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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181 59
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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2
516 361
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

3
505 380
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

4
419 287
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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5
244 157
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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6
346 217
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

7
386 269
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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8
393 294
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

9
325 213
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

10
392 304
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

11
459 369
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons

12
287 186
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

13
340 222
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

14
328 226
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters

15
313 202
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
205 121
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
330 221
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement

18
328 233
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children

19
427 351
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

20
341 260
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

21
250 193
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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22
270 203
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

23
247 182
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats

24
287 222
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

25
255 194
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Wonder Years

26
257 189
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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27
143 88
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Girls

28
260 240
Spike is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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29
220 210
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

30
252 222
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

31
191 188
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

32
228 191
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne

33
187 169
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Animated Series

34
166 145
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

35
177 170
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Full House

36
188 183
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier, Cheers

37
160 145
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The King of Queens

38
157 136
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Explains It All

39
176 158
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Price is Right

40
176 181
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

41
143 131
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added The X-Files

42
187 172
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The X-Files

43
90 75
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added The Nanny

44
79 64
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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45
124 144
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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46
137 155
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Everybody Loves Raymond

47
138 149
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser, M.D.

48
161 179
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis and Butt-head

49
118 138
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

50
105 123
Arnold is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
AC_rockets56 added Hey Arnold!