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

2
503 355
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

3
491 371
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

4
410 283
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy

5
340 213
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

6
379 265
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends

7
387 289
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

8
234 155
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends

9
320 210
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

10
282 183
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

11
337 218
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

12
384 303
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

13
451 369
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons

14
325 224
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters

15
309 199
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
202 119
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

17
328 219
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement

18
325 230
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children

19
338 258
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
249 190
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

21
421 351
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer

22
246 181
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats

23
268 202
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

24
284 221
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World

25
254 192
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Wonder Years

26
257 187
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

27
142 87
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Girls

28
257 240
Spike is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Buffy the Vampire Slayer

29
217 208
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

30
245 221
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends

31
188 186
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

32
227 188
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne

33
186 169
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Animated Series

34
164 145
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

35
175 169
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Full House

36
186 183
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier, Cheers

37
159 143
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The King of Queens

38
157 135
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Explains It All

39
176 157
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Price is Right

40
176 180
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld

41
143 130
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added The X-Files

42
187 171
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The X-Files

43
78 63
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

44
88 75
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added The Nanny

45
124 143
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Seinfeld

46
137 154
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Everybody Loves Raymond

47
137 149
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser, M.D.

48
118 137
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children

49
159 178
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis and Butt-head

50
130 139
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Drew Carey Show