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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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    Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Larry David

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    the people's #1 & ranked high on reranks Gillian Anderson, Lucy Lawless, David Duchovny

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    most listed Angie Harmon, Jill Hennessy, Michael Moriarty

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    ranked low on reranks Dustin Diamond, Tiffani Thiessen, Elizabeth Berkley

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Milla Jovovich, Fergie, Christina Applegate

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    ranked low on reranks Pamela Anderson, Tim Allen, Taran Noah Smith

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry

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    Mary-Kate Olsen, Ashley Olsen, Lori Loughlin

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    Will Smith, Nia Long, Tatyana Ali

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    Brittany Murphy, Kristanna Loken, Danielle Fishel

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    Stephen King, Brittany Murphy, Kelsey Grammer

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    George Clooney, Jared Padalecki, Julianna Margulies

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    added by birdiejay23 Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, David Hasselhoff

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    Phil LaMarr, Nicole Sullivan, Bobby Lee

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    Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eliza Dushku, Alyson Hannigan

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    Brittany Murphy, Elijah Wood, Mike Judge

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    Katie Holmes, Jensen Ackles, Michelle Williams

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    Martin Lawrence, Garrett Morris, Tisha Campbell-Martin

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    Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

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    often listed Kaley Cuoco, Rose McGowan, Alyssa Milano

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    Isaac Hayes, Matt Stone, Trey Parker

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alyssa Milano, Heather Locklear, Marcia Cross

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    Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Roseanne Barr

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    Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon

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    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

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    Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Bridget Moynahan

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    Ashton Kutcher, Steve Carell, Lucy Lawless

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    Helen Hunt, Paul Reiser, Richard Kind

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    Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lacey Chabert, Brittany Murphy

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    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp Drew Carey, Craig Ferguson, Christa Miller

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    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, David Caruso, Amy Brenneman

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    Chuck Norris, Nia Peeples, Noble Willingham

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    Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear, Michael J. Fox

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    Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, Sean Hayes

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    often listed Kristy Swanson, Kyle Chandler, Fisher Stevens

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    ranked low on reranks Andy Dick, Phil Hartman, Jon Lovitz

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    Tony Shalhoub, Amy Yasbeck, Thomas Haden Church

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Jane Seymour, Chad Allen, Orson Bean

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    Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, Adam Sandler

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    new! & added by clash1977 Elijah Wood, Alfre Woodard, Melissa Leo

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    Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, Deborah Pratt

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    Teri Polo, Janine Turner, John Corbett

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    Don Cheadle, Lauren Holly, Marlee Matlin

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    Valerie Bertinelli, Louis Gossett, Jr., Della Reese

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