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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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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow
Friends is an American television sitcom, created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman, which originally aired on NBC from September 22, 1994, to May 6, 2004. It lasted ten seasons and is now in ...more
2
2,387 1,053
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
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
3
1,863 1,383
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce
Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004. The program was created and produced by David ...more
4
2,026 900
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman
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
5
1,877 1,064
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis
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
6
1,492 1,150
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett
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
7
1,668 979
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels
Boy Meets World is an American television sitcom that chronicles the coming of age events and everyday life-lessons of Cornelius "Cory" Matthews. The show follows Cory and his friends ...more
8
1,358 485
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner
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
9
1,383 984
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf
Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more
10
1,439 972
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller
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
11
1,330 745
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Annonymos added Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond
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
12
1,222 917
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
John Lithgow, Jane Curtin, Kristen Johnston
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
13
1,412 645
Full House is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
melissa-collison added Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier
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
14
1,323 982
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis
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
15
1,178 908
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick
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
16
1,176 589
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams
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
17
1,011 929
The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader, Ryan Stiles
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
18
1,136 946
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally
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
19
969 826
Step by Step is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers, Brandon Call
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
20
995 894
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy, Pamela Adlon
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
21
1,056 873
South Park is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Trey Parker, Matt Stone, Mary Kay Bergman
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
22
865 882
Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow
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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814 858
Wings is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Tim Daly, Steven Weber, Crystal Bernard
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
24
705 873
Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal
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
25
633 869
NewsRadio is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked
Dave Foley, Stephen Root, Andy Dick
NewsRadio is an American television situation comedy that aired on NBC from 1995 to 1999, focusing on the work lives of the staff of an AM news station. The series was created by executive ...more