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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646 427
Chandler Bing is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
2
281 120
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey, Friends
3
597 400
Will Smith is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
4
474 316
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Friends
5
319 211
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Friends
6
421 274
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Friends
7
530 411
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons
8
347 222
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
9
444 337
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show
10
448 342
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
11
374 251
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
12
469 345
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Family Guy
13
475 374
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
14
368 253
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Married... with Children
15
388 283
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF
16
244 148
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls
17
373 245
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Home Improvement
18
356 231
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 18 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
19
368 259
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Family Matters
20
283 211
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Married... with Children
21
373 250
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss
22
273 202
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rugrats
23
297 228
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
24
314 244
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Boy Meets World
25
266 224
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Seinfeld