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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

Famous Schizophrenics The Best 1990s Fantasy TV Series

2
339 282
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

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356 281
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
254 186
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
292 223
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

6
205 145
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

7
342 295
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

8
217 178
Spike is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

9
230 174
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

10
267 176
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

11
211 157
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

12
208 139
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

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253 181
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

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200 147
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

15
239 154
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 15 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

The Greatest Sitcoms of the 1990s, Ranked The Most Likeable TV Anti-Heroes

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338 310
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

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137 76
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

18
269 218
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

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229 166
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

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258 177
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

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282 258
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

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235 172
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

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197 140
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

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139 112
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

25
257 185
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

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203 152
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

27
179 162
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

28
91 56
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

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160 173
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

The Best Episodes From The Simpsons Season 22 43 Idiots Who Picked Fights with the Wrong Guy

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181 147
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

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148 143
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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142 131
Batman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Batman The Animated Series

33
123 151
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

34
120 107
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

35
145 126
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

36
150 131
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

37
41 15
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

38
137 135
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

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132 146
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

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126 115
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

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115 116
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

42
116 107
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Darling Clarissa Explains It All

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129 139
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

The Best Current TV Shows No One Is Watching The Best Kids Cartoons of All Time

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52 44
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

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109 105
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show

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97 101
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

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103 127
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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38 34
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

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95 106
Bud Bundy is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Bud Bundy Married... with Children

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82 118
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld