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The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked 

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List Rules The top situation comedies & comedy shows that originally aired in the 1990s

It’s hard to choose the best sitcoms of the ‘90s: so many quality theme songs, so many outlandish misunderstandings, and so many will-they-or-wont-they plotlines. Though Seinfeld dominated much of the era, the show actually began its run in the ‘80s, so for the purposes of this best-of list, we begin at the beginning: The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Home Improvement, and Beavis and Butt-head are just a few of the greatest sitcoms to start the ‘90s.

By the time Clinton was sworn into office, Blossom, Martin, and Mad About You were already must-see mainstays in 90s television. Building on the successes of ensemble comedies like Cheers and Night Court, other sitcoms of the 90s like Wings, Frasier and The Drew Carey Show boasted a core group of characters getting equal airtime and intersecting storylines.

Then, there were the cultural phenomena. Friends took off like a pop-culture rocket, influencing music, fashion, hairstyles and vernacular. The long-running South Park launched on Comedy Central and neither animation nor celebrity spoofing would ever be the same. Cable broke new programming ground with Sex and the City, among other shows, setting a course for the ‘00s and teens, where subscription cable dominates the zeitgeist and awards shows.

Some critics’ darlings, like NewsRadio, saw abbreviated runs, while worn-out premises, like The Nanny, exceeded expectations. Shows like Will & Grace, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Living Single, and Step by Step reflected how the culture was redefining the traditional family. The funniest shows of the ‘90s entertained, but were also informed by the way we live today.

Every popular 1990s sitcom should be included on this list, so if your favorite is missing for some reason, add it to this list.

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Premiered: 1991

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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Premiered: 1998

That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from August 23, 1998, to May 18, 2006. The series focused on the lives of a group of teenage friends living in ...more
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Friends is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Premiered: 1994

Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The personal and professional lives of six friends (Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa ...more
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Premiered: 1989

The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series is a satirical depiction of a middle class American lifestyle epitomized by the ...more
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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Premiered: 1993

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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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Premiered: 1993

Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter Casey, and David Lee, and a spinoff of Cheers. After his divorce, psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane ...more
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
melissa-collison added Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Premiered: 1987

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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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

Premiered: 1998

The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998, to May 14, 2007. The show was produced by Hanley Productions and CBS Productions, CBS Paramount ...more
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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Annonymos added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Premiered: 1989

Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more
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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Premiered: 1996

Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Peter Boyle, Brad Garrett, and Monica Horan. It originally ran on CBS from September ...more
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Premiered: 1988

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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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Premiered: 1989

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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3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

Premiered: 1996

3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is about four extraterrestrials who are on an expedition to Earth, which they consider to be a very ...more
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Chad Van Tassel added Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Premiered: 1982

Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was produced by Charles/Burrows/Charles Productions in association with Paramount Network Television for ...more
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The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

Premiered: 1993

The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring Fran Drescher as Fran Fine, a Jewish Queens native who becomes the nanny of three children from the ...more
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South Park is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman

Premiered: 1997

South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker and Matt Stone. In the small town of South Park, four boys get caught up in all sorts of bizarre ...more
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Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call

Premiered: 1991

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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The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles

Premiered: 1995

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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Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

Premiered: 1998

Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace Adler, and is set in New York City. It was broadcast on NBC from September 21, 1998 to May 18, ...more
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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Premiered: 1996

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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King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

Premiered: 1997

King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels that ran from January 12, 1997, to May 6, 2010 on Fox. It centers on the Hills, a middle-class ...more
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

Premiered: 1992

Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24, 1999. The show starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as a newly married couple in New York City.
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Wings is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

Premiered: 1990

Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim Daly and Steven Weber as brothers Joe and Brian Hackett, the show is set at the fictional "Tom ...more
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Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

Premiered: 1997

Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March 4, 1997, to August 16, 2003, with 148 episodes produced. The show was created by Steven Levitan, ...more