

Many of the most popular shows of the 90s were long running shows. "ER," for instance, ran 15 seasons, starting in 1994, while shows like "Will & Grace," which began in 1998, lasted 8 years. The reality show genre was just popping up in the 90s, especially after the massive ratings and critical success of MTV's "The Real World." Children’s programing was also popular, with hit shows like "Boy Meets World" and "Dinosaurs."

 

What are your favorite programs from the 1990s? Which 90s shows do you have the fondest memories of? This list includes many of the biggest shows from that magical decade.

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    The X-Files

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    1989 More
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    Law & Order

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    77
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    Saved by the Bell

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    Home Improvement

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    1987 More
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    Whose Line Line Is It Anyway

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    1989 More
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    1989 More
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    Charmed

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    Melrose Place

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    1994 More
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    Win Ben Stein's Money

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    Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

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    31
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    1995 More
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