fictional characters The Best TV Characters of the 1990s  

Ranker TV
Originally by
22.7k votes 1.4k voters 67.1k views 77 items Embed

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.
list ordered by

1
353 182
Peter Griffin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
CheckinaCoulibaly added Peter Griffin Family Guy

2
380 306
Chandler Muriel Bing is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s

3
396 300
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
287 213
Phoebe Buffay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Phoebe Buffay Friends

5
374 322
Homer Simpson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Homer Simpson The Simpsons

6
372 312
Buffy Summers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Buffy Summers Buffy the Vampire Slayer

7
316 246
Topanga Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Topanga Lawrence Boy Meets World

8
280 196
Al Bundy is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Al Bundy Married... with Children

9
161 93
Sophia Petrillo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Sophia Petrillo The Golden Palace, The Golden Girls

10
261 169
Kelly Kapowski is listed (or ranked) 10 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

11
224 165
Kevin Arnold is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Kevin Arnold The Wonder Years

12
309 268
Bart Simpson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bart Simpson The Simpsons, The Tracey Ullman Show

13
253 179
Carlton Banks is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Carlton Banks The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

14
167 126
Monica Geller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Akshay Thambipillai added Monica Geller Friends

The Best 1990s Cult TV Series

15
226 155
Peggy Bundy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Peggy Bundy Married... with Children

16
284 193
Tim Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tim Taylor Home Improvement

17
261 186
Rachel Green is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rachel Green Friends

18
281 192
Zack Morris is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Zack Morris Saved by the Bell: The College Years, Good Morning, Miss Bliss

19
214 162
Kelly Bundy is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Kelly Bundy Married... with Children

20
232 198
Spike is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Spike Buffy the Vampire Slayer

21
287 234
Jesse Katsopolis is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Jesse Katsopolis The Mickey Mouse Club, Full House, TGIF

The Saddest Television Deaths Ever

22
243 194
Mr. Feeny is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Mr. Feeny Boy Meets World

23
222 161
Uncle Phil is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Uncle Phil The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

24
211 151
Tommy Pickles is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Tommy Pickles Rugrats

25
220 177
Cory Matthews is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cory Matthews Boy Meets World

26
274 198
Steve Urkel is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Steve Urkel Family Matters

27
105 65
Rose Nylund is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Rose Nylund The Golden Girls

28
178 184
Cosmo Kramer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Cosmo Kramer Seinfeld

The Best 1990s Fantasy TV Series

29
197 180
Ross Geller is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ross Geller Friends

30
69 24
Joey Tribbiani is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
mmkmmkmmk added Joey Tribbiani Joey, Friends

31
198 156
Roseanne Conner is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Roseanne Conner Roseanne

32
141 161
Jerry Seinfeld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Jerry Seinfeld Seinfeld

33
154 141
Batman is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Batman The Animated Series

34
167 139
Fox Mulder is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Fox Mulder The X-Files

35
155 159
Frasier Crane is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Frasier Crane Frasier, Cheers

The Best Re-Casting of Famous TV Roles

36
155 134
Bob Barker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Bob Barker The Price is Right

37
149 145
Danny Tanner is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Danny Tanner Full House

38
117 107
Dana Scully is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
lyndyloo added Dana Scully The X-Files

39
126 121
Doug Heffernan is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Heffernan The King of Queens

40
144 158
George Costanza is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
George Costanza Seinfeld

41
129 116
Clarissa Darling is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Clarissa Darling Clarissa Explains It All

42
133 125
Doug Funnie is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doug Funnie Doug

The Best 1990s Military TV Shows

43
141 150
Beavis is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Beavis Beavis and Butt-head

44
119 128
Doogie Howser is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Doogie Howser Doogie Howser, M.D.

45
94 125
Elaine Benes is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
muzziac added Elaine Benes Seinfeld

46
59 57
Fran Fine is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
RebeccaWypyszinski added Fran Fine The Nanny

47
81 99
Arnold is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
AC_rockets56 added Arnold Hey Arnold!

48
113 117
Drew Carey is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Drew Carey The Drew Carey Show

49
46 45
Eric Matthews is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
celmel added Eric Matthews Girl Meets World, Boy Meets World

50
110 140
Ray Barone is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best TV Characters of the 1990s
Ray Barone Everybody Loves Raymond