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List Rules Awesome TV characters from television shows that aired in the 1990s

Who were the best TV characters of the '90s? From Frasier, Friends, and Married With Children all the way to kid favorites like Clarissa Explains it All, Doug, and Saved By the Bell, these shows greatly impacted 90s culture and made it the memorable decade it was. This list has the best television characters from all those classic 1990s TV shows.

It was the decade we met Bart Simpson, Cosmo Kramer, and Frasier Crane. The top TV show characters of the 90's included family-focused favorites like Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, the obnoxious but lovable Steve Urkel, and Fresh Prince Will Smith. Nineties TV introduced many children's characters as well: Tommy Pickles, Batman, Doug.

This decade had an air of innocence and lightheartedness. The top characters of the '90s were, for the most part family-friendly, uplifting, and hilarious. Who will ever forget the girl-next-door Topanga Lawrence, and the importance of having an older, wiser soul rooting for you, like Mr. Feeney? The innocence of Clarissa Explains It All, Family Ties, and Blossom, reinforced family values, and other top '90s shows like Friends, Roseanne, and The Cosby Show, left us feeling like we were never alone in the world.

Vote up your favorite 1990s TV characters below and think back to when these guys came into your living room once a week. Then go find yourself a Seinfeld rerun. You know there's got to be one on.
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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy

The Best 1990s Military TV Shows The Best Cartoons of the '90s

2
323 267
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

3
344 275
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4
241 178
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
281 218
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

6
334 291
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
261 173
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

8
195 142
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

9
223 171
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

10
209 175
Spike is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

11
205 155
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

12
200 138
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

13
262 214
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

14
243 181
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

15
228 152
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kelly Kapowski Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style

The Best 1990s Adventure TV Series The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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129 73
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
191 146
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

18
325 308
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

19
248 175
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zachary 'Zack' Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

20
251 180
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

21
219 165
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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133 107
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

23
223 167
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

24
271 258
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

25
188 138
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

26
196 149
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Phil The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

27
87 51
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

28
157 168
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

29
170 160
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

The Best 1990s Cult TV Series 51 High-Paying, Flexible Jobs

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177 146
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

31
145 141
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

32
118 105
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

33
144 123
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

34
118 148
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

35
136 133
Batman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Batman The Animated Series

36
146 130
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

37
133 133
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

38
129 143
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

39
112 113
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

40
122 114
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

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114 105
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Darling Clarissa Explains It All

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32 12
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

43
108 102
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show

The Greatest TV Doctors The Greatest Living Rock Songwriters

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125 136
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

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50 43
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

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94 99
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

47
101 125
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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92 105
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Bud Bundy Married... with Children

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78 115
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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33 33
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World