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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
435 309
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
407 326
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

4
405 334
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

5
312 229
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

6
338 277
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

7
393 329
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

8
340 262
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

9
273 187
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

10
187 136
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

11
176 102
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

12
297 211
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

13
278 181
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

14
281 195
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

The Best 1990s Fantasy TV Series

15
309 242
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

16
241 166
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

17
235 176
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

18
230 172
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

19
298 205
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

20
241 170
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Phil The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

21
295 207
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

The Best Disney Princess Movies

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254 206
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

23
245 215
Spike is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

24
224 162
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

25
233 188
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

26
288 209
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

27
94 34
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

28
122 72
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

The Best 1990s Adventure TV Series

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190 195
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

30
211 196
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

31
209 167
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

32
153 172
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

33
168 154
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Batman The Animated Series

34
176 151
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

35
164 169
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

36
129 115
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

37
162 142
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

38
138 128
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

39
156 156
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

40
152 168
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

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137 125
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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141 134
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

The Best 1990s Military TV Shows

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150 160
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

44
121 146
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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103 135
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

46
67 66
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

47
123 139
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

48
110 122
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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55 54
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

50
119 125
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show