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The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked 

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List Rules Vote up the best 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. 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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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
CB Ladnier added 1989-present

Actors: Dan Castellaneta, Nancy Cartwright, Julie Kavner

Number of Seasons: 24

Number of Episodes: 528

Network: Fox

Genres (Tv): Animation, Television comedy, Comedy, Family Film

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990-1996

Actors: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 148

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-1999

Actors: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 204

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Home Improvement is an American television sitcom starring Tim Allen, that aired from September 17, 1991 to May 25, 1999. The show was created by Matt Williams, Carmen Finestra and David ...more

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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989-1993

Actors: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Dustin Diamond

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 87

Network: Living TV Group, CITV, Channel 4, Adult Swim, Trouble, + more

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Teen situation comedy, Comedy

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987-1995

Actors: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 192

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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) 6 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2000

Actors: Ben Savage, Rider Strong, William Daniels

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 158

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Teen drama, Sitcom, Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-2004

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Number of Seasons: 10

Number of Episodes: 236

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Television comedy, Sitcom, Comedy, Romance

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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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1998-2006

Actors: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Number of Seasons: 8

Number of Episodes: 200

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1988-1993

Actors: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

Number of Seasons: 6

Number of Episodes: 115

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Drama, Comedy-drama, Comedy

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987-1997

Actors: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 259

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1985-1992

Actors: Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2003

Actors: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 163

Network: The WB Television Network, ABC Family, TeenNick, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Sitcom, Children's television series, Comedy, Fantasy television, + more

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1982-1993

Actors: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 273

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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Actors: Reginald VelJohnson, Jaleel White, Kellie Shanygne Williams

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 215

Network: CBS, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1988-1997

Actors: Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 222

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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16
Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993

Actors: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 99

Network: Kids' WB, Fox Kids, The WB Television Network, Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy

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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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Actors: Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 207

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-2006

Actors: Elizabeth Daily, Christine Cavanaugh, Nancy Cartwright

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 172

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Animated series

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Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990

Actors: Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

Number of Seasons: 3

Number of Episodes: 100

Network: Kids' WB, Fox Broadcasting Company, CBS

Genres (Tv): Animation, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Comedy, Animated series

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1997-2003

Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Alyson Hannigan, James Marsters

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 144

Network: UPN, The WB Television Network

Genres (Tv): Paranormal romance, Supernatural drama, Supernatural, Action/Adventure, Drama, + more

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Doug is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991

Actors: Billy West, Fred Newman, Constance Shulman

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 117

Network: Nickelodeon

Genres (Tv): Animation, Sitcom, Animated cartoon, Children's television series, Educational television, + more

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22
Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
mvasilas added 1988-1998

Actors: Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, Aisha Tyler, Drew Carey

Number of Seasons: 9

Network: Channel 4, American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2002

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 202

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Cryptozoology, Supernatural, Crime Fiction, Drama, Live action, + more

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Dinosaurs is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-1994

Actors: Stuart Pankin, Jessica Walter, Jason Willinger

Number of Seasons: 4

Number of Episodes: 65

Network: American Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Satire, Children's television series, Comedy, Puppet, + more

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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987

Actors: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

Number of Seasons: 14

Network: Spike, CBS, NBC, Lifetime Television

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Drama, Mystery, Reality television

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