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The Greatest Period TV Shows Set in the 1990s

Updated April 20, 2021 426 votes 85 voters 3.5k views43 items

List RulesOnly period shows that were set in the 1990s—not just series released during that decade.

For millennials, the '90s represent some of the best things in life. For others, it's just another decade of odd trends that'll resurface time and time again. For TV, however, the '90s were a common setting for a variety of shows. Though the era may not be comparable to shows set in the '80s or the future, there are certainly some great TV shows set in the '90s that we all have come to know and love. Sure, the '90s didn't bring us classic rock like the 1960s, but it did provide a decent time frame for a broad range of series, from true crime to comedy. Of all the top shows set in the '90s, what's your favorite?

As you might imagine, most of these '90s-set TV shows aired after the decade came and went. Nevertheless, some shows did use the '90s as a future time. Alien Nation, for instance, originally aired in 1989 and was set in the near future of 1995. Of course, the large majority of these shows set in the '90s came years after, providing a nostalgic look back at such a wonderful decade. These are shows like Everything Sucks!, Surviving Jack, and the hit series Fresh Off the Boat. What do you think are the best TV shows set in the '90s?

Whether you want to take some time to reflect back on decades past or need some good ol' nostalgia, check out the list of modern TV shows set in the '90s below. Be sure to vote up your favorites and add any missing from the list. For an extra dose of nostalgia, take a look at the best '90s shows while you're at it.

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    Everything Sucks!

    Peyton Kennedy, Jahi Winston
    Everything Sucks (Netflix, 2018) is an American television comedy series created by Ben York...  more
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    Fresh Off the Boat

    Constance Wu, Randall Park
    Fresh Off the Boat (ABC, 2015) is an American comedy television series created by Nahnatchka...  more
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    Alien Nation

    Ron Fassler, Gary Graham
    Alien Nation is a science fiction television series in the Alien Nation franchise. Adapted...  more
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    American Horror Story: Murder House

    Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott
    American Horror Story: Murder House is the first season of the FX television series American...  more
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    Halt & Catch Fire

    Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
    Halt and Catch Fire is an American period drama television series created by Christopher...  more
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    Derry Girls

    Saoirse-Monica Jackson, Louisa Harland
    Derry Girls (Channel 4, 2018) is a British sitcom created by Lisa McGee. Erin (Saoirse-Monica...  more
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    True Detective

    Mahershala Ali, Matthew McConaughey
    True Detective (HBO, 2014) is an American anthology drama television series created by Nic...  more
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    Fat Tony & Co

    Robert Mammone, Gyton Grantley
    Fat Tony & Co. (Nine Network, 2014) is a nine-episode Australian television series focusing on...  more
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    Harold Shipman: Doctor Death

    Michael Stainton, Olive Pendleton
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    Moone Boy

    Chris O'Dowd, David Rawle
    Moone Boy is an Irish sitcom created, co-written by and co-starring Chris O'Dowd for British...  more
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    Hindsight (VH1, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Emily Fox....  more
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    Out There

    Ryan Quincy, Justin Roiland
    Out There is an American animated dramedy television series created by Ryan Quincy, that...  more
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    Surviving Jack

    Christopher Meloni, Rachael Harris
    Surviving Jack is an upcoming American television series that is expected to air midseason on...  more
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    How I Met Your Mother

    Josh Radnor, Cobie Smulders
    How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 2005) is an American sitcom created by Craig Thomas and Carter...  more
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    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles

    Garret Dillahunt, Summer Glau
    Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles (Fox, 2008) is an American science fiction television...  more
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    Reunion

    Amanda Righetti, Chyler Leigh
    Reunion is an American television series that aired on FOX in late 2005. The series was...  more
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    The Winner

    Rob Corddry, Erinn Hayes
    The Winner is an American television series that premiered on Fox on March 4, 2007. It is a...  more
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    The Take

    Tom Hardy, Brian Cox
    The Take is a four episode British drama TV series on Sky 1 based upon the Martina Cole novel....  more
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    White Teeth

    Russell Brand, James McAvoy
    White Teeth is a 2002 British four-part television drama miniseries based on the novel of the...  more
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    A Very British Coup

    Keith Allen, Tim McInnerny
    A Very British Coup is a TV program....
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    Underbelly: The Golden Mile

    Emma Booth, Firass Dirani
    Underbelly: The Golden Mile, the third series of Nine Network's popular crime drama series...  more
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    Political Animals

    Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino
    Political Animals was a six-episode American miniseries created by Greg Berlanti. The series...  more
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    Better Call Saul

    Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks
    Better Call Saul (AMC, 2015) is an American television drama series created by Vince Gilligan...  more
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    Show Me a Hero

    Oscar Isaac, Bob Balaban
    Show Me a Hero (HBO, 2015) is a American miniseries directed by Paul Haggis, based on the...  more
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    This Is Us

    Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore
    This Is Us (NBC, 2016) is an American television series created by Dan Fogelman. Follows a...  more