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The Greatest Sitcoms Of The 1990s, Ranked

Updated February 20, 2021 133.4k votes 11.9k voters 392.1k views52 items

List RulesThe 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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  • Friends1
    4,232
    2,645

    Friends

    Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox

    Premiered1994

    Friends (NBC, 1994) is an American sitcom television series created by David Crane and Marta...  more
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  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air2
    3,538
    2,220

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

    Will Smith, James Avery

    Premiered1990

    The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from...  more
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  • The Simpsons3
    2,824
    1,096

    The Simpsons

    Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright

    Premiered1989

    The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening for the Fox Broadcasting...  more
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  • Home Improvement4
    2,895
    1,848

    Home Improvement

    Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson

    Premiered1991

    Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from...  more
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  • That '70s Show5
    3,001
    1,935

    That '70s Show

    Topher Grace, Laura Prepon

    Premiered1998

    That '70s Show is an American television period sitcom that originally aired on Fox from...  more
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  • Full House6
    2,345
    1,375

    Full House

    Bob Saget, John Stamos

    Premiered1987

    Full House is an American sitcom created by Jeff Franklin for ABC. The show chronicles a...  more
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  • Cheers7
    1,698
    643

    Cheers

    Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman

    Premiered1982

    Cheers is an American sitcom that ran for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. The show was...  more
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  • Frasier8
    2,776
    2,034

    Frasier

    Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves

    Premiered1993

    Frasier (NBC, 1993) is an American sitcom television series created by David Angell, Peter...  more
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  • Boy Meets World9
    2,426
    1,656

    Boy Meets World

    Ben Savage, Rider Strong

    Premiered1993

    Boy Meets World (ABC, 1993) is an American television sitcom created by Michael Jacobs and...  more
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  • Saved by the Bell10
    2,134
    1,358

    Saved by the Bell

    Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez

    Premiered1989

    Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A...  more
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  • Family Matters11
    1,874
    1,171

    Family Matters

    Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White

    Premiered1989

    Family Matters is an American sitcom which originated on ABC network from September 22, 1989...  more
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  • The King of Queens12
    2,221
    1,596

    The King of Queens

    Kevin James, Leah Remini

    Premiered1998

    The King of Queens is an American sitcom that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 1998,...  more
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  • Everybody Loves Raymond13
    2,329
    1,766

    Everybody Loves Raymond

    Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton

    Premiered1996

    Everybody Loves Raymond is an American television sitcom starring Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton,...  more
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  • 3rd Rock from the Sun14
    1,833
    1,435

    3rd Rock from the Sun

    John Lithgow, Jane Curtin

    Premiered1996

    3rd Rock from the Sun is an American sitcom that aired from 1996 to 2001 on NBC. The show is...  more
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  • Roseanne15
    2,053
    1,629

    Roseanne

    Roseanne Barr, John Goodman

    Premiered1988

    Roseanne (ABC, 1988) is an American television sitcom created by Matt Williams, Marcy Carsey,...  more
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  • The Nanny16
    1,987
    1,545

    The Nanny

    Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy

    Premiered1993

    The Nanny is an American television sitcom originally aired on CBS from 1993 to 1999, starring...  more
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  • South Park17
    1,724
    1,294

    South Park

    Trey Parker, Matt Stone

    Premiered1997

    South Park (Comedy Central, 1997) is an American adult animated sitcom created by Trey Parker...  more
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  • The Drew Carey Show18
    1,436
    1,393

    The Drew Carey Show

    Drew Carey, Diedrich Bader

    Premiered1995

    The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 2004. The show was...  more
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  • Step by Step19
    1,314
    1,322

    Step by Step

    Patrick Duffy, Suzanne Somers

    Premiered1991

    Step by Step is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons, originally running...  more
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  • Sabrina, the Teenage Witch20
    1,697
    1,346

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch

    Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea

    Premiered1996

    Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is an American sitcom based on the Archie comic book series of the...  more
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  • Will & Grace21
    1,576
    1,447

    Will & Grace

    Eric McCormack, Debra Messing

    Premiered1998

    Will & Grace is an American sitcom, based on the relationship between Will Truman and Grace...  more
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  • King of the Hill22
    1,497
    1,250

    King of the Hill

    Mike Judge, Kathy Najimy

    Premiered1997

    King of the Hill is an American adult animated sitcom created by Mike Judge and Greg Daniels...  more
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  • Mad About You23
    1,255
    1,305

    Mad About You

    Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt

    Premiered1992

    Mad About You is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 23, 1992, to May 24,...  more
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  • Wings24
    1,163
    1,254

    Wings

    Tim Daly, Steven Weber

    Premiered1990

    Wings is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from April 19, 1990, to May 21, 1997. Starring Tim...  more
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  • Just Shoot Me!25
    1,072
    1,258

    Just Shoot Me!

    Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni

    Premiered1997

    Just Shoot Me! is an American television sitcom that aired for seven seasons on NBC from March...  more
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