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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

2
374 290
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

3
355 295
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

4
271 198
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
301 237
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

6
351 304
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
350 315
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

8
148 83
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

9
259 188
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

10
247 161
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
210 156
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

12
272 186
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

13
211 147
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

14
220 189
Spike is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

16 Movie "In Jokes" You Probably Didn't Notice

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268 184
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

16
277 226
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

17
202 154
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
234 187
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

19
215 169
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

20
237 174
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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291 265
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

The Best 1990s Fantasy TV Series

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243 179
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

23
148 119
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

24
203 146
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

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212 157
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Phil The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

26
262 191
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

27
99 60
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

28
170 178
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

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186 172
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

30
186 153
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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54 20
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

32
131 155
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

33
148 135
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Batman The Animated Series

34
151 152
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

35
156 136
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

The Best CGI Animated Films Ever Made

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149 131
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

37
141 151
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

38
121 114
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

39
142 140
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

40
130 120
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

41
121 111
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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105 104
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

Rick And Morty Is On Hiatus Once Again: Here Are 15 Series To Watch In The Meantime

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117 123
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

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91 120
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

45
112 111
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show

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131 147
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

47
55 51
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

48
106 134
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

49
76 95
Arnold is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
AC_rockets56 added Arnold Hey Arnold!

50
96 112
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Bud Bundy Married... with Children