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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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51
Pinky and the Brain is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1995
Pinky and the Brain is an American animated television series. It was the first animated television series to be presented in Dolby Surround and the fourth collaboration of Steven Spielberg with ...more
52
Walker, Texas Ranger is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2001
Walker, Texas Ranger is an American television series created by Leslie Greif and Paul Haggis. It was inspired by the film Lone Wolf McQuade, with both this series and that film starring Chuck ...more
53
Recess is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1997
Recess is an American animated television series created by Paul Germain and Joe Ansolabehere. The series focuses on six elementary school students and their interaction with other classmates ...more
54
MADtv is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1995-2009
Mad TV is an American sketch comedy television series originally inspired by Mad magazine. The show featured animated Spy vs. Spy and Don Martin cartoon shorts as well as images of Alfred E. ...more
55
Doug is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991
Doug is an American animated sitcom created by Jim Jinkins. The show focuses on the early adolescent life of its title character, Douglas "Doug" Funnie, who experiences common ...more
56
Sister, Sister is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994
Sister, Sister is an American television sitcom starring identical twins Tia and Tamera Mowry. It aired from 1994 to 1999. The premise of the show was that the girls were separated and adopted ...more
57
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1998-2004
This show is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. ...more
58
America's Funniest Home Videos is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989
America's Funniest Home Videos is an American reality television program airing on ABC, which features humorous homemade videos that are submitted by viewers. The most common videos feature ...more
59
TaleSpin is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990
TaleSpin is a half-hour animated adventure series based in the fictional city of Cape Suzette, that first aired in 1990 as a preview on The Disney Channel and later that year as part of The ...more
60
Martin is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1992-1997
Martin is an American sitcom that aired for five seasons on the Fox network, from August 27, 1992, to May 1, 1997. Reflecting the rising popularity of the Fox network throughout the 1990s, ...more
61
Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1992-1999
Melrose Place is an American primetime soap opera that aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999, for seven seasons. The show follows the lives of a group of young adults living in an ...more
62
Beavis and Butt-head is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added 1992
Beavis and Butt-head is an American animated sitcom created and designed by Mike Judge. The series originated from "Frog Baseball", a 1992 short film by Judge originally aired on ...more
63
Hey Arnold! is listed (or ranked) 63 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2004
Hey Arnold is an American animated television series created by Craig Bartlett for Nickelodeon. The show centers on a fourth grader named Arnold, who lives with his grandparents in a boarding ...more
64
Late Show with David Letterman is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
CB Ladnier added 2011
Late Show is an American late-night television talk and variety show on CBS. Late Show with David Letterman first aired in August 1993 with host David Letterman, who previously hosted Late Night ...more
65
Tales from the Crypt is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989
Tales from the Crypt, sometimes titled HBO's Tales from the Crypt, is an American horror anthology television series that ran from June 10, 1989, to July 19, 1996, on the premium cable channel ...more
66
NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2005
NYPD Blue is an American television police drama set in New York City, exploring the internal and external struggles of the fictional 15th precinct of Manhattan. Each episode typically ...more
67
Darkwing Duck is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991
Darkwing Duck is an American animated action-adventure television series produced by The Walt Disney Company that first ran from 1991 to 1992 on both the syndicated programming block The Disney ...more
68
Law & Order: Special Victims U... is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added 1999
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit is an American police procedural, legal, crime drama television series set in New York City, where it is also primarily produced. In the style of the ...more
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Growing Pains is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added
Growing Pains (ABC, 1985) is an American television sitcom created by Neal Marlens. In Long Island, New York, Dr. Jason Seaver (Alan Thicke) and his wife, Maggie (Joanna Kerns), take care of ...more
70
Batman: The Animated Series is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1992
Batman: The Animated Series is an American animated television series based on the DC Comics superhero Batman. It was produced by Warner Bros. Animation and originally aired on the Fox Network ...more
71
Touched by an Angel is listed (or ranked) 71 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Dimos Dicoudis added 1994
Touched by an Angel is an American supernatural drama series that premiered on CBS on September 21, 1994, and ran for 211 episodes and nine seasons until its conclusion on April 27, 2003. ...more
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Star Trek: The Next Generation is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987
Star Trek: The Next Generation is an American science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry twenty-one years after the original Star Trek series debuted in 1966. Roddenberry, ...more
73
My So-Called Life is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-1995
My So-Called Life is an American teen drama television series created by Winnie Holzman and produced by Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz. It originally aired on ABC from August 25, 1994, to ...more
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Goosebumps is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1995
Goosebumps is a Canadian horror fantasy anthology television series based on R. L. Stine's Goosebumps books. It was one of the two popular television horror anthology children's series in the ...more
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The Cosby Show is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1984
The Cosby Show is an American television sitcom starring Bill Cosby, which aired for eight seasons on NBC from September 20, 1984 until April 30, 1992. The show focuses on the Huxtable family, ...more