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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212 83
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey, Friends

2
556 394
Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

3
536 375
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4
369 232
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

5
265 174
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends

6
409 285
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends

7
411 309
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

8
430 308
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

9
479 382
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons

10
338 228
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

11
405 319
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

12
326 207
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 12 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

13
354 230
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
342 236
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters

15
301 200
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

16
215 128
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
338 238
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children

18
341 228
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement

19
355 266
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

20
441 360
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

21
257 200
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

22
280 211
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

23
298 229
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

24
253 190
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats

25
262 199
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Wonder Years

26
264 197
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

27
149 94
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Girls

28
232 214
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

29
264 246
Spike is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

30
264 233
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

31
197 193
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

32
235 196
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne

33
184 176
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Full House

34
194 188
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier, Cheers

35
191 175
Batman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Animated Series

36
170 152
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

37
164 141
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Explains It All

38
183 187
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

39
163 154
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The King of Queens

40
182 165
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Price is Right

41
86 69
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

42
148 137
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added The X-Files

43
192 178
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The X-Files

44
97 82
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added The Nanny

45
131 151
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Seinfeld

46
143 153
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser, M.D.

47
141 163
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Everybody Loves Raymond

48
136 145
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Drew Carey Show

49
121 147
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

50
162 189
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis and Butt-head