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The Best TV Characters of the 1990s 

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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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Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons
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Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends
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Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
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Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey, Friends
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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement
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Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
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Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters
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Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF
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Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 13 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
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Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children
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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends
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Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
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Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats
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Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss
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Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld
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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
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Spike is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Buffy the Vampire Slayer