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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.

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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1,344 684
Friends is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Friends 1994-2004

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

2
898 792
Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Seinfeld 1989-1998

3
1,283 415
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

4
953 396
The Simpsons is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
CB Ladnier added The Simpsons 1989-present

5
1,087 486
Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Home Improvement 1991-1999

6
1,051 468
Boy Meets World is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Boy Meets World 1993-2000

7
591 670
Law & Order is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Law & Order 1990-2010

8
1,039 540
Full House is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Full House 1987-1995

9
990 478
Saved by the Bell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Saved by the Bell 1989-1993

10
887 522
Married... with Children is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

11
609 681
The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
The X-Files 1993-2002

12
567 629
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Frasier 1993-2004

13
881 462
That '70s Show is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
That '70s Show 1998-2006

14
694 488
Whose Line Is It Anyway? is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
mvasilas added Whose Line Line Is It Anyway 1988-1998

15
664 484
Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Roseanne 1988-1997

The Best 1990s NBC Shows The Greatest Characters We Watched Grow Up on TV

16
651 638
Buffy the Vampire Slayer is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

17
619 551
Everybody Loves Raymond is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

18
718 444
Family Matters is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
birdiejay23 added Family Matters 1989-1998

19
516 579
ER is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
ER 1994-2009

20
554 415
Cheers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Cheers 1982-1993

21
508 541
3rd Rock from the Sun is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

22
523 544
King of the Hill is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
King of the Hill 1997-2010

23
480 435
The Drew Carey Show is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
looksharp added The Drew Carey Show 1995-2004

24
436 393
In Living Color is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
muzziac added In Living Color 1990-1994

25
381 581
Mad About You is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Mad About You 1992-1999

26
512 340
Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
CB Ladnier added Saturday Night Live 1975-present

27
587 496
South Park is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
South Park 1997-present

28
326 449
Quantum Leap is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

29
382 609
Baywatch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
birdiejay23 added Baywatch 1989-2001

The Best 1990s CBS Shows 39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

30
449 213
The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
The Wonder Years 1988-1993

31
370 525
MADtv is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
MADtv 1995-2009

32
494 447
Will & Grace is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Will & Grace 1998-2006

33
315 673
Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Sex and the City 1998-2004

34
347 169
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked

35
515 519
Charmed is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Charmed 1998-2006

36
237 577
Twin Peaks is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Twin Peaks 1990-1991

37
390 479
Beverly Hills, 90210 is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
ThinkingNessaja added Beverly Hills, 90210 1990-2000

38
363 222
The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
MarlonLink added The King of Queens 1998-2007

39
269 479
Spin City is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Spin City 1996-2002

40
229 582
Party of Five is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Party of Five 1994-2000

41
360 540
Dawson's Creek is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Dawson's Creek 1998-2003

42
296 145
The Golden Girls is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
The Golden Girls 1985-1992

43
298 457
Wings is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Wings 1990-1997

The Best 1990s NBC Comedy Shows The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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197 600
Melrose Place is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Melrose Place 1992-1999

45
343 149
Rugrats is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Rugrats 1991-2006

46
280 510
Just Shoot Me! is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
Just Shoot Me! 1997-2003

47
251 282
Coach is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
rtkimble added Coach 1989

48
254 517
NYPD Blue is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
NYPD Blue 1993-2005

49
244 216
The Nanny is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
The Nanny 1993

50
285 153
Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked