90s 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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621 416
Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
2
262 109
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey, Friends
3
576 395
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
4
458 302
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends
5
303 202
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends
6
408 261
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
7
330 215
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
8
509 406
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons
9
432 333
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
10
458 335
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy
11
236 139
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
12
362 245
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
13
425 333
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
14
346 222
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
364 239
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement
16
356 247
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children
17
361 252
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters
18
461 368
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
19
365 243
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss
20
371 279
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
274 207
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children
22
264 196
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats
23
289 222
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
24
305 240
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
25
257 219
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld