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The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked 

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In the 1990s, television was one of the fastest growing mediums. More TV shows were popping up than ever before, and ratings were at all-time highs. Viewers tended to be interested in laugh-out-loud moments, which is why sitcoms like Friends, Roseanne, and Seinfeld were the biggest hit TV shows of the decade. While comedies were extremely popular in the '90s, procedural dramas also reigned, with shows like The Practice, JAG, and NYPD Blue becoming popular with large audiences. The decade also spawned quite a few ambitious shows that were too ahead of their time to catch on with mainstream audiences, but have since gained major cult followings.

Many of the most popular shows of the '90s were long-running shows. ER, for instance, ran 15 seasons, starting in 1994, while shows like Will & Grace, which began in 1998, lasted 8 years. The reality show genre was just popping up in the '90s, especially after the massive ratings and critical success of MTV's The Real World. Children’s programming was also popular, with hit shows like Boy Meets World and Dinosaurs.

What are your favorite programs from the 1990s? Which '90s shows do you have the fondest memories of? This list includes many of the biggest shows from that magical decade.

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-2004
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

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989-1998
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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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1989-present
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990-1996
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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-1999
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Full House is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987-1995
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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Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2000
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

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Frasier is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2004
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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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1988-1998
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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2002
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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989-1993
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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990-2010
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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2005
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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1998-2006
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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987-1997
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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1982-1993
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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1988-1997
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ER is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-2009
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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1997-2003
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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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1990-1994
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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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1989-1998
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Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989
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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1988-1993
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Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1992-1999
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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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1975-present
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