90s TV 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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Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey, Friends

2
571 397
Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

3
547 378
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4
420 287
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends

5
376 240
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

6
271 182
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends

7
437 313
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

8
416 318
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

9
485 388
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons

10
309 202
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

11
333 210
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Saved by the Bell, Saved by the Bell: Hawaiian Style

12
349 239
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters

13
410 322
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

14
342 233
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

15
358 233
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

16
217 130
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
361 268
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

18
344 229
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement

19
340 240
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children

20
443 361
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

21
284 213
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

22
258 201
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

23
300 231
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

24
256 190
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats

25
262 201
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Wonder Years