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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189 64
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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2
520 365
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

3
514 382
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

4
251 160
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends

5
421 290
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

6
392 270
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends

7
352 220
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

8
394 297
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

9
327 216
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

10
463 370
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons

11
395 307
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

12
290 188
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

13
342 224
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
315 203
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 14 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

15
329 229
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters

16
205 123
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
330 223
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement

18
329 235
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children

19
429 354
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

20
342 263
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
250 196
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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22
271 205
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

23
289 224
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

24
247 184
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats

25
255 195
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Wonder Years

26
257 191
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

27
143 89
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Girls

28
262 241
Spike is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
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29
222 210
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

30
255 226
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

31
192 188
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

32
228 193
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne

33
188 170
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Animated Series

34
166 147
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

35
189 184
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier, Cheers

36
177 172
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Full House

37
160 146
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The King of Queens

38
158 137
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Explains It All

39
177 159
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Price is Right

40
177 182
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

41
144 132
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added The X-Files

42
188 173
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The X-Files

43
91 76
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added The Nanny

44
79 65
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

45
124 146
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Seinfeld

46
138 157
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Everybody Loves Raymond

47
138 150
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser, M.D.

48
161 181
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis and Butt-head

49
118 140
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

50
105 125
Arnold is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
AC_rockets56 added Hey Arnold!