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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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1
Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 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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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989-1998

Actors: Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 180

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

Seinfeld is an American television sitcom that originally ran for nine seasons on NBC from July 5, 1989, to May 14, 1998. It was created by Larry David and Jerry Seinfeld, the latter starring as ...more

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The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 3 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) 4 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

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more

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5
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 5 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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6
Full House is listed (or ranked) 6 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) 7 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

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

Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Number of Seasons: 11

Number of Episodes: 264

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Farce, Comedy

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 9 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) 10 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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Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 11 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

Saved by the Bell is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from 1989 to 1993. A retool of the Disney Channel series Good Morning, Miss Bliss, the show follows a group of friends and ...more

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Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990-2010

Actors: Jerry Orbach, Jesse L. Martin, Dennis Farina

Number of Seasons: 20

Number of Episodes: 456

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Crime Fiction, Police procedural, Drama, Legal drama, Legal

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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2005

Actors: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Number of Seasons: 9

Number of Episodes: 210

Network: CBS

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 14 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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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 15 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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16
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 16 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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17
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 17 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

Roseanne is an American sitcom that was broadcast on ABC from October 18, 1988, to May 20, 1997. Starring Roseanne Barr, the show revolved around the Conners, an Illinois working-class family. ...more

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18
ER is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-2009

Actors: Anthony Edwards, George Clooney, Julianna Margulies

Number of Seasons: 15

Number of Episodes: 331

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Medical drama, Drama, Medical fiction

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19
Buffy the Vampire Slayer... is listed (or ranked) 19 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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In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
muzziac added 1990-1994

Actors: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, Kelly Coffield Park

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 127

Network: Fox Broadcasting Company

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy

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Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
birdiejay23 added 1989-1998

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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22
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989

Actors: Scott Bakula, Dean Stockwell, Deborah Pratt

Number of Seasons: 5

Number of Episodes: 95

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Procedural drama, Drama, Science Fiction

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23
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 23 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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24
Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1992-1999

Actors: Paul Reiser, Helen Hunt, John Pankow

Number of Seasons: 7

Number of Episodes: 164

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
CB Ladnier added 1975-present

Actors: Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers

Number of Seasons: 38

Number of Episodes: 738

Network: NBC

Genres (Tv): Sketch comedy, Satire, Variety show, Sketch, Comedy, + more

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