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The Best 1990s ABC Shows

Updated January 8, 2019 19.7k votes 673 voters 31.1k views241 items

List RulesUpvote 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

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

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  • DuckTales2
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    DuckTales

    Alan Young, Russi Taylor

    Premiered1987

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

    DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Disney Television Animation....  more

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  • Boy Meets World3
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    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Teen sitcom

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more

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  • Family Matters4
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    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989...  more

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  • Dinosaurs5
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    Dinosaurs

    Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter

    Premiered1991

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

    Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26,...  more

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  • Full House6
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    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a...  more

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  • The Wonder Years7
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    The Wonder Years

    Fred Savage, Dan Lauria

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

    The Wonder Years is an American television comedy-drama created by Neal Marlens and Carol...  more

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  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch8
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    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

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

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the...  more

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  • Roseanne9
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    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,...  more

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  • America's Funniest Home Videos10
    188
    78

    America's Funniest Home Videos

    Tom Bergeron, Jess Harnell

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Variety show, Reality television

    America's Funniest Home Videos is an American reality television program airing on ABC, which...  more

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  • Step by Step11
    190
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    Step by Step

    Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers

    Premiered1991

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons, originally running...  more

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  • Who's the Boss?12
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    Who's the Boss?

    Tony Danza, Judith Light

    Premiered1984

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    Who's the Boss? is an American sitcom created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter, which aired on...  more

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  • Sister, Sister13
    177
    85

    Sister, Sister

    Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley

    Premiered1994

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

    Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry....  more

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  • Doug14
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    Doug

    Billy West, Fred Newman

    Premiered1991

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

    Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early...  more

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  • The Bugs Bunny Show15
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    The Bugs Bunny Show

    Mel Blanc, June Foray

    Premiered1960

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Anthology series, Comedy

    The Bugs Bunny Show is an animated television anthology series hosted by Bugs Bunny, that was...  more

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  • The Wonderful World of Disney16
    104
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    The Wonderful World of Disney

    Emilio Estevez, Michael Eisner

    Premiered1997

    Genres (Tv)Animation

    The Wonderful World of Disney (1997) is a TV program....
  • Jeopardy!17
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    Jeopardy!

    Alex Trebek, Johnny Gilbert

    Premiered1964

    Genres (Tv)Game show

    Jeopardy! is an American television game show created by Merv Griffin. The show features a...  more

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  • The Drew Carey Show18
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    The Drew Carey Show

    Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader

    Premiered1995

    Genres (Tv)Sitcom, Comedy

    The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was...  more

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  • Coach19
    112
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    Coach

    Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke

    Premiered1989

    Genres (Tv)Sports, Sitcom, Comedy

    Coach is an American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997....  more

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  • Darkwing Duck20
    112
    61

    Darkwing Duck

    Jim Cummings, Terence McGovern

    Premiered1991

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

    Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt...  more

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  • Recess21
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    Recess

    Andrew Lawrence, Ashley Johnson

    Premiered1997

    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....  more

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  • MacGyver22
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    MacGyver

    Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar

    Premiered1985

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

    MacGyver is an American action-adventure television series created by Lee David Zlotoff. Henry...  more

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  • Doogie Howser, M.D.23
    130
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    Doogie Howser, M.D.

    Neil Patrick Harris, Max Casella

    Premiered1989

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

    Doogie Howser, M.D. is an American comedy-drama television series that ran for four seasons on...  more

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  • Whose Line Is It Anyway?24
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    Whose Line Is It Anyway?

    Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie

    Premiered1998

    Genres (Tv)Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

    Whose Line Is It Anyway? (ABC, 1998-2007, The CW, 2013) is an American improvisational comedy...  more

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  • Tales from the Cryptkeeper25
    95
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    Tales from the Cryptkeeper

    John Kassir, Elizabeth Hanna

    Premiered1993

    Genres (Tv)Animation, Action/Adventure

    Tales from the Cryptkeeper is an animated series aimed at children made by Nelvana Limited,...  more