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The Best 1990s ABC Shows 

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Updated January 8, 2019 14.2k votes 640 voters 28.8k views 242 items

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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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a widowed father, who enlists his best friend and his brother-in-law to help raise his three daughters. It ...more

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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Teen sitcom

Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and April Kelly. An adolescent (Ben Savage) with two siblings tests his various theories about life as he ...more

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989 to May 9, 1997 and then aired on CBS network from September 19, 1997, to July 17, 1998. A spin-off of ...more

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The Family Matters Cast: Where Are They Now? #52 of 214 The Most Important TV Sitcomslisted on The Longest Running US Sitcoms

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Children's television series, Comedy, Puppet, + more

Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol Black. It ran on ABC from 1988 through 1993. The pilot aired on January 31, 1988, following ABC's ...more

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. The series centers around the everyday life of an American working-class family.

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the same name. The show premiered on September 27, 1996, on ABC to over 17 million viewers in its ...more

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DuckTales is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Alan Young, Russi Taylor, Terence McGovern

Premiered: 1987

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Mystery, Comedy-drama, + more

DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation. It premiered on September 18, 1987 and ended on November 28, 1990 with a total of four seasons and ...more

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America's Funniest Home ... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Tom Bergeron, Jess Harnell, Bob Saget

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Variety show, Reality television

America's Funniest Home Videos is an American reality television program airing on ABC, which features humorous homemade videos that are submitted by viewers. The most common videos feature ...more

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Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons, originally running on ABC as part of its TGIF Friday night lineup from September 20, 1991, to August 15, 1997, and ...more

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Who's the Boss? is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Tony Danza, Judith Light, Alyssa Milano

Premiered: 1984

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on ABC from September 20, 1984 to April 25, 1992. Produced by Embassy Television, in association with ...more

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Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

Premiered: 1994

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more

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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles

Premiered: 1995

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was set in Cleveland, Ohio, and revolved around the retail office and home life of "everyman" ...more

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Doug is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, + more

Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common ...more

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The Bugs Bunny Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Mel Blanc, June Foray, Jim Backus

Premiered: 1960

Genres (Tv): Animation, Anthology series, Comedy

The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was mainly composed of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons released by Warner Bros. between August ...more

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The Wonderful World of D... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added The Wonderful World of Disney Emilio Estevez, Michael Eisner

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation

The Wonderful World of Disney (1997) is a TV program.
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Doogie Howser, M.D. is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella, Belinda Montgomery

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy, Medical fiction, + more

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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Jeopardy! is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert, Jimmy McGuire

Premiered: 1964

Genres (Tv): Game show

Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a quiz competition in which contestants are presented with general knowledge clues in the form of ...more

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Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern, Christine Cavanaugh

Premiered: 1991

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Drama, Children's television series, Mystery, + more

Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney ...more

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Coach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Shelley Fabares

Premiered: 1989

Genres (Tv): Sports, Sitcom, Comedy

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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Recess is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson, Jason Davis

Premiered: 1997

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy-drama, Animated series

Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates ...more

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady

Premiered: 1998

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC, 1998-2207, The CW, 2013) is an American improvisational comedy show adapted from the British show. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the show features Colin Mochrie, Ryan ...more

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MacGyver is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill

Premiered: 1985

Genres (Tv): Espionage, Action/Adventure, Adventure film, Action

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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Tales from the Cryptkeep... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best 1990s ABC Shows
Dimos Dicoudis added John Kassir, Elizabeth Hanna, David Hemblen

Premiered: 1993

Genres (Tv): Animation, Action/Adventure

Tales from the Cryptkeeper is an animated series aimed at children made by Nelvana Limited, PeaceArch Entertainment, kaBOOM! Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television Animation. It was shown on ...more