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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. 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 and leave a comment about why it was the best!
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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
clash1977 added Seinfeld Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

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1,114 632
Friends is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Friends Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

3
829 509
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Frasier Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

4
942 418
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

5
826 350
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Home Improvement Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

6
777 393
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
That '70s Show Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

7
710 378
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Boy Meets World Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

8
573 303
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Roseanne Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

9
657 478
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Everybody Loves Raymond Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

10
675 390
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
The King of Queens Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

11
474 230
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Annonymos added Saved by the Bell Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

12
575 350
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
3rd Rock from the Sun John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston

13
555 414
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
The Nanny Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis

14
537 383
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

15
434 201
Full House is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
melissa-collison added Full House Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

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466 391
The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
The Drew Carey Show Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles

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437 362
Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Step by Step Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call

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523 393
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Will & Grace Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally

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377 379
Wings is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Wings Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard

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387 204
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Family Matters Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

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238 88
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
The Simpsons Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

22
452 395
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
King of the Hill Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon

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408 392
Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Mad About You Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

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507 417
South Park is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
South Park Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Isaac Hayes

25
314 378
Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Just Shoot Me! Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal

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310 335
Spin City is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Spin City Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear

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287 389
NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
NewsRadio Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick

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345 364
Dharma & Greg is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Dharma & Greg Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray

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137 77
Malcolm in the Middle is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
EricSlutsky added Malcolm in the Middle Frankie Muniz, Jane Kaczmarek, Bryan Cranston

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301 439
Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Beavis and Butt-head Mike Judge, Dale Revo, Tracy Grandstaff

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96 75
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Saturday Night Live Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

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299 333
Blossom is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Blossom Mayim Bialik, Jenna von Oÿ, Joey Lawrence

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292 324
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
MannyQuiQueBenitez added Sister, Sister Tia Mowry-Hardrict, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Jackée Harry

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106 143
Murphy Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Murphy Brown Candice Bergen, Grant Shaud, Robert Pastorelli

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195 296
Saved by the Bell: The College... is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Annonymos added Saved by the Bell: The College Years Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Tiffani Thiessen, Dustin Diamond

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281 383
Martin is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Martin Martin Lawrence, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Thomas Mikal Ford

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239 335
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Mark Curry, Holly Robinson Peete, Sandra Quarterman

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221 282
Rocko's Modern Life is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
xandermartin98 added Rocko's Modern Life Carlos Alazraqui, Tom Kenny, Charles Adler

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151 279
The Wayans Bros. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Annonymos added The Wayans Bros. Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, John Witherspoon

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277 349
Kenan & Kel is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Kenan & Kel Kenan Thompson, Kel Mitchell, Vanessa Baden

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163 317
Living Single is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Annonymos added Living Single Queen Latifah, Kim Coles, Erika Alexander

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271 425
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Sex and the City Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

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51 66
The Ren & Stimpy Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
The Ren & Stimpy Show John Kricfalusi, Billy West, Harris Peet

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184 326
Smart Guy is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
MannyQuiQueBenitez added Smart Guy Tahj Mowry, John Marshall Jones, Jason Weaver

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63 77
Becker is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
EricSlutsky added Becker Ted Danson, Hattie Winston, Terry Farrell

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26 94
Norm is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
EricSlutsky added Norm

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10 40
Herman's Head is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Herman's Head William Ragsdale, Hank Azaria, Jane Sibbett

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26 84
Parker Lewis Can't Lose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Ferry73 added Parker Lewis Can't Lose Corin Nemec^! Billy Jayne^! Troy W. Slaten

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46 122
The Kids in the Hall is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Paula Pastor Fleck added The Kids in the Hall Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald

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22 117
Get a Life is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
RichardBeecher added Get a Life Chris Elliott, Bob Elliott, Robin Riker