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The Best Sitcoms Of The '90s

Updated April 14, 2021 131.4k votes 12.1k voters 399.6k views52 items

List RulesVote up your favorite sitcoms and comedy shows that aired between 1991 and 1999.

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 plot lines. 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.

What are the best '90s sitcoms? Did the sitcoms you think are best make the list? Are they still as fresh today as they were 30 (yes 30!) years ago? Take a look and vote the best 1990s sitcoms to the top.

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  • 1
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    2,638

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox
    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more
  • 2
    3,476
    2,202

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery
    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from...  more
  • 3
    2,788
    1,099

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright
    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more
  • 4
    2,846
    1,835

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson
    Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from...  more
  • 5
    2,961
    1,919

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon
    That '70s Show (Fox, 2006) is an American teen period comedy sitcom created by Bonnie Turner,...  more
  • 6
    2,311
    1,379

    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos
    Full House (ABC, 1987) is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin. The show chronicles a...  more
  • 7
    1,687
    661

    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman
    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was...  more
  • 8
    2,735
    2,001

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves
    Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter...  more
  • 9
    2,372
    1,638

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong
    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more
  • 10
    1,850
    1,157

    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White
    Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989...  more
  • 11
    2,088
    1,350

    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez
    Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A...  more
  • 12
    2,189
    1,572

    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini
    The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998,...  more
  • 13
    2,295
    1,750

    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton
    Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton,...  more
  • 14
    1,811
    1,409

    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin
    3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is...  more
  • 15
    2,024
    1,587

    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman
    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,...  more
  • 16
    1,969
    1,518

    The Nanny

    Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy
    The Nanny (CBS, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Fran Drescher and Peter Marc...  more
  • 17
    1,702
    1,275

    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone
    South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker...  more
  • 18
    1,405
    1,376

    The Drew Carey Show

    Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader
    The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was...  more
  • 19
    1,290
    1,308

    Step by Step

    Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers
    Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons, originally running...  more
  • 20
    1,670
    1,320

    Sabrina the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea
    Sabrina the Teenage Witch (ABC, 1996) is an American sitcom created by Nell Scovell and is...  more
  • 21
    1,545
    1,435

    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing
    Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace...  more
  • 22
    1,469
    1,226

    King of the Hill

    Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy
    King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels...  more
  • 23
    1,242
    1,281

    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt
    Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24,...  more
  • 24
    1,153
    1,225

    Wings

    Tim Daly, Steven Weber
    Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim...  more
  • 25
    1,055
    1,235

    Just Shoot Me!

    Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni
    Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March...  more