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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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Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy

The Best 1990s Military TV Shows The Best Cartoons of the '90s

2
325 272
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

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347 276
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Will Smith The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

4
243 181
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
283 219
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

6
336 291
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
197 142
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

8
225 171
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

9
262 174
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

10
207 155
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

11
210 176
Spike is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

12
202 138
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

13
131 73
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

14
244 181
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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263 215
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

The Best 1990s Cult TV Series The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

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192 146
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

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327 308
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

18
229 153
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
222 165
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

20
249 175
Zachary 'Zack' Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 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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253 181
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

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192 138
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

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225 168
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

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273 258
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

25
133 108
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

26
198 149
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Phil The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

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88 51
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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158 168
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

29
171 161
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

The Best 1990s Fantasy TV Series 39 Ways to Repel a Potential Girlfriend

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178 146
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

31
146 141
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

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120 148
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

33
145 123
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

34
118 106
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

35
137 134
Batman is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Batman The Animated Series

36
147 130
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

37
130 143
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

38
134 134
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

39
112 114
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

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123 114
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

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115 105
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Darling Clarissa Explains It All

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33 13
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

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126 136
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

The Greatest TV Doctors The Most Awkward Movies to Watch with Your Parents

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108 103
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show

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95 99
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

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50 44
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

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101 126
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond

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93 105
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Bud Bundy Married... with Children

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80 115
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

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34 33
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World