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The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked 

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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. 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. Other shows tried hard but never gained the audience they were hoping for. 

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

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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Full House is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987-1995

Actors: Bob Saget, John Stamos, Dave Coulier

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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

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

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Friends is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1994-2004

Actors: Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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Home Improvement is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1991-1999

Actors: Tim Allen, Patricia Richardson, Earl Hindman

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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

Genres (Tv): Teen sitcom

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The Wonder Years is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1988-1993

Actors: Fred Savage, Dan Lauria, Daniel Stern

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

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Cheers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1982-1993

Actors: Ted Danson, Rhea Perlman, John Ratzenberger

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1989-1998

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

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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Roseanne is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1988-1997

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Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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

Actors: Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis

Genres (Tv): Romance Film, Sitcom, Comedy

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The X-Files is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2002

Actors: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi

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

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Everybody Loves Raymond ... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2005

Actors: Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Brad Garrett

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Whose Line Is It Anyway?... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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Actors: Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie, Wayne Brady, Aisha Tyler, Drew Carey

Genres (Tv): Improvisational theatre, Television comedy

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Sabrina, the Teenage Wit... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1996-2003

Actors: Melissa Joan Hart, Caroline Rhea, Beth Broderick

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The King of Queens is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
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Actors: Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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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

Genres (Tv): Supernatural, Horror, Comedy-drama, Teen drama, Action, + more

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Animaniacs is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993

Actors: Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell, Tress MacNeille

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

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Married... with Children... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987-1997

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

Genres (Tv): Sitcom, Comedy

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Unsolved Mysteries is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1987

Actors: Robert Stack, Dennis Farina, Keely Shaye Smith

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

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Saturday Night Live is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
CB Ladnier added 1975-present

Actors: Kenan Thompson, Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson

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

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Tiny Toon Adventures is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1990

Actors: Charles Adler, John Kassir, Tress MacNeille

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

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25
Frasier is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Shows of the 1990s, Ranked
1993-2004

Actors: Kelsey Grammer, Jane Leeves, David Hyde Pierce

Genres (Tv): Sitcom

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