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The Best 1990s ABC Shows  

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List Rules Upvote your favorite ABC TV Series that aired on TV in the '90s

Go back to the days of acid wash jeans with this list of '90s ABC shows, ranked from best to worst by nostalgic TV viewers. 1990s ABC shows included dramas, sitcoms, and even a game show phenomenon. This '90s ABC shows list features a wide range of series, from the squeaky clean family hijinks of Home Improvement to the surreal mystery of Twin Peaks.

Twin Peaks was a truly strange riff a whodunit and arguably the weirdest ABC series of the 1990s. This David Lynch masterpiece was a groundbreaking drama during its two seasons, but the network also boasted more straightforward dramas in The Commish, NYPD Blue, and The Practice, all of which are accounted for here.

Any ranking of the best '90s ABC shows has to also consider comedies. Home Improvement, starring Tim Allen, ran from 1991 to 1999 and was a huge hit for ABC. Family Matters and Roseanne were also two of the most popular '90s ABC sitcoms, as was Spin City.

Which 1990s ABC show do you think is the best? The vote order depends on your votes, so vote up your favorites and downvote the shows that don't hold up. Feel free to add any series we may have missed, and if you're an avid viewer who's seen them all, rerank to create your own list of the best '90s ABC TV shows.
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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery
Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on ABC from September 19, 1989 to July 28, 1993, totaling 97 episodes. Created by Steven Bochco and ...more
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Beetlejuice is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Stephen Ouimette, Alyson Court, Tabitha St. Germain
Beetlejuice is an American-Canadian animated television series which ran from September 9, 1989 to October 26, 1991 on ABC and, on Fox from September 9, 1991 to December 6, 1991. Loosely based ...more
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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill
MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry Winkler and John Rich were the executive producers. The show ran for seven seasons on ABC in the ...more
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Disney's Adventures of the Gum... is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added June Foray, Noelle North, Lorenzo Music
Disney's Adventures of the Gummi Bears is a Disney animated television series that first aired in the United States in the mid-1980s through the early 1990s. The series was the first animated ...more
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Coach is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares
Coach is an American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. The series stars Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of the fictional Division I-A college ...more
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Mr. Belvedere is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Fergie, Kellie Martin, Bob Uecker
Mr. Belvedere is an American sitcom that originally aired on ABC from March 15, 1985 to July 8, 1990. The series is based on the Lynn Aloysius Belvedere character created by Gwen Davenport for ...more
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Goof Troop is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Frank Welker, Andrea Martin, Dan Castellaneta
Disney's Goof Troop is an American animated comedy television series from The Walt Disney Company featuring Goofy as a father figure and bonding with his son Max, and Pete, as his neighbor. ...more
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Perfect Strangers is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Bronson Pinchot, Mark Linn-Baker, Melanie Wilson
Perfect Strangers is an American sitcom that ran for eight seasons from March 25, 1986, to August 6, 1993, on the ABC television network. Created by Dale McRaven, the series chronicles the rocky ...more
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The ABC Monday Night Movie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added
The ABC Monday Night Movie is an anthology series on the ABC television network. It is part of ABC's Movie of the Week format. It began as an extension of The ABC Sunday Night Movie. Airing from ...more
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Mighty Ducks is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Jeff Bennett, Steve Mackall, Jennifer Hale
Disney's Mighty Ducks is an American animated television series that aired on ABC and the syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon in the fall of 1996. The show was inspired by and ...more
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The Real Ghostbusters is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Maurice LaMarche, Dave Coulier, Frank Welker
The Real Ghostbusters is an American animated television series, a spinoff of the 1984 movie Ghostbusters. The series ran from 1986 to 1991, and was produced by Columbia Pictures Television, DiC ...more
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20/20 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Elizabeth Vargas, David Muir, Barbara Walters
20/20 is an American television newsmagazine that has been broadcast on ABC since June 6, 1978. Created by ABC News executive Roone Arledge, the show was designed similarly to CBS's 60 Minutes ...more
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Gargoyles is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Keith David, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Jeff Bennett
Gargoyles is an American animated series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation and Buena Vista Television, and originally aired from October 24, 1994 to February 15, 1997. The series ...more
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Muppets Tonight is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Dave Goelz, Kevin Clash, Brian Henson
Muppets Tonight is a live-action/puppet television series created by Jim Henson Productions and featuring The Muppets. Much like the "MuppeTelevision" segment of The Jim Henson Hour, ...more
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Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Meredith Vieira, Terry Crews, Cedric the Entertainer
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (GSN, 2002) is an American television game show based on the same-titled British program and developed for the United States by Michael Davies. The show features a ...more
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Clueless is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy
Clueless is a television series spun off from the 1995 teen film of the same name. The series originally premiered on ABC on September 20, 1996 as a part of the TGIF lineup during its first ...more
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Grace Under Fire is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Brett Butler, Cole Sprouse, Dylan Sprouse
Grace Under Fire is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 29, 1993 to February 17, 1998. The show starred Brett Butler, as a single mother learning how to cope with raising her ...more
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ABC Saturday Movie of the Week is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added ABC Saturday Movie of the Week
ABC Saturday Movie of the Week is a weekly American anthology series that airs on ABC. The series began as the replacement for ABC's Big Picture Show and as a revival of ABC's Movie of the Week ...more
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Nightline is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Martin Bashir, Ted Koppel, Charles Gibson
Nightline is a late-night news program that is broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. Created by Roone ...more
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Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is an American television sitcom that originally aired on ABC from 1992 to 1997, starring Mark Curry and Holly Robinson. The show took place in Curry's hometown of ...more
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The Flintstone Kids is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Hamilton Camp, B.J. Ward, Mel Blanc
The Flintstone Kids is an American animated television series which aired from 1986 to 1988 on ABC, and as part of the weekday/weekend morning programming block, The Funtastic World of ...more
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Spin City is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear
Spin City is an American television sitcom that aired from September 17, 1996, until April 30, 2002, on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was based on a fictional ...more
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The ABC Sunday Night Movie is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Art Carney
The ABC Sunday Night Movie is a television program that aired on Sunday nights, first for a brief time in 1962 under the title Hollywood Special to supposedly replace an open time slot for a ...more
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Lois & Clark: The New Adventur... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dean Cain, Teri Hatcher, Lane Smith
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is a live-action American television series based on the characters in Superman and Action comics. Lois & Clark starred Dean Cain as ...more
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Dharma & Greg is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray
Dharma & Greg is an American television sitcom that aired from September 24, 1997, to April 30, 2002. It stars Jenna Elfman and Thomas Gibson as Dharma and Greg Montgomery, a couple who got ...more