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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
355 294
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

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374 290
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
272 197
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
302 236
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

6
352 303
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
149 82
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

8
350 314
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

9
248 160
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 9 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

10
211 155
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

11
260 187
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

12
273 185
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

13
212 146
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
269 183
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

15
221 188
Spike is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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

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278 225
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
203 153
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
235 186
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

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216 168
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

20
292 264
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

21
237 174
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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244 178
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

23
149 118
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

24
204 145
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

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211 157
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
261 191
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

27
100 59
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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

29
187 171
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

The Best 1990s Adventure TV Series Things You Should Know How to Do Before You Turn 30

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187 152
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

31
55 19
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

36
122 113
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

37
149 131
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

38
141 151
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

39
143 139
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

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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

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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.

The Greatest TV Doctors The Very Best Coconut Water Brands

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56 50
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

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132 146
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

46
91 120
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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112 111
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show

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107 133
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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42 41
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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97 111
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Bud Bundy Married... with Children