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The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked  

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List Rules Only TV series that aired between 1990 and 1999

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.

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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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1985-1992
The Golden Girls is an American sitcom, created by Susan Harris, that originally aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 9, 1992. Starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and ...more
27
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
MarlonLink added 1998-2007
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
28
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2003
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
29
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1997-2010
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
30
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990-1991
Twin Peaks (Showtime, 2017) is a miniseries that follows FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) in a continuation of the original 1990 series, created by David Lynch.
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Coach is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
rtkimble added 1989
Coach is an American television sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997. The series stars Craig T. Nelson as Hayden Fox, head coach of the fictional Division I-A college ...more
32
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2001
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
33
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1998-2003
Dawson's Creek is an American teen drama television series about the fictional lives of a close-knit group of friends beginning in high school and continuing in college. The series stars James ...more
34
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
ThinkingNessaja added 1990-2000
Beverly Hills, 90210 is an American drama series that originally aired from October 4, 1990 to May 17, 2000 on Fox and was produced by Spelling Television in the United States, and subsequently ...more
35
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-2006
Rugrats is an American animated television series created by Arlene Klasky, Gábor Csupó and Paul Germain for Nickelodeon. The show focuses on a group of toddlers, most prominently ...more
36
Wings is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990-1997
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
37
Party of Five is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-2000
Party of Five is an American teen drama television series that aired on Fox for six seasons, from September 12, 1994, until May 3, 2000. Critically acclaimed, the show suffered from low ratings ...more
38
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1998-2006
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
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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-1994
Dinosaurs is an American family sitcom that was originally broadcast on ABC from April 26, 1991 to July 20, 1994. The show, about a family of anthropomorphic dinosaurs, was produced by Michael ...more
40
Spin City is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2002
Spin City is an American television sitcom that aired from September 17, 1996, until April 30, 2002, on ABC. Created by Gary David Goldberg and Bill Lawrence, the show was based on a fictional ...more
41
South Park is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1997-present
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
42
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993
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
43
The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
looksharp added 1995-2004
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
44
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1998-2006
Charmed is an American television series created by Constance M. Burge and produced by Aaron Spelling and his production company Spelling Television, with Brad Kern serving as showrunner. The ...more
45
Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
birdiejay23 added 1989-2001
Baywatch is an American action drama series about the Los Angeles County Lifeguards who patrol the beaches of Los Angeles County, California, starring David Hasselhoff. The show was canceled ...more
46
Family Guy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1999
Family Guy is an American adult animated sitcom created by Seth MacFarlane for the Fox Broadcasting Company. The series centers on the Griffins, a family consisting of parents Peter and Lois; ...more
47
Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987
Unsolved Mysteries is an American television program, hosted by Robert Stack from 1987 to 2002 and later by Dennis Farina starting in 2008. The show was broadcast first as specials in 1987, then ...more
48
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993
Animaniacs is an American animated television series, distributed by Warner Bros. Television and produced by Amblin Entertainment and Warner Bros. Animation. Animaniacs is the second animated ...more
49
Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990
Tiny Toon Adventures is an American animated comedy television series that was broadcasting from September 14, 1990 through May 28, 1995 as the first collaborative effort of Steven Spielberg's ...more
50
A Different World is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
travistboneslim added 1987
A Different World is an American television sitcom which aired for six seasons on NBC. It is a spin-off series from The Cosby Show and originally centered on Denise Huxtable and the life of ...more