Fictional Characters 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
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy

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Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

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

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Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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

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Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

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Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

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Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

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Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Phil The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Child Actors Who Tragically Died Young

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Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 15 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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Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

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

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Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zachary 'Zack' Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

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Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

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Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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

The Best 1990s Fantasy TV Series

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

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

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Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

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Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

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Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

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Spike is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked

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

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Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

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Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

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

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

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

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Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

The Best TV Shows to Binge Watch

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Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

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Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

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Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

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George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

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Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Darling Clarissa Explains It All

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Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

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

The Best Seasons of American Restoration

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

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Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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Beavis is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

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

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Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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

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