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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209 79
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey, Friends

2
549 394
Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

3
533 374
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4
405 283
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends

5
365 231
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

6
262 174
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends

7
429 305
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

8
407 307
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

9
475 380
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons

10
337 224
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

11
301 196
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

12
402 316
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

13
325 206
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 13 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

14
352 229
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

15
336 235
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters

16
212 127
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
336 237
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children

18
440 359
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

19
339 228
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement

20
353 266
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
256 199
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

22
278 210
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

23
297 228
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

24
261 198
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Wonder Years

25
251 190
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats

26
263 196
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

27
148 93
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Girls

28
232 213
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

29
264 245
Spike is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

30
262 233
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

31
197 192
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

32
234 195
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne

33
191 174
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Animated Series

34
170 151
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

35
193 188
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier, Cheers

36
182 176
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Full House

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
183 186
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

39
162 153
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The King of Queens

40
181 164
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Price is Right

41
147 137
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added The X-Files

42
85 69
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

43
191 178
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The X-Files

44
96 81
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added The Nanny

45
131 149
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Seinfeld

46
142 153
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser, M.D.

47
140 162
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Everybody Loves Raymond

48
121 145
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

49
136 144
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Drew Carey Show

50
162 187
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis and Butt-head